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Topic: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: SR 103
Posted 2006-01-31 03:19:53 and read 32767 times.


Song 2034 (Operated by Delta)
Orlando – Boston
Boeing 757-232 (N6701)
Seat: 26A
Scheduled Departure Time: 7:25
Actual Departure Time: 7:22
Scheduled Arrival Time: 10:12
Actual Arrival Time: 9:52

Check In: I arrived at a rather deserted Song check in area around 5:45am. After reaching an e-ticket machine, I scanned the bar code that was printed on my e-ticket. My reservation came up and I was shown a seat map of the aircraft. My original seat, 26A sounded good to me as there was no one seated in 26B. I clicked “continue” and a mostly blank screen came up marked with the term “EXITING.” I seem to be unable to get a friendly Delta ticket machine as I had similar problems last October. What did I ever do to them?! After controlling my homicidal urges, I calmly picked up my bag and walked over to another machine. The male agent behind the counter saw me do this and asked if everything was alright. I explained the situation and he said,
“Don’t worry, I’ll just check you in here. Where are you heading to today?”
“Boston.”
“That’s a drastic change in climate! Do you have any bags to check in today?”
“Nope, none today, only hand luggage.”
At this point I handed him my Flying Blue card,
“I have a quick question for you. I don’t think my frequent flyer number registered when I purchased the ticket, could you possibly add it please?”
“Absolutely! I just need to see your I.D.”
Once the process was complete, he handed me my boarding pass in a ticket jacket.
“If you ever have problems with the e-ticket machine, don’t hesitate to ask any of us behind the counter for help. We will be more than willing to help you out.”
“Thank you so much. I certainly will in the future.”
“Thanks for flying Song, happy holidays.”
I walked away with a smile on my face. This may be the first time that has ever happened in 15 years of flying Delta!
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Security was a breeze as it took me a mere three minutes to complete. This is a sharp contrast to my 45 minute ordeal four days ago when I was flying out west. Therefore, I walked into the terminal a very happy man. Feeling jolly, I proceeded to a Starbucks and ordered an overpriced mug of caffeine with a fancy holiday name as there is nothing more refreshing at 6 AM. With the cup in hand I walked over to my gate and sat down with the plan of entertaining myself until boarding.
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Boarding: Around 6:45 there was a pre boarding announcement which consisted of an explanation of baggage policies and boarding procedures. Five minutes later, a male flight attendant introduced himself and began the boarding process with rows 35 to 25. I headed towards the Jetway and picked up a pair of headphones which had been placed on the counter in a wooden basket. The gate agents were good enough to remind everyone to please take a pair of headphones as they boarded.

