MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6559 posts, RR: 51 Posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 1121 times:
In about two weeks I'll get to enjoy(hopefully) my first MD-11 flight. I'll be flying Delta 1998 from LAX to ATL. I'd like to hear some of your DL M11 experiences, both good and bad. On the outbound I'll be on a 764, and those are amazing.
DL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2091 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
I love the airplane. I've probably flown on them about 100 times and I honestly can't remember a bad experience other than the inevitable mechanical delay that airliners may experience from time to time but certainly not more frequent than any other airliner. I especially love the oversized windows--the largest of any airliner flying. I think you'll find the experience pleasurable but I hope your not in the "friendship" seat (this is the middle seat of the five seat row).
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1044 times:
As the others have said, it depends on which cabin you are in. Bizelite will be offered in place of the regular domestic first class because of the configuration of this aircraft. Those seats are nice. Coach is not too bad as long as you have a window or aisle seat. These middle three seats can be quite uncomfortable on the long haul.
Cch362 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1023 times:
I once flew LAX-ATL in 1996 on the MD-11. It was a flight that only operated once a week (Mondays) because Delta's LAX-NRT service used to be six times a week (except Tuesdays). So, I think rather than having the aircraft sit idle at LAX for a day, it was reasonable to take it back to ATL for servicing.
Even though the flight was published in the schedule, few people booked it. Perhaps it was partly due to its poor scheduling - 5pm departure and midnight arrival so connecting traffic was not possible. On the flight I took, there were no more than 50 passengers.
The most remarkable experience was the short take-off roll, because of the light load. Overall, inflight experience was certainly different (and more comfortable) than sitting in the "friendship seat" on a fully booked flight!
I've also flown Swissair ZRH-LAX and Delta LAX-NRT on MD-11s but this was the most memorable because of its unusual circumstance.