DL issued an RFI for portable IFE. The article specifically mentiones the 744 fleet, but it could also be for the 763ER fleet, as DL want to harmonize the interiors for a more consistent experience. Very interesting....
Also very interesting in the article (though not that surprising) is that Chris Babb (DL senior product manager) said in a DL blog that the future of DL probably be more twin engined widebodies, vs four engined widebodies, given the desire for more point to point non-stop service.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4108 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3236 times:
Quoting Kappel (Reply 3): Do you attach it to your seat, or does it sit on the tray table?
AS hands them out to their F pax free of charge. It is like a DVD player but bulkier, sits on your tray table. Also it is offered for I think $10 for the people in Y. It has OK quality, screen size, and 10 or so movies, and some other programming.
Tristarcrazy From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 306 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2337 times:
Quoting DLA330 (Reply 8): Didn't Panasonic once offer the eXpress portable IFE system? I can't seem to find it on Panasonic's website anymore.
It doubt it will be Panasonic. DAL is not happy with the support and reliability of the efx system currently installed and we've been told it will be replace in 2 years on all aircraft with a yet to be determined system.
1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 5770 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2070 times:
Quoting Tristarcrazy (Reply 9): . DAL is not happy with the support and reliability of the efx system currently installed and we've been told it will be replace in 2 years on all aircraft with a yet to be determined system.
I woudn't be so sure about that. Remember that in the widebody IFE market, there are currently only two significant manufacturers - Panasonic and Thales.
The #3 supplier, Rockwell Collins, no longer offers their systems on new-build widebody aircraft. And speaking of Rockwell Collins, an interesting fact was that the TES system that was once used on the 772ERs, 764ERs, and 763ERs (in BusinessElite) was actually upgradeable to AVOD, but DL instead chose to look elsewhere for AVOD, and went with Panasonic. I highly doubt DL would go back to Rockwell Collins because of this.
There is also Lumexis with their fiber-optic system, but it is still experimental (currently being tested by US Airways).
Therefore, the only realilstic alternative to Panasonic would be Thales.
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MMEPHX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1945 times:
Quoting Kappel (Thread starter): DL want to harmonize the interiors for a more consistent experience
I would suggest harmonizing the interiors of the 747 and 763ERs by adding the seatback AVOD on the 330s to the 747 and 763 fleet. That is a nice system (especially the version with the slimline boxes in the foot areas). The overhead IFE on the 763s is about 10 years behind the trend and lugging 300+ handhelds around (where would they store them all???) is going to be a pain and does smack a bit of "we can't really be bothered to install a proper system so make do with this handout"
talking of DL interiors...whatever happened to the cosysuite seats supposedly destined for the long haul fleet? DLs long haul 763 seats are about the most uncomfortable seats I've had to sit in for 8+ hours.
This seems like a major problem how many would fit in a cart? I cant imagine there would be to many free cart stowrages or simply empty carts unless they removed some aspect of the service or only offered a small number of them for rent??
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 18 Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1833 times:
Quoting MMEPHX (Reply 14): I would suggest harmonizing the interiors of the 747 and 763ERs by adding the seatback AVOD on the 330s to the 747 and 763 fleet.
I assume this is a cheaper solution than refitting the entire cabin of the 744 and 763ER fleet. It would also be a much faster solution. I imagine it would take months to refit all 744 and 763ER aircraft with new seats.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 12562 posts, RR: 64 Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 13):
You know, the next step is to hook these portable IFE devices into a wireless network and stream AVOD through them.
I've been saying this for a few years - particularly once you have wireless internet running at high speeds. The airline could have their own hosted content site (think "onboard.delta.com" or something like that) where streaming audio and video could be hosted by the carrier for access by not only rented portable devices but via customer-owned WiFi devices like laptops, netbooks, PDAs, etc.
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