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Which Is The Best American Carrier?  
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 6704 times:

This is a very general question, but out of the 6 main US carriers (AA, UA, NW, DL, US, CO) which do you find the best in terms of:

Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

I am not asking about a particular class either. Just all round. Ive only ever flown on American Airlines (SFO-JFK) on one of their B767s and found the flight to be pretty bad. Having said that, it was a red-eye, and I was stuck right in the middle seat!! FAs seemed friendly, but considering it was a 5 hour flight, they acted as if it was just a bus journey across town!

From past posts, Ive heard that Continental is the best one to fly with internationally.

So what are your opinions?

Please say if you find one better for domestic operations than International (and vise versa)

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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 6682 times:

Tie between United & Northwest for the majors.

Midwest for the small carriers.

Southwest for the budget carriers.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Tie between United & Northwest for the majors.

That really suprised me with Northwest!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Tie between United & Northwest for the majors.

Midwest for the small carriers.

Southwest for the budget carriers.

Was just talking about the majors, but thanks for that anyway. Although again, quite suprised you didn't choose JetBlue...they have PTV's!!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

I chose United & Northwest based on service, fleet and destinations they serve.
They are the only two US carriers that have 747s.
They are the only two domestic carriers I'd fly internationally.

Midwest signature service is wonderful.

Southwest always has been a pleasure to fly with.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 14 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 2):
Although again, quite suprised you didn't choose JetBlue...they have PTV's!!

PTVs aren't that important to me on a short flight.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 6661 times:

I've had great and poor service on all the major carriers listed, except I don't remember ever flying on Delta. Most of my life I've used either ORD or DFW, so I'd say AA or UA.

User currently offlineEvilForce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 6647 times:

Continental is #1 even though I hate 737's with a passion in coach.

United is the absolute bottom of the barrel, sucktastic airline I try to avoid at all costs.

My list:

#1 Continental
#2 Jet Blue - very close 2nd place
#3 Frontier/Alaska
#4 NWA/USAirways
#5 Delta an ok airline, nothing to write home about but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE Atlanta airport with every fiber of my being.

The toilet of airlines: Southwest, United, Airtran


I don't fly American airlines hardly ever....so no opinion.


User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6618 times:

Quoting EvilForce (Reply 6):
Delta an ok airline, nothing to write home about but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE Atlanta airport with every fiber of my being.

Particular reasons as to why you hate ATL with your every fiber?

I am just curious since you're top 2 airlines' main hubs are at places I would certainly refer to as dumps.



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6612 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Air Canada.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6604 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
Air Canada.

Funny. But I think they're on an even par with most of our carriers. But I've never flown AC long haul.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7298 posts, RR: 85
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6592 times:
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Toss up between AA and CO. I also loath flying coach in the back of a CO 733 or 735.  no  S80 isn't much better though.  rotfl 

User currently offline8herveg From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6591 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Midwest for the small carriers.

Southwest for the budget carriers.



Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Midwest signature service is wonderful.

Southwest always has been a pleasure to fly with.



Quoting EvilForce (Reply 6):
#2 Jet Blue - very close 2nd place
#3 Frontier/Alaska



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
Air Canada.

Perhaps you should re-read the original post. I asked about the 6 main US carriers....CO, US, UA, AA, NW & DL.

NOT any Canadian carriers, low-cost carriers, charters or anything else!

Thankyou!


User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6561 times:

As an Aussie I have no loyalty to any US carrier, so I may have an impartial view in some cases.
I have never flown on US so my top 5 are as follows,

1,Continental
2, Delta
3, Northwest
4, American
5, United

I have never had the opportunity to say " Gee that was a great meal thanks" on any of these airlines.
I do not like to see cabin crew chewing gum the entire flight.
I do not like being forced to remain in my seat next to an extremely overweight person when there are whole empty rows of seats available.
I don't believe that the fastest way from LAS to ABQ is via SEA!

This is all tongue in cheek but you get the general idea. I choose an airline to get to my destination, I'll go direct if I can and take Regional jets in preference to anything else. So CO express/ Expressjet.



I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineScouse From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6553 times:

Continental are my favourite except for the small regional jets that they use, but they normally mean 2 connections when I am travelling international.
Living in MSP means that NWA is my most used airline as they are more convenient but over the last 2 years they have been improving thier overall service and come a close second. The crj's they use are better than CO.
AA and US are ok but I have not used them for a long time.
Did not like United on 2 International trips I used them flying to Brazil and within Asia.
Never used Delta.



Love to fly
User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2353 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 6550 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
This is a very general question, but out of the 6 main US carriers (AA, UA, NW, DL, US, CO) which do you find the best in terms of:

Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

The best for food is CO. Seats usually depend on the plane. For example, AA's MD-83's are comfy, the 757's are not. UA's 777's are nice, the 733's are lousy.

I like UA in terms of IFE. The 777's and A320's in particular. Channel 9 is also an added bonus.

Service is again CO, AA would be the worst.

In addition, I will say in terms of fleets: UA and NW are the front runner's. AA and DL have their pluses as well.



