LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4275 posts, RR: 36 Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
Shoot, who cares about comfort, always go for the one on which you haven't flown, or connect through the city not yet visited! Let's face it, if there was a DC-6 flying ORD-AUS, wouldn't that be your first choice?
Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 8735 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2352 times:
A lot of people would say that AA is a lot more reliable than Mesa since Mesa does not have a very good reputation and on Anet and in much of the world there is an impression that bigger is better. With AA you will get an older and likely more professional crew than on Mesa. MD-80 seating is 2X3 while CR7 seating is 2X2. So you can get a pretty good seat on either plane. The seat pitch is also the same at 31 inches on both planes. The AA seats on the MD80 are .3 inches wider, so that isn't a very big difference either. As far as noise goes, the CR7 is quieter than the MD80. Not only is engine noise less in the back, but the wind noise in the plane is also reduced. This has a lot to do with the fact that the CR7 design is about 15 years newer than the MD80, so it is a little more modern. As for service, you will get the same on both. Just a drink in economy and something of the pretzel variety.
One big benefit of the CR7 on Mesa is that there won't be big crowds. The plane only has 64 seats which can be nice because boarding is quicker, there are fewer lines, and baggage claim will be less crowded, and the bags will probably show up quicker. One downside to the CR7 though is that it has limited space in the overhead compartments. The ones on the MD80s are a little bit bigger and can hold a full size rollaboard suitcase.
If you want a more spacious cabin and the mainline feel, then take AA. If you want less crowds and a younger crew take Mesa as United Express. Or if cost allows you to take an MD80 one way and a CR7 the other way and write us a trip report critiquing both and telling us which is better. Personally I would probably go with United Express since I am a loyal UA flyer and don't mind the smaller cabin and prefer fewer crowds.
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Tsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
seemed like you were in the say boat i am. next week im taking my first flight in 14 years on ord-ind-ord. i had a choice of aa, ua(express), and southwest. i chose american because they had more frequencies and larger aircraft.
ua will be come my airline of choise later on tho.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3094 posts, RR: 48 Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
Shoot, fly AA through DFW flight 67 (777) onto 1031 (MD80). If not, I always prefer mainline to regional jet service. Have you been to AUS before? Its a really fun town. I love the airport, you needn't set a foot inside the town, just the airport, to get a feel what the town is like. Really well done. Have fun on your trip.