Captain.MD-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2908 times:
I have just come back after flying CDG-ATL on a DL MD-11 and also ATL-MCO on one. They are a nice plane to fly on, good leg room (I am 6' 1 and had no problems) and quite smooth in flight. If I were you I would go on the A330 but only because I have flown on the MD-11
Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2862 times:
I flew Delta's MD-11s on ATL-BRU and BRU-ATL, and I would like to confirm what many of you have heard that they are torturous on long flights. I have nothing good to say about them. At the time, I would say I was probably 5' 3" or 5' 4" (I'm still growing considering I'm just an early teenager) and I was pressed for legroom. The seats weren't particularly comfortable. All around, it was just an uncomfortable plane to be on for nine hours (BRU-ATL). The service wasn't very good either, which made it a little worse, but not that much because service is the least of my worries. I like good service, but it doesn't bother me to not have it. Comfort (as much as I can get, considering I always fly economy, which is fine, just not the most comfortable way to fly I'm sure) is more important to me. As you know there are no PTVs. I would suggest the A330. It just sounds like an all around more comfortable plane.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5978 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2853 times:
I have flown USAirways A330 from Philly to Rome, Ita and back.
It is an AWESOME experience. IT's so nice. The seats are very comfortable- they have an adjustable back cushion (lumbar) that is a nice change... a good headrest... you can pick which movie you watch, you can pause the movie while you eat, and all sorts of things. Legroom is great. All of this in COACH!!!
If I ever fly across the Atlantic again, I will definitely take a US A330 if it's a choice.
I flew an American Airlines MD-11 a few years ago. It was nice- but I sat in business, so it isn't a fair comparison.
I like US A330s a whole lot as you can see.
oh, by the way, I sat RIGHT OVER THE WING and it was wonderfully quiet- the engines make a dull humm throughout the flight, very very quiet. The lavatory layout was good- definietly go for the handicapped lav, it has room to stand up in!!!
Thumper From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2827 times:
Why is it all these 16 year old experts heard something and become experts at giving advice? Untill you have actually flown on a plane how can you tell someone its terrible! I have flown on Delta's MD-11's across the pond many times and they are comfortable and quiet!The A330-300 is one Airbus I have never flown so I cant comment on it, Either one would be great so have a great flight!
2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2766 times:
This is off topic and all, but I laugh at every time I see someone who is just 5'4 or what ever (usualy shorter then I am) say the seats on Delta were very uncomfortable in coach, or even uncomfortable in first, when I've flown in coach and I was 5'10 at the time, found it comfortable enough to sleep on a 5 or so hour flight from ATL to LAX... granted, it wasnt the best and I wish I had more leg room, and it was no first class, but it sure isnt as bad as some make it seem..
now on topic-
its been a while since I've flown on a Delta MD11- to give you an idea, it was when Delta flew MD11s from LAX to PDX (yes.. been a while) and it was in Business Class.. from what I remember, the plane was quiet, and quite nice. I can't give you any more info since I havnt flown on it since they went to a two class config.
AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
Just come back from a MAN-PHL-MAN US A330 round trip last week. I've flown transatlantic many times and I can honestly say that as far as economy/coach is concerned the US Airways A330 is just about the best I have ever had for service, facilities, space and comfort. I liked US when they were flying the 762s transatlantic, but the A330 is somewhat better and I would positively choose US in future if I had an opportunity to do so.
I've also flown DL MD11 transatlantic and in all honesty I can't say it was memorable for being either good or bad.
FlyVS007 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2711 times:
All I can say is that the MD-11 is a great aircraft, it has real character and is fun to fly on. It handles turbulence very well and I would easily take it over DL's 777's any day. Oh and DL's service is pretty good, the flight attendants are generally friendly and experienced.
I'm not saying you should take the DL option. It depends what you want from the flgiht? Or more to the point, where you want to end up. Atlanta and Philadelphia aren't exactly near neighbours.
As far as I can make out, none of those that have responded to your post, myself included, have actually flown oth routes you mentioned, so it would be hard for us to really give a good unbiased recommendation.
On the other hand, if the MAN-ATL route is now 777 operated, as suggested, I would definitely go for the US Airways option. Not that I have anything against the 777, but leg-room in coach is does not have!
Tom_eddf From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
Go USAir! I just came back from a FRA-PIT-LAX-PHL-FRA trip with them and I have to admit that they offer the best Y class service over the atlantic!
When I booked my flight, I've chosen USAir more because I could not avoid to fly them (booked just 3 days in advance), since I was until then a very loyal LH / United customer on transatlantic flights.
But what USAir offered was far superior to anything I've seen before on US Flights, with very friendly ground personell at FRA, friendly flight attendants, the by far best in flight entertainment system of any US carrier, with video and audio on demand in Y class. The A330 (flew N673UW east- and westbound) is a new, nice, clean and of course very quiet aircraft. It just feels like being on a LH A343, just a little more powerful and with better inflight service.
US domestic service was quite okay, but not outstanding. Would it be possible to apply dividend miles on my Miles&More (LH) account, I would prefer USAir over United any day!
AA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
My 12-year old flew to LGW last summer on a class trip and loved the 330. She returned from CDG on a 767-200 and was dismayed that they were forced to watch the same movie as everyone else--egad! She is a good critic of airline seating having grown up non-revving in F/C on TWA--very spoiled. TC
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8916 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2579 times:
I have flown on a Delta MD-11, albeit on that extremly long 404 mile route known as MCO-ATL. It was a fine flight, no problems. However, my Delta timetable shows 777 through April, which is when the MD takes over. My advice is don't choose based on the aircraft, but put the emphasis on the time spent on the trip (most people like getting from point A to point B ASAP) and the cost (I would rather spend $250 for a flight compared to $400 if they are equal lengths). Just my two cents.
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2565 times:
Captain.MD-11, I wasn't overdoing it, but I'll explain why. I have a habit of putting my carryon under the seat in front of me instead of in the overhead bin for convenience of getting to it. That really takes away a lot of space. I've vowed never to do that again on longhaul flights, because I've done it on all 4 (2 were on the Delta MD-11s, two on SR) longhaul flights I've been on and it's never helped me. The problem with it was that in the MD-11s, the seating is 2-5-2. I went with my mom and my brother and the three of us had the three middle seats of the 5. It would have been really hard to get to the overhead bins without bothering someone.