|Quoting United1 (Reply 62):|
What's the ROI on AVOD on the 744s....you have been claiming for years that the answers to all of life troubles is to retrofit an AVOD system on all aircraft. Show me the numbers that prove that the best decision UA could make is to retrofit an AVOD system onto the 747-400...
Things like this make me wish that search engines like Kayak would have some level of integration with Seatguru, so a customer looking at a low fare could make an informed decision regarding the features a craft will have rather than having to either just assume it will be like previous flights on other craft or having to dig deeply themselves.
That would hold them accountable for it, as they deserve to be.
However, would it be a waste? By installing an AVOD system, couldn't they go on to remove and reuse it on new aircraft when the 747 is retired?
As for weight, is that even a factor anymore? On the 788, there is no bulky box under the seat at all. It seems that all the capabilities they could need can be contained within the screen itself nowadays, as we observe with modern tablets.
|Quoting United1 (Reply 59):|
Seems to be fairly reliable and stable...also the content is actually expanded vs the AVOD system.
|Quoting STT757 (Reply 63):|
The WIFI streaming works better than having seat back PTVs. The resolution on my Ipad is better than anything the airlines could put in the seat backs. I've used it on UA's A320s, my personal experience was that it worked brilliantly.
You both must be incredibly lucky then. Out of about 12 flights on retrofitted planes, the streaming was actually working on about 6 of them in my experience. If the streaming wasn't working, wifi wasn't either. When malfunctioning, it would seem to malfunction to various degrees. In some cases, it would be where the network itself was connectable and I could access as far as the moving map, but the uplink to the satellite itself was not available, and oddly nor was streaming. In other cases, the network is connectable but no page ever loads in, making all features obviously unavailable (or resulting in a placeholder "unavailable" page).
In the times that Wifi and Streaming were present, then it was quite nice. As you mention, being able to watch videos at a higher size and resolution than a PTV is very nice. However, they need to get it to a good state of reliability before it is able to be a real viable solution on any long haul flight, and they need to have the FA
's know how to quickly and easily reset the system when it is malfunctioning, just like how they can reset a malfunctioning PTV system.
Where the system will be more troubled is Transcons. All of the dominant transcon craft lack sufficient power ports in Economy, with the 738 only featuring in E+, and the 752 (Domestic non-PS) and 320 Series (also getting only E+) currently lacking them completely. A laptop will last maybe 3 hours at best while viewing the flash-based streaming page while of course keeping a constant wifi link active.
It's still better than what the competition aside from VX
typically offer on a transcon, though.
I do wonder if the FA
's are trained in how to restart the system when that does occur. If not, then hopefully it is a simple process for them to learn, some sort of switch flick. If it is not such a simple system, then that seems like questionnable design. Then again, I have more of a personal computers background than an aviation one, so I'm not entirely sure how such a system would be configured.
|Quoting United1 (Reply 59):|
They started installing power ports what the middle/end of last year and are about 3/4th of the way done....that's a fairly rapid deployment.
Initially they had promised to have it installed in 2013. Took them until quite late 2014. They had only one with power installed for a very long time, before moving on to others it seems. As for why they didn't just install it when they installed WiFi, as well as why they aren't installing power ports as they install the Slimlines on the 320's, is a mystery to me.