Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3687 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3763 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.
All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 381 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3733 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.
SRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 792 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3707 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.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4053 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3662 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.
PITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1050 posts, RR: 13 Reply 9, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3626 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...)
DeltaXNA From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 65 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3546 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.
DesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1424 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3409 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.
timb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3241 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'.....
timb777 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2009, 201 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3231 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.....
AirbusGeek From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 72 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3144 times:
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!
PITingres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1050 posts, RR: 13 Reply 22, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2727 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...)
BoeingGuy From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 2750 posts, RR: 7 Reply 23, posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2678 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.