I was greeted at the door with a big smile by a flight attendant offering headphones to anyone who did not pick them up at the gate. We exchanged greetings and I walked down to the end of the 757. The first thing which hit me was the multitude of colors on this plane. Having flown so many Northwests, Continental, and Delta mainline flights recently, I had forgotten that a plane could be outfitted with a color other than blue or white. My seat was slightly stiff, but that tends to be the case with leather seats on planes. The load factor was relatively light today with most of the middle seats remaining empty in the rear of the aircraft.
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The crew welcomed us on board a short while later and the main cabin door was closed just as the safety announcement was played. Today it was conducted by a “lassie” with a very heavy Irish accent who interspliced a few jokes for good humor. Once that was completed, we began our trek towards the runway with the company 757 heading to JFK in front of us.
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The Flight: After a standard Pratt & Whitney take off, we soared into a brightly lit sky. Almost immediately, the PTVs were started up and I commenced playing around with it. I first flicked through all the channels and read the breakfast menu offered on today’s flight. Once that was done, I settled upon “The Today Show” on NBC as it helped pass the time. Since the middle seat was empty on today’s flight, I kept that PTV on the air show.
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Annoyingly, the pilot came on just after take off and requested that all cabin crew remain seated as we were going to experience some turbulence. The seatbelt sign remained in the on position for close to an hour. While we did encounter a few mild bumps here and there, it was nothing compared to my Cleveland – Orlando flight a week ago where most of our drinks ended up splattered on the ceiling.
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Once the seatbelt sign had been turned off, the crew began their duties, however, all of them descended on the front of the cabin and started service from their. This is where sitting in the rear of the aircraft on Song can be less than enjoyable. Service was a little bit on the slow side and they ran out of the smoked turkey bagel before they reached row 20. The lone male flight attendant was handing out drinks to the cabin while his colleagues waited in the front to bring the food carts down the aisle. Once he reached me, I asked for a Cran-apple and the cup was handed to me with a napkin. While he may have been in a rush, he did everything with a smile and never lost his composure.
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About 15 minutes after the drink was served, the two flight attendants manning the food cart came by informing everyone that the turkey bagel sandwich was no longer an option as they had run out. I opted for the yogurt and granola which cost a mere $3. The food was nice and fresh and was, in my opinion, a good value for money.
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Once I was done with the food I started playing around with the Audio on Demand which I thought was one of the best things about flying Song. Soon we began out descent into the Boston area and I settled one of my favorite Songs of all time for the rest of the flight, (the song was Coldplay’s Speed of Sound)
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Arrival: Touchdown happened all too soon and we were on our way to the terminal.
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We taxied to the rather newly built Terminal A used by Delta. Once our aircraft docked at the terminal, we disembarked with each cabin crew member bestowing upon us a “thank you for flying with us today.” Once out in the terminal, I proceeded towards Terminal C for my connecting flight operated by Continental. Sadly, this is where the pleasant part of my day ended, as I ended up on a hour and a half delayed USAirways flight to Philadelphia, a far cry from my Song flight up.

SONG 2034
Check In: 9 (Agent was friendly and had a huge smile but that e-kiosk)
Boarding: 10 (Done by rows)
Seat: 7 (The colors, stiffness and the lack of headrest prevent a better score)
Food: 10 (Good choice at a good price with excellent quality)
Service: 9 (Enthusiastic crew who were light years ahead their counterparts at DL)
Entertainment: 10 (Could not ask for much more than what I got)
Arrival: 10 (No problems here)

Score: 65/70 = .928
SONG scored a 93%

Verdict: I have never been a Delta fan and normally detest most of the decisions their management has made over the years, but I have to say congratulations this time! Song was one great experience as from start to finish. I enjoyed my flight immensely and sincerely wish they were keeping the product. While I was not expecting much from Song, I received an above and beyond flight which was more than I could imagine. I don’t think I have ever walked off a Delta aircraft with a smile in my 15 years of flying them. Once again, congratulations Delta, you certainly had a winner here. I just hope the product does not get diluted too much with its integration into mainline.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: SR 103
Posted 2006-01-31 03:23:46 and read 32767 times.


jetBlue 437
Boston – Orlando
Boeing A320 (N507JB)
Seat: 26F
Scheduled Departure Time: 17:30
Actual Departure Time: 17:46
Scheduled Arrival Time: 20:45
Actual Arrival Time: 20:15
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Check In: As my ERJ taxied by the jetBlue terminal, I was mesmerized by all multicolored aircraft. Once our aircraft was parked, I walked out of the CO area and headed for the jetBlue check in counters. I had checked in last night but had encountered some problems with the printer so I thought I would utilize an e-machine and have it re-print my boarding pass. However, this was not to be. I typed in my conformation code and a slip of paper came back out with a big “OPPS! – You have already checked in, please see an agent.” Naturally, I proceeded to the other line and waited for my turn to come. I approached an agent who was pleasant but far from friendly.
“I tried to print my boarding pass and got this instead.”
“Let me have that. Where are you heading to today?”
“Orlando.”
She handed me my boarding pass a few seconds later. It was interesting that the machines print out a regular shaped boarding pass but the agents handed these ‘receipt’ like things, something I had only seen on AirTran so far. With that in hand I proceeded towards the gates.
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I grabbed a sandwich and sat down in a corner where I could take pictures of passing aircraft. This was the first time I have seen an ERJ-190 up close and I must say that I can not wait to fly this beauty.
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Boarding: Around 17:00 boarding commenced for passengers needing assistance which took little time. My row was one of the first to be called so I snagged a pair of headsets and walked down the jetway.
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I was greeted at the door by a male flight attendant offering headphones. After refusing them, I walked to the back of the plane and sat down in my slightly rigid yet still serviceable seat.

