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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 885 times:

I am very curious about this airline. Has anyone ever flown these guys? All I have been hearing about are good things. The specific things I would like to know about are passenger comfort-type stuff like seat width, seat pitch, etc. I went to their website and couldn't find any info on this or any in-flight info for that matter..

Maybe you can help.


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
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User currently offlineDTW/ORD Fan! From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 843 times:

Well, in a sentence; The BEST airline in the United States! I highly encourage you to fly Midwest Express. Their service is equal to NONE!

User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 841 times:

Well, I fly them all the time but I don't know about seat width or pitch. But here is something you can drool over.

Their MD80s, the seating on other airlines is 3-2, well...Midwest Express ripped out those seats, and put in 2-2 seating with leather seats.

So while you sit there and look up, there are 3 lights, and 3 air things, and you think to yourself "no way, there actually used to be 3 people squished into the space of me and the person next to me" it's amazing.

What else do you want to know? Food and drink amazing, free champagne for breakfast flights, free red and white wine on lunch/dinner flights. All flights over 1hr or so have a meal. For example I fly MKE-BOS and even with a 3:25 depart time, you get lunch. I have been on Northwest at 6 or 8pm and had no dinner, it's the pits.

Oh yeah, and since they have nice wide seats on the side where there used to be 3, the other side that normally had 2 seats also has the same seats, so the aisles are skinny but I think you would trade aisle size with seat size any day.  Smile

Anything else you can ask I will try to answer as I am a frequent Midwest Express flyer.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 813 times:

Jared amd DTW/ORDFan,

Thanks guys! Well Jared, I think you pretty much sold me on what you have written so far. I do know about the 2-2 seating from their website and yes! found it really amazing to see that kind of a layout on DC-9's and MD80's.

But since you are unsure about seat dimensions and all that, maybe you can answer these questions so I can get a better idea of the seats and put them in perspective in comparison with the other airlines:
1) How easily can you cross your legs while in those seats?
2) Are they that much wider and have more leg room than, say United's or Northwest's?
3) Are you a Frequent Flyer member with them? If so how is it?
4) And since you fly them all the time, on an average, are their flights usually booked? Imagine the luxury you get if you had no one sitting next to you on those seats.

Thanks again!!!



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 804 times:

Ahh, I think I can go 2 for 4 on this one.

1) No idea, I have never tried. It also seems like there may be more room on the md80s between seats than the dc9s but I am not sure. Sorry, answer to this one sucks.  Smile

2) In terms of other airlines, I have flown Northwest once and Delta once and I cannot remember to be honest. So that is two strikes.

3) An easy one. Being a frequent flyer is free, you really don't get any added perks except for the miles. In the past they have had double mile promotions and they for a long time and still do have a promo where if you book online you get 500 bonus miles which do add up. Also they have some deal with a creditcard maybe, but I am 100% they have a deal with a long distance carrier where you get miles for money you spend with them, but I don't do any of that, just the miles from flying and online booking. Free ticket anywhere they fly at 20k miles seems pretty good, i'm almost there just above 15k I think. Seems a good deal.

4) This is hard to say. When I first started flying them winter of 99 and early 2000, their flights on dc9s were rarely even 3/4 full. The back 1/4 of the plane would usually be empty so there were many seats you could move to to have no one next to you. In the summers I am afraid they are booked pretty solid. That is why MKE-BOS throws the md80s in that route during the summer, due to demand. The 6am flights usually have more room than the 7pm flights, they are booked pretty solid around the summer time and holidays.

They really are amazing, did you catch the NBC Dateline undercover story they did? They flew the same route the same time the same day one undercover person on Delta and one on Midwest Express. They said stuff about the leather seats and the REAL china plates and silverware and free wine, but the thing that struck me is that they said on the Delta flight they only saw the flight attendant ONCE and that was to give them a snack. On the Midwest Express flight the F/A came around SEVEN times to offer the food, wine, other drinks, cookies, coffee, tea etc.

It really is like first class I suppose. My first commercial flight EVER I flew Midwest Express and I was like "man, airlines have such a bad rap, this is luxury!" Turns out I just got lucky being on a Midwest Express for my first flight as later I did fly one Northwest flight and one Delta flight and it was absolute trash.

One thing that really stands out in my mind also is that the flight attendants never EVER go around and pick something up in a TRASH BAG. Always they have a cart, or a small bin, or they will just pick it up from your hands. I think this is very classy and when I saw this on Northwest and Delta I really realized that I did have luxury on Midwest Express.

Hmm what else...One time I had an 11am flight BOS-MKE cancelled because the plane had a mechanical problem. They got another plane for about a 1pm departure, everyone was sitting on the plane when the pilot came on the speaker " Well folks, there is no easy way to really tell you this, but this plane isn't going to get off the ground, I did my preflight check of the exterior of the aircraft and the blablha(i forget)has a problem and we aren't going to fly this aircraft" So everyone got off the plane and were in the terminal at the gate making other arangements when the flight attendants brought our meals out into the terminal, and also bought clam chowder from Legal Sea Foods and served us in the terminal. Show me another airline that will do that.

I guess that is it for now, man I am going to get carpel tunnel from typing so much.  Smile


User currently offlineDTW/ORD Fan! From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 798 times:

Jared, you jus' about said it all.
To add a little something else, I was on an evening flight w/ MidEx, and was offered a pillow. Now, on all the other airlines I have flown, the only airline to offer me a pillow in coach was Northwest. I was also given one upon request on Southwest.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 784 times:

Wow! What a great airline it sounds like. No I didn't get a chance to catch the NBC Dateline undercover story about it. Wish I did though.
Like I said, you guys sold me on this one. Definitely flying them in July to New York.

