Slimline seats reportedly coming to the 737 fleet in 2014

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    I've got on pretty good authority that UA has been demo'ing new slimline seats for their 737 fleet in the Willis Tower and that these will be installed starting in 2014. No word on whether this also means an extra row of seats being installed, but I know what I'd bet if odds were being made.

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    Planes currently equipped with the DirecTV kit will keep it through the end of the current contract, even with the new seats, but no new 739ERs are being fit with the system from what I'm hearing. Also unclear is if the new 739s will be getting the LiveTV/ViaSat internet or the Panasonic kit which the non-DirecTV planes are getting.

    This should be interesting, to say the least...
     
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    A new row of seats is highly likely, given that the refurb will include new space-saving lavs similar to those being installed by Delta on its 739ERs.
     
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    Yes, because tiny airplane lavatories of today are still way too big. :rolleyes:

    And, yes, I know DL and Boeing claim the new lavs don't reduce space inside the lav, but since when has anything related to increasing seat count inside an airplane resulted in a more comfortable passenger experience?
     
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    While I have flown over 150k this year, I haven't yet experienced the slimline seat, is it really that bad?
     
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    It is really that bad. The seat pan is way too short for any real comfort.
     
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    Isn't UA already installing these seats in the A319 & A320 fleet? And adding a row or even 9 seats to the aircraft. If they are putting them in the Airbi, seems almost like a foregone conclusion that they'll start using them in the 737 fleet
     
  9. Wandering Aramean
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    Yes.

    Well, the Boeing ones will be slightly different as I understand things. And there are still many differences between the two fleets so it wasn't necessarily a 100% certainty.
     
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    So I take it Direct TV is on the way out?

    What is the alternative?

    No IFE?

    That's unacceptable.
     
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    BYOD.
     
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    Not really. It is being kept on the planes where it currently exists, but not installed on new ones.

    Streaming media to your own device.

    And not the plan.
     
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    6 or 9 or 12 more seats into the same aircraft without reducing legroom or increasing staffing is far too tempting to pass up :D
    Inevitable anyway. Please give us good bandwidth and power at the seat.

    ETA - will there be some locally cached entertainment that is streamed to devices without needing Internet connectivity? That is probably the architecture that is needed.
     
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    The streaming is from a media server on-board, not from the ground/internet. Even if they could provide that bandwidth in a way that all passengers have enough it would be cost-prohibitive to do so.
     
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    FYI -- I remember them stating that they will probably charge for the local streaming too though :( (after the "trial" period).
     
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    Probably?
     
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    I am too lazy (or grumpy) to find the exact wording but I remember them leaving room that they may or may not charge ... i'd say they will eventually.
     
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    I don't believe that is accurate. The statement I got was that the on-board streaming media would be free, just like AVOD is today. Feel free to search for a quote/statement to the contrary, but I don't think you'll find one.
     
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    Grumpy Cat found the text...

    I guess it could go either way ... but I interpreted this as streaming content that will be complimentary until "we finalize these plans." Maybe pay per view type thing?
     
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    Where is that from? It contradicts what was said by execs in public regarding the plans, though certainly that's not too crazy an experience that I don't believe it at all.
     
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    They could always change their mind on a whim so I wouldn't put too much faith on anything.

    It was pulled from UA Insider's updat announcement about the airbiis ...

    http://milepoint.com/forums/threads/more-information-about-our-airbus-reconfigurations.62420/
     
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    The slimline seats are indeed pretty bad. I sat in an A319 that had them on IAH-AUS recently and was uncomfortable by the time we landed, mostly due to having very long legs and the seat length simply being insufficient. I cannot imagine doing a transcon (or IAH-ANC :eek:) in those seats.
     
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    Mine was actually older info based on the initial retrofit of the 747s when that was announced, not specific to the Airbii. If they've changed their minds since what I had then that's news I missed when it happened.
     
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    I appreciate that things can change, in any case. It's not done 'til it's done & then it could still change!
     

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