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US Airways Atlantic 757's/767's  
User currently offlineMDS From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7300 times:

Just a question, how are the 757/767's that cross the Atlantic configured?

I'm looking at either LGW-PHL (757) or BCN-PHL (767).
The latter is 8 hours 45 minutes long..

What's the legroom like for Y.. and are there any entertainment amenities?
(ie, PTV's.. Audio.. etc)

If there's nothing, I might aswell pay the $100 extra to fly LHR-PHL on a BA 777.

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User currently offlineEmirates773 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7263 times:

Personally, I would avoid flying on the US Airways B757's as twice last week I had sent some employees to PHL from MAN and the toilets were overflowing. The US 785 flight on the 19th had to divert into Bangor, Maine to empty the toilets leading to missed connections and a couple of unhappy people. Plus you have to pay for various drinks and snacks, so perhaps you should pay the extra and fly BA. They have in seat audio and main screen entertainment in the cabin but you also pay $5 for some headsets.


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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7179 times:



Quoting Emirates773 (Reply 1):
Plus you have to pay for various drinks and snacks

The US Airways transatlantic services all have a free hot meal after departure, a few drink rounds (non alcoholic is free) and a snack an hour before landing so on a typical 7 hour flight no need to buy on board except if you must have alcohol.



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User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6971 times:



Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 2):
The US Airways transatlantic services all have a free hot meal after departure, a few drink rounds (non alcoholic is free) and a snack an hour before landing so on a typical 7 hour flight no need to buy on board except if you must have alcohol.

As much as a US fan I am or was, I probably would pay the extra 100 quid and fly BA. For long haul flights, US doesn't offer in seat entertainment on the 767s and 757s. I am a bit more picky in terms of my entertainment options, as compared to short/medium haul where everyone seems to be just the same.



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6959 times:



Quoting MDS (Thread starter):
What's the legroom like for Y.. and are there any entertainment amenities?
(ie, PTV's.. Audio.. etc)

No PTV's just overhead, yes their is audio.

Quoting MDS (Thread starter):
If there's nothing, I might aswell pay the $100 extra to fly LHR-PHL on a BA 777.

Well you could always fly LHR-PHL with US's A330-300's.



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User currently offlineEtops1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1110 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6804 times:

" Plus you have to pay for various drinks and snacks, so perhaps you should pay the extra and fly BA. They have in seat audio and main screen entertainment in the cabin but you also pay $5 for some headsets."

the only thing that is for a fee on transatlantic flights is alcohol ($7) and headsets ($5).


User currently offlineNCB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6676 times:

The legroom on the US B757/B767 is good, better than any other longhaul airline I have flown.
According to seatguru, the seat pitch is 1 inch better than on BA's longhaul fleet and is the same as on the Singapore economy longhaul fleet. There's no PTV boxes around your feet and if you're smart, you can change your seat a couple hours before your flight in order to have an empty seat next to you.

The configuration on the B752 is 3-3 and on the B762's 2-3-2
I don't care about IFE and I always enjoy the overhead movie.

Drinks and meals are free, you can buy additional salads for little cash if you want.

Prices are unbeatable in economy.


User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4317 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6647 times:

I have never been on the 767's, but the ETOPS 757's are among the nicest planes in the US fleet. The seats are comfortable, the service actually isn't bad, and the food wasn't bad either. Plus I would probably pay 100 dollars extra to use LGW and avoid LHR myself, and you can get LGW for 100 dollars less. I think its worth it.

User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6626 times:

Having done both BA and US service between PHL and LHR/LGW in the past year, I have found that BA ontime reliability has been better for me.

The times I was on BA I was in World Traveller Plus, so the comparison is somewhat unfair. On the other hand, when on US international, I find the Boeings to be more comfortable than the Airbus mainly because of the box at my feet. Inflight entertainment is not important to me as I always have a laptop and am either working or sleeping [or using my own entertainment].

Having said this, nothing will prepare you for international arrivals at PHL or for any US experience at PHL.

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User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4317 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6549 times:



Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 8):

Having said this, nothing will prepare you for international arrivals at PHL or for any US experience at PHL.

International Arrivals in PHL are a breeze. PHL has one of the best FIS facilities in the country. I was through Customs in 30 seconds the last time I came through there. Customs seems to have everything well staffed in PHL. The only beef I had was TSA after clearing customs, as the checkpoint from Customs to Airside is shared with the A East airlines.


User currently offlineRscaife1682 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

US Airways International Service is very bad in my opinion. For $100 more i would jump all over the BA flight

RYAN
FLTOPS


User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6289 times:



Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 8):
Having said this, nothing will prepare you for international arrivals at PHL

Have you ever gone through immigration at PHL?

Quoting Apodino (Reply 9):
International Arrivals in PHL are a breeze. PHL has one of the best FIS facilities in the country. I was through Customs in 30 seconds the last time I came through there. Customs seems to have everything well staffed in PHL. The only beef I had was TSA after clearing customs, as the checkpoint from Customs to Airside is shared with the A East airlines.

100% correct, I recently came off a Lufthansa flight was through immigration had my bags, and through customs in about 15-20 minutes, very hard to find at other airports. One of the things that PHL does right is international arrivals


User currently offlineJcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6225 times:

I'll second that on PHL immigration. Considering that there is a mid- and late-afternoon inbound trans-Atlantic rush hour of arrivals, they do a great job of flowing us/you through.

