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Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 12:28 pm

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.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Stephen in New Orleans/Providence

RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 1:31 pm

This topic was discussed recently (a couple of weeks ago, I think). You may wish to do a search for it  Smile...
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RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 2:09 pm

I've only ever flown on one MD-11, that was N810DE from Tokyo to Portland and from Portland to Tokyo 2 weeks later !!!. This was in July of 2000.

The MD-11 may have its problems in terms of handling but its a very nice plane to be a passenger in. It is a loud plane while on the taxi and it does make some strange sounds.

Everytime the pilot powered up to taxi it sounds like you taking off !!

Enjoy your flight.

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RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 2:34 pm

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).

RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 2:35 pm

My only experience is seeing them at airports.

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RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 2:45 pm

I had two segments on the Delta M11 last week in BizElite and they were an absolute pleasure as always.
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RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 2:49 pm

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.
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RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 6:11 pm

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.
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RE: Your Delta MD-11 Experiences

Wed Nov 21, 2001 6:26 pm

Much more comfortable in economy than the 777, and has a much bigger feel to it as well.
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