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Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:07 pm

Do all the major US airlines still offer boarding music, or has that been axed as part of cost cutting? On both my flights from EWR-LAX, CO was playing James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, and Nash while we were sitting at the gate waiting for everyone to load their carryons and sit down. It was a nice touch that the LCCs don't have, and a few people happily noticed the music when they were sitting down.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 12:13 pm

Flying domestically on US carriers I have never had specific boarding music. However, many European carriers have their own boarding music. Virgin Atlantic has it's own boarding music video called 'Funky Oil' played on all PTVs during boarding (kinda cool). AF too has it's own boarding music which has been specifically composed for them by well-known composers. See my post asking for more information on the AF inflight/boarding music.


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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:03 pm

On my most recent flights, Alaska Airlines does still have boarding music, as does US Airways on the Airbus aircraft. ATA also has music videos playing during boarding, and it's a great touch!
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:08 pm

Delta plays it on their 767/777 aircraft.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:09 pm

I had some music on both of my DL flights between TPA and ATL.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:16 pm

EVA Air sells its boarding music on the DVD as a Duty Free item.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:20 pm

The only time ive ever had it was on TZ SFO-OGG. They played hawaiian music. I once heard a radio commercia for song saying that they were looking for bands to play in the terminals but i dont know if they ever went through wiht it
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 1:41 pm

Continental does it pretty much on all of their aircraft that are new generation............I don't think they do on the MD80. You are right,it is relaxing.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:08 pm

Its relaxing indeed.

What about United? Do they still have boarding music? I flew UA sometime ago and there wasn't any.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 2:37 pm

Does CO still do boarding music on the 735? I haven't noticed it on my last few flights this year, but I remember it on that aircraft as recently as last summer.
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 4:20 pm

HP still has boarding music with music videos playing at the same time. (Same song of course.)
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RE: Boarding Music

Sun Mar 14, 2004 5:06 pm

AA play boarding viedo music on 767 transcon flight
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:06 am

Most airlines (American and Delta definitely) play very goopy, cheesy Hawaiian music while boarding their flights to the islands. It's a nice touch though.  Smile

As was stated before, ATA flips down the plasma screens during boarding and plays music videos.

American also (sometimes) plays music on the forward screens while boarding widebody flights. I've seen it on three B763 flights to Manchester, although it was not done on my most recent B763 flight ORD-SFO. I guess it all depends on whether the crew remembers and/or has time to start the video.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:17 am

I had it on Air2000's boeing 767 G-OOAL last year. All the latest. It was cool,


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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:26 am

I was on an Ozark Air Lines DC9-15, N969Z on 20 October 1986 flying from St. Louis back to OHare and the boarding music they were piping is was "On My Own" the duet of Michael Mc Donald and Patti La Belle....
I tape recorded that flight ( I had a seat back by the engines) SO prior to everyone "putting away their crayons" ( I like how you put that!!) That was the song coming over the PA....I rememebr this because Its not one of my fave songs....its kind of annoying actually( and on my tape) ....Anway, got some nice JT8D engine noise off that old probably retired girl....No, The DC9 not Patti La Belle....LOL.

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:28 am

Just keep in mind, the aircraft has to be equipped to play the music. Embraer offers a CD player as standard equipment on the 135/140/145, but if the crew chooses not to use it......!! We also offer a digital system (Mpg), but the only one that has it that I know of is Swiss International, and on the aircraft that came over and went to Trans States, the system was deactivated.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:39 am

AA has a new-age music/video combo that they run on boarding of some int'l flights. It's hit or miss as to whether it's running or not, I'd say I see it on 60% of my flights. UA from the few times I've flown them still uses George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. CO doesn't have specific boarding music but plays everything from seasonal tunes (Christmas classics HKG-EWR in December) to AWFUL Hawaiian music (Alfred Apaka IAH-HNL... *gag*) to modern whatever. Last LHR-MIA flight I was on (AA113 three weeks ago) they were playing some really good pop/R&B and rather loudly at that! Dunno who picked the boarding music but it was definitely a pleasant change and I've never heard the PA on a 777 'cranked up' before... didn't sound bad at all! Doubt they got complaints as the flight was practically empty... I and one other person were in F, J had 5 people and I think Y had all of 50.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 12:54 am

