I'm surprised no one has mentioned UA
(Maybe they have I've just spent 10 minutes thumbing threw the posts). SFO
?!?!?! That flight is a major pain if you want to talk about not having PTV's. Flew economy and it SUCKED! The service was good but the seats are jankey and if they didn't have the bar/stand up area in the back of the a/c I swear I would have killed someone. But the fact is, you pay the price for this.
We all want lower ticket prices yet expect so much from our airlines. They can't keep up with us. Sure UA
(As an example) can install PTV's in their 747 fleet but then you see them run to the bank and beg for some cash at which time the same guy bitching about the IFE posts "UA, Will They EVER Survive?" and will ask why they can't do this and can't do that.
We are all victims of our own greed. Face it, you want more you pay more, you don't pay more you get less. Then someone will say "Well Jetblue has TV
, new a/c and low prices" Well Jetblue doesn't have to pay for a/c and they are only domestic and run routes no other airline can at such prices so they thrive off the market.
To get back on YOUR question, AC
is a FANTASTIC airline and the 8 or so times I've flown them (SFO
only) they have all been GREAT crews who are open to sharing their knowledge of the a/c and the airline. Our a/c's gear had a hydraulic issue so instead of canceling the flight the pilot allowed for myself and a friend to go down back to the a/c with him and he showed us the cockpit and explained what the issue was. The TV
's they have are great b/c they're flat so it's a much clearer picture. Their f/a's are always nice and their food is normally good (still can't get over eating pancakes on a sunny summer morning over the blanket of clouds over the Bay Area.
As many other people have said, IFE is not what makes an airline. Their service, routes, a/c, etc. all aid in their respect in the markets in which they serve. Airlines are all faced with the same choices and some make cuts here and others there. I feel that the airlines that you seem to gripe about are all fine airlines and have served me well as a passenger both on the a/c and before my flight.
). My first leg was missing a window in my aisle (my guess is the E+ upgrades) but a fantastic crew with one female F/O and ch. 9 (Beat that crap, the best of all IFE, beats 36" and a PTV!) The LAX
was in Y so no PTV's. They were great and the meals were fantastic. Crew let me "chill" for a while and even during the flight the crew kept the a/c SPOTLESS, yes on a longhaul. Probably every hour or so a crew member would come through the cabin and pick trash off the ground, no not the usual garbage bag in the face treatment, bent over and picked up under seats, feet, bags, etc.
I would just have to say that you are judging the airline in all the wrong area's. AA SFO
, 763 MRTC was great, flat monitors was cool. Flight deck crew was great and nice but the cabin crew SUCKED! Rude and told me basically to go stuff myself when I asked if they could heat my sandwich that I had to dig for at the gate which I later found out was frozen. Drinks were only served once and that's it!
Thanks again, great topic!