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Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:14 am

Hi all,


Well I was all set to book a flight this summer to PDX on Delta that would have given me an MD-90 both ways....I'm hoping to fly one before they're all gone.


But then Delta decided to raise their fares and now that itinerary is $246 per person, up from the previous $200...checking the seats the MD-90s are almost filled both ways so I can assume that Delta raised the fares to get additional profit from the remaining seats.

SO

If I still want that DL MD-90 my only other option is flying on Delta's discounted fare on this itinerary that puts me on a Skywest CRJ-200 from SLC-PDX....and the return flight, would be on an MD-90, the same md-90 that was on the original return. I dunno how long this promo will last, but it's currently at $173, just within budget.

I'm wondering if that CRJ will be a pleasant or unpleasant experience...taking into consideration that we'll be flying through coastal winds and over the cascade range, turbulence is an issue.


Is flying on a CRJ a good experience in your opinion? If it isn't, is it worth suffering through a CRJ flight just to get an MD-90 on the return?

where's the best place to sit on a CRJ, in terms of view and photo ops? just ahead of the wing..or just behind it? (as I understand it, the CRJ-200 only has one row behind the wing).

Appreciate your thoughts. I've got three major trips coming up this year and it's turning into a big knotted mess as airlines raise their rates and schedules change and it's back to square 1 again.

If I don't do this my other option is flying a WN 737 again, or a CRJ-700 to PHX connecting to an HP 737 to PDX...more 737s. 737s are boring after the first 7 flights, I'd like something else this time.  Laugh out loud

[Edited 2004-03-22 21:17:28]
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:19 am

The ride is ok, but the windows are a little...ok a lot low. You have to bent over to see out of them.

As for the price of the ticket I would take it. 2 new types and flying a -90, well worth it.
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:27 am

The CRJ is nice, I rode on a American Eagle CRJ-700 from DFW-HOU-DFW and it was a great experience. Really bumpy ride to Houston but it was a great trip. Especially seeing the expressions on the passengers face when this mist came out of the air conditioning vents and everyone was freaked out about it on the HOU-DFW run.
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:34 am

It's a -200.

Unfortunately I'm one of those who voted for "Makes me nervous" in the tubulence poll on the front page. Big grin
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:38 am

Aloha, shame on you, what kind of aviation enthusiast are you?????  Big grin

This to me would be a non-issue. Go for the ride, enjoy the MD-90 and the CRJ. I have never flown on a CRJ, and eventhough its comfort will not be equivalent to a larger airliner, this seems like it is a trip just to experience aviation, and as such, you owe it to yourself to give the CRJ a try.

Then, you will write up a trip report so we could all enjoy it. Cheers!  Smile
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:38 am

I've flown the CRJ ( actually a -200 ) 2 years ago from CDG to MUC on Lufthansa and I liked the aircraft very much.
A very good aircraft for flying in!

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:42 am


>>>Is flying on a CRJ a good experience in your opinion?

No. It´s hell.

>>>is it worth suffering through a CRJ flight just to get an MD-90 on the return?

Yes of course.

>>>where's the best place to sit on a CRJ,

On the ground  Laugh out loud


Seriously, I´ve found the CRJ to be a very cramped experience. I can´t stand in it, I can´t sit by the window without having to bend my head over all the time. It´s just a stretched biz jet, and it shows.

That said, it´s just a plane ride after all. Plus, hey, you´re an aviation nut, íf you´ve never flown a CRJ you´ll want that type in your log. I mean, I flew on an EMB120 and a Yak40, both horrible in terms of passenger comfort, but I wouldn´t want to miss these rides in my log.

Daniel Smile
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:43 am

I've been on many ASA, Comair, ACA and Air Canada CRJs and have to say that they are nice aircrafts to fly on. I would take them anytime.
Look at it other way. You haven't been on MD-90 neather on CRJ. Take that $173 flight and you will score twice.
My longest CRJ flight was from DCA to YUL on Air Canada, 1 hr and 40 minutes, I am 6'4" and I had no problems.
The only bad thing about them is windows location. Like somebody said earlier, they are really low.

