vivavegas
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Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:06 am

Next month (Mar 20-23) I booked on Frontier MKE-DEN-LAS. Some sources (Orbitz) state the MKE portion is on a 733, while booking direct on Frontier it's states a 318/319.

Two questions -

What is the retirement schedule for F9's 737 remaining fleet (I think 9 aircraft at last count)?

I once read the 318's do not have the IFE, only the 319's. Can anyone confirm?

FWIW - I'm on 376/789 outbound and 776/372 return.

Thanks

Craig
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F9Animal
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:13 am

Hi Craig,

Let me try to take a swing at this.

737's will be retired by April at last word. I believe there are 4 left in the fleet, but 3 new 319's arrived last week. Not sure if they are flying yet though. Enjoy the 737, as you wont see them much longer!

318's do have IFE. In fact the IFE has gotten even better. We offer movies now too. Great deal if you ask me, and only 5 bucks. It makes the time fly right by, get it "Fly"!!! LOL!!
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vivavegas
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:17 am

F9 Animal - Can you advise if one the channels include a map?

Thanks for the answers

Craig
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leelaw
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:20 am

Quoting Vivavegas (reply 2):
Can you advise if one the channels include a map?


IIRC, you get the map on the screen whether or not you purchase the IFE.
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gigneil
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:22 am

You have to pay for the map.

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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:25 am

You beat me to it! Yes it does include a map. It tells you altitude and airspeed. I seem to watch that, and the weather channel the most. Alright, sometimes I catch a little Food Network too. But I enjoy watching cartoons once in a blue moon. Watched the Super Bowl on it too, gotta watch the sports on occasion. Sometimes I watch the History Channel, and VH1.

Alright, so I flick through the stations constantly. I am a guy, and have my own remote at 35,000 feet. WHAT A DREAM COME TRUE!
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:26 am

Actually the map is free now!!! More reason to book F9! Still 5 bucks is a steal of a deal to watch tv! I have 2 of my favorite things on F9. I have my airplane, and TV. Could'nt ask for more!
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 6:44 am

Quoting Gigneil (reply 4):
You have to pay for the map.


Incorrect, the map is free but is blended in with a lot of advertisements...so you have to sit through a few ads before seeing the map, and then the cycle repeats...

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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:00 am

Hmmm...just proves that even the high and mighty are dead wrong from time to time.  Wink/being sarcastic
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gigneil
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:05 am

Quoting USAFHummer (reply 7):

Incorrect, the map is free but is blended in with a lot of advertisements...so you have to sit through a few ads before seeing the map, and then the cycle repeats...


I have never been able to change the channel from Wild Blue Yonder to the map without paying for the DirecTV, and I've tried on several occasions.

Perhaps this is, as mentioned above, a new feature.

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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:19 am

Yes, it is a new feature rolled out about 3 weeks ago. The movies are also new, and being worked on. That is why F9 has not really announced it yet. Shhhh.

I have always noticed the ads during the map. Even when you pay for it, it clicks back and forth too. I think it refreshes the map when it clicks to an ad.
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leelaw
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 7:23 am

Quoting Gigneil (reply 9):

I have never been able to change the channel from Wild Blue Yonder to the map without paying for the DirecTV, and I've tried on several occasions.

Perhaps this is, as mentioned above, a new feature.


Nope. IIRC, I've enjoyed looking at the map for free since I began flying F9 on regular basis early last fall, I always enjoy listening to one cycle of the talking animal commercials...they're quite clever.
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:07 am

F9Animal and USAFHummer-

You are both right. Our flight attendant class just got trained on the inflight entertainment system and options about a week ago (we graduate this Monday on the 28th! Yay!!!).

The map channel has been tweaked so that it is now free, although it is now mixed in with advertisements. DirecTV is $5.00 for 24 live channels, and we also offer what we call TripFlix. TripFlix consists of two additional channels that air first run movies (movies just released from the big screen) which run on channels 27 and 28 (IIRC). We are currently airing The Lion King II and Taxi. It's $5.00 to view either. DirecTV is separate. However, the movies can only be viewed on flights that are long enough to accommodate them. This is determined by the city pairs the flight deck crews enter into their computer system, and the system knows whether the movies can be viewed in entirety on that particular leg.

