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Preferred US Legacy  
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3762 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Just a simple question, what is your preferred US Legacy to fly International & Domestic.

For me it's Delta Air Lines

My usual departure point in LHR and DL have a pretty solid product with the 764 (mostly) on the routes I fly.

Rob!   

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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3767 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4680 times:

I'll have to +1 that, Delta for me!

I'm Silver Medallion with them and next year I'll be Platinum Medallion. I fly a lot between Southern Germany and USA, Delta has great fares and they fly Stuttgart-Atlanta with their refurbished 763s and connecting in Atlanta is fun and easy. Delta has a great overall product, the FAs are usually very friendly and the food is great. Their PTVs in the refurbished cabins are fun and they have lots of brand new movies.

I don't understand why anybody would fly US or United, unless the price is cheaper. AA is a little bit better but still, give me Delta any day!
There's a very special atmosphere on board their planes, I feel right at home the moment I set foot in their cabin. I'll fly about 80.000 miles with them this year, so my observations definitely go beyond the occasional tourist to Hawaii who had a bad or good day.

Soren   



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User currently offlinerahulrahul From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4679 times:
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For Domestic, I would say either Delta or United.
For International, I prefer American or United. ( Haven't had many Delta domestic flights, but the ones that I have had were EXCELLENT!)

RAhul



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User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1443 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4653 times:

Without doubt - UA

They've always treated me well, and since I'm already a premier member, I get some perks and benefits in between which is nice. Although I wish they have more presence in JFK/LGA.

Second choice is US

Perhaps the most hated legacy airline out there but I never had any bad experience with them and I find their service actually pretty decent.

I used to love Delta, and they're not that bad but as long as their dump of a terminal at JFK is still standing, I'll try to avoid them. (Good thing they're moving to T4 this year)

jetBlue777  



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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4650 times:

I have flown UA, AA, DL a lot internationally. I've never flown US internationally. I would give DL a notch or two above the others in economy. I would never fly UA in business where the seats are facing each other.
ed: BTW, I also would never fly AA's (or any one else's) new B777-300 with 10 across in economy.

[Edited 2013-04-27 12:07:17]

User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4624 times:

I've had pretty limited experiences on the legacy carriers (mostly fly jetBlue/Southwest which are a notch above IMO) but on my few flights DL always stand out. On my few flights with them I've always felt at home (opposte to UA, where I didn't enjoy myself at all).
I'm giving UA another chance this summer though, flying ORD-MSP on an UAX ERJ-170. Hopefully that'll be better.  
The price on the DL flight was the same as UA's but the United flight is operated by Shuttle America (S5), a new airline for me. That won me over.  

Regards,
Sveinn



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6897 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4605 times:

whichever airline has the best aircraft type for the routings I want to fly... I wouldn't want to limit myself to any one carrier in US. That's just boring.

User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4579 times:

For me its between UA and US. UA is my first preference and I would almost always fly them if they had schedules/connections to match what I want and aren't obscenely expensive.

I flew US a lot when I live in NC as they were the local carrier with the best schedule/connections. I never had a bad experience on them and would gladly fly them anytime. I've only flown them domestically, but can't see myself complaining if I were to fly long haul on them.


The one I don't fly is AA. Despite being OW Ruby (QF Silver) which gives me two free bags, PriorityAAcess etc, I only fly them when booked in conjunction with a QF or BA international ticket. Simply put, I've never had a good experience with them. Most weren't exactly bad, per se, but certainly nothing above mediocre. In comparison I have had some excellent flights on both UA and US, who - based only on my experience - are better on a bad day than AA on a normal day. I've probably just been very unlucky with AA, but it's enough to keep me away except when necessary.



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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3106 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4556 times:

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 6):
whichever airline has the best aircraft type for the routings I want to fly... I wouldn't want to limit myself to any one carrier in US. That's just boring.

So's fishing, but a lot of people put up with it.

Boring is comfortable. Boring is expected. Boring is familiar. Boeing is no surprises. Boring is less stress.   



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User currently offlinePITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1083 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4543 times:

WN is my preferred domestic, but I guess they don't usually count as "legacy". I've really enjoyed B6 but they don't seem to go where I need to go when I need to get there.

I'd have to say it doesn't really matter to me. I find myself flying DL across the pond and I like the 764's. UA is OK domestic, haven't had the opportunity to fly them internationally for years now. For whatever reason, I don't often find myself on AA, but haven't had any bad experiences.

The one legacy I try to avoid is US, but that has more to do with their local pricing policies and my avoidance of PHL than their service. When I have ended up on US, the experience has been mostly OK once the annoying credit card commercial is over. (Do they still do that? I think it's been a year since I flew US...)



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6897 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4522 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 8):
Boring is comfortable. Boring is expected. Boring is familiar. Boeing is no surprises. Boring is less stress.

when they're all as average and similar as each other as they are , I can't see it making too much difference.with regard to those criteria


User currently offlineDeltaXNA From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4463 times:

DL or AA are my favorite. UA is my worst and I hate handling there flights, I wish they would do there own ground handling. I have never flown US, but it seems like a well managed airline from a ground handlers point of view.

User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2944 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4363 times:
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Without a doubt, American Airlines.
Delta is a close second.
US Airways is a distant third.

Haven't flown UA before and have no plans to, so I don't have an opinion of them. Continental was nice when it was around.



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User currently offlineairlinespotter From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4328 times:

USAirways or me anyday. The best airline in my opinion. Next would be United.

Worst on my list would be Delta.


