LY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2679 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6954 times:
I have flown only 2 US carriers: AA which was horrible, and DL which was average, but still disappointing.I heard that NW has a bad reputation too with their ageing fleet.When I look at all the US carriers(I am not talking the low cost), they all seem average or even below average, except maybe CO.I mean CO was a nice fleet and is always buying new planes:737NGs,764s,772s...and soon the 787.The interior of their a/c look great with PTVs on the long range a/c, which is far from being the case of DL and AA which only have PTVs on their 777s.Nevertheless, I don't know about the quality of service of CO.
I would like to have your comments
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6950 times:
Short Answer: Yes.
That is of course, an opinion . . . but an educated one. Having flown most every US carrier and having a VVFF status in several of them, I can attest to the superior quality of Continental Airlines. They still remember their reason for existing is the passenger on the plane . . .
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6942 times:
I flew in a few US airlines in the past, first TW ion 1989, then UA in 1998, US in 2001, HP in 2003 and CO in 2006. Has you can see the time limit is quite interesting, first the 80's, then pre 9/11, then low-cost and finnally the new reality. I have good memories of all the flights I did with these airlines, but my last trip with CO was nice, I flew 757-200ER's from LIS to EWR and back, and I flew 737-700 from EWR to BOG and back. It was a nice experience to fly CO, the food was good, the planes arein very good condition and the crew are also kind and very professional. The only issue I always have to come up is why the US airlines on transatlantic flights charge you for alcoholic drinks....I think this is still the remains of the 30's, is that right? I flew in european airlines and they always give you any drinks you want ( of course with moderation...) and I've never see a problem on that, so that's a disapointing lack indeed! But besides that CO was quite nice!
AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6933 times:
I flew them 6 times....They screwed up my first class seat (gave it to someone else, though it bought a first ticket). CO Lost my sisters reservation for a flight that I was booked on with her (both tickets were on the same reservation). Locked a baggage handler in the luggage hold-we had to turn around shortly before the runway when he was finally heard. Though I ultimately got to where I needed to go, safely, they aren't my number one choice by any means.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6923 times:
WORK HARD, FLY RIGHT!
I have been on way too many CO flights in the last 6 years, and that way too many is because I want to stay home more! Have seen quite a number of possible good/bad situtations happen, most of the time they handle things very professionally, very timely, make amends for inconviences, and are one of the most progressive carriers in crew training from what I see. Yes, I have had times when I was not happy with something but then I get off the plane in say TPA, see the airline across the terminal as I walk from the gat with all the people lined up in 3 groups, who knows how long the first in each line has been standing there to get a good seat or to be able to have the entire family sit together....I think, ya know what, we just had a person having a bad day or the weather wasn't the best but you won' see me change.
I love my upgrades, my extra miles for being Elite, my early boarding, priority luggage tags, the ease of booking flights and the fact I can go almost anyplace I want from IAH without stopping.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
Burnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6915 times:
Quoting LY777 (Thread starter): I heard that NW has a bad reputation too with their ageing fleet.
I wouldn't call the A330's old, thats the only thing that NW flies to Paris and in about two weeks only A330's will be going to Europe. As for the DC-9's they are oddly enough more reliable then most newer planes, in fact they have the highest dispatch rate of all NW aircraft.....
"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
Letsgetwet From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6858 times:
No airline is everything to all people. Any business that is as directly involved with the public as an airline is, is bound to piss-off somebody once in a while.
Looking at the big picture though. I think CO really tries the hardest to do the right thing.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6818 times:
United and America West are pretty good airlines compared to others. United/HP is my airline of choice and I always have great experience with them. Planes are in good shape and they still have IFE and food for longer flights. AA is definitely not what it used to be. I've had horrible experience with Delta and have never flown them since. Because of my location, flying CO is not a good option so I don't have experience with them but word is that its good. I have no idea about NW, don't fly much to the great lakes area.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13088 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6802 times:
I look at CO as a very good and consistent product. They seem to be able to retain good business-firendly staffing, keep updating their fleets, offer some food on longer domestic flights (like a hot sandwich, chips, cookies). They also seem to keep their aircraft clean inside and out. Their hub at EWR offers excellent connections to the world. They seem to aim for the business passenger, not so much Charles the Cheapie as to fares and service.
Their biggest flaw may that with EWR as one of the top hubs, if the weather gets stormy in the NY City area, then the limits on traffic at EWR can be a problem.
NWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6785 times:
With the exception of YX, because I never flown them (yet), I have to agree that CO rules. They know why they're there-to be a service to the people. Their management makes sense, they have great service, and most importantly, THEY SERVE FOOD!!! Ok, I didn't really fly CO, but ExpressJet, but they're product is similar. I was surprised to see real food in front of me that was not a picture!
Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
Dornier328JET From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6704 times:
Continental is great. They have a wonderful modern fleet and clean planes, good customer service, a great club and frequent flyer program, and nice terminal space in the hubs. Not to mention you still get food on almost every flight.
ThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6697 times:
CO i have mixed feelings for
Flown twice on the 73NG once it was good, second time average.
I must admit I think UA's all around service, especially pond-hopping is superior, plus you get linked into EGLL on UA.
TACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6626 times:
Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 18): And I have mixed feelings on the food - have to give them points for trying, but let's face it, it's not that good. You can get better in the terminal and just take it on board.