The first B-717, # 778. has had the XM
Radio package installed. This first installation took 2 days and for future a/c it is planned that the radio installation will be accomplished on a “long overnight” in the new ATL
TOC hangar. The Company has full extra sets of seats for the B-717 and these spare seats will be pre-prepared before the a/c comes into the hangar and then swapped out with the seats already on the plane. This rolling seat swap will help bring the XM
Radio installation time down to a more acceptable time period.
The B-737 seats engineering design is being worked on right now and it is hoped that soon after the first of the year that the B-737 seats will be outfitted with the XM
Radios. The B-737 Recarro seats have not been as easy to do the initial engineering design for.