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In-Flight Entertainment Check: What You’ll Get on Each AirlineConde Nast Daily Traveler
I did a round-up of domestic inflight entertainment options for Conde Nast.

Why Vegas Flights Might Cost MoreConde Nast Daily Traveler
Vegas opened its brand new $2.4 billion terminal this week, but it doesn’t really need it. Still, somebody has to pay for it . . .

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Richard Sachs

June 16:
United (Continental) was $568 RT non stop from EWR, with no decrease in the fare after watching it for almost two months. Paid $330 RT two years ago.
Wound up on Southwest for $199 each way after dropping from $290 each way.
Though not nonstop, EWR-PHX-LAS and returning LAS-DEN-EWR, I was able to get the exit rows by being in the “A” group. Conclusion: PHX is a very boring airport!!

philip b

What about Delta 747, 330-200, 330-300?


CF – that’s one reason that I think it would be a mistake to allow airports a further increase in the PFC. The airport authorities all seem to have an edifice complex, wanting to build large taj mahal shopping and dining venues with a some gates attached. They seem to be largely run for the construction contractors and labor unions with little regard for what really matters for passengers or the airlines. Las Vegas had plenty of gate capacity for the current service levels, and increasing costs is one way to make sure that service grows more slowly. They already… Read more »

David SF eastbay

Since it takes a long time to build an airline terminal, what was traffic like and projected growth back when the discission was made to build it?

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Delta removed the overhead video screens on their MD-90 aircraft. It looks like AVOD could be installed someday as the back of the seats in Y do not have padding on the tops, but not yet.

SAN Greg

No rail transit options at LAS and if you rent a car there you have to take a ride over to the consolodated rental facility which adds at least 10 minutes on both ends of the rental process. As far as supershuttles go you run the risk of them making a half dozen stops before you get to your hotel on the strip. The one time we took a cab the driver made a big deal about not getting what would amount to a 30% tip. Unless I’m willing to splurge and be picked up by a hotel limo, I… Read more »


I can’t think of a single major airport that doesn’t require 5-10 minutes to get from baggage claim to rental car, even when the CONRAC is in the parking garage as it is at DCA.


From your recap of inflight options you missed alot about the United inflight side: United 737-700/800/900: Wi-Fi coming, personal satellite TVs and movies on most A319/A320/757-200/767-300/777-200: No Wi-Fi available, overhead video screens on all 737-500: No Wi-Fi available, no video available No regional aircraft have Wi-Fi or video You made a fair point it is mixed bag depending on the aircraft, but.. You missed that all 757-2 have AVOD and in-seat power (these are all the sCO TATL planes) You missed that most 767s have AVOD or individual screens looping, and they will all be getting AVOD. That should be… Read more »


remember that all of these planes do fliy domestic segments, if not many but they do fly them. I am regularly on EWR-MCO/SFO on TATL 757’s