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Help Choosing Between Flights STL-DEN  
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2833 times:

Hey all,

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!


DMI
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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2809 times:

I'd take UA just to avoid those blasted ERJs. All UA mainline aircraft are equipped with "From the Flight Deck" (Channel 9), but it is the captain's choice to turn it on. Most of the time, it is on.

User currently offlineFlewGSW From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2799 times:

Choose the one with the best on-time record.

The RJ is flown by CHAUTAUQUA


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

For the dates Dec. 14-19, United lists the STL-DEN flights as 90% on-time, and DEN-STL as 90% and 80%. The first return flight is a SkyWest CRJ.  Big grin

User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1583 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2756 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.  Smile 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.

Mark



A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man...
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7545 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2746 times:

Instead of non-stop, go STL-MSP-DEN, I did that just for fun this past summer (well DEN-MSP-STL-MSP-DEN all in one day) just to get on the DC-9-10 which i believe is still running down to STL.  Smile


"Some People Just Know How To Fly"- Best slogan ever, RIP NW 1926-2009
User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1063 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

Personally I would go with United. Just having the possibility of CH.9 would put me on United if the fares are the same. Just out of curiosity, where are you going skiing?

Dinker



Two rules in aviation, don't hit anything and don't run out of gas, cause if you run out of gas yer gonna hit something.
User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2731 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  Smile 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.



DMI
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