Enjoy your flight.

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:47 am

Does it help that I'm only 5' 10"? Big grin
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:48 am

I am sort of neutral on the CRJ, as RJs go I prefer an ERJ-145. The windows are too low to look out of, the restroom was almost too small to get all 6'4" of me into so I could pee and yes it is a small airplane so going over mountains may be rough. Personally I kind of enjoy the rough flights, I am about the only passenger not looking terrified. Last time I was on the CRJ it was with Pinnacle/NW Airlink out of CMH. It was either a CRJ or a DC-9-10 I was more than happy to take the CRJ.


But as for what really matters: It gets you where you are going quickly.
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:49 am

In my biased opinion the CRJ is a fun jet. It takes off quick, but doesn't climb to well at higher altitudes, but you'll never know anyway. As for taking pictures, I hope you're either vertically challenged or you're 12 years old because the windows are really low. Expect a cramped neck. Enjoy your experiences.

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:50 am

Daniel, I'm always trying to get first row seats, then I slide my body down to level my head with the window. You dont have to bend  Smile

Aloha717200 just take the CRJ and write trip report  Big grin

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:51 am

Aloha717200, no it doesn't help! I'm 5ft8in and couldn't see out either, unless I wanted a cricked neck. I have flown on LH and Eurowings CRJs. The seat pitch was surprisingly generous and made up (partly) for the poor vision. Not much to say otherwise - just a bland regional jet!
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:54 am

Where would you recommend sitting for good pictures? Anything I take has to have the wing in view or a.net doesnt accept it....afaik. Well my camera isnt that good anyway (4 megapix Olympus C-4000...new with plenty of buyer's remorse. Big grin)

[Edited 2004-03-22 21:55:09]
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:56 am

The Skywest CRJs are quite comfortable... my last DL connection experience was CRJ -> 757 -> 777 perfect hubbing! RAP SLC ATL LGW
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:00 am

If you take a 200 the windows are low, my suggestion is just scoot your but near the edge of the seat, you will still have to bend your neck, but not as bad...take the exit row seat, it seems to a a "little" bit more room...if you take the 700, it has a normal window view and the cabin is a bit bigger...I have flown on both and I love the ride...as far as turbulance, you will hit a bump or two, as you do with any plane, you will just feel it more because you are on a smaller plane...but overall it is a great plane...
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:10 am

I took an America West Express (Mesa) CRJ-200 from PHX-LAX in October of 2002... I'm only 5'10" and was in the third or fourth row back on the window, and I found the plane incredibly cramped. I had almost no leg room, the window (as others have said) was really low... and the headroom was less than I would have liked. I much more prefer the ERJ.
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:22 am

Personally I prefer the ERJ to the CRJ. If you wind up in the exit row on the CRJ (row 8 on a CR2, row 12 on the CR7) you have a somewhat enjoyable ride but you're still in a narrow seat and you will most likely be stuck next to someone. The windows are also small and not evenly spaced so you don't end up with a good view. A final misgiving I have is that if you are parked at an airport where you will be using the stairs to deplane and not a jetbridge (LAX, PHX etc.) then you have to wait onboard until all of the Valey Carryon bags are brought out onto the ramp, this can take up to 10 minutes.
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:41 am

I find the CRJ's interior more comfortable than the ERJ--that extra fuselage diameter gives it a feeling of relative spaciousness, even though you have to sit next to somebody.

In terms of turbulence, I flew on a SkyWest CRJ from PSP to SLC. Right after takeoff there was a hairy moment where we were all over the place--I guess some desert winds--but it passed very quickly and the rest of the flight was quite smooth, even the descent through clouds over the mountains around SLC.

I am not a particular fan of turbulence, and I admit that RJs are a bit more susceptible to bumps than larger planes, but remember that unlike turboprops, CRJs cruise at jet altitudes, above most of the weather. So it's generally only during climb and descent that it's likely to be a bit bumpier, and even then it can be perfectly smooth too.

