rushed
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EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:35 pm

Hey Everyone,

I've just returned from the best holiday to new zealand (ex MEL) on EK. The flight was excellent and thier IFE was the best ive ever seen! I was on the A340-500 in Economy on the way over then had the luxury of being upgraded to Business class on the return leg.. the best 3.5 hours of my life! Just a quick question, has everyone else noticed the awesome range of entertainment avialable on EK's IFE, and, do they have the same system on their 777's as the 345's? If not, which is better?

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Rushed

(still got a Massive smile on my face 3 days after my flight)
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:42 pm

Quoting Rushed (Thread starter):
the best 3.5 hours of my life!

you must have a sad life then  Wink
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:19 pm

Yea I Liked the Big sized screen and the Trivia Game played against the other PAX ...  Smile
 
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 8:21 pm

Quoting Rushed (Thread starter):
nd, do they have the same system on their 777's as the 345's?

Nope Sad Usual video on 2.5 hour rotation, maybe a dozen channels. Still, it's good having the nosecams though!

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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:13 pm

But I think the older fleets will be retrofitted eventually. So far I've only seen it on the 345. All others at least have videoplayers in F and C.
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:21 pm

Thats a shame that its only on the 345's as this system really makes the flight time fly by (excuse the pun). So what routes do they use the 345's on. I know they use it on the Dubai-Melb-Christchurch sector. what other sectors do they use it on? Can i get from Australian-Europe only using the 345?

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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:30 pm

On the UK<>Dubai routes they only use the 330s and 777s. Not sure about other European destinations.

Edit: Looks like Frankfurt is the only route for the 343 in Europe, from randomly browsing their schedules.

Geoff M.

[Edited 2005-04-04 14:35:23]
 
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Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:38 pm

They also have it on a few 772, flew BHX-DXB last Nov and the aircraft was fitted with the new seats and ICE system
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:20 pm

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 1):
you must have a sad life then

It's up to everyone's own personal view to judge what is important in life or not. Some people pray all day, others enjoy killing others and find it the greatest thing in life. So better don't argue about or judge subjective feelings of others.  sarcastic 

Back to topic, I think EK's IFE on the A345 is the most advanced currently available. Would be great to see it being installed on the rest of the fleet.


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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:18 pm

I had the pleasure of sampling EK's A345 AVOD IFE called 'ICE' during my trip to Australia. The system reminded me of Vigin's V:Port which is almost identical in terms of operations and system layouts.

Quoting EmiratesUK (Reply 7):
They also have it on a few 772, flew BHX-DXB last Nov and the aircraft was fitted with the new seats and ICE system

Last summer I travelled on EK 773 and that do not have AVOD IFE but it seems that EK are trying to introduce it throughout their fleet.

I think the A345 also operates DXB-SYD.

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Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:50 am

ICE system is available on A340-500 and B777-300ER aircraft, along with a few select B777-200 which had the defunct GMIC system and have now been fitted out with ICE i.e. the BHX flight mentioned above.

A340-500 only fly to ZRH within Europe, although once more 777-300ER's are delivered i hear they will be deployed to MAN, GLA & DUS to name just a few european destinations.
 
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:43 am

Can anyone compare this with SQ's Krisworld?
 
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:00 am

ICE is the best inflight entertainment system I have ever come across. It's got over 500 TV channels, which are all played from start on demand. There's also a choice of some 5,000 CD tracks and loads of games. ICE stands for Information, Communications & Entertainment. And a new first for EK is that you can also check your emails with ICE!

ICE system is on the following aircrafts:

A345 A6-ERA
A345 A6-ERB
A345 A6-ERC
A345 A6-ERD
A345 A6-ERE
A345 A6-ERF
A345 A6-ERG
A345 A6-ERH
B772 A6-EMD
B772 A6-EME
B772 A6-EMF
B773ER A6-EBA
B773ER A6-EBB

In the next 2 to 3 months the remaining 6 777-200's will be reconfigured with more comfortable seats and the ICE system. All newly delivered aircraft will also be equipped with ICE. I don't know if the 'older' 777-300's or A330's will be reconfigured.
 
