Streaming entertainment on 747

Old Apr 2, 19, 9:06 am
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Streaming entertainment on 747

Considering that the 747s are being phased out and thus a retrofit of the Economy Class cabin is not worthwhile, KLM has introduced a new entertainment offering on the 747 where passengers can stream entertainment (in HD) to their own device using AirFi. Above 10.000 feet, this service is activated and passengers can connect to the local network and use the entertainment selection through an online portal.

If anyone is flying with a 747 in the coming days, I'm curious if it works smoothly and if the entertainment offering is the same as on the regular screens.

Article in Dutch: https://insideflyer.nl/streaming-ent...lm-747s-airfi/
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Old Apr 2, 19, 11:07 pm
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Luchtvaartnieuws also posted an article on the same topic: https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieu...747s-van-airfi
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Old Apr 7, 19, 1:46 pm
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I was on a KLM 777 the other day that featured Wifi - didn't work to even log in. Kept coming back with some "unknown pnr" or "invalid flying blue credentials".
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That's the Panasonic wi-fi, more than likely. It's total garbage. This is a separate and local system, and shouldn't require authentication as it's purely running a streaming media server.
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Originally Posted by Xandrios View Post
I was on a KLM 777 the other day that featured Wifi - didn't work to even log in. Kept coming back with some "unknown pnr" or "invalid flying blue credentials".
same problem on AF the other day. As per the crew, some W pax managed to connect but no one in J (I was in J).
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Old Apr 8, 19, 8:12 am
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I feel like the 'some pax have managed to connect' is a universal and scripted excuse now to divert attention from the obvious fact that the Wifi doesn't work at all.
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Old Apr 8, 19, 9:11 am
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That's the Panasonic wi-fi, more than likely. It's total garbage. This is a separate and local system, and shouldn't require authentication as it's purely running a streaming media server.
Not necessarily Panasonic; it can also be Gogo on the 777. Curious if you noticed which provider it was, Xandrios?
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Originally Posted by KLflyerRalph View Post
Not necessarily Panasonic; it can also be Gogo on the 777. Curious if you noticed which provider it was, Xandrios?
Not sure; it was PH-BVK and could very well be the old Panasonic system. Have they gone beyond upgrading the A330's to GoGo?
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Old Apr 8, 19, 2:38 pm
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Not sure; it was PH-BVK and could very well be the old Panasonic system. Have they gone beyond upgrading the A330's to GoGo?
The BVK should have the Gogo system. The 777 fleet is actually the first priority for KLM to fit with wifi by the end of this year; the A330's will only be due in 2021. See https://insideflyer.nl/klm-launches-...-based-passes/
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Old Apr 12, 19, 7:09 am
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I’ve spent 9,5 hours in the PH-BFN 747 yesterday, only to notice after landing a WiFi network named ‘KLM wireless media’ was available. Could be a funny joke of a passenger, however the network logo seemed that it was a proper WiFi rather than someone’s personal hotspot.

There has been no announcement from crew, nor were there any signs or leaflets indicating that the plane was equipped with the new feature.

As usual on the 747, the IFE didn’t work properly until after a system restart approx. 2h after take-off.

If this plane was equipped with the new streaming system, the crew clearly missed the chance of announcing it during one of there 6-7 announcements on the failing IFE.
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