Is AA the only carrier with Cabin IFE that uses this set up? Does anyone know why they choose CRTs over the drop-downs? Is it a maintenance issue; did they not want to bother with the mechanism that drops the screens down?
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1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6863 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2587 times:
I am not sure about the maintenance issues. The ex-TWA 757s had drop-down LCDs.. Ten of AA's A300s also got drop-down LCDs below the center bins after their PTVs were removed.
AA's next batch of 737-800s will feature LCDs, but I don't know whether they will be the drop-down type or the type fixed over the aisles. On the 757s and 767-200ERs, AA will be installing fixed LCD monitors over the aisles. There are currently no plans to replace the CRTs on the 737-800s as the 757s and 767-200ERs are getting a full cabin refresh which includes the new LCD monitors, while the 737-800s already have fairly new cabins.
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There may be some issues, but I've been on hundreds of planes with drop down LCDs and I've only ever seen them have issues a couple of times. Both times, they raised the screens and one didn't go up, but cycling the screens down and up again seemed to solve the problem.
Personal experience is not broad enough to make a judgment other than I would think that if failure to deploy/retract were common, I would have seen it more often, considering how many broken seats I've seen (failure to stay upright or recline).
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