EIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 932 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5093 times:
Absolutly not. US are an awful airline. Rude staff, ancient planes, terrible food, no IFE on many of their long haul fleet, and in many cases no cheaper than the other carriers. For me its CO all the way, but dont know how that will pan out with UA
Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter): So if you could choose ONLY ONE Legacy US Carrier as your favorite , which airline would that be and why?
US. They consistently offer me the best product for the best price. Fares are always very reasonable here in AGS, and I get to connect in CLT....which is a hundred times easier than ATL on DL. They may not offer the plethora of connections that DL does through ATL, but generally, US does it, and does it well. I also like the newness of their fleet, with new A320 series coming in the fleet all the time. Sure they have some ancient 733s and 734s, but are being phased out.
goblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5052 times:
i haven't flown on the new UA but teh old UA was very good. DL is my favorite that I've flown but UA judging by their website and what flights they offer and at reasonable prices I'd say them once I fly the new UA. Also, US airways isn't that bad.
san747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4995 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5018 times:
Honestly, I've had pleasant experiences on all of the big 5 carriers.
AA- very comfortable on the 738s.
CO- very happy with their 738s and 777s.
DL- great domestic product on the 757s and 767s IMO.
UA- Y+ is great for a tall guy like me, PS is a wonderful product
US- has never lost my bags, and PHX is a very easy airport to use
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2958 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5003 times:
AA - Been on them once, in 1977. But have always been a major fan of their strong and no-nonsense livery & logo. (Hmmm, why have I not taken them since 1977 then...)
CO - Taken them three or four times, first one in 2007, and was always at least; 105% satisfied. Like anyone else, I'm nervous about what Unitinental will be like.
US - I'm sad for the days when USAir was as major an airline as the other legacies, it has of course scaled back and been acquired by America Worst so I'm really not sure how I feel about that. I took it once as USAir in 1994 and several times as USAirways....I've always been happy with the onboard service - the North Carolina-based crews are especially charming - but I do DETEST changing planes at PHX.
DL - I had a low opinion of them when I tried them in 2000 (for the first time since 1976) and again in 2002; their staff were noticeably disinterested in us paying customamers. However, I had to take them MSP-JAX and back for work a few times last year and they did a decent job. But I remain disappointed with the current branding - I understand the need to angle the logo to the left 45° - to blend with Northwest's image - but I'm hoping that when the NW loyalists are all done grieving, that Delta Airlines' actual logo returns. If it's not a blue widget over a redtriangle, it's not Delta Airlines.
UA - Far and away my favorite (even though I like AA's corporate identity better ). I lived in Northern Cal for many years so of course I ended up taking UA out of SFO for literally more trips than I can count, and I never ever ever received less than A+ service from them. And I am a not a status-holding frequent flier, always in coach and always on the cheapest ticket under the sun. Still they've always treated me superbly. And as I said I've been similarly satisfied with CO, so I kinda doubt that there's much to worry about as far as that merger goes.
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days ago) and read 4980 times:
CO - Flown them exclusively since early 90's with them being the hometown airline we area able to get almost anyplace we travel nonstop. Can only recall a handful of flights that I would consider poor while taking numerous flights a year. I have no issues with their fleet with my least favorite airplane being the B735 and B753. As mentioned in another reply, I too and very interested to see just what sellout smisek will end up putting together under the CO livery and UA name.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6419 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4974 times:
I travel for a living so I have to fly one of them. By chance, I chose AA a few years ago and stuck to them. I don't think they are any better or worse than any of the other legacies in America. I really feel they're all pretty bad. However, by sticking to one and gaining ExecPlat status, it becomes a better experience. But I think for the average customer with zero status, they really are all the same. I know several people who have flown DL, hated it, said "never again", flown AA instead next time, hated it, said "never again", flown UA next time, hated it...well, you get my point.
FlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4959 times:
I know you're asking for "one", so my "one" would be DL. I've flown DL for nearly every trip I've taken since 1998, since we lived near ATL from 1995 to 2005. While I was in Florida, DL was one of the few options out of DAB at any given time so I continued to fly DL. In 2009 and 2010 I flew DL enough to achieve Silver Medallion (I would have received it in 2008 as well, but unfortunately our flight to Germany was booked through Air France on a fare code that we didn't get any Skymiles). The hard product on DL is not much different from any other legacy in the US, especially short-haul, but IMO, DL employees are what make Delta above and beyond. The only other airline with employees who compare, in my experience, is WN. To DL employees, it's more than just a job for them and they're proud of their company. DL employees just seem to have a better love and appreciation for what they do.
AA: With CO now being part of UA, my second choice is AA. Just like DL, nothing overly special about the hard product but all my experiences on AA in the past few years have been pleasant.
US: I've read the horror stories on here but my experiences with US have been alright. The one thing about US is I find that they can be very expensive on many of the routes I fly, and if they are cheap, the price is usually comparable to another legacy or LCC.
CO: I only flew them a few times but CO was one of my favorite legacies until the merger with UA.
UA: The one legacy I will never (by choice) fly again. I flew them once and while the on-board experience was alright, I arrived at my destination and my travel case for my golf clubs arrived empty. Only way I will end up back on a UA flight is if I have to go on a TDY trip for the Air Force and UA is the contract carrier for the route I have to fly.
Delimit From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4930 times:
Disclaimer: All of this is subjective and based on personal experience, obviously. I don't claim my characterizations of the various legacies are representational. I am just reporting my experiences.
DL, mostly for the crews and the very fond memories of seeing widgetted Tristars as a kid. All the majors have some steller FAs, but I seem to have way better luck getting them on DL, and the old school southern FAs are just amazing. I had an unreasonable grudge against them for years though (for killing Pan Am...yeah I know), but consistantly great service when I was required to fly them got me over it and now I am a fan. As bad as many claim T3 is, I like the atrium; I like the birds; and I love that I am in what was once the Pan Am Worldport. Like their branding. Love their network.
