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Best Fleet?.....Which U.S. Airline?  
User currently offlineJmets18 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 178 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4631 times:

Which U.S. based airline do you think has the best all around fleet?

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User currently offlinePilot727aa From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4585 times:

I would have to go with American.... Does Delta still fly the md-11?

User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12125 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4578 times:
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I think Continental will have it, once the MD80's are gone. Also JetBlue for the most uniform fleet. AirTran will have a new fleet ONCE the DC9's are retired come October 2003

AA way to many fleet types and with in those types different configurations also. UA also way to many fleet types as well.



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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

Southwest.

Its fleet is ideally tailored to its service, efficient, reliable, and conducive to profitable operation.



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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4566 times:

Best fleet...well, from an economical point of view, I'd say...Southwest (nothing but 737's).

From a spotter's point of view Big grin (most diverse) I'd probably say Delta or United, not AA (too many MD-80's)


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2812 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4545 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!

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4498 times:

I'd probably say Delta or United, not AA (too many MD-80's)

Odd "rationalization"... considering that DL's M80 operation is second only to AA's  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4451 times:

UA: They have all the great boeings. 744, 772, 763/2, 752, 733/5, and once upon a time, the DC-10, L-1011, 727, DC-8. The only thing they lack was the MD-11.

AA would have to be second.

UAL747


User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1639 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4449 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.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4413 times:

I like US Airways fleet. A320 series, A330, B767 B757 B737..I like their use of the A320 series the most. Especially the cute A319.


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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4395 times:

Odd "rationalization"... considering that DL's M80 operation is second only to AA's

Yes, but DL's MD-80 operation isn't nearly the size that AA's is. DL operates 120, while AA operates 362, three times more than DL.


User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4381 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...

User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4349 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.

User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2039 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4289 times:
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Personally I like Delta's or Continenetals because they are all Boeing (Yes, I know the MD-80/90/11's are McD's but I still consider them to be Boeing's.)

I would like United too, but I don't like the whole Boeing and Scarebus mix.

If it ain't a Boeing, I'm not going


User currently offlineEmmett99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

I personally like Alaska. MD-80s, 737-400s, -700s, and the most gorgeous plane to come out lately the 737-900. For diversity of photo opps, I think I would go with AA.

User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4232 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.

User currently offlineSean-SAN- From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 770 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4222 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..)

-Sean


User currently offlineIloveBOI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4180 times:

I like Horizon's Brand New Fleet and Continental Express's Embraers. I have always loved the ERJs with winglets! So sleek.

I  Love BOI


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3085 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4173 times:

From an economical view I'd say jetBlue and Southwest have pretty good fleets. jetBlue with all A320s and Southwest with all 737s

From my view as a spotter I would have to say United on account they have my two favorite airplanes, 744 and 772.

Chris



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User currently offlineUA777lover From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4150 times:
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United or Air Canada. Neither has those flying coffins, the MD-80's.

User currently offlineDsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4147 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!


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User currently offlineUSAir330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 827 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

I say the US Airways fleet is one of the best....Crew training prolly isn't as expensive for them either...

Mainline Fleet (Current)
A319/A320/A321.......Pilot's can fly all types
A330-300................A pilot can fly this type coming from the A32X with little training.

737-300-400............Pilot's can fly both types
757-200/767-200......Pilot's can fly both types

Mainline Fleet (Future) *2006*
A319/A320/A321.......Pilot's can fly all types
A330-200/A330-300..Pilot's can fly both types

This is going to save US Airways some money! Crew training is going to be cheaper and so is maintenance. Big grin

Fly US Airways !!! Big grin


User currently onlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 681 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4095 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.


I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineDsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

USair:

Does US Airways plan to aquire the A318? It seems it would make a good fit and give US more flexibility in the 100 seat market.
Plus it has same crew requirements as the rest of the A320 family.



GEAUX SAINTS!
User currently offlineChicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

I would have to say United.
737
747
757
767
777
A320
A319
And unfortunately the retired.....
727
DC10
L1011
DC8
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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25 TZSFO : I like ATA's fleet (of course).... 738 w/winglets 752 753 L1011 L1011-500 I do miss the TZ727s though......... TZ
26 Stefandotde : I only can talk about the intl. airlines: 1st: UNITED 2nd: AMERICAN
27 Rlwynn : 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
28 Critter : From a survivability standpoint! Simplified Fleet plans. 1. Airtran B717, B737NG 2. Southwest B737NG, B737C 3. JetBlue A320 Is it any wonder that the
29 N670UW : 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
30 737doctor : 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
31 Post contains images Cdfmxtech : Aircraft are so complex, it's hard to learn all the various systems of different aircraft. C'mon, that's the challenge!
32 SRD737NG : 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......
33 Pe@rson : I also choose Southwest, because its "fleet is ideally tailored to its service, efficient, reliable, and conducive to profitable operation." Any idea
34 SwissINTLA340 : United--Fairly new fleet compared to some other U.S. airlines
35 Richierich : 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
36 UPSfueler : NORTHWEST!, i LIKE ALL THE OLDER dc9S AND THE dc10S.
37 Jetdeltamsy : i work for delta. but continental definitely has the best fleet. commonality/young/
38 Na : Best in what? For me only NWA and UA come to my mind, all others have boring fleets.
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