From what I remeber, the "wood" is nothing more than a laminate picture (same stuff as what's on the new UA FC traytables on the 747-400's and 767-300ER's). The cabin just looks...dark. It's not the seats themselves that look dark, it's just the dark gray color of the partitions and the way that they cover up any other color of seat that might be infront of them.
I haven't seen the new Decor 5 in person--only in some of the UA mailings, and I must say--it looks VERY nice! The blue/green checkered pattern that is on one of the FC seats in the pics (and the matching carpet) looks very good. I can't wait to see what they do with Economy, though! Eiiiccchhh--I'm sick of that gray/rainbow scheme (have you noticed that the seat designs are a carryover from the brown/red seat cover days as far as fabric designs?!).
The sidewalls have had a major improvement on all the planes that I've been on recently (with the exception of the '27's). All of those aircraft in the past 4 months (A319, 3x 757, 2x 777, 2x 747, 727, 737) have had brand new, gleaming white sidewalls (HOORAY!), but the 727's had the old pattern of white with "cream" (?) drawings/designs on it, and one of my 727 windows had the origional window shade on it!
I have no clue as to why SR would choose to come to Carmel! They would have been much better off just touring SF/SJ/OK!! I'm doing this from memory now--SR will be in Carmel on Monday, May 22, and in SF from Wed. 24-Fri. 26th of May (more details AQUI
All of your controls are on the armrest and operate basically the same way as the GEC PTV's. There is only one "MODE" button to press, which then will allow you to select four diffent modes (audio, video, Airshow, or tape). If you've cycled through the 9 channels of movies, then it will take you up to channels 20-50 which are the foreign language channels, before taking you back to channel 1. In order to get to audio, you must hit the "MODE" button, and then choose from the audio channels (if you press "MAP", then the last audio channel you were on will play). Hope that makes sense!
The PTV's in FC on all of the planes is 6.5" diagonally (the UF Suite PTV is pretty deceptive--but all of the FC PTV's seem larger than BC to me...)
Whew! Thanks for readin' the essay!