It's a great product, but I have to wonder with pretty much everybody carrying a tablet/ipad/phone would they have added all that weight in retrospect?
What do you mean?
They are still doing mods and new deliveries will still come with seat back IFE. On top of that Delta/Delta Flight products is working with Gogo on the new wireless IFE that will come in the C10/220s
So obviously Delta still sees value in the product and is still trying to advance the technology.
Any word if Delta's A220s will have IFE?
EA CO AS wrote:
I think seatback IFE is neat and wish AS, along with others, made it standard.
Having said that, after seeing the numbers ($1M per plane to retrofit, and that's before added fuel burn, etc.) there's just no business case to support it, particularly when various studies have shown that upwards of 90% of passengers do already have a WiFi enabled device on them when they travel.
And having seen the compensation given out when seatback IFE fails (because when it does, it does so spectacularly, sometimes taking down the whole row!), it's a service failure waiting to happen on every single flight.
I just don't see any valid business case supporting it on less than 5-6 hour missions, really.
bias does that to people.
Delta management has made it clear that they believe things like IFE, 3-3-3 in the 777s, fleet wide wifi etc. etc. are a big part (along with reliability) to its revenue premium in the domestic market place.
Some of the comments here make it sound like it's an either or situation on Delta with the PTVs..the fact is that Delta's AVOD PTVs are simply another IFE OPTION - they still have Delta Studio (which is the stream-to-your-own-device platform, similar to what AA and UA are transitioning to) on their planes. So if you don't like the PTV or find it hard to use, then by all means go for Delta Studio streaming...the point is that there are two IFE options on many of Delta's planes, whereas on many other carriers, there is only one option. How can anyone complain about having more choices?
The market has shown time and time again that people what options and choices when they are traveling, and Delta is trying to provide as many options as possible.
Has it been determined yet if Delta's A220's will have PTV's, or just streaming entertainment?
they will have the new wireless IFE provided by Gogo and Delta flight products.
Look for that system to roll out across other fleets as they either get delivered (339s and sounds like 321Ns) or as refurbishments come due ie the 764 mods.
I would put money on the 777s being the last airplanes to get wired IFE in a refurb and the 321CEO/739s to be the last planes delivered with wired IFE.