Not sure about the A310. However, as for the 727, I actually have never even seen a 727 with overhead video. Generally the only IFE that airlines offered on their 727s was just audio, or no IFE at all.
The Pink Delta 767-400ER - The most beautiful aircraft in the sky
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 7904 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2383 times:
Quoting TUNisia (Reply 15): I actually believe they started the PTVs in the first/business class sections in 1989 as a trial run. I swear I remember reading that somewhere on a.net!
Sure I believe it. However in 93-94 it was small LCD TVs and credit card readers in every coach seat on these 742s. There was no charge because it was experimental.
I can't remember if they were gone by 95, 97. By 99 they were gone I think.
Found a June-94 NY Times article on this (!)....
"...Now, passengers can choose from at least four movies, digital audio, a built-in telephone with fax capability, shopping channels and a channel with flight information on baggage, connecting gates and the weather at destination cities. The systems combine a small television screen, headphones and a remote control device that allows passengers to chose these options from an on-screen menu.
Typically, the airlines are offering some of the services free but charging for others. Nintendo games, for example, cost travelers $4 an hour on Northwest....
...It costs about $1.5 million to install the Hughes system on a wide-bodied jet, but the trend is giving high-tech aviation electronics companies a new market as their military business shrinks.
...Nintendo, whose system consists of 10 video games, including Super Mario All-Stars and Street Fighter II, said it would collect about $10 million in royalties a year from the airlines, beginning in 1996.
...Mark Abels, a spokesman for Northwest Airlines, said passengers liked the games, and the airline planned to put them on more planes. Northwest has installed the Nintendo games on eight 747-200's, which it uses on long-haul international flights, and it expects to add about 25 by year's end."
... which never happened. I do remember playing Street Figher II however which was exceptional. Too bad 14 years later NW has no 747 PTV... they were cutting edge.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23154 posts, RR: 23 Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2077 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 13): Swissair 111 had them in First Class and they were relatively new technology at the time of her loss in 1998.
And business class. I was on a Swissair MD-11 GVA-JFK in business class about 10 days after the SR111 crash and remember thinking that it was the best IFEsystems I'd seen with by far the largest screens. It was one of the first "on demand" systems where you could start/stop/pause programming as you wished. The system was de-activated a little later after the SR111 investigation indicated a possible link to the cause of the fire, although I can't remember whether it was ever proven that the IFE system was directly involved.