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US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 1:47 am

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.

Well done US for such quality.

TNNH
 
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 2:04 am

Out of interest I hear that the US A330 PTVs do not feature a flight information channel (moving map / flight data). Is this true? if so, a regrettable omission from such a fine system.

If I remember correctly it is a Sony in flight entertainment system (surprised it did not say on the screen or something). And it weighs a ton (literally!).

Are US still the only airline providing on-demand movies to all passengers?
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 3:24 am



It's called the Sony P@ssport system. Do a web search for "Sony P@ssport" to find some cool stuff.

I enjoyed it a lot on my LGW-PIT flight a little less than a year ago. The only thing missing is a moving map channel.
 
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 3:43 am


Also, Rockwell Collins acquired the division of Sony that came up with the P@ssport system. When the system starts up on US' A330s, you see the Rockwell Collins logo.

see also: http://www.rockwellcollins.com/ps/


I HOPE that on-demand video becomes the standard.
 
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 6:16 am

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.
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 6:27 am

Its the SONY P@ssport System. US Airways only has them on their A330s.

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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 7:50 am



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?
 
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Fri Mar 29, 2002 8:16 am

I hear that the system also comes with a rather significant weight penalty... takes a bit of fuel to haul that thing around obviously...
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Sat Mar 30, 2002 1:49 am

Thanks for the posts.

Yes the above posters are right there is no feature that shows a map, or tells you the time, or the location of the plane or any of that. That was kind of a dissapointment.

I was also surprised that it didn't say Sony or anything on the screen, I was looking for that, but I couldn't find any logos on any of the pieces.

Above, someone said upon startup the system flashes the Rockwell Collins logo??? Not on my flight, it shows the US Airways flag logo with some music behind it.

Great system!
 
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RE: US Airwyas A330 Inflight Entertainment

Sat Mar 30, 2002 3:02 am

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.

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