Continental Airlines has completed the installation of Audio/Video on Demand (AVOD) in the BusinessFirst cabins of its entire fleet of 41 Boeing 757 aircraft used primarily on transatlantic flights to/from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. Continental operates Boeing 757s from Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick and Manchester to New York. AVOD systems will be installed in the economy cabins of these aircraft beginning summer 2007.
More movies and audio programming
The new AVOD allows customers to choose from up to 25 movies, 25 short-subject programs and 50 compact discs. Once the system is activated by the crew, customers may watch the programming whenever they choose, controlling the programs with easy-to-use touch-screens to stop, pause, rewind and fast forward. The new entertainment system also has 20 video games and an interactive Berlitz World Traveler program that teaches foreign languages.
AVOD on Boeing 777 fleet
Continental also plans to install AVOD in both the BusinessFirst and economy cabins of its Boeing 777 fleet. The first 777 with the new system is scheduled to enter service in March 2007. The entertainment systems on these aircraft allow customers to choose from more than 250 movies, 300 short-subject programs and 150 compact discs with a jukebox feature to make individual playlists. In addition, this new entertainment system has 25 video games and the interactive Berlitz World Traveler foreign language program.
“We continue to invest in our product when it makes good business sense,” said Mark Bergsrud, senior vice president marketing programs and distribution. “Our customers value inflight entertainment and want to be able to choose what they want to watch whenever they want.”
More in-seat power
With airline passengers carrying on more portable electronic devices like laptop computers, personal DVD players and digital music players, the airline is also increasing the number of in-seat AC power ports on the Boeing 757. Power ports are available in each of the 16 BusinessFirst seats on these aircraft and at economy class seats located forward of the overwing emergency exit. Each set of three seats has two receptacles providing electricity.
“As small laptop computers become cheaper and more portable, increasing numbers of our customers are bringing them on trips,” said Bergsrud. “Providing a convenient electric supply lets travellers work or entertain themselves without worrying about their battery dying during the flight.”
Power ports accept standard plugs
These are the first Continental aircraft to be equipped with power ports that accept the standard electric plugs from most countries around the world. No special adapter is necessary. AC power ports will be installed throughout the entire economy cabin when AVOD is added to the main cabins of these 757 aircraft beginning summer 2007.
Continental’s Boeing 777 and 767 fleets already have the EmPower 15V DC system which uses special adapter cables for the in-seat power.
The airline is currently making plans to deploy in-seat power in more types of aircraft in order to support the anticipated increase in the use of on-board electronics.