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The Future Of IFE On US Domestic Flights  
User currently offlineFLALEFTY From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 497 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4574 times:

IFEs: They add weight, which burns fuel. They add to the maintenance budget. They don't seem to command a fare premium.

Will IFEs on domestic US flights soon go away?

Discuss, please.........

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User currently offlinePilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

I don't think they will ever go away. They do add weight, but the benefits they provide to the customers more then "out-weigh" the extra fuel burn. I think there's a chance that in the near future we will see fees required to use all/any AVOD features.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6290 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4460 times:

With Continental announcing that they're going LiveTV on all 737NG and 757-300 aircraft, I think we're going to see IFE improve.
With the way life and society are going, in ten years time, I don't think any airline will survive without providing some form of connectivity. I've sat near people who talk on their cell phones while at 30,000 feet- you just can't convince people to give it a rest.

So I look for IFE to become more complex with time.

Fortunately, to address one of your concerns, the systems are becoming lighter-
Continental's choice to retrofit their entire 757-200 fleet with PTV's netted them three additional coach seats in every airplane, due to the new digital system being smaller than the old one. Three extra seats is a BIG deal!

User currently offlineCOalways From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4410 times:

Continental has outfitted there 757-200 and 777 fleet with touch screen Audio Video On Demand from Nose to Tail after that there going to outfit the 767 line once the 777 are completed and at the end of this year they will be outfiting ALL of there 737-700,800,900,900ER and 757-300 with LiveTV and internet access from Nose To Tail.

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