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  1. Bernie Leighton
    Bernie Leighton at |

    Why has no one done something that clever before, legitimately in awe of the possibilities!

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      It is not the first (Qantas has a similar system and others have looked at such) but few do it. For one thing, the certification testing is not an easy nut to crack. The commercial screens usually don’t meet the 16G test requirement. It requires testing, integration with the airframer, airline and seat manufacturer and generally a lot of work.

      Getting the right streaming solution on board is also not trivial when supporting 100+ devices concurrently. In this case Gogo is installing a full parallel wifi network to handle the extra load.

      Also, historically power for the devices was marginally more challenging.

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  2. mwwalk
    mwwalk at |

    Two unrelated questions:

    1) How much does adding all of this weight (for all the screens and such) cost the airline in fuel?

    2) How much does Southwest save (on maintenance, pilots ratings, etc) by only using 737s?

    Thanks.

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  3. Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans at |

    Virgin America tried this as well (I saw the early prototypes at their HQ) but don’t think it ever made it live.

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  4. Stephen Evans
    Stephen Evans at |

    Virgin America tried this as well (I saw the early prototypes at their HQ) but don’t think it ever made it live.

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