Like I said, it's a great airline but I do only have one gripe about them: I wish they flew from Chicago!!!

But before I even posted this message earlier today, I was already thinking about making the trek up to MKE for a flight on MidwestExpress. Your posts certainly makes the trip to and from Mitchell more worthwhile and not seem like its a hassle. Now, I'm really sold!!!

Thanks once again for your input!!!



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3997 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 780 times:

Is it true they serve fresh baked cookies on every flight?


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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 779 times:

fresh baked on board chocolate chip cookies...

User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 776 times:

Actually those are just with lunch, not breakfast or dinner.

But still, they are great.

Trickijedi,

MKE is a great airport too. If you have a car, well I suppose you could walk but that's a lot of walking, spotting is great there. Or if you just want to chill in the terminal there is a big huge window that puts you right in front one a runway, nice to just hang out and watch the planes if you do happen to be delayed. That is at the end of concorse D in between some Midwest Express planes and their Skylink planes.

Any other questions?

Glad I sold you, I wouldn't have had it any other way.  Smile I would have stayed up racking my brain to convince you. 1 down a few billion to go!


User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 774 times:

Heh, you will have to hit up some tolls just before the WI border and watch out for the cops once you get up near MKE, speed limit goes from 65 to 55 even in the 65 they are frickin nasty out there.

Buddy of mine got pulled over for going 62 in a 55. They are tough, it's unbelievable.

Heh, then I come home to BOS and people whip around the highways here at like 85 and if you go 80 everyone is on your ass to go faster.  Smile

So watch out!

Oh, and when you go past exit 339 on I94, my school is directly east from there, right on the lake.  Smile

Okay, too much caffeine or something for me, I am too hyper. Done posting for a while..maybe.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 770 times:

Hey Jared, can I email you? What's your email address? Do you go spotting too?


Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 752 times:

I did at MKE while I was in school out there.

My email address is in my profile just click my name.

But no, you MAY NOT email me. Heh, go ahead. And if you use AIM or any sort of messaging software let me know your name on it when you email me.


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 732 times:

I used to fly them quite a bit. A very friendly little airline. Unfortunatley, my plans rarely coincide with their scheduling (which is poor, at best).

Their service is good--but it's not something 'incredibly amazing' as some of these kids suggest.

Unfortunately, as the airline gets older, the cabin crews get a little more jaded which is too bad. Also, the cabins are beginning to look a bit worn.

It's been about five months since I've flown them last so I don't think things have changed much.


User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 724 times:

Talk about great commuter airlines! I talked to a person who flew Skyway from GRB-MKE many times and she got cookies and drinks!!! Now thats a true commuter airline! This was on the D328 Jet.

User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 695 times:

"Their service is good--but it's not something 'incredibly amazing' as some of these kids suggest."

Show me better on a USA airline without paying for 1st class.

It is unfortunate that your schedule didn't work with their flight times but they only have a certain number of planes and if that many people have problems with their schedule, Midwest Express would receive feedback and it would be changed if need be.


User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 692 times:

I am flying Midwest Express for the first time next week, thought not through Milwaukee! Don't forget that they offer connecting flights through Omaha! I am traveling LAX-OMA-MCI, the OMA-MCI route being flown by US Airways Express on behalf of ME. Returning I'm flying MCI-MKE-LAX. Kansas City and Omaha both serve as promising growth areas for the airline, as neither city is dominated by a fortress hub.


ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
User currently offlineJettblasterp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 681 times:

The interiors of the planes are being remodled. They haven't gotten to all of them yet, but they are getting new carpets, overheads with handrails and lighting, lavs, bulkheads etc. If you have ever been in the MD80s, all the 9s will look like that soon. I hope that answers the dated interiors questions.

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (13 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 678 times:

Don't forget-
they have ordered new 717s!!!!!

My favorite!! Rumor had it that they were going to take the 20 production slots left when AA shortened the TWA order from 50 to 30.

That's just rumor though.

I have heard great things about them. I must also admit that they don't meet my schedule. For this reason, I have never flown them. I chose TWA for this upcoming trip from Dallas to Washington/National. Wow, now after making that purchase, I read on this forum how terrible their service has been (for the last twenty years, no less) that I wonder if it was worth it.

But MidEx also has another problem, one that didn't plague Legend. MidEx does not charge regular coach discount prices. While TWA was 282- a bit on the high side, I could have taken Delta for 220 but wanted nostalgia as I hadn't flown TW- MidEx was $540. I am sorry, but I am in college. While I can afford a few extra bucks for a chance to fly TW, I can't afford a couple hundred.

I flew Legend once. While I was there, waiting for my flight, the flight leaving from the next gate was delayed. On October 14, 2000, Los Angeles was closed for hours. All the people on that flight were given lunch from Celebration restaurant- a famous Dallas area place. And it wasn't even Legends fault that the fog was so thick in California!!!

That's all I know.

Randy


User currently offlineJettblasterp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (13 years 6 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 674 times:

Randy, was 540 their cheapest fare, or their cheapest available fare? Remeber, they don't have as many seats as regular airlines, so they have fewer "cheap seats." I know for a fact that they do have some very cheap regular coach fares.


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