Okay, it ain't exactly cross-country. But it was my first ever trip on an RJ and it involved basically a new service. American Airlines and American Eagle have resumed service from Love Field in Dallas for the first time since 9/11.
So, a short trip and a short report.
Unfortunately, the new gates for American are a long, long way from the terminal entrance. And, at 6:30 AM on a Saturday morning, there was a long line at the AA ticket counter and a long line at the security check-in.
But my wife and I handled it. The flight was due to leave at 7:28 and we were airborne on time. Very smooth, quick takeoff from 13R. By the time we were over downtown Dallas, we were in the clouds.
But the point of this report is the claustrophobia aboard the Embraer. Check out this shot I took from my seat:
I'm 6'4" and I couldn't stand up straight in the aisle. Sitting in my seat wasn't much better. I can't believe Air Canada flies an RJ from Toronto to DFW. Don't think I could take that.
By the way here is what the cloud cover over Central Texas looked like, with a bit Rolls-Royse in the way:
Nice cup of Coke, nice landing as well. I asked the flight attendant if I could ask the pilot for permission to take a shot of the flight deck, but he has already vacated the scene and she did not want to ask the FO for some reason.
Pensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 538 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 10 hours ago) and read 5821 times:
Quoting Sleekjet (Thread starter): I can't believe Air Canada flies an RJ from Toronto to DFW. Don't think I could take that.
They currently fly the EMBRAER EMB 175 JET between YYZ-DFW...Which is apparently more comfortable then the EMBRAER EMB-145 that you flew on. If you didn't want an RJ flight, Why didn't y'll just fly DFW-SAT where they're 14 MD-80 flights?
KAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 35 Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5296 times:
Man, you guys expect 747's on every route. Seriously, if you don't like the RJ, shell out the bucks for your BBJ charter or go fly the MD80 out of DFW. How much did you pay for this, 200 bucks? You could barely drive it for that much. How cramped is your Chevy Cavalier compared to the ERJ?
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5541 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5203 times:
I actually like the ERJ a lot. Granted, I'm only 5'10", but still... once you get seated in the A side, it's a comfy ride. Granted, I fly Continental, and they've got leather in the ExJet ERJ's... but still, I've flown AE birds too, and thought they were okay.
I didn't think American's gates were THAT far away... they're just a little bit further than Conti's, and those aren't that big a walk...
I don't know, but sounds to me like maybe you've got some other stuff going on... like, maybe you should request wheelchair service to take you to your 757 or larger aircraft next time...
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4104 posts, RR: 52 Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5199 times:
Nice brief report. Guys, calm it, he's merely pointing out he found it uncomfortable, he has a right to an opinion. I'm 6ft 1 and thought the ER4 was VERY cramped, though I had an A seat which made it okay,
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4106 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5196 times:
Nice report. I found the cabin small when i flew a BA E-145 but the single seats are pretty decent and allowed me to stretch out into the aisle. I found it a very nippy aircraft, getting from Manchester to Southampton in little over 30 minutes.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5541 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5193 times:
I agree that I have to stoop down to enter. And until you walk down that little ramp to the aisle, it's too short in there.
But I find the ERJ to be more comfortable than other options... like a Saab 340!!!
Gone are the days of widebody comfort on IAH-MSY flights... bummer.
Iowaman From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4254 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
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Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 5): Man, you guys expect 747's on every route. Seriously, if you don't like the RJ, shell out the bucks for your BBJ charter or go fly the MD80 out of DFW. How much did you pay for this, 200 bucks? You could barely drive it for that much. How cramped is your Chevy Cavalier compared to the ERJ?
Or just fly WN 737's.. there is only about a dozen WN DAL-SAT flights a day.