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United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 8:33 am

This is just a recapitualtion off a several week-old press release, I believe I saw it at

United, this year, was again awarded "Best Overall Inflight Entertainment Product" by the World Airline Inflight Entertainment Association (WAIEA). Runners up were Virgin Atlantic and Singapore Airlines, respectively.

(I forgot the source).

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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 8:37 am

This is good news.
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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 8:47 am

Ah, wait. I gave some wrong information.

Here is the official press release from (it's actually the World Airline Entertainment Association):

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2000 — Among the world's passenger airlines, United Airlines offers the "Best Overall" inflight entertainment, according to a 20-member international media panel that evaluated inflight audio, video and print entries from 52 leading passenger airlines worldwide. British Airways ranked number two; Virgin Atlantic Airways ranked number three.

Sponsored by the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA), the "AVION Awards," now in its 12th year, honors excellence in several categories of airline inflight entertainment, covering audio, video, and inflight magazines. The 2000 winners are:

Best Inflight Magazine: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Best Inflight Entertainment Guide (Within the Magazine): Royal Brunei Airlines
Best Inflight Entertainment Guide (Separate from the Magazine): United Airlines
Best Single Inflight Audio Program: Varig Brazilian Airlines
Best Inflight Audio Entertainment: Airline Management Partnership Swissair/Sabena
Best Instructional Video: British Airways
Best Single Special Purpose Video: Virgin Atlantic Airways
Best Video "Magazine" Style Program: KLM Royal Dutch Airways
Best Single-Channel Video Programming: Continental Airlines
Best Multi-Channel Video Programming: Northwest Airlines
Best Overall Inflight Entertainment
Winner: United Airlines | 1st Runner-Up: British Airways | 2nd Runner-Up: Virgin Atlantic Airways
The 20-member international judging panel included: Jo-ed Griffith (Program Placement Manager, United Paramount Network, Los Angeles); Ron Simon (TV Curator, The Museum of TV & Radio, New York), Tom Gomes (President, Successo CD/Show Business Guia Internacional Magazine, Sao Paulo, Brazil), Chantale Routhier (National Sales Manager, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Toronto), David Saltz (Executive Producer, "ABC IN CONCERT," New York), Mark Marone (Modern Rock Chart Manager/Columnist, Billboard Magazine, New York), Larry Summerville (Chief Executive, More FM Radio, Auckland, New Zealand), Roberta Chin (Vice President, Golden Harvest Films, Hong Kong), and Robert Matheu (Photographer, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Los Angeles).

The inflight entertainment offerings were judged for "originality," "suitability," "production value," "content," and "balance."

The winners were announced Friday night, September 22, 2000 at the WAEA 21st Annual Conference and Exhibition, held this year in Anaheim, California, USA. The black-tie ceremony capped the week-long, international "market place" for passenger airlines and their inflight entertainment/ communications suppliers.

Founded in 1979 as a nonprofit organization, the WAEA is the official worldwide network representing over 100 airlines and over 250 airline suppliers committed to excellence in inflight entertainment and communications and the continual improvement of the airline passenger environment.

For more information on the AVION Awards (including Runners-Up in each category), the WAEA, and the inflight entertainment industry, visit the WAEA website at # # #

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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 11:58 am

Best inflight entertainment my ...nevermind...well anyway the last two flights I was the audio on their 727 didnt even work and my seat was missing its magazine...made for a lovely 3 hours of nothing but staring at overcast clouds=P
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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 12:02 pm

Did it ever occur to you to:
a) move seats to one that had audio
b) get your bum up and find another, more interesting magazine?

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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 12:16 pm

a) The airplane was packed solid thank you very much..there was not an empty seat.
B) Its hard to get up when you have a 300 pound lumberjack sitting next to you and you are in the window seat!!!!
I expect some amenities to be given if im paying 400 dollars for a ticket somewhere...
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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 2:08 pm

I have always thought UAL had the best ife, nobody came close. When I was growing up in the Bay Area, that is all we flew every year UAL. No matter what plane we were on from 737s to 727s there was ALWAYS audio, and of course the bigger and new planes had video. So, I just assumed this was standard on all the other carriers, that they equipped their fleets with at least audio. Boy was I wrong. My first shock came 5 years ago when I flew from CVG to SFO on DL. It was the 8 something morning 727 flight. I thought for sure, a flight that long, a major like DL and having experienced audio on UAL and US 727s this plane would be equipped! Over the years I've found with interest how AA flies new MD-80s from ORD to SFO and LAX w/out audio and NW pulling the plug on their Airbuses when even HP has it.

So, out of all the US airlines, if you want ife, it will be hit and miss if you fly AA, NW, DL or CO, I've always known this, but w/ UAL it is a given fact that you will get something. I'm glad they won this award, they are the only US carrier that deserves it.
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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 2:29 pm

I don't know about your experiences, but on my flight from DEN-BOS, we had Toy Story 2 playing - not the best stuff I've ever seen. In fact, it was rather crappy. On my flight from SVO-JFK, Delta Airlines showed better stuff.

Thank you

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RE: Asiana Also Won A Passenger Service Award.

Sun Feb 25, 2001 3:10 pm

Asiana also won a ATW passenger service award, being the first korean airline to win an ATW award.
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RE: United Awarded Best Inflight Entertainment

Sun Feb 25, 2001 7:04 pm

UA does exceed other US airlines in the area of in-flight entertainment. Most notably...

1) There is no charge for headphones
2) While not all planes have video screens, there are functional headphone jacks on nearly all aircraft
3) To my knowledge, they are the only domestic airline to offer a "Channel 9" style feature.

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