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WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:37 pm

I read this press release dated 3/1/04....can anyone confirm that what i am raeading about Song having free Dish Network and free 24 audio channels?

75% of Song Outfitted with In-flight Entertainment Systems

Installation to be Complete by the End of March

Live Satellite TV and Audio are Song's Newest Offerings To Enrich the Travel Experience; Exclusive Video On Demand Pay-Per-View Movies and MP3 Programming Coming Soon

ATLANTA - March 1, 2004 - Song, Delta Air Lines' high-quality, low-fare air service, announced today that 75 percent of its fleet has been outfitted with its state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system and that it is on schedule to complete the entire fleet by March 31, 2004. Song's technology eventually will provide a comprehensive network of onboard entertainment amenities at each seatback, including: live, satellite television; video on demand pay-per-view movie programming; MP3 audio programming; and interactive video games.

Since October 2003, Song has been phasing its new entertainment technology into its fleet of 36 Boeing 757 aircraft at the rate of one plane every four to seven days. Once complete, all Song aircraft will be equipped with personal video monitors at each seat, offering a complement of entertainment features—accessible via touch-screen technology—including:

24 all-digital, live, DISH Network TV channels available to passengers for free
all-digital broadcast audio programming with 24 free channels
multi-player interactive video games that allow play between passengers
"Customer response to Song's innovative entertainment offerings so far has been outstanding," said Tim Mapes, Director of Marketing for Song. "By the end of March, our customers will be able to enjoy the wide range of choices this technology provides on each and every flight."

In April, Song will begin installation of server technology to its aircraft. This "Phase II" in-flight entertainment technology, which is planned to be installed throughout Song's existing fleet by December 2004, will provide an even broader array of amenities, including:

Video on demand pay-per-view movie programming - a feature exclusive to Song—providing a wide-range of current offerings for all ages
Digitally-streamed MP3 programming that allows customers to create individual play lists during their flights
Interactive iXplor moving map program with zoom capabilities and points of interest information
Connecting gate information broadcast directly to personal in-seat video monitors
Song provides nonstop service between major cities in the Northeast United States and key Florida leisure destinations, plus Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and direct service to San Juan. Utilizing a fleet of thirty-six 199-seat, one-class Boeing 757s, Song provides more than 140 daily flights. Song offers an onboard food program, created by Chef Michel Nischan, featuring healthful, organic selections. In a recent report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine that rated 10 major airlines on the availability of healthy meals, Song was cited as the only service to consistently provide healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, Song recently partnered with Dylan's Candy Bar, the innovative candy store co-founded by Dylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren, to provide Song-branded chocolates and candies for sale exclusively on board Song flights. Customers can use their credit card or cash to make food and other purchases onboard. Song presently serves all three New York metro area airports - JFK, Newark and LaGuardia - the only low-fare service to do so. All Song flights are operated by Delta Air Lines. Song tickets can be purchased by visiting flysong.com or calling 1-800-FLY-SONG (1-800-359-7664).

didn't we all say that it would cost for all IFE?

So, without starting an argument (which will happen, make it (technicly) BETTER than B6? (I mean with the IFE and all, not based on personal expirence)

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RE: WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:42 pm

How could they compete with B6 if they are charging for IFE? It was always intended to be included in the price of the ticket.

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RE: WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:48 pm

The movies are PPV...

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RE: WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:50 pm

B6 PPV is coming.... as are additional updates to the IFE...
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RE: WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:04 pm

B6 is installing PPV, XM Satellite radio, and additional programming. Song's interactive games and moving map with points of interest sounds great. Our moving map isn't the most accurate and I think it'd be great if it'd show more information as the moving map on Continental - such as distance and time flown, distance and time remaining.

How are your personal experiences with Song's IFE? I just wonder though about the touch screens on Song - will I sit down and see greasy finger prints on my PTV? I heard when you change channels the screens blanks and takes literally 5 seconds to switch to the next channel and the picture quality isn't that great - Im sure our clarity could improve though too. At jetBlue, I wish we had larger PTVs like Emirates... but oh well, like they say, at least its better than watching your tray table...
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RE: WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:05 pm

This should be interesting. I hope Song prevails ahead of Jetblue.

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RE: WOW! Song IFE Is Free!?!?

Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:08 pm

This should be interesting. I hope Song prevails ahead of Jetblue.

Doesn't look like it.
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Sat Mar 06, 2004 3:40 pm

Your right about that. I dunno why pax havent jumped on Song like they did Jetblue. Both are excellent carriers though.


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