You are absolutely correct, this is a public forum, and you are encouraged to have your own opinion. The question here is credibility. How are you so familiar with AA
's MD80'a if you live in Singapore? Did you recently move their or something?
Your opinions concerning the MD
-80 would be taken more seriously if your posts weren't filled with so much unilateral and vindictive diatribe. Your lashing out at anyone who doesn't agree with your position is getting old, and I've been a member of this forum for not even a month!
You must take into consideration that hundreds+ of these particular aircraft have been purchased and operated by airlines the world over. If it was/is such a terrible aircraft, how do explain a lifespan of almost 40 years?, (from DC-9-10 to the present 717) they are obviously doing something right.
I think we all here are mature enough to realize that IFE is not what makes an airliner great. Is IFE the sole basis of your argument? I would think safety would be most people's benchmark. To me, and I think I speak for the majority (correct me please if I am wrong), find pleasure in the pure simplicity and miracle of flight! IFE is a bonus. Even aircraft I don't particularly care for, I must appreciate, it's part of the unwritten code.
Now, flying 5+ hours over a blank ocean, or a landscape completely obscured by the clouds, that is a different story. But PHX
?, let me soak up every minute of flight. To me, in this instance, IFE is a distraction, something for the ADHD crowd, the videogame generation, the impatient, and not so much for those who love aviation with every ounce of their heart, who get goose-bumps at the sound of a plane overhead, those who have jet-fuel running through their veins.
I will concede one point and that is IFE is great when it's used to enhance the flying experience...such as external cameras, maps showing the progress of the flight, and data such as airspeed temperature, ETA and such.
I suppose you can chalk up my opinion to being an oldtimer. An oldtimer that has spent countless hours in aviation classics, when "getting there" wasn't just "half" the fun, it "was" the fun, on the Constellation, the Gooney Bird, the original 707s, Fokkers, Convairs, and Nords, as well as best Seattle, Long Beach and Toulouse have to offer. I for one, will prefer the "short" side of the MD
-80 to any seat on any 737 any day, that is just my opinion, and that's all that needs to be said. Period. No calling people names, no insults, its only a preference.
Aviation is a passion, please do not insult others just because we don't share your vision of beauty. It's kinda like calling my kids ugly!!!!
Don't be a hater. But rather, listen and learn.