KBUF737 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 779 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7981 times:
What planes do you F/A's on A.net enjoy working with or not working with. I have heard reports from all over the field and I just would like to see some reasons why or why not they are good a/c to work on.
TBCITDG From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 921 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7729 times:
Cannot stand the U/D galley on the 744's! Nightmare to work in especially with a full load of J class passengers!
As for the favourite, I would have to say the 747 SP! Not too big & not too small either!
Flyua From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7647 times:
Love: our 3-class B777 in Economy (on domestic flights). The galley is huge, the aisles are a little wider than narrowbody Boeings', and the passengers have the little magic box in front of their eyes to keep them occupied!
Like: our A319s and A320s. The galleys have plenty of space and are laid out with "us" in mind, and the aisles are mercifully wide. ...I wish the overhead bins had an extra inch of depth, though.
Dislike: the B757. Our galley's oven-type carts are a disaster, and the aisles are so narrow. The lavs are the old blue-water flush type, too, which makes for a long and smelly trip to Hawaii!
HATE: the B737. The aisle is just too narrow, the galleys are so tight and user-unfriendly, the door evac slides are a mess to arm and disarm... this plane needs to be put out of its misery, in my humble opinion.
Both pictures showing a B737. I hate aircrafts without a forward bulkhead. Passengers from row 1 will start staring on you all the time...
The best aircraft to work on was BAe 146 G-DEBN. This aircraft was configuered with 2 full galleys (one at the front, one in the rear), great to work on!
Also nice: A300 (but the galleys are undersized), B757 & B737 (only BIG problem is, that the lavatory is located in the forward galley-MD80 is doing a better job!!), B767 (not enough space for the crew to work on)
EconoBoy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7220 times:
An interesting thread. I've always been amazed by how you F/A's manage to russle up food and drinks from such tiny galleys to feed hordes of ravenous and impatient pax, but it never occured to me that some planes are nicer to work on that others. Makes me appreciate the work you do all the more.
Intheknow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7168 times:
My Opinion here at Virgin Atlantic:
744 Lots of space. Galleys large and well designed although for some ridiculous reason our new 744s G-VWOW and G-VROC have no fridges in the galleys!!! These have been replaced by cool drawers that leak on take off and landing, great to have water in the cross aisles in an evac situation...not!
Aisles are fine in Y but are very wide in W and J. The upper class suite a/c have the widest aisle I have ever seen upstairs, it must be 5 feet wide.
LGW based a/c have an office for me...hurrah!
A343 My favourite. Small a/c (by our standards) with great galley at the back with all Y crew working together from it, this makes for a good team spirit. Wide aisles in Y make passing carts easy.
In J we have two galleys, at doors 1 and 2 so plenty of room. You do miss the width of the 744 though.
A346 Veeeery long! My walkaround before take off (to check cabin secure, doors armed and crew seated) before giving "cabin Secure" takes an age! Again well designed with plenty of galleys. One really good thing is the extra IFE control screen down in Y class. You dont have to trek up to the front to reset seats etc. From my point of view I have a great workstation with a huge touchscreen control for all cabin functions. Looks impressive and very modern, I frequently catch pax having a look at it! Best thing about the -600 though are the lovely red leather cabin jumpseats!
As an aside, would love to work the 777....maybe one day? Not really looking forward to A380s arriving in two years. I am sure they will be marvellous and very pretty but to control two full decks of pax and crew will need some doing. We are talking about a cabin crew complement of 27-29....scary!
COAB767 From Guam, joined Nov 2003, 1377 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7061 times:
Well at my airline Continental Micronesia, which is a subsidary of Continental Airlines, we only have 2 types of aircraft 767400 and 737800. I love flying the 767400 because it's big, has nice big aisles, big galley and just love it. I hate the 737800 because it's too small, and the aisles are tiny it's a pain in the rear trying to get that cart down the aisle.
Continental Micronesia: "Fly With The Warmth Of Paradise"
Flyua From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6994 times:
Starlionblue: Well, as for United's B737s, I'm referring to 'em all-- our -300s and -500s. Still, even the newer B737s have that same narrow aisle and tight galleys.
4x-eld: The carts we use on the B737s and B757s (as well as the 74 and 76-300 in coach) are what United likes to call "New Tech." It's far from it! Basically, the carts have little rows of electric hot plates on which the main courses cook. The plastic trays simply slide out one-by-one along with the hot dishes, with the cold items supposedly kept cool on the opposite side of each tray by a chiller that blows in cold air from the back while the hot dishes cook. (There! I hope that explanation makes sense to you!) Of course, those carts rarely function properly. Often, a few rows of hot plates won't heat as well as the rest, leaving us with little icey surprises when we're already out in the aisles serving. Other times, the chillers will blast enough cold air to keep a few hot dishes from cooking through.... Well, I could go on....
