Received the following delicious nugget. Happy Saturday, folks!
If the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Airline" releases an RFI on Friday afternoon to put 350+ non-imbedded, handheld IFE devices on each of their sixteen recently inherited 747 aircraft, you can assume that:
A. The carrier considers handheld devices the ultimate IFE solution for their international passengers traveling up to 14 hours on their largest and most recognized aircraft in the world. (Consider the fanfare the carrier made when they painted these aircraft in the new livery.)
B. The carrier wants to increase the amount of time their most senior and friendliest flight attendants spend with the passengers by having them push heavy carts up and down the aisle as they graciously hand out the devices.
C. The carrier has determined that flight attendants will not suffer the effects from Deep Vein Thrombosis if they are getting regular exercise throughout the flight.
D. The carrier has learned that passengers really don't even want IFE during: a) the never-ending international boarding process for a 350 seat aircraft; b) push-back and taxi-out; c) take-off and climb-out; d) turbulence; e) descent and approach; f) landing and taxi-in, and; g) the never-ending international deplaning process for a 350 seat aircraft.
E. The carrier realizes it was wrong in getting rid of their previous 747 fleet in the late '70s.
F. The 747 fleet has a big "For Sale" sign painted on it.