Cheers!  Smile

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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:26 pm

So which is it then?

Did it get rolled out 3 weeks ago (about 1 week after my last flight)? Or is Leelaw right and its always been available?

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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:38 pm

Prior to the roll-out of the Wild Blue Yonder items, the map was the only option. This was July of last year. After WBY came out it was more difficult to find it in the rotation that in the past. Now it sounds like it is make on for free. IIRC WBY is channel 26, and the map is channel 12. I have been getting the IFE for free since '03 so my memory is based on viewing other screens.
 
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:08 pm

As of today, the map and Wild Blue Yonder are both FREE to all passengers. You just have to pay the $5 for the 24 channels of LiveTV or the Pay-per-view movies. The cool thing about the movies is that they are the unedited, theatrical-released versions. They have a Disney movie for the kids and a newly released feature for everyone else.

And as of today, there are 3 Boeing 737-300's left in the fleet. They are expected to be gone by the end of April, as was mentioned previously.
 
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:05 pm

Since in flight entertainment appears to be the topic of this thread. Is there any chance Frontier will add comms between the flight deck and ATC for their pax to listen to in flight.

I've always enjoyed listing to channel 9 on the United flights I've taken over the years.
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:55 pm

Quoting Gigneil (reply 13):
Did it get rolled out 3 weeks ago (about 1 week after my last flight)? Or is Leelaw right and its always been available?


In fairness, I've been flying F9 quite a bit (I just counted 20 trips on my calendar) in the last six months, including four times in the last three weeks, so it's possible my memories have begun to merge. Upon more careful reflection based on the other replies, perhaps the answer is the map has only been cycling through the "free" commercial presentations for the last three weeks. Prior to that time, the map may have only been available for "free" during the IFE demo period at the beginning of the flight. Since the MDW/DEN flight is relatively short, I have never purchased the IFE and have amused myself with my own iPOD.
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vivavegas
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:13 pm

Back to the orginal question (BTW, thanks for all the updates on the IFE, I'm actually going a tad out of my way and enduring a 2+ hour layover in DEN to experience my first Frontier flight this round).

Can anyone confirm the aircraft on my routing yet?

3/20/05 - 376/789 outbound MKE-DEN-LAS
3/23/05 - 776/372 return LAS-DEN-MKE

Thanks

Craig
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leelaw
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:28 pm

Craig:

FLTS: 376, 776, 789 = A319

FLT: 372 = A318

Regards
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RE: Frontier's 737's / 318 IFE

Sun Feb 27, 2005 2:56 am

Quoting AirplaneBoy (reply 12):
F9Animal and USAFHummer-

You are both right. Our flight attendant class just got trained on the inflight entertainment system and options about a week ago (we graduate this Monday on the 28th! Yay!!!).

The map channel has been tweaked so that it is now free, although it is now mixed in with advertisements. DirecTV is $5.00 for 24 live channels, and we also offer what we call TripFlix. TripFlix consists of two additional channels that air first run movies (movies just released from the big screen) which run on channels 27 and 28 (IIRC). We are currently airing The Lion King II and Taxi. It's $5.00 to view either. DirecTV is separate. However, the movies can only be viewed on flights that are long enough to accommodate them. This is determined by the city pairs the flight deck crews enter into their computer system, and the system knows whether the movies can be viewed in entirety on that particular leg.

Cheers! Smile

AirplaneBoy

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Hey Airplaneboy!!

You graduate the day after my BDAY! Congrats, and see ya on a F9 flight soon! You have to give me a day so I can tag along! You promised me an extra Cream Cheese! I don't forget!

Things are getting back to the norm here in SEA. We are getting back our 4th flight in APR. I am looking forward to that. SABRE went ok, as I think I was the first to complete a check in on the system in SEA. I was rocking and rolling through the line, when suddenly I got slowed by a few PNR's that were not purged from Shares yet. I had a world of a time getting them fixed, and it was very time consuming. Gladly I was not the only one running into the problem. Looks like things are running back to normal.

I am still waiting! Looks like December will be the month. I can wait! In the meantime, I have a second job lined up. Dangerous work, but someone has to pay those bills ya know.

I would come to your graduation, but I have to work! DARN! You have my number, so call me when you have time. I am a night owl, so you can wait till your minutes are free!
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