Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5006 times:
A few years ago, I'd vote for Delta. With many twinjets and 727's, L-1011's and MD-11's, it was quite varied. I still like DL's fleet, but the recent retirement of the 727 (and TriStar a few years ago) is the unfortunate trend with all airlines. Fuel economy and efficiency are serious issues, but from a spotter's perspective, they signal the demise of some great aircraft!
Caribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1649 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4910 times:
I'd say Continental and Delta. They have a smaller number of aircraft types than some of their competitors. Their 737s, MD-80s, 757s, 767s and 777s basically cover their diversified networks well. American, United and Northwest seem to have more varied aircraft types and in some cases older fleets but with it comes a higher upkeep and more expense. Southwest too has the perfect 737 fleet for their route network as does Jetblue's A320s.
N670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1618 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4842 times:
Yes, US Airways has really rationalized the fleet over the last few years. Now, it's down to four main types (A32S, A330, 737, 757/767). Much more rational without the DC-9, 737-200, F-100, BAe 146, etc...
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4810 times:
I'd say American and United from a spotters point of view. I like airlines that operate a diverse range of aircraft types. Airlines like Southwest and Jetblue are a bit boring from a spotters point of view coz it's just the same thing over and over again.
Usairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4693 times:
Ill go will US Airways. They have a great fleet. (A319, A320, A330, 737, 757, 767, etc...) But im not just being prejudice towards US because they are my fav airline. CO gives them a pretty good run for there money though.
Sean-SAN- From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4683 times:
Obviously Continental, in terms of flexibility, age, and cost savings. Although they've paid dearly (in loans), the 737/757/767/777 offers a huge fuel/crew/maintenance savings. The 757 and 767 share the same type certs for pilot crews, so pilots can be switched between 67's and 57's whenever needed, offering increased flexibility. The 764's and 762's allow CO to switch planes to markets with alternating/seasonal demand without worrying about crew and maintenance headaches. The 777's are perfect for Asian and high demand Euro routes.
Any airline, ESPECICALLY American would love to have CO's fleet right now.
(BTW, I realize some MD80's are still around, but not many, and they'll be gone soon..)
Dsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 935 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4608 times:
There old, there verneable, but I like NWA fleet of DC9s and there more modern A320/19s and 757s. Good stuff. I don't think being older means that NWA pays any more in upkeep for their nines than other airlines pay for newer types. Love the new scheme. GO NWA GO!
ERJ135 From Aruba, joined Nov 2000, 727 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4556 times:
The most economical fleets will be the single type operations like Southwest with nothing but 737's and Jet Blue with nothing but A320's, but I'll stick with the regional revolution and go with Express Jet and their ERJ fleet.
Chicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4521 times:
I would have to say United.
And unfortunately the retired.....
However..........they need to return to their 80s-90s paint scheme...the new one is boring and depressing..ANYONE AGREE WITH ME?? JUST SAY YES CHICAGO757!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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: I like ATA's fleet (of course).... 738 w/winglets 752 753 L1011 L1011-500 I do miss the TZ727s though......... TZ
: I only can talk about the intl. airlines: 1st: UNITED 2nd: AMERICAN
: Alaska, Delta, Continental, Southwest I would say have the best US fleets. However Delta and Continental do have too many Regional Jets. NW and Fronti
: From a survivability standpoint! Simplified Fleet plans. 1. Airtran B717, B737NG 2. Southwest B737NG, B737C 3. JetBlue A320 Is it any wonder that the
: Is it any wonder that the Giants such as United, American, USairways, Delta, etc. are struggling? The fleet diversity costs MONEY! Yes, but airlines l
: I know you spotters hate it, but I'm glad that we (Southwest) only fly 737's. It makes it so much easier from a maintenance standpoint. Aircraft are s
: Aircraft are so complex, it's hard to learn all the various systems of different aircraft. C'mon, that's the challenge!
: CO!! You can't beat a fleet of new Boeing airplanes! (in this proud Americans opinion) New guppy's all the way up to the beautiful 777......
: I also choose Southwest, because its "fleet is ideally tailored to its service, efficient, reliable, and conducive to profitable operation." Any idea
: United--Fairly new fleet compared to some other U.S. airlines
: To Chicago757, I happen to like the current UA livery, even if it is a little boring (I prefer "conservative"). Perhaps it needs a tweak or two, but I
: NORTHWEST!, i LIKE ALL THE OLDER dc9S AND THE dc10S.
: i work for delta. but continental definitely has the best fleet. commonality/young/
: Best in what? For me only NWA and UA come to my mind, all others have boring fleets.