upstatedave
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AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:55 am

I was just looking through jet photos and came across this picture:

http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=435841

Is AA the only carrier with Cabin IFE that uses this set up? Does anyone know why they choose CRTs over the drop-downs? Is it a maintenance issue; did they not want to bother with the mechanism that drops the screens down?
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RE: AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:58 am

Quoting UpstateDave (Thread starter):
? Does anyone know why they choose CRTs over the drop-downs?

Because they don't think people in the window seats deserve to see the top corner of the movie.  Sad
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RE: AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:11 am

I am not sure about the maintenance issues. The ex-TWA 757s had drop-down LCDs.. Ten of AA's A300s also got drop-down LCDs below the center bins after their PTVs were removed.

AA's next batch of 737-800s will feature LCDs, but I don't know whether they will be the drop-down type or the type fixed over the aisles. On the 757s and 767-200ERs, AA will be installing fixed LCD monitors over the aisles. There are currently no plans to replace the CRTs on the 737-800s as the 757s and 767-200ERs are getting a full cabin refresh which includes the new LCD monitors, while the 737-800s already have fairly new cabins.
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RE: AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:42 am

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 2):
I am not sure about the maintenance issues.

There may be some issues, but I've been on hundreds of planes with drop down LCDs and I've only ever seen them have issues a couple of times. Both times, they raised the screens and one didn't go up, but cycling the screens down and up again seemed to solve the problem.

Personal experience is not broad enough to make a judgment other than I would think that if failure to deploy/retract were common, I would have seen it more often, considering how many broken seats I've seen (failure to stay upright or recline).
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RE: AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:52 am

I think because AA is just CHEAP!
 
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RE: AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:15 am

Quoting PRAirbus (Reply 4):
I think because AA is just CHEAP!

Cheap and profitable... they don't do anything they don't have to.

I'd argue that NW and and maybe even UA could be cheaper yet.
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RE: AA 737s - IFE Drop-down Vs. Ceiling Mounted

Sun Sep 16, 2007 11:39 am

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 5):
I'd argue that NW and and maybe even UA could be cheaper yet

NW yes for sure. UA not so much, maybe it is just me but I find UA's TED better than AA and anything but Cheap comes to mind
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