Once boarding was completed, the cabin door was closed at exactly 17:25 with the middle seat next to me empty. The girl in the aisle seat and I looked at each other and let out a sigh of relief. The captain came on the PA to inform us of some delays due to air traffic holds but told us we should be on our way shortly. He also informed us that it was the co-pilots birthday today and we should all wish him a happy birthday. We backed out a few minutes later and took off into the clear night sky with VH1 playing on my PTV.
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The Flight: Once we were airborne, I started flicking through the channels to find something of interest. I ended up watching “Iron Chef” on the Food Channel despite the PTV cutting out at least six times as we climbed to our cruise altitude.
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Food and drink service commenced a short while later. The flight attendants broke apart and started serving snacks by asking everyone what they would like. I opted for a bag of Blue Chips which was handed to me. Once that was done, each crew member started taking drink orders on a piece of paper. The flight attendant appeared a few minutes later handing everyone a plastic cup of ice served along with a full can of their selected beverage. However, this is where the service stopped, the flight attendants were not seen for the rest of the flight until they came to collect trash nearly 90 minutes later.
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Shortly before arrival, our pilot came on the PA to announce that the birthday boy, our co-pilot, would be landing the plane today and he promised he would make it the best landing of our lives.

Arrival: Touchdown was one of the smoothest I have ever experienced on any aircraft and apparently the rest of the plane thought so too as the applause started radiating through the cabin as we slowed down. We arrived on the outermost runway in Orlando, which resulted in a bit of taxi time to our gate but everything went by relatively smoothly at this point in time. On our way out each crew member smiled and wished us a pleasant stay in Orlando. The co-pilot was standing by the front door and seemed genuinely embarrassed with all the comments he was getting from us passengers. I decided not to torture the poor guy so I just smiled and said “great landing.” Navigating through Orlando with no checked in bags is fantastic. I was off the plane and in my car heading to Daytona Beach less than 30 minutes after getting off the aircraft.

jetBlue 437
Check In: 8 (Agent was efficient with a forced smile but that was about it)
Boarding: 10 (Done by rows)
Seat: 7 (Grey leather was a bit stiff, but the legroom was great but headrest are needed)
Food: 8 (It’s free and there is a choice but a second round would have been appreciated)
Service: 8 (Friendly when I saw them but they congregated in the galley too much)
Entertainment: 8 (Need some music options and the continuous video feed cut out was annoying)
Arrival: 10 (Nothing to talk about here)

Score: 59/70 = .842
jetBlue scored a 84%

Verdict: On the whole jetBlue was not a bad experience at all and I am happy I got to try them out. However, I do not think they were anything special as I found my flight to lack the small details which could have made it excellent. A second round of snack offerings would have boosted the score significantly. As the flight was close to three hours, I see no reason a second round could not have been made, especially since some of the legacy carries I fly do that on shorter flights! Another annoying aspect of the jetBlue experience was the fact that the PTV cut out at least 25 times during the flight due to “aircraft movement.” While this may not seem like a big deal, the PTV never once cut out on a certain green competitor. Also I am looking forward to some music on future jetBlue flights as that is one thing I seriously missed on this flight. In the end, what really let my opinion of jetBlue slip was the cabin crew. They were friendly but they congregated in the galley too much during the most of the flight. This is something I expect from disgruntled legacy carrier flight attendants, not jetBlue. However, I feel I owe it to jetBlue to give them another chance and not base my opinion on solely this flight.

SR 103

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: FURUREFA
Posted 2006-01-31 04:01:02 and read 32767 times.

Great trip report! I have had the exact same experiences on both Song and Jet Blue and personally prefer Song better!

Matt

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Checo77
Posted 2006-01-31 05:34:03 and read 32767 times.

Beautiful pics!!!! Excelent TR, look like I shoud hop on Song before it dissapers. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
Adam

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: ZRHnerd
Posted 2006-01-31 09:18:59 and read 32767 times.

