Lewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3552 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1921 times:
Well, as DETA737 mentioned, Olympic was one of the top european airlines before it became state-owned. It was considered very chic for celebrities to fly OA, because it was owned by one of the richest men in the world. The service was eccelent and the staff paid attention to detail.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7804 posts, RR: 54 Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1901 times:
I agree about Delta, they used to be the best US domestic, and had the best labour relations of any US carrier, never laid off a single worker til the 90s! Now I think they're a load of crap. They were always conservative but who would have thought Aeroflot would be flying 777s before Delta?
Ditto Olympic, as someone said above, they were very chic and Onassis was a magnet for other celebs.
Pan Am were never that hot for passenger service, and were losing a million dollars a day pretty much consistently from the 70s til the shut down. The rot set in a long time (10 years) before Lockerbie.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Climbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
Well based on what I've been reading here, I'd have to say UA has lost its rep. I've only flown them twice and didn't have any problems but that's not enough flights to make a judgement. However, it seems like lots of people are complaining about the decline of UA's service.
I fly mostly Delta and they are average, to say the least. Ground service is 2nd to 3rd rate, however the in-flight service has always been pretty good. Food is tolerable. Because of the 1011's and the flight tracker screens aboard their aircraft, they are allright in my book.
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17270 posts, RR: 51 Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1865 times:
Delta has definitely lost lost their reputation in the last few years. As have many of the domestic airlines. One airline who has lost their reputation, thankfully it was bad, is AirTran. When I worked there, they had the image of a late airline with broke airplanes. With the new aircraft, they've been able to improve their image and the reliability that one expects from an airline. British Airways has lost reputation because of their campaigns against other airlines (Virgin, bmi).
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1863 times:
I don't see how anyone could down grade Olympic Airways!
It is one of the last remaining carriers that still upholds the quality of service that other US carriers once offered. Best of all, it hasen't been 'Americanized'.
I think just about all the major US carriers have lost there reputation, United, AAmerican, Delta & Contenintal.
The only good US carriers IMO are Hawaiian, Midwest Express, Northwest and Southwest.
British Airways is slipping fast too.
VirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
PAN AM They were cutting corners on security under the Shugrue/Plasket era with the help of then FAA Dan Salazar who issued them waivers. After the bombing everything was going down hill. I could have sworn hearing Juan T Trippe turn in his grave when news broke on how inadequate PA security really was. From show dogs posing as guard dogs, waivers to skip hand seaches on unaccompanied bags, to the security cheif Dan Sonenson Doing a cover up of his own at the PA euro hub at FRA.
EASTERN was another; After Frank Lorenzo Sucked the blood out of it. PAX and employees alike got fed up and left a sinking ship before anything else was claimed.
RENO; The airline once inexpensive and friendly was now an arm and a leg and rude to fly on now that Reno was part of AA.
Western was dragged down the same tragic path courtesy of DL.
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1729 times:
Whoa there- whats wrong with Alaska? Mmmmhmm... thats what I thought. I have always had a pleasure doing business with them. When they screw up, they are very helpful and gracious. Not to mention they have some of the best service.
Horizon is way up there (even better now with their Q400s and CRJ7s) with Alaska as one of the great US-based airlines.