Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1923 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3484 times:
The slogan was "Good Times, Great Fares" and that pretty much sums up the ValuJet experience. I would compare it to the service of Southwest or the first PSA. Uniforms leaned more toward the casual side with dockers, polo shirts, sweaters, and turtle necks. An overall fun environment with on board games, contests, and prizes. Fares were generally lower than the majors. Free soft drinks and beer and wine for the typical cost.
The airplanes,.....what a hodge-podge. The first DC-9's to arrive on property came from Delta and for the longest time had the Delta orange and pink "Brady Bunch" interiors. Later DC-9's came from Turkish, Express ONE, Midway, SAS, and others. I remember they did have some standards about the condition of the planes that they bought as I had heard the old Eastern birds were not in good enough shape to purchase. There were several different interiors across the board (depending on where the airplane came from), but ValuJet eventually refurbished most of them in their own blue and magenta upholestry which looked quite nice.
Something else of interest that I have never seen anywhere else. If you were hired there during the early years, you had a training "grace period" and after that your co-workers voted if you could stay or not. I think they later did away with this program.
United319 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 517 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
AirTran is a perfectly safe airline. With a completely unbiased opinion, I really do think FL is the best of the LCCs. AirTran is NOT Valujet, you cant really compare the two anymore, especially since weve done away with the DC-9. But when Valujet was around, they were a great little LCC.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3437 times:
Speaking strictly about Valujet (and not AirTran), I did once fly them SDF-ATL. It was an older DC-9 (all they had back then), on an originating flight (and the coffeemakers were not working). One thing I noticed was that the entire F/A crew wore mini-Maglight flashlights (2 AA-cell) in little holsters on their belts. I must admit it got me to briefly wondering if they had frequent black-outs in the cabin, as I'd never seen any airline do this--F/A flashlights were always kept in the F/A's bags. Made it into ATL just fine.
I flew AirTran DFW-ATL-BUF some years later (on a 717 both legs) and had a nice ride. I didn't notice the flashlights--maybe they were indeed specific to the previous DC-9 flights?