My thread about Delta's IFE "upgrades" on the 767-300ERs has caused a hot debate. I would like to start a thread that is less controversial.
As we know, most modern widebody aircraft have PTVs in economy that are factory-installed. There are a few exceptions, such as Delta's 767-400ERs when they were first delivered and United's domestic 777-200As.
I have been wondering whether any airline will order the 787, A350, or A380 without PTVs in economy. Some people are now using their own entertainment systems, but not everyone has that money to spend lots on electronics. Until recently, Lufthansa's newest widebody aircraft were not equipped with PTVs in economy, but this is no longer the case.
So, is there a chance that any airline will order the 787, A350, or A380 without PTVs in economy. I would probably say the two most likely airlines to order them without PTVs are All Nippon and JAL on their 787-3s, but I would still say that the chances of them not featuring PTVs are quite slim. Most U.S. based airlines will probably include PTVs on their 787s/A350s, unless perhaps AA
orders the 787-3 to replace the A300. Delta, United, Continental, Northwest, and US Airways will probably include PTVs on their 787s/A350s if/when they are delivered, although United might not include AVOD.
Last time I heard, the 787 will either be offered with Panasonic or Thales IFE. Notably absent is Rockwell Collins. However, this was when Boeing was proposing on using wireless IFE. I don't know whether Rockwell Collins is now an option or not, however, I am sure that some airlines would like to have more than two options. While Panasonic is the leading IFE provider in North America, AA
might want to use Rockwell Collins IFE for their 787s like they do on their 777s. US Airways, who uses Sony Transcom IFE on their A330s, might want an option for Rockwell Collins IFE on their A350s, as Sony Transcom was purchased by Rockwell Collins in 2000.