Intheknow: My! What it must be like to work for a young, fresh global airline that actually stays ahead of the pack when it comes to introducing new airplanes and interior fittings! I am quite jealous. I would love to have that "dance hall" experience in the upper deck suites' aisle.... Yes, I do enjoy the B777. Just the sound of the engines is marvelous! And as for the A380, well-- in a way, I'm glad United is in no position at the moment to even consider taking on an airplane that will need about 30 cabin crew. What with the time and patience it takes to get about 16 senior United crew to agree on who sits where and does what on an international B747 flight, I can't imagine how long an A380 preflight briefing would last for us!
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7511 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6655 times:
When my mother worked as a stewardess (that's what they called them at the time) for AA from 1958-60, she told me that she hated flying on the CV-880. I haven't asked her why as of yet.
She served on all of American's fleet at the time, including the then-brand new 707.
She even served on was AA Flight 11 (BOS-LAX); back then the equipment used for the flight was the 707 and its departure time was 11 AM.
Needless to say, when she heard about AA11 hitting the North Tower on 9/11/01; one of the things she thought was, "That's my old flight!"
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6607 times:
We operate the 737-300, 700 & Airbus 319. My favourite by far is the 319 - very user-friendly. Safety equipment is easy to use & find. Galley equipment is easier to use. Most of all the Airbus has SPACE, when compared to the 737, and that's really nice.
Next is the 700. Cramped compared to the Airbus, but again most of the equipment is fairly new and thus easy to use.
Hate the 300. Old, dirty, cramped and often faulty equipment. Older "flush" toilets smell.
Capitol8s From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 97 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6410 times:
The L-1011-1 (classic) has a large UFG (under floor galley) with a mid-service center topside between doors L2-R2.
The L-1011-500 had NO UFG...the galleys are topside...1 in the aft and 1 in the front between L1-R1. With this congfiguration it got kind of cramped but we managed....I think alot of F/As prefer the L-1011-1 with the UFG. This aircraft is used for ALL MILITARY movements.
BoeingBrat From Uruguay, joined Apr 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6326 times:
I loved working on the L1011. Lots of space to move around an accomplish everything needed to be done. It was also an unofficial smoking lounge for the crew since they were below the passengers and you could exhale into the vent system in the ovens.
I hated the galleys on MD80s and B717. Actually, I wouldn't even call it a galley on the B717 -- It was a closet with a coffee pot and drain!
Old-old-old 727s had center galleys that divided the cabin but it was hell with multiple flight attendants using the one galley to serve both cabins (any plane that had wood paneling was nasty). We finally learned to put the smallest flight attendant into the galleys and keep the big ones out for
the drink service.
The aft / tale galley on the DC10 and 767 was awesome for space reasons alone. Finally a design that kept passengers away from hot ovens and coffee pots for safety reasons alone. (AND, when food was accidentally dropped no passengers saw. It's not like Denny's where you going just go into the walk-in freezer and get a new one.)
747s were always crazy with food packed into the smallest places and the need to do tray setups for ever service was extremely time consuming. UD Galley hardly had anything inside of it besides food and constantly meant running up and down through the flight to get more supplies or service items (depended on the configuration).
Ezycrew From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6272 times:
I hated TEA/EZS 737's as it didn't have a forward bulkhead giving the crew some sort of privacy. Some of them were also quite old and looked very shabby (HB-IIB was the worst).
At LX I like the ARJ because it's small and pax/crew interaction is better. However, the rear toilet is in the galley, so you have nowhere to hide to eat your crewmeal.
The A319/320/321 are nice, very spacious, but are flown by older (or verrrrry much older), ex SR f/a's who are mostly unfriendly with us, ex-Crossair f/a's.
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6244 times:
Hate: any 737 we operate. They are so small and the customers don't care for them compared with the A320 (video offerings make a big difference!)
LOVE: our 772xp. It's a 3 class 777 with a lower lobe crew rest. I adore this plane! Any 777 will do, but the xp just rocks!
Honorable Mention Wide-body: 744. I used to love this plane, then in the past years they've reduced staffing on it to only 15 flight attendants which makes for a very long flight. It feels like you never stop running! With no PTV's it's a pain to work in Economy Cabin. It is however my favourite plane to pass ride in in First Suite!
Honorable Mention Narrow Body: A319. All the modern conveniences of the 320 (video, audio, wide cabin, wider seats, etc) but with a more intiment first class (8 seats). It's great working the Purser Position on this plane. I always enjoy it.
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