There's nothing quite like a tri-jet.
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6522 times:

1. Continental Airlines
2. Delta Air Lines
3. Northwest Airlines/American Airlines
5. United Airlines

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineAaden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6517 times:

AA all the way
followed by co, dl ua nw


User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6497 times:

1) Delta Air Lines
2) United
3) Continental Airlines
4) Northwest Airlines
5) American
6) USAirways



Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6497 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Tie between United & Northwest for the majors

NWA?

I'd go with
1.) Alaska Airlines
2.) Continental

AS has PTV's, serves food (yes it is $5 in coach), and best of all, the reson that they are really number one on my list: the Flight Attendants/all crew.
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineAlaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6488 times:

Big Boys:

1.CO
2.UA
3.NW

Slightly Smaller:

1.AS
2.YX
3.HA

Tiny Tots:

1.Horizon
2.Skywest
3.Era Aviation

Low Cost:
1.Southwest
2.......havent expirence any others


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6486 times:

My lists - these are for economy class.

INTERNATIONAL
1. Continental
2. American
3. United
4. Northwest
5. Delta
6. US Airways

DOMESTIC - SIX MAJORS
1. Continental
2. American
3. United
4. Delta
5. Northwest
6. US Airways

DOMESTIC - MOST U.S. CARRIERS
1. Midwest
2. jetBlue
3. Frontier
4. Sun Country
5. Continental
6. Alaska
7. Hawaiian
8. Southwest
9. Aloha
10. American
11. United
12. Delta
13. airTran
14. Northwest
15. Spirit
16. US Airways
17. ATA


User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6480 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

Out of what I've flown...

Food: Continental
Seats: Frontier
Entertainment: Frontier and Southwest (if you count jokes Wink )
Service/FAs: Southwest



Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6444 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 11):
Perhaps you should re-read the original post. I asked about the 6 main US carriers....CO, US, UA, AA, NW & DL.


Thankyou!

Oh my God!  scared 
I swear to God that I will never, ever let that happen again!
I swear!
Please, please forgive me!  pray 



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineThepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6426 times:

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
This is a very general question, but out of the 6 main US carriers (AA, UA, NW, DL, US, CO) which do you find the best in terms of:

Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

Well, since there is only one that serves food anymore domestically (and the only major 6 I have flown internationally), I go with Continental.

Seats, out of those six, I go with United Airlines, mostly because they have Economy Plus and all the seats are rather similar on these six, in my opinion.

Entertainment, I again, go with UA. They have dropdown monitors in most of their mainline fleet, and the channel 9 is the kicker which makes it number 1.

Service/FA wise, I would go with Continental. They took great care of me on EWR-OSL-EWR, and on all my EWR-SEA flights. Friendly, attentive, and helpful, it is all CO on this one.



From YVR
User currently offlineLite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6422 times:

When British people think of the American service industry, the "Have a Nice Day" friendly service culture I think is the image we all have in our heads. Unfortunately, I don't think this service culture extends to any of the major carriers in the United States, whose customer facing staff are well below the par of their European competitors. Regular trans atlantic crossings, also paired with internal flights, have taught me to expect a sub-standard service offering from American carriers. Flight attendants are often surly and poorly dressed, aircraft cabins tend to be quite scruffy, gate agents in hub airports address you as if you were on the subway and the quality of food options even for longhaul is quite poor.

This is obviously a general statement, some of the friendliest crews I've ever flown with have been from United Airlines, who have been happy to invite me to their galley on seeing my ID to chat about how flying used to be, the woes of the airline and the great experiences they've had.


25 DALelite : DELTA all the way!!! regards: DALelite
26 8herveg : I wasn't talking to you in particular. I was just reminding everyone who had posted comments on the other airlines, that I was only reffering to thos
27 RootsAir : TAM LAN COPA TACA Aerolineas in no particular order
28 Post contains links and images CXfirst : Virgin America! If they are ever going to fly Food - order from your entertainment system. Seats - Have you seen the photos on www.letvafly.com ? ent
29 Post contains images IAHFLYR : Continental.....Work Hard Fly Right!   Brilliant Could be the same reason as the hate for the entire B737 fleet.   [Edited 2007-02-01 14:17:40]
30 8herveg : I would agree. That website looks amazing! The only thing I am concerned about is this: 'Over 25 Hollywood Pay-per-view movies available completely o
31 Post contains images N776AU : Please don't shoot me My list is as follows 1. US Airways 2. Airtran 3. Delta 4. American 5. Northwest
32 Bridogger6 : My list... just for overall experiences... 1. Continental 2. US Airways 3. American 4. Delta 5. Northwest ....I haven't yet flown United, but will be
33 TrijetsRMissed : I've taken Ted before. It'll be a standard A320. If you're used to flying 737's you'll enjoy it.
34 RedTailDTW : Here's Mine: 1-Northwest 2-American 3-Delta 4-Continental 5-United 6-US Airways Ive never really had a bad experience with any of these carriers and I
35 Burnsie28 : Since when did they get PTV's?
36 Post contains images DeltaDAWG : Enough said!
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