I know on MQ we have CD players on all our A/C, except the ATRs which don't have one, and the CRJ700s which have a digital briefing system. The current CD we're using does have boarding music on it but it's a really campy AA themed music played over and over again, just using different instruments. Most FA (close to 98%) don't use it because it get repetitive and the business travelers who fly us all the time start to complain about the repetitiveness and volume (especially on early morning flight)
Some FA's were using their own CD's from home but were told to stop do to playing a copyrighted song on a AC without authorization opens the company to possibly get sued.
On AA A/C the music they play I believe comes off of the same storage device that stores the music that is part of the IFE equipment.

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:02 am

On my flight about a year ago from ATL to SAT we had music played once we arrived SAT at the gate. It was a Delta MD-88. Its odd that it was not played at ATL but it was at SAT. Go figure  Smile
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 1:47 am

I might just add that the PA system on the 777 seems to be CD quality - the speakers are pretty marvellous for use on an aircraft.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:18 am

I swear I am not making this up, but, once while boarding a WN flight from TPA to MDW they were playing music over the PA. I dont know how they were doing it. It was a nice instrumental kind of thing.
My husband and I just looooked at each other like do you hear what I hear?
It certainly did make for a nicer atmosphere in the cabin  Smile
Anyone care to tell me how they might have been broadcasting music over the PA like that when our planes dont have any kind of entertainment system? I have been curious...

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:22 am

AF still uses boarding music, though I cannot say that it provides any sense of comfort. Thank goodness for the immediate alcohol on their flights, with their choice of music being the way it is!  Big thumbs up

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:16 am


Well, maybe the plane you where on Southwest got from someone else, and the system was installed..... Maybe..??

I've also seen a few crews that would rig up a jack to a hand held CD player, plug it into the jumpseat headset jack mic plug, then play music that way......

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:28 am

Lets all rejoice in Thomas Cook's boarding music. It'll make number 1 for sure!

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:35 am

Since Delta still uses the pnumatic headphones, if you turn up your armrest volume loud enough on some of their aircraft you can have your own "background" music.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:03 am

I remember hearing jazz on a co 735 i took to Newark and on a Delta 738 flight to pensacola naval air station( a flight with delta supported ACE camp here in atlanta)
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:07 am

I flew Air France in 98' and they played great classical jazz. Paris-the jazz capital of Europe.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:15 am

I remember when I flew on Japan TransOcean Air a few years back between Okinawa and Miyako they played some traditional Ryukyu and Shamisen music as we boarded...that was a really nice touch. It's been a while since I last flew on them so I'm not sure if they still do it anymore.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:40 am

Air 2000 'treated' us to some Sheryl Crow a while back, while on a recent AA flight (LHR-JFK) we had some Cranberries (!!) played.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 6:47 am

Last year on an Excel Airways flight they left the music (modern pop stuff) playing until we were airborne. I distinctly remember sitting at the end of 24R at MAN listening to Avril Lavigne - Sk8r Boi. Kind of cool i thought!

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:06 am

Usually when I hear boarding music, it's usually a Muzac kind of generic sound. Like something you'd hear at a shopping mall.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:16 am

When I was on a non-stop China Airlines flight from Taipei to Honolulu, they played Hawaiian music on their A343.

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Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:23 am

On Virgin Express, BRU-MAD, they played some really catchy pop/R&B songs once we landed in MAD and taxied for what seemed like 15 minutes, kinda put me in a good mood...but our other flights did not have music, nor did they play it during boarding....hmmm
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:53 am

AA usually plays music before flights along with an "ocean" and "Fish" underwater scenes on the video screens.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:14 am

I was flying on a CO Express ERJ-145, ISP-CLE on Dec. 1, 2002. At boarding I heard the Beatles over the PA. I believe it was "Can't Buy Me Love."

