Aaer 777 From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 199 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2102 times:
Hello there folks! A lot of us in this forum do work for an airline (I do not mean to exclude all the enthusiasts around, I'd just really like to clarify that point with my colleagues...) I must say that this forum has really opened my eyes... we are all conditioned into thinking that our respective airline is the best thing since sliced bread. At the end of the day, is there really that much of a difference between them? I've had both good and sickening experiences (mostly good though) on over 15 carriers now. Some of them do achieve a better level of consistency than others. But at the end of the day, the goal is the same for all airlines: make profit to still be able to fly. Keep this in mind next time you pay a hefty fine to change your return date...
Deltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1735 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2066 times:
I used to think there were major differences, but now that I've flown so many times on so many different airlines I feel that for the most part they are the same.
However I do think there are always some differences worth mentioning. If one is flying from DFW to just IAH/HOU or AUS, then there will not be much difference between WN, AA, DL or CO. But if one is flying from LAX to ORD, they may get on an AA MD-80, no movie, no audio and maybe a deli bag. Or they may get a nicer plane. If they are on United they will be guaranteed an AIrbus or better with full audio, video and a nice hot meal. So it depends on the routes, and the competitors. On the long haul, some are better than others, but it is determined by a customers prefereances, i.e. most people may not care if they are on an MD-80 and there is no movie, I would.
Cdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1341 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
On the outside (what you see while your flying), you might not gte to see any differences until stuff starts to go wrong. But on the inside....there are definitely cultural differences amongst these major carriers.
Aaer 777 From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2001 times:
You are right United Fan... but I have been conditioned to answer to this that on the airline that pays my wages, I have three inches extra leg room... wowww... At the end of the day, i am getting from A to B... before working for an airline, my sole criteria was price. When Beauvais to Dublin on Ryan air costs literally a fraction of the price it costs to fly CDG DUB on EI, i tend to minimize the importance of the gimmicks on board. Sorry, just speaking for myself and my purse... Yo Delta SFO, are you around? Is Delta really the best there is around? Objectively?
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7024 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
I don't work for an airline so I can only speak from a passenger perspective. In general, all the major airlines are pretty much the same. Each one essentially does the same thing, moves you safely from point A to point B. Ths is especially true in coach where the product is virtually indistinguishable on all of the majors. Sure AA might give you two inches more legroom and CO might give you a little extra space in the overhead compartment, but by in large if you fly enough on all of the majors they all blend into one. Small differences are a little more noticeable on long-haul flights (transcons and international) and in biz/first class.
As for corporate culture, that's another story. I've heard enough and seen enough to know that the airlines do differ quite a bit in that department.