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Is IFE/XM/wifi Possible On 19-50 Pax Commuters?  
User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 4228 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

With the advent of the new fiber optic IFE system developed by Lumexis which is much lighter, easier to maintain make it possible to put it on a commuter aircraft? XM Radio? Wifi?

"I want to know the voice of God the rest is just details" --A. Einstein
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User currently offlineatcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1368 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2238 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.

User currently offlineAirCanadaA330 From Canada, joined Aug 2008, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
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Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 1):
Air Canada Jazz has their 75 seat CRJ-705s fitted with IFE screens (I'm assuming AVOD?).

Yeah and its great....I wonder if their Q400 will have it too

User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 61
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

Quoting atcsundevil (Reply 1):
Air Canada Jazz has their 75 seat CRJ-705s fitted with IFE screens (I'm assuming AVOD?).

Took one IAH-YYC-IAH earlier this year and was very impressed.

Dont think you really need AVOD for short 50min commuter flights but for the surprisingly long-haul stuff the longer-range CRJs etc can do, its a nice touch.

I can see internet/wifi being very useful though.

What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6462 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2190 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.

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