raptor747
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In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:03 am

Hi people,

I wanted know whether Swiss, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian, Virgin, BA and Air France offer audio-video on demand (AVOD) in their economy class cabins.

If some of these airlines do offer AVOD, how would all you seasoned air travelers rate it???

Lets talk about some serious entertainment issues........
 
swissgabe
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:05 am

MH doesn't, Swiss maybe in the 343 but not in the other aircraft.

The best I had till now was the one on KLM 772. Excellent "thing".
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:05 am

Virgin offers "on demand" on their newer planes, like the A346s, with the VPort system.
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raptor747
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:25 am

I checked out www.virginflyer.com and VS doesnt seem to have any consistency in operating good aircrafts on good routes. For example, Virgin usually uses 744's on the LHR-JFK route and the 744 doesn't have VPort. So, its a gamble and one has to have some luck to be on an A346.

Even when booking on-line, Vrigin doesn't mention which aircraft will be used for the flight. So, there is lot of uncertainty involved.
 
raptor747
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:26 am

I checked out www.virginflyer.com and VS doesnt seem to have any consistency in operating good aircrafts on good routes. For example, Virgin usually uses 744's on the LHR-JFK route and the 744 doesn't have VPort. So, its a gamble and one has to have some luck to be on an A346.

Even when booking on-line, Vrigin doesn't mention which aircraft will be used for the flight. So, there is lot of uncertainty involved.
 
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Starlionblue
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:36 am

"doesnt seem to have any consistency in operating good aircrafts on good routes." EVen without VPort at least you get PTV.

It's not much of a gamble. Just check when you book.
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UnitedFirst
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 5:39 am

For example, Virgin usually uses 744's on the LHR-JFK route and the 744 doesn't have VPort. So, its a gamble and one has to have some luck to be on an A346.

If I'm not mistaken, there are at least one or two Virgin B747-400s which are currently configured with the V:Port system.

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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 9:06 am

Even w/out Vport VS is pretty kick ass entertainment wise...
 
kl911
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 9:10 am

grow up and take a book, chat around and meet many new friends.... Most important: sleep! People just can't live anymore without that stupid screen! And no, I'm not old, only 29....
 
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RE: In Flight Entertainment In Long Haul Flights

Fri Apr 23, 2004 10:25 am

Raptor747,

I checked out www.virginflyer.com and VS doesn't seem to have any consistency in operating good aircrafts on good routes. For example, Virgin usually uses 744's on the LHR-JFK route and the 744 doesn't have VPort. So, its a gamble and one has to have some luck to be on an A346.

Virgin Atlantic is renowned for its dynamic fleet scheduling. A B744 is a B744, they do not schedule aircraft because of their IFE system. Moreover, Virgin will match its demand on a route with the correct aircraft type, and have even switched the aircraft type at the last minute (due to various reasons). However, Virgin is aware of this irregularity and is configuring their aircraft with some speed. I think an airline's worries should be how to keep the aircraft in the air for the longest time, and not match the IFE consistency offered on board.

Even when booking on-line, Virgin doesn't mention which aircraft will be used for the flight. So, there is lot of uncertainty involved.

No airline will ever do that, other than specifying the aircraft type.

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UnitedFirst,

If I'm not mistaken, there are at least one or two Virgin B747-400s which are currently configured with the V:Port system

Currently the B744s you can fly on with v:port are; G-VWOW (Cosmic Girl), G-VROC (Mustang Sally) and G-VBIG (Tinker Belle). About seven aircraft will go in for the Upper Class Suite re-fit this year and those that don't have v:port will also get a v:port upgrade.


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