Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
They are owned by one of the largest tour operator in the USA, Apple Vacations. They are used primarily to run the charter flights for parent company, Apple Vacations, on the days that they are not committed to those charters they run flights from the N.E. and Midwest to sunny and warm Florida. They also offer air only seats on all of its flights via there web site. If you want a vacation package to one of the destinations they fly to then you are directed to the Apple Vacations web site.
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2030 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
USA 3000 has been expanding slowly but surely, a decent money maker since its inception. The airline leases modern A320-214 aircraft, which are configured all coach but have very reasonable legroom. In addition, the airline rents two Thomas Cook aircraft during winter seasons, G-BXKA and G-BXKC. I personally flew USA 3000 from PHL to PUJ (Punta Cana) and I would gladly recommend them! http://www.usa3000.com/aboutus.htm
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Chrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 884 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
i flew USA3000 CLE-FLL-CLE and would do it again. as mentioned above, decent legroom, all 1 class, and even a decent meal on my flight. only problem i had was that since i did both segments in one week, i had the same movie offered both times. ugh.
Well nothing's dead down here, just a little tired
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
Quoting Chrisjake (Reply 6): i flew USA3000 CLE-FLL-CLE and would do it again. as mentioned above, decent legroom, all 1 class, and even a decent meal on my flight. only problem i had was that since i did both segments in one week, i had the same movie offered both times. ugh.
On a flight that's quite a bit shorter than 2.5 hours I think that would be just about bearable
ORDUSA From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3385 times:
In flight service is actually good. Ground, that is another story.
Lost luggage...constantly. Misloaded luggage. No luggage tracking. Very primitive way of doing business. Manual check in, hand written boarding cards.
In Dec 02 there was talk of getting a computer check-in and baggage tracking system. It's Feb 06 and no change. There was also talk of doing Hawaii nonstop from Chicago seeing as how United and American are always booked with award travel. Seems to make sense. Fly an A330 (that's what they were trying to do it with...was to be an ex-Volare) to Hawaii and have a full airplane and all the profit. Naa. That idea was passed on . Domestic flights are what is hurting them now. Although RSW flights are pretty packed, MCO flights were cancelled or combined with a stop for about 3 months. Good news is that there are more international charter flights in the works, which means a more reliable source of income.
Tickets are not transferable to another airline, so if there's a delay, you're out of luck. There have been delays of up to 24 hours. They only use the word delay because they don't like the word Cancel.
All in all, Fly them. You will like them. For the price, you absolutely cannot go wrong. Flight Attendants are the best you will experience, and they really try to make the flight as comfortable and pleasant as possible. There are some exceptional people that do work there that make the flying and airport experience a pleasure. Just make sure to pack a carry-on, or risk an "Around The World Bag".
I can only hope that they get their act together and make it work right, or make some changes to make it work and not let this be another Canada3000 (GULP!)
To all my friends at ORD and you know who you are, Good Luck! YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!
Just watching the birds go by is good enough for me.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3281 times:
For the last two years, they've run a late Spring to early Fall service from ATL to FLL. No word yet on if they're doing it this year; they usually post an ad or two looking for F/As to be based @ ATL during the service period.
Mkirch72 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 198 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3155 times:
I've flown from PHL to PIE and from PIE to CLE. I only use a carry-on as I have also heard some nightmares about baggage. I heard that at PHL it is outsourced to Delta -- but I'm not sure about that.
I will say I was a little concerned when I first flew them and I went to check in and there were no computers. However, they had my name on their little clipboard. I asked for exit row which was immediately available and they penciled me in. The boarding passes, by the way, were pre-printed on thick stock green paper that looked like it was done on Microsoft Word. This turned out to be the quickest check-in I have ever done for any airline.
Flight crew was outstanding. Five FA's for an A320. Top-notch, professional, courteous and always smiling. Free headsets were given out and a few episodes of some comedies were shown (ie. Friends, Everybody loves Raymond). Seats were very comfortable. Better than average legroom (I'm 6'5) even in the non-exit seats. Fairly decent meal was had as well on a flight less than 2.5 hours.
Oh -- and did I mention I bought the ticket the night before I left and paid only $132 round trip PHL-PIE-PHL?