Superb report, I love that Song cabin interior

just one thing:

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 1):
Boeing A320 (N507JB)

what the.... Big grin

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Door5Right
Posted 2006-01-31 17:25:46 and read 32767 times.

Very interesting report. Most enjoyable.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: AR1300
Posted 2006-01-31 17:49:57 and read 32767 times.

Now make a competition with WN!  Wink Big grin


Mike

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: COEWR2587
Posted 2006-01-31 19:44:26 and read 32767 times.

What's happening in that picture of the B6 headphones distributing pic. It's two boxes with headphones, but one box says "upgrade..$1". Do they offer some special headphone option?

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Vatveng
Posted 2006-01-31 20:43:48 and read 32767 times.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 1):
Boeing A320 (N507JB)

Do you know something we don't?  Smile

Great report, nice comparison of two airlines.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: SR 103
Posted 2006-01-31 21:35:26 and read 32767 times.

Thanks for the comments, glad you guys enjoyed reading it.

Quoting Vatveng (Reply 8):

Boeing A320 (N507JB)
Do you know something we don't?

Sorry about that. That is one of the biggest mistakes anyone can make and I can't believe I did it.  banghead 

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 7):
What's happening in that picture of the B6 headphones distributing pic. It's two boxes with headphones, but one box says "upgrade..$1". Do they offer some special headphone option?

What jetBlue does is offer the standard headphones which I used for free. There is an option where you can pay $1 and upgrade to a better set of headphones which have better sound quality and are more comfortable to wear.

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 6):
Now make a competition with WN!

No immediate plans to fly Southwest anytime soon, however I will be flying AirTran tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how they are in comparison to Song and jetBlue.

SR 103

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Mexicana757
Posted 2006-01-31 22:03:19 and read 32767 times.

Good trip report and pictures.  biggrin 

Don't forget to write a TR on your Airtran flight.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Sabena332
Posted 2006-01-31 22:29:15 and read 32767 times.

Hi Anosh,

Another great report from you, reading and watching the pictures was very interesting for me since I have never flown on both airlines (well, I flew on DL but never on Song).

Very impressive to see what kind of entertainment both carriers are offering on this rather short flight. I really like the "My Playlist" function, actually there is no need to carry a mp3 player with you when you are flying on Song.

The only thing I don't like are JetBlue's boarding passes, they should give out proper boarding passes instead of these cheep looking supermarket receipts.

Patrick

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Vatveng
Posted 2006-02-01 01:55:05 and read 32767 times.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 9):
however I will be flying AirTran tomorrow

Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to be on an XM-equipped plane, and they won't be doing another fleetwide software upgrade that has the thing shut down.

And keep your headphones (if they're single-pronged), a set of earbuds on AirTran will set you back $3.00

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: SR 103
Posted 2006-02-03 05:44:25 and read 32767 times.

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 10):
Don't forget to write a TR on your Airtran flight.

Not too sure there is much to report, but if you want one a quick picture report, I can quickly set one up.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
The only thing I don't like are JetBlue's boarding passes, they should give out proper boarding passes instead of these cheep looking supermarket receipts.

I thought the same thing. However the boarding passes issued when you check in online actually looks like a real boarding pass.
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Quoting Vatveng (Reply 12):
Hopefully you'll be lucky enough to be on an XM-equipped plane, and they won't be doing another fleetwide software upgrade that has the thing shut down.

Thankfully the XM Radio was working on my flight yesterday.

Quoting Vatveng (Reply 12):
And keep your headphones (if they're single-pronged), a set of earbuds on AirTran will set you back $3.00

They were handed out free on my flight which I hear is the norm on all AirTran flights.

SR 103

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Cmk10
Posted 2006-02-05 02:27:20 and read 32767 times.

Anosh I have good news and bad news.

Good News:
Your pictures are excellent, especially the one of Manhattan Island.

Bad News:
Coldplay is vastly overrated, X&Y is an album that gets more love that it should and "Speed of Sound" is the epitome of what I'm taking about it. Shame on you.

Seriously though, good job.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Superhub
Posted 2006-02-14 02:10:51 and read 32767 times.

Great report. I agree that Song actually has a superior product than Jetblue (I have flown transcon with both). Song also has better food options because you can actually buy meals on Song. Jetblue are free snacks but you cannot really make a meal out of snakcs.