AA: Too many run ins with rude FAs, and in a few cases, obnoxious FAs (AA is the only airline where I have submitted a formal complaint, and it has happened twice now), and the old JFK terminal made T3 look glamorous. Turned me off and I have never managed to get turned on again. Although the scheme and logo are classics, they've never particularly tickled me.
CO: I get tired of dealing with people who think their #@!!#@ doesn't stink like the rest of us. I think it's great that people take pride in the company they worked for, but it so often came across as arrogance with CO employees. Also, I am not a fan of EWR. I was a fan of the current branding for about 5 minutes, and then it got old. I did, however, love seeing 747s wearing the meatball as a kid.
UA: Always seemed somewhat generic to me. I could never get the airline's character. They've been around forever but they never seemed to stick out like PA or TW. I've never had a bad experience with UA (other than an absolutely foul J breakfast on a pre-PS transcon many years back), but I've never had a particularly great one either. I do, however, adore channel 9, and will really miss seeing the tulip.
US: Flew them a good bit for a while (I loved my transcon cigarette break in PIT) but just had so many bad flights, generally related to their clientelle rather the actual crews. I was left with something of a trailer park impression. Also, in the legacy scheme of things, they're too new for me to have much nostalgia for them.
bpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 499 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4861 times:
For me it would have to be DL due to their consistant product and IFE. I grew up flying AA so they will always hold a special spot with me. CO would be my next favorite because I like their IFE and their aircraft always seem very clean inside and out plus they have IFE on a lot of the fleet. US because they have pretty low fares and seem to have actually come a long way from their UScareways days. Finally UA and that's because I've only flown them 4x and the last time was April 2009 and the FA's were rude and the plane (757 N590UA) looked pretty bad inside and out although we had a sweet takeoff out of DCA.
Tigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1067 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4837 times:
Quoting JetBlue777 (Thread starter): So if you could choose ONLY ONE Legacy US Carrier as your favorite , which airline would that be and why?
The answer would be UA. Being in OKC, I have found UA to be more convenient for my legacy flying needs. Economy Plus is a plus, and the FA service, while not always sparkling, is often good. However, it has to be said that DL is a really, really close second. I'd fly them more if they weren't so damn expensive most of the time.
Flying friendly for a while, but is that a widget I see in the rear-view mirror?
staralliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1447 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4821 times:
US, hands down. Here in PHF/ORF, they are usually the cheapest way to fly. I love connecting in CLT, service is sufficient and I do enjoy flying the Dash-8s. Nothing much to complain about, and the low fares are very welcoming.
Right now, I am getting a little bored of them though, and would like a little change for my next trip. I dislike flying those regional CRJs, especially the -200. Sticking with Star Alliance, I'm looking at an itinerary involving 2 US, 2 UA and 2 CO flights for an upcoming trip to MCI. It's a little pricey, but it will probably be my only flights for 2011.
UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2226 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4820 times:
I guess my username is a bit of a giveaway...
That said, I'll share what I think of the others:
CO: I just flew them to Germany and back, and I will certainly give them credit- it was not a bad experience at all. On the other hand, I didn't notice anything about them that really set them apart from the others; they were good, but average.
AA: Haven't flown them since 1999, so I really have no idea.
UA: Flew them in 2009. I'm sure Y+ is great if you're sitting in it, but it's terrible for everyone else.
I guess we have a winner! Wow, I expected more UA fans. I can't say anything about UA as I've never flown with them, we've booked four flights this summer with UA so this should be interesting. Great to see some DL Lovers out there!
As well as loyal AA, US and CO fans
CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4806 times:
It's really difficult to be a fan of the legacy airlines anymore. I have flown a lot over the years since the 60"s. From the 60's to early 90's there were distinct differences with the airlines and levels of service. I miss Eastern, National, TWA and PanAm. All the competition made travel an exciting adventure, not an ordeal.
If it weren't for the jetBlue, VirginAmerica and Southwest, the legacies wouldn't be providing what level of service they are now...we'd still be paying $1.00 for a cup of coffee to US. I think the topic should be who disappoints us the most of the legacies, and I would have to say DELTA because I think it has fallen the most in overall quality.
BD338 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 800 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4770 times:
With the exception of US, who are, IMHO, the worst airline in the world with utterly appalling customer service, I can't say I have much of a preference for any legacy. They are all much the same, no worse/better than each other. I choose DL more often than any other legacy but only really based on accumulating miles in one FF plan. In Y they all offer (practically) the same legroom, same width seat, same lack of food (thankfully), same extra fees for almost everything and same level of indifference. WN or B6 get over 90% of my domestic travel (80-90 flights a year).
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2202 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4748 times:
Well, since I can't choose WN or SY, I'll go with UA. I've been impressed with the Airbus product and like the level of professionalism from the employees. I also love Channel 9. And the impressive network and widebody fleet doesn't hurt the fun factor either. But as a whole I'm not a big fan of the legacies. Their economy products are largely inconsistent and below par.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (3 years 11 months 10 hours ago) and read 4685 times:
AA is my first choice for international to Latin America. (Guatemala, Quito, San Juan, Santo Domingo, San Pedro Sula)
CO is my second choice for international travel to Latin America. (Nicaragua)
I avoid UA, DL and US.
The only domestic I fly is SAN-SMF and WN owns my soul.
: According to Airfleets.net the US average age is younger than DL, AA, UA and even WN. When the UA/CO merger is completed UA's fleet age will come dow
: Isn't US now considered a LCC. In this particular case, you may want to say no LFCs. I'm not really a fan per say of any of the legacy carriers, but