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:43 am

Quoting EmiratesUK (Reply 7):
They also have it on a few 772, flew BHX-DXB last Nov and the aircraft was fitted with the new seats and ICE system

Unfortunately they had not installed it when i was flying the route on the 5th of July
 
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:00 am

Got a question for all you EK frequent fliers- on the EK booking system, one of the flights I intend booking for this Dec. lists the A/C type as B77W? Is this the ER or regular 773? Hopefully it's the 773ER Big grin
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:02 am

77w is the new ER....enjoy!
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:14 am

Quoting EmiratesUK (Reply 15):
77w is the new ER....enjoy!

You just made my day Big grin
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:38 am

Excellent to hear they are expanding it to the 777 series... like why wouldnt they. its great! Does any other airlines have anything that compares?
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:25 pm

Quoting COSPN (Reply 2):
Yea I Liked the Big sized screen and the Trivia Game played against the other PAX

I won the Trivia Game just about every time I played it on the flights I was on. Is anyone on the 'global champion' list?
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:42 pm

Quoting Rushed (Reply 5):
what other sectors do they use it on? Can i get from Australian-Europe only using the 345?

i've flown on the JFK-DXB a couple of times on the A345..prefer their Triple Sevens though (flown on them a few times also.. Big grin )
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:05 pm

EKcrew, I believe there is a total of 500 channels of which about 100 are TV channels, the rest is Audio. Plus Info, Games etc.
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:18 pm

Quoting Rushed (Reply 17):
Excellent to hear they are expanding it to the 777 series... like why wouldnt they. its great! Does any other airlines have anything that compares?

I would compare it with Virgin V:Port.

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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:20 pm

When I flew A6-ERE (EK413) last October AKL(SYD)DXB (Business class) I was also highly impressed about the ICE system. The 19 hour flight didn't feel long at all with all the movies, TV, music ICE has to offer. Part of the 6 hour sleep, I was entertained by the ICE in a way or another. The best bit is that if in the middle of a movie you need to go to the lavatory you just pause the movie and continue when you are back Big grin

Truly amazing system!
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:04 pm

Business class on the 345 was an awesome experience.. my 3.5 hour flight from christchurch to melb was filled with the meal.. 3 hours of eating.. id imagine a 15hr flight would fly by.. 2 meals =6hrs.. then 9 hours of movies.. easy!
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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:40 pm

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 1):
you must have a sad life then

This coming from someone who continually posts about circumcision...


I heard that it is possible to order drinks and snacks from the first class suites on the A340-500. Can anyone verify?

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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:05 pm

Topics like this make me understand why most of the aircraft interior outfitters report that over 10% of their gross revenue now comes from IFE!

Quoting EmiratesA345 (Reply 24):

I heard that it is possible to order drinks and snacks from the first class suites on the A340-500. Can anyone verify?

I didn't think of this, but boy does it make sense. Tripply so for a long flight (like the 345's...)

Does the EK system have video on demand? It seems simple enough to set up a server (or two) that would dish out movies on call. (Note: my entire experience with this is helping my brother set up a system that will dish out video on demand to four TV's in his house.) Just a thought... Sorry, but Replay (TIVO clone) has taken my TV time from two to six hours a week!  Embarrassment

Comment: ever since my first Virgin Atlantic flight I've been into IFE: route maps, and "pacification" of the other passengers are the two selling features.

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RE: EK's Fantastic IFE!

Wed Apr 06, 2005 11:33 pm

Actually EK has two different IFE systems. THE IFE on the A332's, B772's, B773's and A343's are the same. However, the IFE on the new A345's are different, the Matsushita 3000 i system was installed on these A/C's. The key features of this system include: over 500 video and audio channels, video on demand, games, and instant messaging to any other passenger on the A/C.

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