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AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:12 am

Just noticed the press releases on biz.yahoo.com/news/airlines.html that AA, after 1 Nov, will no longer charge $5 for headsets for its main cabin passengers.

They will now sell headsets for $2 on board and you will be free to take them with you.

It's about time AA catches up to United on this, although United is still the only airline in the world to offer FREE audio and movies on all of it's fleet....

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:28 am

They still charge for movies in this day and age?
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:34 am

Continental has been doing this for some time. Movies/IFE is free... if you don't have a headset, buy one from the FA for $2. Of course headsets are free in First.
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:35 am

Mind you many airlines use those headsets which have two sticky out bits (sorry but i cant think of any other explanation!) and once you get them you can re use them on any flight!
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:38 am

United uses a single prong electronic headset. Some DL and AA planes still have the pneumatic tubing, and others have the single OR double pronged headsets....

why can't there be a standard??? :P
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:39 am

Is there a "standard" for anything in this world?
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:43 am

"Some DL and AA planes still have the pneumatic tubing"! I fly for AA and have never seen one of those old style tubing things here, what planes were they on?

I am happy that we are finally doing this, it should make the passengers happy. We were sick of the "why do I have to pay to watch a movie?" whine, I always told them "you don't have to pay to watch it, if you want to hear it then you have to pay!"

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 5:56 am

United is still the only airline in the world to offer FREE audio and movies on all of it's fleet....
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United dont have audio/movies on any of their 737s do they?

There are actually very few airlines in the world to offer free IFE on every aircraft, these include:

Britannia
Cathay Pacific
Emirates
JetBlue
Singapore Airlines
Virgin Atlantic

Sure someone will be able to add to that list!

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 6:07 am

all of United's 737s have audio available.... the only fleet type that didn't have anything was the 737-200 fleet.

JetBlue's IFE cuts out 1 hour into the JFK/SJU flights :P so not sure they can be counted  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 6:27 am

Take it from that JetBlue's A320s have no conventional IFE system that would allow them to show a movie on the SJU route if they wanted to?

Didn't know United had audio on their 733/735 aircraft, can add them to the above list then  Smile

As an aside when Britannia decided to fit IFE to all their aircraft in 1991 it meant they outfited their entire B737-200 fleet with both video and audio IFE systems. Certainly made Britannia's B737-200s pretty unique - there aren't many of them around with full IFE...

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 7:55 am

IFE is free on Air New Zealand and Qantas (provided we are talking about Jet Fleets here)

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 8:10 am

In fact most airline around the world offer free inflight movies and audio - it still surprises me that airlines in North America still charge for this basic amenity on any flight...

...was considering trying out DL or CO on my next flights to the US - perhaps I shall stick to my usual European carriers.
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 9:24 am

Mas777. International headsets on Continental and Delta are free. Please keep your headset for onward legs within the US. Both carriers are great, with a slight edge to CO.
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 9:28 am

Take it from that JetBlue's A320s have no conventional IFE system that would allow them to show a movie on the SJU route if they wanted to?

Now that is interesting Crosswind. Can't JetBlue just show a movie or two after the DirecTV goes out? It can't cost them thaaaat much.
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 9:41 am

>>JetBlue's IFE cuts out 1 hour into the JFK/SJU flights :P so not sure they can be counted.<<

And United shows Video on all flights like B6, right? :P
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 11:09 am

It was only when flying from BOS that AA charged me. I think they reinstated it after 9/11 as a way to earn cheap profits as I had seen several movies before on AA without having to pay a cent.

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 11:36 am

Well, mostly yes it is as for the reinstated with movies fee by $2.00 and I did keep saving it with the my headset as for did fly on Continental by B737-900 and I will take with me when I am goes out to PHX again by Delta this time. So if you can do keep it with the your own headset as for future flight or connecting flight take with you as for next of the flight. Ok? I do really very good as for the my own headset by Continental Airlines. Well, Goodnight!
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 1:01 pm

LowFare,

actually on every flight I've been on that has video equipment, they have shown something.... even on my 757 flight from LAS to LAX they put in NBC Inflight....

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 1:21 pm

When did UA stop charging for movies?
Last time I flew UA (1999) it was still official policy to charge for IFE on flights with movies, and free on flights without movies. I liked catching 735s, because I could get ATC on the channel.
That is a good move by US based airliners. I've never understood why they charge for headsets when the rest of the world didn't. It was stepping over the dollars to pick up pennies. (I forgot how the metaphor goes).
Hopefully we will see the rest of American Based airlines offering free IFE (even if they just don't show movies).
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 3:16 pm

UA stopped chargine for movies in 2000 after the "Summer From Hell" as part of a half-baked effort to win back customer confidence.

