Twaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2538 times:
Just got off a CDG-PHL A330 leg and DAMN, the PTVs in that plane were amazing. The best I've ever experienced, much better than UA's in the 772s.
Anyway what is it? Who makes it? Why haven't other airlines adopted it?
For those of you who haven't experienced it, it is designed in a way that it starts with a easy to navigate menu and users choose 1 of three categories, movies, television, music. Users can choose any of these categories whenever they want through the whole flight.
Anyway in each category is a large number of different choices, like 9 different movies, 13 or so different TV programs and maybe 20 different music selections, mixes and whole CDs.
Very easy to use, can interupt any program and switch to any other program and it was quality programming too.
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2453 times:
But doesn't this beg the question, why on earth did US Airways spend so much money on such a superb system and not add a moving map feature?! It seems so illogical, this is the one thing which really impresses the passengers in my experience.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2423 times:
I don't think the IFE system costwise was a whole lot more expensive than some of the others. From what I read it used a lot of off the shelf technology like AMD k6 processors and fire wire which kept costs down.
The feature has got to be available, but maybe it was a last-minute cut to keep overal costs down? I seem to remember there being a games menu or button or something but no games. Maybe for the same reason?
FlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2365 times:
I loved that system when I went CDG-PHL on a 333, but I would have loved it more if a customer focused airline offered the following:
1) Connexion ports for all passengers and ten free minutes per passenger to connect, with additional time being at a reasonable rate. This allows pax to download their e-mail to their laptops once or twice during a flight and get some work done.
2) Laptop power ports AND power adapters for rental (maybe you could get these at check-in and trade FF miles for a rental). I see these things on US' 321s but I never get to use them. Why doesn't US simply buy the Targus connectivity sets and rent them out?
3) Adjustable bolster support in the seat so that you get "cradled". The lack of side bolstering is a major reason why I and many others can't sleep on airplanes. If US simply had seats with soft Velcro on them , they could have pillows on board that passengers could "stick" to the seat and customize it for their back.