In any event, I do not hesitate to fly on RJs when necessary, and as others have mentioned, it's certainly worth trying the CRJ at least once!
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:43 am

I was flew on the CRJ out of CVG-MHT twice and back home from MHT-ATL & MCO-FLL on CRJ. It is very good ride on their plane with the CRJ.
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:43 am

I flew on an Atlantic Coast RJ-200 from JAX-ORD. NOT much fun. As said, windows are small, and low. If your a tall guy...it's like riding in a small car. Your not gonna have much fun. But....the opertunity to fly on an MD-90 pretty much makes up for the ride, IMO.  Smile Have fun!
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 6:43 am

I'm flying with two other members of my family.
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:09 am

I have to defend the CRJ here. Granted it is tighter than most other larger aircraft, it is still a fun little ride IMO. I fly nonrev on CRJ-200's many times a month, and I am 6'3". It's tight, but it's not unbearable at all. Take either the bulkhead or exit row. Don't take row 7 on the 200 series, the seats won't recline.  Big grin
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:14 am

I'm not saying ALL CRJ's are horrible. I, too, non-reved on CRJ's alot. Granted they were -700's....Which in my opinion are much more comfortable. I never had the pleasure of flying on a CRJ-900 yet. But, would like to. My guess is it will be exactly like the -700, only longer.

But what I am saying, is since your on a -200....good luck. It'll be an interesting hour and fourty five, to two hours  Smile
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:19 am

One thing to remember, don't expect anything more than pretzels and a soda on the CRJ, no matter how long the flight. Don't let that deter you however from a CRJ ride. Just swing by Burger King in the terminal and enjoy your whopper at 31,000 feet.
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:24 am

Let me give you another reason to fly the CRJ - the airport at SLC!!

There are some amazingly dramatic views of the mountains from the airport...and the approach over the water until JUST before touchdown is amazing! I flew Delta SAN-AUS via SLC just so I could fly an RJ, and wished I could have had some more time at SLC to look around.

As for my experience in an RJ, take the aisle seat if you're tall...I'm 6' even but I couldn't put my cowboy hat on in a window seat. In an aisle seat, no problems. I found the legroom to be about standard for economy class nowadays - nonexistent.

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:25 am

I didn't expect frills anyway. DL is no-frills on most western routes and WN, the cheaper option, is always no-frills. Unsure if HP has meal service from PHX to PDX but I bet they don't.
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:32 am

I have had the unfortunate pleasure of flying a CRJ. If you are a person of my pyshical deminsons, then you know that a flight of any length on one can be pure hell. Extremely small seat width and non existant pitch make for a very uncomfortable flight, espically if someone is seated next to you. The windows are way to low to see out of, and the entire flight pretty much sucks.

Why dosen't Bombardier retrofit the CRJ desgin to that of it's bigger brothers,
the CRJ 700/900, which I hear are more comfrotable.
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:33 am

Aloha Aloha!  Big grin

The CRJ is great. I didn't really notice the windows..was able to see fine out them. I sat in the very last row-excellent choice...a little loud in the back like most similar planes(engine at the rear) but excellent combination of a view of the wing and the world outside.

The ride shouldn't be much, if any, bumpier either

Cheers

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 7:37 am

I really enjoyed my flight on an ASA CRJ-200 flight. I flew from ATL-VPS and had a great flight! Usually I have to fly the ATR-72, so the equipment substitution was great! I sat in the second row from the front, so it was very quiet. One of the best flights to VPS I've ever had. Now that I don't need to go there anymore, Delta starts using the MD-88......of course, right?  Big grin If I were you, I would have no problem choosing the CRJ flight.
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:02 am

I enjoyed my first CRJ flight last Oct, Comair BOS-DCA. I will admit I was a little worried about it seeing the things I have read here about them but I found it fit my 6' 2" quite comfortably with the exception of the low windows. Now on this coming Thursday I get to see for myself just how bad everyone says DL 757 are in coach, hopefully I get exit row.

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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:03 am

I will have to agree, nice planes, comfortable and convinients.
I just flew one PHX--DFW, great experience.
 
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RE: Ever Flown On A CRJ?

Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:39 am

I don't like the CRJ... But you can read more about it here: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/41255/

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