User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4326 times:

WN is my domestic choice. I fly only one route domestically: SAN-SMF monthly.
I always use AA for my summer travel to Central and South Amercian trips: DFW and MIA provide me with a lot of options. DL is very limited from SAN. Last summer I burned my remaining UA/CO miles on a trip to Belice.


User currently offlinetimb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

Depends entirely on route, available fare classes and aircraft product. For example, SFO-JFK UA PS flights used to offer a great Y product with plenty more legroom on all seats than the competition. This is now being phased out for some seats, and soon we will see AA a321's on the route which may be the best option (wider Y seat than 757's with brand new product.....)

In my opinion Delta is bottom of the market in terms of hard product. All my Y flights on them have been consistently horribe. I guess this at least makes them 'consistent'.....

[Edited 2013-05-07 18:28:47]

[Edited 2013-05-07 18:34:02]

[Edited 2013-05-07 18:35:46]

User currently offlinetimb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

In fact, If you have yet to fly Delta domestic Y and want to know how it rates: Find an old wooden chair, hammer a few nails through its underside and a couple through the backrest and then place it a couple of inches in front of a concrete wall covered in a splash of blue paint and you won't be far off.....

User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3106 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

Quoting timb777 (Reply 16):

......10 across in Y on a NZ 773?



Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlinetimb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 17):
......10 across in Y on a NZ 773?

Indeed, I stay clear of Y in these beasts. Though, in saying that- sitting on someones lap on this NZ plane would probably still be more spacious than DL domestic Y.....

Seriously though, DL's FF scheme must be amazing to keep pax coming back for repeat torture sessions..... not me.


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2915 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4069 times:

Flown all of them more than once. Before, I'd have said CO, but now that they're gone it's DL.


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineAirbusGeek From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4061 times:
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US Airways definitely! I have never ever had a bad flight experience with US! F/As always smiling, laughing and joking. Also, the A330s with the Panasonic ex2 AVOD is great. But saying that my home airport is CLT, US Airways' throne so to say!  

Better than American, F/As rude and very cramped. Tin of sardines indefinitely!   

[Edited 2013-05-08 12:58:19]

[Edited 2013-05-08 12:59:26]


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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2915 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3653 times:

Quoting timb777 (Reply 18):
FF scheme must be amazing to keep pax coming back

SkyPesos? That's funny...



The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlinePITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1083 posts, RR: 13
Reply 22, posted (11 months 1 day ago) and read 3644 times:

Quoting timb777 (Reply 18):
I stay clear of Y in [10-across NZ 77W] beasts. Though, in saying that- sitting on someones lap on this NZ plane would probably still be more spacious than DL domestic Y.....

I've been on both, and fly Delta domestic Y fairly regularly. (Not especially often, but regularly.) I have no idea what you are talking about. The NZ seat was remarkable for lack of seat-cushion depth, not width, so the 10-across-ness had nothing to do with it; and I find the average DL mainline Y seat just as comfortable or uncomfortable as any other US legacy.

I think you guys are imagining things. (The "Princess and the Pea" just came to mind...)



Fly, you fools! Fly!
User currently offlineBoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 2878 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (11 months 16 hours ago) and read 3595 times:

My opinion is that AS is the best "legacy" airline in the US, and the best all around US airline. Very efficient service; friendly employees; usually on-time (lately); very modern fleet; and apparently very well managed.

User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6344 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3512 times:

Quoting timb777 (Reply 15):
In my opinion Delta is bottom of the market in terms of hard product

What hard product of AA,UA,US is Delta not offering


25 Post contains images Akiestar : I will be very biased if I answer this, since I've only flown DL (and NW prior to that) exclusively, with very minimal exposure to other U.S. legacies
26 Post contains images timb777 : I am somewhat unsurprised that there seems to be a positive correlation between Delta fans and acceptance of NZ's cramped 10-abreast 777's. I have lo
27 bobnwa : It is obvious that you dislike Delta, we get that. Please offer some examples to back up your opinion.
28 Post contains images timb777 : I am only providing my opinion, the thread starter asked for no more than subjective thought: As for actual examples, often I emerge from a Delta Y f
29 PITingres : Kindly do not confuse me with a Delta fan, I am no such thing. I merely point out that Delta's seats are no worse than any others, in my opinion. By
30 mayor : Instead of coming up with a comedy act and a bunch of one-liners, why not be adult about the whole thing and give some realistic reasons why you don'
31 bobnwa : Couldn't agree more with your remarks. timb777 is good at exagerating his opinons without any examples to back it up.Not worth taking the time to rea
32 Post contains links timb777 : This, I must say, is what I would classify as an exageration of the wildest kind..... Unfortunately, I, seemingly more than others, realise that DL's
33 Braniff747SP : Remember that an angry customer is ten times more likely to vent on the internet that a satisfied one. There are always going to be unhappy people; i
34 mayor : Well, this is two years old.......DL's refurbishment of the 767s hadn't started yet.....I believe they have, by now and they are beginning on the A33
35 einsteinboricua : In decreasing order: US (never had problem with US) DL (never had problems either, but US has better prices) . . . . AA (not a bad airline but I think
36 BoeingGuy : I totally agree with this. SEA-MSP at 25,000 miles? Ha!!! I looked at SEA or SJC to UIO. AA had First Class awards available for fewer miles than DL
37 02hilliert : I know this may be controversial, but I don't think I've ever had a good flight on a U S Major. I've only flown domestically, but the service levels h
38 aerorobnz : It's true when looked at from a foreign perspective - as it's all relative to what we're used to and what we have experienced as a consistent level o
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