User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5930 times:

I've never waited more than 15 min to get through customs at PHL, even when the international bank comes through.

When did PHL-MAN switch to 757 anyway? That used to be a A333 route I thought - not even a 762.


User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5836 times:



Quoting RafflesKing (Reply 13):
When did PHL-MAN switch to 757 anyway? That used to be a A333 route I thought - not even a 762.

Its a temporary measure for 4-6 weeks, where I think one of the 333's are not available in the fleet.

US Airways are operating 2x 757-200 services on 4-5 days a week and on the others is a mix of a single daily 767-200 or 757-200. This has been published in the timetable for some time and was not an unexpected short notice change....

My only concern is if the 757-200's do well operating the route, they may choose to operate a twice daily service in the future with this type of aircraft and free the A330-300 for another route.


User currently offlineAcNDTTech From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5754 times:

I have to agree as well about customs in PHL.......breezed right thru. Come to think of it, I really have never spent more than 15-20 minutes going thru any customs here in the U.S. The longest part was waiting for my bags, but that didn't seem to take too long either. I've only been int'l. about a dozen times, but all were extremely smooth. Even abroad never any trouble, and fairly quick.

User currently offlineJcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5601 times:

Long time for immigration: ORD in early afternoon. Twice I got caught in lines where non-U.S. students with visas were in the "U.S." lines doing their fingerprint thing. AIR immigration took about 45 minutes for me both times. There seemed to be little organization for speeding the flow.

User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5145 times:

In either case, the flights are fairly short. If you're a smaller person and can't sit still without a bunch of different video options, pay up for BA. If leg room matters more and overhead video doesn't bug you, go US. As for things that cost money on board, it's really not very different, all told.

The 767s are old, some not in perfect shape (though they are set for refurb), the 757s are in pretty solid shape. I find doing an occasional transatlantic crossing on a 757 fun. It's something different, its cozy, and you don't get caught up in big lines to board or retrieve luggage. It's kind of nice.

For the money, I think you get what you pay for on this. BA has a better product, but on a 7 hour flight, it's less noticeable than on something a bit longer (or maybe all of my pacific crossings are getting to me, now that 7 hours sounds short).



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User currently offlineSpartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5129 times:

Multiple arrivals at PHL send the limited staff into something of a panic, the path from the gates over the departure terminal and back down is, to say the least, awkward, and the entire US arrival experience [including luggage] is, shall we say, less than appealing.

BA at BWI - way easier, less hassle. Anyone at JFK - not bad, at least the crew knows how to handle international rush hours.



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User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4872 times:



Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 18):
BA at BWI -

I've gotten off this flight a few times right after Iceland Air and a military charter and have waited 45 minutes in customs sometimes!

Always great luck at IAD and PHL for me though.


User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4722 times:



Quoting Spartanmjf (Reply 18):
Multiple arrivals at PHL send the limited staff into something of a panic, the path from the gates over the departure terminal and back down is, to say the least, awkward, and the entire US arrival experience [including luggage] is, shall we say, less than appealing.

BA at BWI - way easier, less hassle. Anyone at JFK - not bad, at least the crew knows how to handle international rush hours.

Well you are obviously in the minority. Mind explaining what this means "the path from the gates over the departure terminal and back down is, to say the least, awkward" - I'm confused are you referring to A-West or ? I transit PHL many times a year to Europe after stop overs in the Philadelphia area - using LH, US and occasionally BA (4 x this year). I usually arrive during the peak international bank hours and have never encountered the "panic" to which you relate. JFK - I can only deduce that you are a very infrequent user of that facility. BWI - what else would you expect from an airport that has 1 european arrival per day but less hassle than one which has 25 + numerous Caribbean arrivals???


User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

Um...fly another airline. ANY OTHER AIRLINE. US Airways is awful.

User currently offlineRB211TriStar From United States of America, joined May 2007, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4555 times:

I've always had fantastic experiences on transatlantic US flights, although I've only flown their A333's.

User currently offlineSBON From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4510 times:

I had family fly on US785 MAN-PHL just yesterday on the 752 and they thought it was 'lovely.'

... but I'm torn. BA is awesome, but I LOVE 757s!

I'd probably choose to save the money since I'm also a student : oh well.

See ya when you get here.


User currently offlineUPSMD11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 819 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3901 times:
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Quoting ContinentalEWR (Reply 21):
Um...fly another airline. ANY OTHER AIRLINE. US Airways is awful.

CO was awful to me last week and all of my international trips on US have been great. I have had a few not so great flights on US as well. It's all a matter of who, who, where and why for the day and flight you are on.

CO is not as consistent and stellar as you might think.

John


25 LGA777 : Both my AA JFK arrivals in the new T8 in the last 14 months have resulted in Customs waits of approx 75 and 90 mins respectively, although (as usual)
26 Intermodal64 : I flew on a US 767 trans-Atlantic itinerary this summer via PHL. Everything was on-time, and the planes were clean and had been refurbished with blue
27 EWRCabincrew : I hate hearing this. Sorry your experience wasn't up to par. Let CO know, though.
28 DALCA : In all the US service is quite the same with all the other US carriers that I have experienced. They all differ of course. I like flying the US762's,
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