American to expand in-flight video offerings

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines said on Wednesday that it will expand its inflight streaming video to about 400 Internet-equipped planes by the end of next year.
    American currently has streaming video available on 15 of its 767s, which are mostly used on flights between Kennedy airport in New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. American said it will add streaming video on more than 90 of its MD-80s by the end of this year and on more MD-80s and on 737-800s by the end of next year.
    American sells Internet service on some of its flights. The video offering that American is expanding allows passengers to use their own device such as a laptop or iPod to buy and watch TV shows or movies without paying for full in-flight Internet access.
    Introductory prices are 99 cents for a TV show and $3.99 for a movie, which comes with a free Internet session on the customers's next flight.
     
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    I just wish they'd get rid of the MD-80s already.
     
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    Although they don't have any IFE, I LOVE the MD-80s! Definitely better F seats than 57's and if you don't get the UG, at least you have the opportunity to sit on the 2 seat side!
     
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    I was on SFO-JFK and didn't know how to access the streaming video content. How do you go about doing it??
     
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    The page I just linked to has instructions for a laptop with Flash plugin and this fine print:

    *Expanded service on mobile devices and tablets, such as iPhone and iPad, coming soon.
     
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    I wish they could buy new MD-80s with better fuel efficiency. I'm a big fan myself and am sad to see them going....
     
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    If you are after the 2-3 seating, they could get the C Series

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardier_CSeries
     
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    The C Series are considerably smaller than the MD's
     
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    It's probably been ten years since I last flew on an MD80 (either Alaska or AA). But just last month I flew on a Hawaiian 717 -- does that count? I definitely like the cabin layout.
     
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    Completely agree.

    I understand the fuel issues. and I know we'll lose the MDs because of that.

    But while they're here, i look to them.
     
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    My home airport is BUR. AA only flies MDs out of there for now...not looking forward to the new 73's...I HATE their FC seats...most uncomfortable I have ever experienced!
     
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    Completely off topic but since you're based in BUR, couldn't you look at the relatively inexpensive flights from LAX-PVG as that MR you are looking for? I think you can get some dates under $900-$1000. Some of them even route into ORD to add more EQM.

    Not a great MR, but for end of year and with the prices of flights lately, also not too awful.
     
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    No, they're not. The smaller C-Series is smaller than the MD-80, but the large C130 is supposed to go to 145 seats. IIRC, the MD-80 on AA is currently either 140 or 144 seats.

    We just got done with SMD3, where we got to tour the C-Series project, and it's REALLY impressive.
     
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    Actually, if you route it LAX-ORD-PVG-ORD-LAX, it works out to about 4.5/mile...not great as you say, but doable. Thanks for the thought!
     
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    Good to know about the larger C aircraft. I was not aware they were that large. Hopefully, we will see these instead of the 73's with their terrible seats!
     
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    It's meant to be a 2/3 seat layout, similar to the current MD-80s. A bit off-topic, but my two favorite things about the plane were the overhead bins and the noise level.

    The overhead bins are huge. They're pneumatic, similar to the bins on the larger Boeing craft. Based on the way they're built, you can get a ton of stuff into the bins.

    The plane is also supposed to be significantly quieter. Since they haven't built one yet, that part remains to be seen. But, should be a big plus.
     
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