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User currently offlineN737AF From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4292 times:

Hey everyone.

As an aviation geek, I have a tough decision to make and any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.

I'm flying from ORD-AUS on 10/8.

I can take AA and their Super 80 (which I've done before...)

or

I can take UA Express (Mesa) and ride on a CR7. Never taken a ride on this bird, and I hear it's great for a CRJ.


Just looking for opinions. Is one incredibly more comfortable? Is one airline more reliable in your opinion...things like that.

Thanks!

N737AF


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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4935 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4239 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
User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9345 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4239 times:

the M80.

filler.
filler.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9617 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4231 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.



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineN737AF From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4205 times:

Sounds like AA is the way to go then.
Man, I think my last AA flight was from IAH-DFW on a 727-200.

Man, those were nice birds.

Andrew



Continental 450, contact Departure and have a Good Evening.
User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

Would UAX offer Channel 9 on that flight? If it did, there wouldn't be any question as to which flight to take.

Leo.



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9617 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4176 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 5):
Would UAX offer Channel 9 on that flight?

Channel 9 is only available on mainline aircraft. There is no audio/visual equipment on United Express planes for passenger entertainment.



If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
User currently offlineDaron4000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

Still, UA, or UE would offer most likely, depending on the airplane that day, economy plus, a big bonus in terms of legroom.

User currently offlineN737af From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4172 times:

I did not know the Mesa Aircraft had Econ +

N737AF



Continental 450, contact Departure and have a Good Evening.
User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

Mmmm...maybe the MD-80(they are a classic) ,but on the other hand a CRJ-700 is also very attractive option for a aviation geek like me,sorry...like you  Wink

Cheers.
USADreamliner


User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4098 times:

Quoting N737af (Reply 8):
I did not know the Mesa Aircraft had Econ +

All 70-seat RJ's at UAX now have a 6 seat F class section as well as an EconomyPlus section. (NOTE: does not include 146)


User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4075 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.

cant wait to write a trip report


User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

Allways you need new a/c to fly on come on man you are a A.net'r

The CRJ for sure

Look at it man:


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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4025 times:

Ahh dude after my trip Saturday I insist you take the CR7!


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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3290 posts, RR: 45
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4007 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.

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