UnitedStarGold From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6350 times:
Back when RJs were first introduced in the US (must have been, what, around 1996?) I remember being very excited at being one of the first to fly them. It was an American Eagle ERJ flight from ORD-CLE, and I remember being intrigued at the idea of flying in what some were billing as a corporate jet in an airline configuration.
Once onboard, I was struck by how narrow the 1+2 configuration was, and how low the ceiling was. Other than that, to an airplane-obsessed middle schooler, I thought it was darn cool!
Do you remember your first RJ flight and your reaction?
Of course, nowadays we lament the proliferation of those beasts...
"The education of a man is never completed until he dies." - Gen. R.E. Lee
SLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6311 times:
yup, 'twasn't too long ago 2 yrs. ago AZ FCO-MUC ERJ 145. One of the most comfortable rides I've had, I would rather fly on that thing for 4 hours than a 737 any day. First prop ever was last year on a DH4.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6250 times:
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Was on a CVG-MSP segment on an OH CRJ back in 1998. Had no idea what a Canadair Regional Jet was. Got to the terminal and was kind of frightened to get on such a "little" plane. Was not too full, sat next to a guy who got some great deal on a SEA-CVG-MSP routing to go home and visit his family. Took off, had plenty of power, had great sounding GE engines, was interesting to see how well the lone flight attendant handled the whole aircraft. Ended up going through a thunderstorm and the airplane handled it quite well! I was really used to taking the usual old (very old) NW DC9 ATL-MSP but this time found myself taking DL ATL-CVG-MSP and ended up on a very new, advanced aircraft with those huge winglets this time. Had a nice chat with the pilots afterwards, was absolutely struck by the all-glass cockpit! Apparently that ship was just a few months old. The captain said he had flown one with about 100 hrs on it just a few days ago and that they were buying these airplanes like there was no tomorrow. Boarded the plane in doubt - deplaned the aircraft a believer!
Ironically, I would end up with a job working with RJ's just a few years later. While I like the CRJ, the ERJ has won my heart lately
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21530 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6231 times:
I've only been on two RJ flights in my entire life:
Both CRJs on the ORD-FAR (Fargo, ND) and FAR-ORD portions of a LGA-ORD-FAR-ORD-EWR round trip with Skywest/United Express. It was pretty good, but they kicked us off the plane from FAR-ORD because of weight problems when weather rolled into ORD and delays started cropping up, forcing us to stay overnight in Fargo (which was quite dull, except for the pain-in-the-ass tornado warning that we woke up to in the morning).
I fly another pair of Skywest/United Express CRJs this weekend from FAR-DEN and back.
I've also been on a Mesaba Avro RJ85 from GFK (Grand Forks, ND)-MSP, but I'm not really sure if that counts. I really want to fly on an ERJ, but so far they have eluded me....
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SDLSimme From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6213 times:
I have been on 2 RJ flights. They were both in March 2004 (a report about the trip is in the Trip report forum). The first segment was OK, but the second time I stepped into the OH CRJ, I had just come off a B767-400 so I really noticed how small and hard the seats were! I still enjoyed the flights though. Really nice planes
Now I just need to get on an ERJ!
WA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6163 times:
My first RJ flight was two years ago on February 1, 2003. A morning LAX-PHX flight on a Skywest (United Express) CRJ-200. Sadly, this flight was memorable because the Space Shuttle Columbia had broken up in the atmosphere above just prior to our departure. We weren't aware of what happened until we landed in PHX.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6152 times:
My fist CRJ flight was supposed to have happend in europe on Tyrolean Airways crj to vienna. I was very excited, I board the bus that takes you to the plane still happy then as we come around the corner I look and I say what the hell is that? It was a Dash8-300. I guess they had a plane change cause in the ticket it said a crj. Incidentaly that was my first prop flight.
A year later I flew the CRJ900 on mesa and I can honestly say it was one of the best flights that I've had in a while. It was nice and quiet and I noticed it handeled turbulence a little differently, I guess because of the rear engines. How often does you head almost tuch the ceiling of the airplane when you board it? Every chance I get I try to fly a crj.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6110 times:
Early September 2001 (pre-9/11) US Express (Trans States) EMB-145 PIT-TOL. Comfortable seats, good window view. The smaller size of these jets was noticed when we encountered some turbulence while on approach to TOL.
During that experience, I joking stated to the passenger next to me, "Is a means of preparing someone for one of the roller coaster rides at Cedar Point?"
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
WeAreUnited From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 423 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6092 times:
Summer of 1999. ORD-FAR on an Air Wisconsin RJ. Never got off the ground though.... because of weather just west of ORD. Sat on the taxi way for a good 2 hours before going back to gate for "more fuel." A United frequent flier seated next to me said they were going to cancel the flight... not get more fuel. Sure enough- he was right.
My first 'real' RJ flight was again on Air Wisconsin from FAR-DEN after my visit at University of North Dakota was complete.
Jfrworld From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6069 times:
I remember mine. It was with HPX (Mesa) in October 2003. I was terrified as I was 25 years old at the time and I seemed older than the entire crew - pilots and flight attendants. Besides the age of the crew and the drunk girl in the back heckling the flight attendans during the safety demo, the flight was quite nice. It was much smoother than I thought it would be and rather quiet.
Uswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6060 times:
American Eagle, BDL-RDU, ERJ135, Nov 2002. Found it startlingly tight when entering, but then found it quite unique and a nice ride once we got going. My mom had a nice reaction on the flight back up, another 135, she was convinced the plane was smaller than when we flew down! I've flown others since, 145s, CRJs, EMB170s, and have loved every flight.
Bpat777 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6025 times:
My first trip on a RJ was an AE RJ135 LGA-ORF-LGA in 2000. I was very nervous during taxi and take off because all the other jets looked so large on the ramp. But after take off the flt seemed as if I were aboard a DC9. I avoid RJ's if possible but wont avoid them totally. The best one I've been on was an AE CR7 from DFW-HOU in 2003. I remember a nice quiet take off.