Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3172 posts, RR: 9 Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 3740 times:
I'm looking to head west for a ski trip from Dec. 14-19. Three airlines offer service from STL-DEN nonstop. F9, AA, and UA. All three depart at identical times in the morning. UA and AA's flights are a little less so I'm trying to decide between the two. The AA flights are on RJs and UA is more than likely going to be a 733 or 735.
Having said that, what are your opinions. I've flown F9 and TSA on this route. I've never been on UA. Do the 737s have ch. 9? I'm a pilot so that would probably make the flight more enjoyable. At the same time, I find the ERJ to be very comfortable as I'm not very tall. I'm torn between the two so I thought I'd see what you seasoned veterans of airline travel have to say. Thanks for the input!
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1700 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
I'd stay off the RJ's personally. I'd also avoid Skywest if you are travelling later in the day.
It is my experience that 98% of the time I am flying a 733 or 735 on United channel 9 is turned on. In fact, I know where the switch is located in the cockpit and I always check that it is ON during my pre-flight flight desk visit. If I see it in the OFF position from the previous flight, I remind the crew to turn it on. The other 2% of the time it's busted on that particular aircraft.
On the United widebodies, I find that rate drops to about 75%. The senior Captains don't seem to like it on as much.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3172 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3638 times:
Thaks for the replies everybody! It sounds like United is in the lead. Then again, with a name like "FriendlySkies" I think some here are a little biased I do enjoy the fact that the ERJs have the single seat on the left side, especially at 6am. However, as stated litening to ATC would be nice as I know what they are talking about. How are UA's 737s configured? 3-3?
Dinker225, to answer your question I'll be skiing at Keystone. This is only my second time out there and I've only had two days of skiing during spring break last year. Quite frankly, I'm out there to have fun and there is so much to explore at keystone that I don't think I'll want to leave there.