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 8:15 am

AA had music playing on the 738 and AB6, SJU/MIA with some kinda kinda scenery background on the TV's. I havent been on AA in about a year.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:34 am

UA has four channels of boarding music but Pursers are encouraged to play the "Soft Sounds" (aka New Age) channel. Lots of Enya etc. This month it's something like "Classical Chillout" (obviously named by EMI Records Marketing Interns!)

On domestic 763's we have to run boarding videos to keep the overhead projectors warmed up so we can easily start the Safety video. Those puppies seem to take forever to warm up!

All our music channels onboard (including boarding music which is just one of the main music channels) all start with some derivation of Gershwin's "Rhapsody". It's a nice touch. There is definitely a calming affect that happens when boarding music is on!

UA did try boarding videos on all the fleets with video monitors but it turned out to just be an unnecessary expense. On the Airbus flip-down monitors, passengers would knock their heads against them and they'd retract and reset. Kinda annoying.

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 9:48 am

Gotta love the CO boarding music. I remember a year or so ago I was on an early morning flight to BOS and "Here comes the sun" was playing. Very appropriate as the glaring dawn sun was just coming through my window.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:29 pm

I heard JAzz Music when boarding a B757-200 from LAX-MCO on American AIrlines. I hear music on all Croatia Airlines flights and all long haul LH flights and on the screens the Lufthansa cranne and star alliance symbol is playing. Many years ago when I flew ATA's LT1011's from LAX - OGG they played Hawaiian Music. I do not think I heard anything on both of my America West flights. One flight was on a 737-300 and the other on a A319.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:33 pm

There is nothing better then boarding music. It is really relaxing when you enter the plane. But it's just a shame that no one hardly uses that anymore. I have been flying a couple of different airlines the past couple of years. And the ony one to have it wa US carriers..
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 2:43 pm

boarding music is quite nice, experienced it on AA, much better than the hustle and bustle of SWA
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:30 pm

I remember BA used to play boarding music on their Longhaul aircraft. It was several different versions of "Lakme" (their opera theme song). Great tune, too bad they don't seem to play it anymore. I was on a B777, A320 & A319 and none of them played music last month.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 3:52 pm

I thought the WN -700s have boarding music aboard the a/c already. But I remember as an ex-aircraft appearance technician for WN none of the a/c had any boarding music players but I remember seeing at least one -700 had it. It might have been one of the newer -700s.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:33 pm

Soft sounds? Enya? Jazz? Classical? Opera?

If I was in charge of the selection of boarding music, it would be like this!

Flying is exciting, the boarding music should reflect that.

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 4:54 pm

I love the Emirates theme music but I just can't seem to find it anywhere!
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:06 pm

All of AA's video equipped aircraft offer the ability to play boarding music. Therefore, the MD-80 and F100 are the only aircraft that don't have it. AA has a boarding video, which as mentioned above, consists of scenery of the ocean and fish set to some elevator-type music. That video is for the summer, there is another with snow and mountains for the winter, but same music. Often, the F/As will elect to play the audio from the F/A control panel instead of from the tape as we go nutters after hearing the same boarding music flight after flight. It hasn't changed in at least a decade. The F/A control panel allows us to play music from the audio system, and is set to channel 12 which is titled "Smooth." It always has a nice collection of jazz, soft rock, new wave, etc. That channel changes every month and therefore is fresh and new.
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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:10 pm

Never heard it on Northwest... in fact, if I did hear it, it would probably be out of place.

Is it really that nice of a touch? Are there really people who sit throughout the boarding process and do nothing but listen to AA-Muzak? And if so, why? There's better ways to use your time on an aircraft.

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RE: Boarding Music

Mon Mar 15, 2004 5:16 pm

once, when I flew China Southwest they played "California Dreaming" for the boarding music, interesting selection I thought.

what was really odd, was once flying Twa from lax-jfk, they were playing the theme from "Rocky" hehe

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