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Your America West Experiences?  
User currently offlineBAKYUNHAM From South Africa, joined Feb 2001, 48 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

I'll be flying this airline in May OAK-LAS-DCA and DCA-PHX-OAK. What should I expect on the flights. The aircraft are 737-300, 737-200 and 757-200. How is the financial situation at the airline, they'll be around in May right?


Mike from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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User currently offlineCopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1306 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Although there are no guarantees (with ANY carrier), I wouldn't be too concerned. Pay with a credit card and you shouldn't have a problem, even if they do go under.

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 80
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1068 times:

This was discussed in detail a week or so ago. Search for "American West" as I believe the topic sentence had it.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

I had flown America West a while back from Chicago to Phoenix to San Diego and back. I must admit, it wasn't one of my favorite flights. Their planes seem to have a little less legroom compared to the rest. Food was a bag lunch which we had to pick up at the jetway and take inside the plane. Service was good, however, as the FA's were very attentive and polite. I guess I wouldn't mind flying AWest again but would probably look around for other options first.

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 offlineEc From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1062 times:

This seems to be discussed every two days...here is the basics...#2 in OTP YTD, average baggage handling, food service only on long haul out and to PHX in coach, same seat pitch as everyone else....movies on the 57 and bus for $5, nice FA's, improving airline, wouldn't have recommended them 2 yrs ago, but now they're a safe bet. No frills, but then again who has frills these days! I've flown over 30 segments in the past 1 1/2 yrs and have had 1 canceled flt and maybe 2 or 3 late. Otherwise good service.

User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

I used to work for them so I've flown about 25 segments with this airline. Only 3 delays (2 wx related) and 1 cancellation (wx related). Service is improving with hot meals in coach on the long haul flights (this was started a couple of years ago). Typical middle of the road airline service. Not Midwest Express, but definitely a step above Southwest. Financial situation isn't that great but they're not in danger of folding or going into Ch. 11. You should have an enjoyable trip. Be sure to post a trip report when you get back.

User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

You might have more luck in the "Trip Reports" forum... Please remember to submit a trip report after your journey for us to read.

Thanks, and happy holidays,


User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1023 times:

Flew from DEN to PHX and connected on several different trips to SFO, LAX, and SAN. Even got to go in first class once on an A320 DEN-PHX. . .nothing to shout about though. Well, I did have a couple of "morning drinks" and more-than-I-can-eat muffins, breads, fruit, yogurt, coffee and pastries. The 1st Class FA wound up sitting next to me showing me pictures of her recent safari trip in South Africa (via South African Airways). Yes, that was pre 9-11.

I've been on several of their 732s, 733s, 752s, and A320s. Never had a problem on any of their flights. I love connecting through PHX. The Pheonix area is very colorful with the desert, the mini-mountains, the America West Arena, BOB (Bank One Ballpark). . .what a monster. . ., both skylines, and even the "welcoming' art at the end of the runways.

Now, you are flying into DCA. . .that is a whole other story. I love that place, especially when I use to land in those old ATA 727s. . .the hard braking, wow!

Always keep your nose to the window, DIA

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User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 995 times:

Can't say I love 'em, but can't say they're that bad. Flew non-rev on them about a month ago. They're attentive and courteous, like you'd expect from any airline. 737s are a little cramped by comparisson, but the crews are nice and friendly. Too bad they serve mixed nuts as a snack now. Peanuts or pretzels are my thing.

Connecting in PHX isn't hard, and being that you're on all mainline flights, it'll be even easier than mine were. Try the Brick Overn pizza joint in councourse A, it's pretty good. Don't know about LAS, tho.

Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 80
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 994 times:

Like I said in the other discussion, I've never had a pleasant experience in the 15 or so roundtrips I've been on them... some of them were borderline nightmarish.


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