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My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Wed Sep 18, 2002 1:12 pm

Since I live in San Diego I never thought I'd get to fly on one of these aircraft that are put together in Southern California.

However, today I finally had my chance, EWR to ATL. Awesome aircraft, great service, everything ran like clockwork. I even went stand by on an earlier flight.....for FREE!!!!!!

I wish they would come to the West coast. We need a few more low fare options in San Diego. Jet Blue or ATA would also be quite welcome @ SAN in my opinion.

Oh yes. The best part was the price: $67.00!
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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Wed Sep 18, 2002 1:35 pm

I've flown nine segments on AirTran 717's this year. The planes are new, clean, and comfortable. At 5'11.5" and 188 lbs., I find the seat pitch in coach just fine, at least as good as US Airways which I used to fly. The seats are contoured, which helps with thigh and lower-back support. I get the same drink and pretzels I'd get on US, and a mainline jet plane. Except I pay far, far less than I would on a Cartel carrier. And on AirTran, I'll earn a free ticket in less than a year of flying them...far faster than I would on US.

AirTran will probably eventually reach the West Coast. Unfortunately the 717 can't do ATL-LAX (or ATL-SAN) nonstop, they'll probably have to get 738's in order to do transcons. However, they'll probably want to digest some of the cost of replacing their DC-9's first. From what I read, the DC-9's are kind of shopworn inside.

I wouldn't be surprised to see JetBlue running JFK-SAN within a year. However, they probably won't add any new cities (other than LGB-related LAS) until they fill in the remaining LGB slots, which will likely absorb their new aircraft deliveries for the rest of this year.

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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Thu Sep 19, 2002 1:58 am

SAN would be a great ATA city! Just get us the gates in MDW to do it  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Thu Sep 19, 2002 2:30 am

UAL-fan,you traitor  Smile Just jokin' .Airtran started operations in ROC last April with 717 service to ATL & BWI. At least Airtran still prints timetables! Seems to me like they run a good operation. If anything happened to UA and DL stops flying the 727 to ATL,AT will be my first choice!

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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Thu Sep 19, 2002 5:59 am

I flew Air Tran once, from MSP-MDW (when they still operated it), and I was expecting to be on a 717 and when I saw a DC-9 at my gate, I was surprised and a little disappointed. However, my flight was great anyways!

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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Thu Sep 19, 2002 6:15 am

Shortly after they were introduced and were still operating MSP-MDW-ATL, I was on a flight departing MSP in the Rolls Royce BMW stickered 717's of Airtran. This particular flight was on a Sat am -- and we were obviously given immediate clearance to climb directly from take off to cruise (29K feet). This has never happened to me before on any flight out of MSP where they generally get up to about 10K feet and get about 30-40 or even 50 miles beyond MSP before reaching cruise..

I have never rocketed to altitude as fast as I did on the 717. By the time we were overflying Northfield MN about 17-19 miles south of MSP we had already levelled off at 29K for what seemed like more than a minute or so. Believe me neither Airtran nor NWA DC-9's have anywhere near 1/2 that climb ratio and the 9's climb fast compared to fully loaded 747 Classics that NWA operates out of here to LGW.

If talk about Free Flight in future ATC operations also means immediate climbs to cruise from take off I am all for it, expecially in a 717!
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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Thu Sep 19, 2002 8:25 am

My first 717 flight on FL was ATL-IAD back in October of 1999, about a week after they put the type in service. Sat in the exit row, and enjoyed the flight. The 717 is a rocketship, I mean it takes off like a shot in the hands of the right pilot. I had the the pleasure of flying in them about 10 times while I worked @ FL. The 717 is a really good plane, too bad the other airlines can't see that (hint, hint American).
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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Thu Sep 19, 2002 9:53 am

I've flown on 4 of their 717's this year, what a great plane. Amazing how the blowing of the a/c is louder than the engines. Should be flying on them this weekend as well, I get a DC9 up to ATL...I'm actually looking forward to that.
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RE: My 1st 717 Flight On Airtran!

Fri Sep 20, 2002 5:47 am

I have read that the "High Gross Weight" version of the 717 has a range of 2200NM, and the distance from ATL to LAX is only about 2000NM. Could a 717 safely make this trip?

I'd also like to know why AA didn't convert its f100's into 717's. It seemed like a perfect fit seeing as how they have the largest population of MD82's in the world. Also, I am not a fan of RJ's taking over mainline routes.

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