How American Airlines Installs Wi-Fi

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  1. Infinite1K
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    Cali Lewis from GeekBeat.TV goes behind the scenes to show how American Airlines installs WiFi on a newly delivered Boeing 737-800:

     
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    Really cool!
     
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    Very interesting, thanks for posting.

    BTW, for those who don't know, the system they are installing is essentially cellular data (EVDO) tuned for use via airplanes. This is different than what AA will install on their 777s.
     
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    Fascinatin' stuff! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Thanks for posting! :)
     
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    What eric said.

    Am curious...

    A potentially stupid question (but am confident am not the only one wondering it :D) why it all isn't sorted before the plane is delivered, whilst it's being assembled...noting several comments early on about having to take things apart to do so......
     
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    My same question. You'd have to imagine it would be far easier to just order the airplane with wifi (like buying a car with an extra option), and boeing adds it in when they're building the plane. I'm sure AA would have to pay more for that (and maybe that's the answer--maybe it costs less for their mechanics to tear the plane apart than it would be for someone else to do it), but seems like it would be worth it.

    Having said that, maybe Boeing's assembly line/manufacturing process isn't equipped to handle this?
     
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    I don't think it's a stupid question at all, I think it's a good question. My understanding (based on vague recollections) is that for anything to be installed pre-delivery, it has to be coordinated with Boeing. An airline can order a plane and choose from a set of options, including seating and interiors, but there's a lot more options available after-market. Boeing offers those that it has coordinated with their processes.

    (A crude analogy would be ordering your car. You may have a few options for sound system and navigation units, but there are likely to be hundreds more after-market.)
     
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    And that's what I was thinking....too obvious a notion to have not been considered, and so there's probably a very good reason from a manufacturing- and/or delivery- process point of vew as to why it's all linstalled "after the fact".
     
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    thanks to the OP...this is really cool (and I love rev3).
     

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