atcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 935 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
I don't see why not. There are many private and corporate aircraft that have options to fit IFE, WiFi, and I'm assuming a less complicated XM system.
Air Canada Jazz has their 75 seat CRJ-705s fitted with IFE screens (I'm assuming AVOD?). I just don't see it being economically feasible or necessary to outfit an existing aircraft with the equipment, particularly given that the majority of the 19-50 seater aircraft fly about 1.5-2hrs. or less and many regionals don't have new aircraft on order. Jazz's 705s were delivered with the systems installed. This made sense so that the entire 705 fleet was outfitted, but they didn't need to fit the other types. Most regionals taking new deliveries (there aren't many of them) tend to have a large fleet of that type already in service, so they wouldn't want to have fleet inconsistencies unless the new deliveries were meant for a subfleet -- which causes complications most regionals will do without.
If any regional were to outfit their aircraft, I think it would make sense if, for example, Continental Express (ExpressJet) fitted their ERJ-145XRs with IFE -- which could then be consistent with the mainline fleet -- because they use their 145XRs on longer flights. They could leave their standard 145s for shorter flights without IFE. Will this happen? Most likely no...particularly with UA and CO wanting their regionals back...but if that happens, who knows??
Most airlines operating 19-50 seat aircraft have MUCH more to worry about than IFE systems though. But if your question is, "Can it be done?" The answer is Yes.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6254 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1633 times:
Of course it's possible...the question is, is it realistic economically. With 50 seat ERJs and CRJs, your profit margins are usually so small anyways that the added weight of IFE for (usually) short flights is just a waste, in my opinion.