|Quoting Orion737 (Reply 3):|
Well equally I cant see why seat back television is necessary on short sectors. On longer flights, yes but short regional flights I think i could make do with a newspaper. It seems a lot of expense installing the system on short haul aircraft at a time when airlines are cutting costs and services in other areas.
These are not short regional flights. AC
's Embraer fleet will usually do flights from 1.5 hours to almost five hours (like Toronto-Kelowna), and the Jazz 705s are doing flights in the 2-4 hour timeframe (like Calgary-Houston). The EMB-175 is doing Toronto-Dallas which is a 3-hour flight. It's the 50 seaters that don't have TV
that do the short regional flights. But frankly, if I had a choice even for a one-hour flight, I'd go for AVOD over food, because I can always get a croissant and coffee in the terminal or buy off the inflight service menu, but I can't get AVOD unless I want to schlepp my electronics with me, which I usually don't.
The same applies to families travelling with young children. It's easy to bring a long a snack pack - you want them to eat healthy foods anyway - but it's hard to keep them entertained for three hours without bringing along the electronic toys and books, etc. AC's AVOD is supposed to have games and children's programming. I don't know the quality of either, but if I were a parent, I can pack some veggies and drinking boxes and not have to worry about the whole entertaining thing.
[Edited 2006-01-23 20:21:26]