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Consolidated "Channel 9 Availability" Discussion Thread [Merged]

Consolidated "Channel 9 Availability" Discussion Thread [Merged]

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Wiki note about the forum’s several, active “Channel 9” threads.

Offering live ATC communications on UA flights on Chanel 9 of the audio entertainment system (“Channel 9”) is exclusive to United and offered at the Captain’s discretion. This forum has four prime, active threads about Channel 9. This note will guide you to the right thread for your post, or to where you would look for those channel 9 posts you’re interested in.

1) This discussion thread to pursue issues about Channel 9 availability. (See the next paragraph. if you merely wish to list the flights offering or not offering channel 9.)

2) A thread – intended as a basic status thread only to list the specific channel 9-equipped flights offering or not offering Channel 9. The thumbs-up/down codes used in the thread are:
^ Channel 9 offered on this flight but no announcement made about it.
^^ Channel 9 offered and crew announced or promoted its availability.
Channel 9 not offered on this flight.
Channel 9 availability reports (no discussion)[Consoldidated]

3) A thread, to discuss interesting things heard on Channel 9, such as interesting exchanges between pilots and controllers or asking about pilot-controller phraseology. The Consolidated "Interesting Things Heard on Channel 9" Thread [Merged]

4) A thread to discuss United’s progress in converting legacy Continental aircraft to offer Channel 9.
Anyone get channel 9 on a reconfigured CO or PDE aircraft yet?

The following aircraft types have "From the Flight Deck" installed (commonly known as "Channel 9," as that's the location it is found on audio handset selectors):
pmUA 777-200ERs
pmCO 777-200ERs
pmUA 777-300ERs
pmUA 777-200As (high density, first class only)
pmUA 767-300ERs
pmCO 767-400ERs
pmUA 757-200 (28J p.s.)
pmCO 757-200 (16J p.s.) -- effective with cabin refresh announced October 2019

[pmUA A320 and A319 aircraft have had it removed. It is not installed on any 737s, 787s, nor pre-2019/2020 cabin refresh program pmCO 757-200s (16J p.s.) or pmCO 757-300s.]

The Moderators may move misplaced posts to conform to these thread aims.

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Old Apr 23, 18, 9:19 am
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Originally Posted by PsiFighter37 View Post
They were mostly pmCO planes, which didn’t come with it. I do wonder if the 78Js will have it, and if there is any way for it to be added when the widebody birds go in for the Polaris retrofit.
this should be possible. They added ch 9 to the pmco 777s and 764s.
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Old Apr 23, 18, 6:29 pm
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The person who boarded in front of me just asked if Channel 9 was available as he was boarding and the FA and maybe pilot gave a surprised look, said what and then said oh we got rid of that long time ago.

I thought he must be from FT
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Old Apr 23, 18, 6:59 pm
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Originally Posted by drew in the air View Post
The person who boarded in front of me just asked if Channel 9 was available as he was boarding and the FA and maybe pilot gave a surprised look, said what and then said oh we got rid of that long time ago.

I thought he must be from FT
If it was an Airbus, the pilot was correct. Channel 9 left that fleet (A319/A320) when the overhead monitors were removed and PDE installed. So if the pilot has been on the 'Bus for a long time, it could very well be a true statement.
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Old Apr 24, 18, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by drew in the air View Post
The person who boarded in front of me just asked if Channel 9 was available as he was boarding and the FA and maybe pilot gave a surprised look, said what and then said oh we got rid of that long time ago.

I thought he must be from FT
Were you on UA1165 EWR-LAX yesterday?
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Old Apr 24, 18, 5:42 pm
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UA42 FCO-IAD
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Old Apr 25, 18, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by ual744777sta View Post
Were you on UA1165 EWR-LAX yesterday?
yep!
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Old Apr 25, 18, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by drew in the air View Post
yep!
I was going to challenge him about it but I was too tired. Plus we were an hour early! Only waited 15 minutes for gate.
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Old Apr 26, 18, 6:21 am
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I asked the FA on MUC-IAD (UA 107) yesterday operated by sUA 772 and she replied "oh no, that was taken off aircraft years ago, right after the merger" didn't seem like a smart move to challenge her...nor tell her it was operational on the flight over
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Old Apr 29, 18, 11:19 am
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Is it just me or does channel 9 seem to be proactively available more on the sUA 752s operating the transcons than on the other aircraft that offer it? Sure, most of the other planes are flying over oceans, but I've noticed the 757 captains as a whole are really into this more than other captains I've flown with. Captain Denny ethos?

Update: Yes, I know these folks can and sometimes do fly 767s as well, but my understanding is that there's a cadre of line holders from the JFK days who always bid these transcon 757 routes.

Last edited by NewYork1K; Apr 29, 18 at 11:23 am Reason: Clarification w/767 folks
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Old Apr 30, 18, 8:27 pm
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TPE-SFO on a 777-300,

Asked a FA to ask the captain about ch 9. He comes back and shakes my hand saying he'd be glad to. Said plane is brand new though so he's not sure if it works, but that there was a switch in the cockpit and to let him know at the end of the flight. Then goes on to make a cabin announcement about it.

In seat entertainment system has a "from the flight deck" option. Tried multiple seats.

Sadly, no audio. Oh well.
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Old Sep 17, 18, 8:59 pm
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9/14 UA 340 IAD-SFO 777-200: Channel 9 On: ^

First time getting to listen to it in over three years...too many widebodies. I'd forgotten how great it was.
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Old Sep 17, 18, 10:53 pm
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My DEN HNL flight UA 328 8/29 and my HNL IAH flight UA 252 9/1 had it on. In both cases I saw the Capt or FO as I was boarding and asked. They were cool to do it, but never mentioned it during their announcements.
Approach into HNL was really interesting.
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Old Sep 17, 18, 11:01 pm
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Originally Posted by yul36 View Post
My DEN HNL flight UA 328 8/29 and my HNL IAH flight UA 252 9/1 had it on. In both cases I saw the Capt or FO as I was boarding and asked. They were cool to do it, but never mentioned it during their announcements.
Approach into HNL was really interesting.
How so?
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Old Sep 21, 18, 5:29 pm
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I'm so excited I have to share this: Channel 9 available on today's 1469 LAX-EWR - all the way
Say Vandelay likes this.
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Old Oct 4, 18, 12:54 am
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First time in years! Sept 30 UA 946 IAD-AMS 767-300 (N653UA): Channel 9 available and announced by captain:
There was, however, a persistent high tone noise that drowned out most of the audio so I only listened for a few minutes. Also, I was in seat 21D where I had to put away the entertainment system during takeoff and landing.
I did thank the captain after landing for putting the channel on.
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