Two words for AA's latest move: Big Whoop.
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 3:19 pm

When I flew to CUN a week ago the rule was you pay $5 to see the movie... Even if you have your own headset. None of the FA's had the balls to charge me. I had my own headset.
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 8:40 pm

Aeroflot has free IFE on the B734s and the A310s which I have flown. I guess on the 763s and 772's too
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Wed Sep 25, 2002 8:55 pm

Luzezito,

Those Aeroflot IFE headphones like they use in the A310 (the blue ones that clip around the back the your ear) are fantastic.

I took mine the last time I returned from Moscow and found that one of the two connector pins 'folds' away into the plug, leaving one standard stereo connector, and now I use them as my normal walkman headphones.

I'm willing to buy a few new sets if anyone can get them since these are getting a bit worn out now.

When are you next going on an SU A310? Anyone else?

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Thu Sep 26, 2002 2:37 pm

About time, Finnair doesn't charge for any of those things, when passengers board the aircraft, they receive a bottle(s) of water, and everything they need to watch a movie and listen to music is in their seat waiting for them to be used...
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Thu Sep 26, 2002 6:13 pm

Ben

I fly those A 310 at least twice a month to MAD and the 734 to BRU also 4-5 times a year. They are the most comfortable headphones indeed and thought that each pin corresponded to each side. But if you can have stereo with one pin I will make sure I forget to give mine back too  Acting devilish

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Fri Sep 27, 2002 12:37 am

They still charge for that stuff in this day and age in Coach? I say raise the fare by $ 2 for everyone and spare us the ignominy of Nurse Ratchett barking at us to cough up the $ 2.
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Fri Sep 27, 2002 1:02 am

IFE is free an all Alitalia A319/320/321 fleet within Europe for fly over two hours. Less than two hours they show mute sit-com and route map, so you don't need headsets.

 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Fri Sep 27, 2002 12:42 pm

This appears to be misleading. They are basically saying buy the headsets or bring your own...otherwise...no movie. That's an odd way of saying something is free. Free in-flight entertainment would be handing out headsets at the beginning of the flight and picking them up at the end of the flight - no charge.

That's what Air Canada does. That's my understanding of "no fee".
 
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Fri Sep 27, 2002 9:49 pm

The way it was explained to us was to "sell" them the headset for 2 bucks, no more "renting" them. At the end of the flight they can take them, if they leave them behind we toss them out. They say they will save a lot of money by no longer having to clean and repackage them.

Even though I fly #1 all the time and make the required announcement about charging you for using your own headset I always told passengers who wanted to buy a set to use their own and save the $5. I think the 2 dollar charge sucks also, because it is going to be harder to make change for $2 than $5.

I don't know if many of you know it but at my airline we have what is called audit flights, that's where they sit 3 "auditors" throughout the cabin who watch every move you make, document all the money you take from what passenger, if your count is off by a dollar with what the auditors come up with you are removed from service pending an investigation which isn't pretty.

While this is off topic, I am on a roll, we also have "ghost rides", these are where a manager from another base rides as a revenue passenger and documents EVERYTHING that happens on board, from boarding to deplaning. On one of mine I received a negative comment for handing out cans of soda on a half full flight, and this was prior to SEPT 11th, they have gotten stricter on this since to the extent of putting so few beverages on anymore that we can't hand out cans or there won't be enough by the time we get to the back. The comping of liquor is "discouraged" to the extent that you had better have a good reason for giving anything away and with the new rules they are coming out with I see comps going away soon for any reason.

I sent an e-mail to HQ a few weeks ago, I read that the CEO had said we won't be WalMarting our airline, well guess what, it may not be Walmart yet but we are definitely K-Mart and sinking fast. On a 12:40am flight out of LAS on a full 757 we had 26 blankets for coach (we counted them), I called fleet service and they said they weren't getting blankets and pillows anymore like they used to and didn't have any. I listed a page and a half of bullet points of things that are making our jobs more stressful due to the cuts that the passengers see.

Sorry for the long rant but it is frustrating not just for the passengers but all the employees because as the saying goes Sh*t rolls down hill: the pax bitches at me about missing items, I bitch at the agent, she bitches at the crew chief and he bitches at the clerks. The only one I know for sure who would get on a flight with all the bells and whistles is our CEO.

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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Fri Sep 27, 2002 10:48 pm

Slash those CEO salaries in half and watch the savings come rolling in !!
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Sun Sep 29, 2002 8:52 pm

IFE is absolutely free on cash strapped, third world's PIA-Pakistan International Airlines Smile
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RE: AA Eliminates Fee For Movies On Flights

Mon Sep 30, 2002 12:31 pm

Inflight entertainment is free on all of Aloha's transpacific flights. They even invite you to keep the headsets.

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