Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 927 times:
As the TWA^A comes close, I was thinking that when the TW MD-80s get refitted with AA interiors, maybe they should stick in audio or maybe even video for their long flights like STL-SFO, or ORD-SJC. What are the opinions of the members here?
Aa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 902 times:
AA will not equip MD80's with audio/visual. At a cost of over $300,000 per aircraft X 300 aircraft in the combined fleet this is a very significant expense. Most business travelers dont care squat about audio visual entertainment on aircraft
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1540 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 888 times:
They would either install the equipment system-wide or not bother. $90 million is a lot of money to be spending, although considering AA's annual revenue, it is within reason. However, I don't see anything that would motivate AA to install audio/video on the MD-80s.
AA is most likely going to make TWA's aircraft into perfect clones of their own, minus the polished aluminum panels.
Deltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1620 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 873 times:
That sucks, but if business travelers don't give a squat, why is CO, DL, UAL and US all moving into that direction of having their workhorses equipped? If anything, AA should do it to remain competitive. Although the 80s are on the newer side, it won't be long when making the choice between AA and other carriers that a traveler can choose between 737NGS or AIrbus or a skinny MD-80 w/ no entertainment.
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 870 times:
AA777flyer: I didn't mean the entire M80 fleet, I just meant the part that will come from TW. The interior of each will be redone, so why not add some entertainment features? And then stick those M80s on the longer routes(ORD-SJC has plenty of 80s on the 4.5 hour route.).
Exusair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 684 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 868 times:
Travellers don't care whether or not they will be able to see a movie on a flight that they otherwise wouldn't have seen, even if it still was in theatres.
There are 3 factors that determine which carrier one chooses. Price, Schedule and Loyalty (FF accounts). AA will more than likely swap out equipment on certain flights, either to a B-757 or to a 737-800 on the longer haul routes.