MEACEDAR From Lebanon, joined Oct 2006, 756 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3867 times:
OK, as some of you may know, I was suppose to go to BEY over the summer and unforturantely, what has happened there in the last week or so, made me cancel my MCO-JFK-ATH-BEY ticket with DL and ME. Anyways, after a lot of thinking, I decided to go to YUL for a 10 days or so in July. I found some cheap tickets online with AA/US.
MCO-MIA AA (757)
MIA-YUL AA (737-800)
YUL-PHL US (737-300)
PHL-MCO US (A321)
Can anyone tell me what to expect on these flights, as I have never been on any of these planes from these airlines.
DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
I can tell you about the AA 737-800 and 757-200.
On the 757-200, this plane has the same legroom as most carriers, which is actually less legroom than the AA 738 and M80. The seats seem old with blue/navy cloth and no headrests. The TV screens are CRT TV's that hang down from the ceiling. There is the possibility that you might be on a former TWA 757 with PW engines. If so, then it has a different color cloth interior plus flip-down LCD screens for the TV. I would expect a quick beverage service on the flight, but there are only 4 FA's on the 188 seat 757, so they have to work quickly. F has 22 seats, so the F flight attendant doesn't really have time to help Y. 166 seats in Y for the 3 FAs. There won't be any food served. 17 of the AA 757s are fitted with winglets, and the winglets are really huge. There are 108 or so of these models so it's not a big chance you'll have one of these but it is possible. The TWA 757s are being returned to the lessor and won't be fitted with winglets. Expect a very powerful takeoff from the 757.
On the 737-800, the seats are quite nice with leather and adjustable headrests. There's better than average legroom in coach as well. Up front there are 16 first class seats, followed by 132 seats in coach. There are TV's that hang from the ceiling of the aircraft (rather than the flip-down LCD screens) and they will either show CBS Eye On American, which is programming of various US TV shows, or they might can squeeze in a movie. There is no flight tracker on the aircraft. About half of the 737-800s are fitted with winglets, with all of them due to be complete by August.
To listen to the audio or video programming, they charge $2 to buy some earbuds to listen, or you can bring your own. If you bring your own headset, AA's audio programming is set up for the one-prong headsets, rather than the 2-prong type.
I'm not sure what kind of food service to expect as this is international, so it might be better service than a domestic flight. Domestically, there would be no food provided--just complimentary soft drinks. On domstic flights food is available for sale as well as alcohol. I haven't flown AA to Canada, so someone else might have a better idea on the inflight service.
I hope YUL'l love YUL. Sorry that was bad. Enjoy your trip.
I haven't flown US since 1994, so I won't venture to answer their portion. Recent pictures I have seen of the PHL airport look really nice compared to what I remember from the 1990s.
PanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2767 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
Quoting MEACEDAR (Reply 6): I have about an hour and 10 minute wait in PHL. Is that enough?
Unless there is some nasty weather (ie. flow control and/or lengthy taxiing times and/or you have to wait for a gate), you'll be fine. Since you're scheduled to be on two mainline flights, you'll either be in Concourse A-West/B/C, but chances are you'll be in the latter two. They're very quick and easy to navigate through, but they aren't the prettiest when it rains (buckets everywhere!). Good luck and have a good time in YUL!
Currently, the aircraft that I am scheduled to be on for my MCO-MIA segment, is a regular AA 757. I know this because, according to www.seatguru.com, the ex-TWA 757 has a row 6,7, and 8. The 757 that I will be on starts on row 9, and excludes rows 6-8.
FlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3329 times:
Quoting MEACEDAR (Reply 11): Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 7):
They're very quick and easy to navigate through, but they aren't the prettiest when it rains (buckets everywhere!).
Is that a joke? or does that really happen?
I use to live in PHL and still travel through somewhat regularly, if the roof leaks, it's a bad day, but things like that are not unheard of at PHL. It seems like they are always trying to make it nicer and it never really works out.
PHL isn't the worst airport on earth, it's just not very nice either, the taxi delays are every bit as bad as everyone says. If your gates aren't too far away (on US they typically aren't insufferably far apart) you'll be fine, as long as your arriving flight isn't delayed due to any one of many reasons and your departing flight goes out on time. The good news, US runs plenty of PHL-MIA flights.
The AA 757s are pretty beaten on... they are long overdue for some TLC, the 737-800 however, is one of the nicest narrowbodies currently flying with any of the US legacy carriers. Leg room is average, but the seats are very comfortable, the interior is attractive, the service seems to always be pretty efficient, the IFE is good, and they are quiet. All around pleasant aircraft. US airways 737-300s are a little bit worn, the seats are mediocre, space isn't great, but it's not terrible either. service is US airways - which is to say, it varies, but don't expect too much. The US airways A321's are pretty nice. Decent leg room, decent seats (not as comfortable as the AA 738 seats, IMHO, but good), and passable IFE. It shouldn't be a bad flight.
Have fun in Montreal, and be sure to write us a trip report!
If you do have some spare time in PHL, get a cheesesteak, there are a couple different places in the airport that'll feed you one, i don't remember the name of the place that makes some really solid ones, but i've never had a terrible one there, and they are a philly hallmark!
"Let the world change you, and you can change the world"
Caspian27 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3111 times:
Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 4): PHL can be hard to connect if you don't have proper timing. Also, you can get long delays and taxi times.
It's no worse IMO than any of the other airports in the NE for taxi time. I personally think JFK is the longest taxi anywhere...The problem in PHL has been the baggage, but US has spent a TON of money on improving that and the numbers, while not great still are improving. I have deadheaded through PHL numerous times. If you have more than an hour you should be fine.
Quoting MEACEDAR (Reply 13): What can I expect on US A321 night flight from PHL-MCO. Any food?
The A321 feels bigger inside than the 319/320. It has a lav about row 20 i think on the left side. If you can get seats in the exit row, do it. The legroom is outstanding. I'd expect drink and snack packs (the trail mix type) only.
VIflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined May 1999, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
MCO-MIA is only is only blocked for 1:00 so the actual flight time should be :45 to :40 minutes if that long (depending on MIA atc's mood). So while the AA's 757's don't have the most stellar Y or F/C it's a really short flight. On the plus side the plane on that stage length will be soo light it will make for a fun takeoff (i.e. the 757 being a great climber). The 738's i think are the best domestic seats AA has in it's fleet. As for food : http://www.aa.com/aa/i18nForward.do?...ght/dining/domesticMealService.jsp .
PHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1288 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
Quoting Caspian27 (Reply 14): The problem in PHL has been the baggage, but US has spent a TON of money on improving that and the numbers, while not great still are improving. I have deadheaded through PHL numerous times. If you have more than an hour you should be fine.
The numers not great are still improving.... If you dont call a drop from 60 minutes wait to 18.6 minutes (to be precise) GREAT improvement then I don't know what is. Even connection bags are getting to be very solid.
FYI in relation to reply #12, my favorite place in the airport to get a cheesteak is called "Eat at Joe's" it's in the hammerhead at B across from B11. There is also Philly Steak and Gyro's about halfway down C. But I think their steaks are skippy and the service sucks.
Regarding your YUL-PHL flight you'll actually most likely end up in A-East or A-West. For the MCO flight I would say count on going out of a gate on the C Hammerhead. FYI, It's about a 20 minute walk from A-West to C. Interesting note about that YUL flight, I assume 1492 is the one...? I worked it tonight and they had a bird strike on arrival.