Jetblue is a bit of a hype. I have said in many forums that Jetblue's product are just standard international economy products (minus food). I believe that they only get good reviews because most US airlines are pretty rubbish. Maybe it's just me who doesn't think Jetblue is great, but then I have been used to airlines such as CX and VS.

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 1):
While this may not seem like a big deal, the PTV never once cut out on a certain green competitor. Also I am looking forward to some music on future jetBlue flights as that is one thing I seriously missed on this flight.

Interesting comment. I actually find the reverse is true. I have had a lot more programming cuts on Song than on Jetblue. This is especially true when flying across those desert states (like Idaho, Nebraska, even Nevada) The TV signals on Song will just stand still. B6's entertainment however, only freezes when the aircrafts do turns.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: IRelayer
Posted 2006-02-14 23:07:50 and read 32767 times.

Great report.

Just a comment...sure the JetBlue people don't come around for a "second round" but I've found all you have to do is go back and ask them and they will give you whatever you want (even in large quantities). On my flight back from NYC to SAN (5.5 hours), for example, I went back there after the initial service and got 3 bags of chips and a coke (not including the transcon snack pack we got over New Mexico). They even encourage you to ask for more via the PTV's. Granted this is no excuse for inattentivness but I think their policy is still pretty good...

-IR

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: SR 103
Posted 2006-02-18 19:33:29 and read 32767 times.

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 14):
Coldplay is vastly overrated

You wouldn't know good music if it kicked you in the rear!  Wink

Quoting Superhub (Reply 15):
Maybe it's just me who doesn't think Jetblue is great, but then I have been used to airlines such as CX and VS.

I grew up in Asia and Europe so I think it is fair to say we both have high standards when it comes to flying. However considering I have been satisfied with NW for the last few years, I think my standards have diminshed drastically in the last couple of years.

Quoting IRelayer (Reply 16):
but I've found all you have to do is go back and ask them and they will give you whatever you want (even in large quantities).

Thanks for the idea, but since I am normally seated near a window it can be difficult to walk to the galley especially if your seatmate has emptied the entire contents of her hand luggage onto her tray table. Getting out would be more hassle than it is worth. However if I am seated in the aisle, I will gladly follow your suggestion.

Quoting IRelayer (Reply 16):
They even encourage you to ask for more via the PTV's.

I have heard about this comment on the PTV, but for whatever reason I did not see it on my flight. I shall look harder next time I fly them.

SR 103

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Ryanair!!!
Posted 2006-02-21 00:37:01 and read 32767 times.

Interesting report! I loved the photos, they are awesome. Good to see that there is some level of service on the US domestic front. I have only flown mainline carriers and, honestly, they sucked.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: CVG72
Posted 2006-02-21 02:12:40 and read 32767 times.

Excellent report! Not many times do you get a DL or Song ticket agent that isn't very jolly. It's when you get to the gate and on the plane where it gets bad. I had high hopes of B6 coming into CVG when DL dies, and now you put a little bit of a damper on those hopes, great report, none the less.

CVG72

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: DeltaRules
Posted 2006-02-26 19:50:43 and read 32506 times.

Nice report! I flew Song MCO-BOS in April & really liked it. Still waiting to try jetBlue, though.

DeltaRules

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: DL4EVR
Posted 2006-02-26 23:47:36 and read 32461 times.

Quoting CVG72 (Reply 19):
when DL dies

Ouch....aren't we the optimist?

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 20):
I flew Song MCO-BOS in April & really liked it. Still waiting to try jetBlue, though.

Don't bother. Stick with song. I've flown both on the JFK-PBI route....song is miles above it's competitor!!!

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Micorazonazul
Posted 2006-02-27 16:20:08 and read 32362 times.

Quoting DL4EVR (Reply 21):
Don't bother. Stick with song. I've flown both on the JFK-PBI route....song is miles above it's competitor!!!

yea but too bad Song's end is soon to come....

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: JetBlueAtJFK
Posted 2006-04-13 05:03:15 and read 31654 times.

Great TR! I liked the rating scale!

