US Airways is deactivating the powerports on its 102 Airbus A320 family aircraft. See below for two pretty informative Q&As between US Airways and its employees about the carrier's plans.
I only hope that US Airways' decision to decimate its domestic in-flight entertainment (IFE) and services in economy class means that it is readying to take a step forward, as previously discussed. Oh I know, that pillow/blanket set sounds really exciting. Calm your enthusiasm.
Q. When we remove IFE systems from our domestic mainline aircraft, are we also going to deactivate powerports?
A. "We currently have powerports on 102 Airbus A320 family aircraft. We'll be deactivating them when we remove IFE systems from these aircraft beginning Nov. 1.The powerport system only permitted limited usage of 8-10 customers at a time and required them to purchase a special adapter. We'll continue to offer universal (adapter-free) laptop power compatible for 145 countries in Envoy on our B767 and 757 fleet and are taking this option for our new A330-200s that are coming online later this year. We'll also continue offering in-seat power in Envoy on our A330-300 fleet."
Q. What about pillows and blankets? When are those coming and what else will we sell? Also, what about new IFE? Who are we working with?
A. "Regarding the pillow and blanket question: They're coming (but no exact date yet) and looking at selling for about $7. In regards to IFE we are talking to all the primary vendors for inflight entertainment and Wireless internet. Given the large costs involved and the 10- to 15-year life cycle of what we choose we will carefully compare the pros and cons of all the choices prior to moving forward."