Capt078 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3657 times:
no question if you ask me. jetblue is what you want. it's nonstop, you get to fly out of your preferred airport (lgb), and have to go only to jfk. you get your own personal tv with the best flight attendants. so you don't get a meal. airplane food stinks anyway. why not just pick something up in the long beach airport.
it would be nice to fly aa's 777, but that flight out of lax probably costs a fortune.
Thunder9 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
Matt D --
AA is putting two rows back into the 757 fleet, adding twelve seats (A300's are getting seats put back, too). 757 capacity will be F-22 Y-168. The reconfigured cabins will be entering service this fall, and the fleet will be reconfigured by spring '04. Apparently, these a/c will be placed on routed where there is less business travel/higher yield fares. If these planes are to be used on the leisure routes, they might as well make the F cabin smaller to have more "cheap seats" to fill.
"Keep thy airspeed up, less the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45
Reply 16, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3618 times:
Well it sounds to me like it's either going to be Cont out of SNA or B6 out of LGB.
However, I'm not all that interested in PTV's (gasp!) that B6 has. I already told you what my form of IFE is.
But LGB has pretty slim pickin's in terms of available food. Even if I grab something before going to the airport, you're looking at another 2 or 3 hours (drive time, plus wait time), plus the actual flight. That's 8 hours between meals! Do they serve ANYTHING?
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
Fly VS on LAX-LHR-EWR.
$500 limit? Too bad, that might have to be stretched a bit. At least you get everything else you asked for: food, service, things to look at outside the window (Greenland). And, shock, horror, you'd actually have to leave the continental United Kingdom of America....
Besides, I bet you never saw rain in summer, living in LA, so it would actually further your horizons of experience!
Mike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3461 times:
I am an AAdvantage member with a gazillion miles, have flown DL, CO, UA and most other airlines, but I will always choose JetBlue if possible. I flew them for the first time earlier this month (JFK-LAS) and absolutely fell in love with their product! They have the friendliest staff & cleanest planes. And I know you said that the DirecTV is unimportant to you, but that for me was the biggest selling point. I watched that TV for 5 straight hours. The F/A's made the trip a lot of fun and were attentive from take-off to landing. These are some of the quietest, most comfortable planes. I live much closer to SFO, but now deal with the drive to OAK just to fly JetBlue. They don't serve a meal, but the plentiful snacks and drinks were enough to keep me happy (eventhough I did inhale 4 Krispy Kremes while at JFK!).
If you just MUST have a meal, I would go with AA or CO. I have been especially pleased with CO service lately.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3448 times:
Matt, I'd take Midwest Airlines from LAX if I was you, I'm sure theyll be under $500 to EWR (through MKE). You'll probably be able to fly on a 717 on the MKE-EWR-MKE leg (MD-88 to MKE), the seats are 2-2 instead of 3-2, leather, very comfortable (especially on the 717), and even with Midwest's service cuts they are hands and feet above the other US majors (I flew them DFW-MKE-LGA/EWR-MKE-DFW in Mar.). The food will be great, better than anything else anyone will offer....
EI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 409 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3405 times:
I flew LAX-EWR on CO, and they use a 737-800. It is absolutely the worst flight I have ever had. There is very little seat room (my hips were very squished, and I'm not an overly large person) The seat recline is great, except that the seats are sooooo close together that you get hit in the nose if you don't recline before the person in front of you. As for the meal, when we flew out to EWR, we got a "meatloaf" sandwich (tasted like a bad burger to me) and on the way back we got a "cheeseburger" (same thing as going to EWR, only with cheese)!!! The F/A told me that this was par for CO's operations. If you have a choice, don't use the 737NG! BTW My flight dates were 7/8-7/23.
I flew AA's MD-80 LAX-EWR via ORD and DFW, and it was very pleasant, but the meal was skimpy!
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 41
Reply 24, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
I don't think the 737NG is a bad choice, contrary to the previous poster. It all depends on how much space the air carrier allocates to Y passengers. The below mentioned flights will have 33.75" pitch compared to 30" or so in the coach (aka "steerage") compartment on the erstwhile major carriers.
That being the case, here's my suggestion. You didn't put down the exact dates...I plugged in leave on 16 Oct and return on 21 Oct, I imagine you could get the same fare on other dates.
Depart Oct 16 Thu 1 LAX-ISP WN2575 Depart Los Angeles (LAX) at 12:00 PM
Arrive in Islip (ISP) at 9:30 PM
Return Oct 21 Tue 1 ISP-LAX WN85 Depart Islip (ISP) at 4:00 PM
Arrive in Los Angeles (LAX) at 8:25 PM
Price: $217.50 includes all taxes and fees.
Take the $282.50 you said you could spend (you said 500 bucks) and buy some GOOD food to take on the plane.
With what's left over go shopping in NYC.
My wife flies from ELP to ISP 3 or 4 times a year to do Broadway etc etc, and swears by Islip. The train ride into the city is frequent, convenient, and not outrageously expensive.
Those are both one stops with no change of plane, so you get 4 takeoffs and landings for the price of two.
: Sleep on jetBlue rednight flight...I think it leaves Long Beach or Ontario at midnight or so, and arrives at NY in the morning - so you will be fresh
26 Matt D
: Hmmm....decisions decisions.... Thanks for all the input so far. hmmm...ISP? That's an awfully long drive from where I'm going to be (Staten Island).
: "That's an awfully long drive from where I'm going to be (Staten Island)." Speaking as someone born on Staten Island EWR is your "only" choice, that's