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
The only thing I don't like are JetBlue's boarding passes, they should give out proper boarding passes instead of these cheep looking supermarket receipts.

Just check in online or at the machine, they are good there.

Quoting IRelayer (Reply 16):
sure the JetBlue people don't come around for a "second round"

I had 3 rounds on a JFK-FLL flight. Plus they encourage you to ask.

Quoting DL4EVR (Reply 21):
Don't bother. Stick with song. I've flown both on the JFK-PBI route....song is miles above it's competitor!!!

Nah, song is going away soon and B6 is adding 100 XM radio channels and on red eyes have spa kits and all that stuff. Too bad they don't do that on FL runs though. Still B6 is getting better than it already is on board plus they have 12 more tv channels than song does.

B6jfk airplane 

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Positiverate
Posted 2006-04-13 16:18:08 and read 31504 times.

Quoting SR 103 (Thread starter):
“That’s a drastic change in climate! Do you have any bags to check in today?”
“Nope, none today, only hand luggage.”
At this point I handed him my Flying Blue card,
“I have a quick question for you. I don’t think my frequent flyer number registered when I purchased the ticket, could you possibly add it please?”
“Absolutely! I just need to see your I.D.”

I think you meant to say that you handed him your SkyMiles card...

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: 767747
Posted 2006-04-13 18:20:03 and read 31462 times.

Great report and pics! I haven't flown Song yet, but I've heard lots of good things about it!

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Cmk10
Posted 2006-04-14 08:12:29 and read 31333 times.

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 24):
I think you meant to say that you handed him your SkyMiles card...

If you check Anosh's boarding pass you will see it is designated with an AF to denote he is an Elite with Air France's Flying Blue program, not Delta's Skymiles Program

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: Tmarch291
Posted 2006-04-15 13:54:27 and read 31131 times.

Quoting SR 103 (Thread starter):
However, this is where the service stopped, the flight attendants were not seen for the rest of the flight until they came to collect trash nearly 90 minutes later.

I had the same experience on my flight, and it was even longer. (JFK-DEN)

I loved your report and I agree with you, Song is a bit better. I was a bit disappointed with jetBlue after I flew them for my first time.

Topic: RE: Battle For The Best: Song Vs. JetBlue (+Pics)
Username: SR 103
Posted 2006-04-20 10:11:09 and read 30780 times.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 18):
Interesting report! I loved the photos, they are awesome. Good to see that there is some level of service on the US domestic front. I have only flown mainline carriers and, honestly, they sucked.

I know what you think of the legacy carriers. In fact, I invariably end up on the airline you hate almost every month. Though I will say I have started flying Another Airline recently and I am starting to appreciate the benefits Northwest offers Elites.

Quoting CVG72 (Reply 19):
Not many times do you get a DL or Song ticket agent that isn't very jolly. It's when you get to the gate and on the plane where it gets bad.

I could not agree with you more. I have flown a good number of DL flights recently and smiles seem to be a rare thing when it comes to in-flight service.

Quoting JetBlueAtJFK (Reply 23):
Nah, song is going away soon and B6 is adding 100 XM radio channels and on red eyes have spa kits and all that stuff. Too bad they don't do that on FL runs though. Still B6 is getting better than it already is on board plus they have 12 more tv channels than song does.

I look forward to these improvements on my next flight with jetBlue as I am almost certain it will improve my overall impression of the airline. Especially as I have flown AirTran quite a bit recently as well and have fallen under the spell of XM.

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 24):
I think you meant to say that you handed him your SkyMiles card...

Nope, I mean Flying Blue. As Song operates under a DL flight number, their flights qualify for Skyteam points. I do not have, nor do I have any plans to acquire a Skymiles card.

Quoting Tmarch291 (Reply 27):
I loved your report and I agree with you, Song is a bit better. I was a bit disappointed with jetBlue after I flew them for my first time.

I flew Song again earlier this month and I certainly was not disappointed. The food and entertainment were top notch and the flight attendants were excellent! I am glad I tried out Song before they disappeared as in my personal opinion, Delta will not be able to match the experience no matter how fancy the PTV's are or inexpensive the food is.

SR 103


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