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Trip Report: NY 727s

Thu Mar 16, 2000 2:57 am

Last Thursday evening, I checked in for the usual IND-ORD-LGA routing with one unusual difference. I was flying United instead of American. I always prefer AA for obvious reasons, but flights were very full when I planned to travel, so I went with UA and made a point of booking 727s.

My first flight was onboard N7269U, an older model. As soon as I boarded, I was so happy to be on board the aircraft. Something about the 70's wall linings makes one nostalgic! With the exception of a NW 727 I flew late last year, it had been a while since I've been on a three-holer, so I tried to soak up as mpch of 'the view' as I could. We pushed back about 40 minutes late due to weather in Chicago. I sat about 5 rows from the back, right near the great noisy engines. The flight was about 45 minutes, and the FAs didn't even serve drinks. Given the choice of any other UA aircraft or an AE ERJ, I'd chose the RJ hands down. Better service.

At ORD, sprinted to the connecting gate(in another terminal, of course) only to find my next 727 holding while the COS 735 pushed back. It pulled in and the DSM pax deplaned rather quickly. The a/c, N7445U had the same interior, only this time, I wa seated in United Plus. I must say that I was not overly impressed. Same old weird orange and purple seats, only now I can just about scratch my shin. Great.

It was nice flying into LaGuardia on the 72, I haven't done that since a DFW-LGA equip sub about 6 or 7 years ago. Now AA only occasionally flies 727s to MIA.(Not right now. Will they return to LGA ever?) Only about 35 minutes late, I'd rate UA "not bad".

Score: 6/10 for a US domestic, 4/10 all airlines considered.
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RE: Trip Report: NY 727s

Fri Mar 17, 2000 8:44 am

Hi, how are you?
Nice to see you. I love it! You usually fly American, like me, and you end up flying United 727's on both legs. I would have flown United also in this case, just because I would be on a 727 instead of an MD-80 which is what you always get with American. I like you story, while reading it I felt I was travelling with you. It sounds like you don't consider United a great airline, I also much prefer American but you did the right thing. I would also choose United just because the aircraft is a 727, on American it's now almost impossible to get a 727 unless you fly to or from Miami. No, Amerian no longer flies 727's out of La Guardia, they fly mostly MD-80's and 757's. The last time I flew on a 727 was one year ago, from Newark to Chicago. That was with American, a beautiful flight in a sunny afternoon that I'll always remember.
I'm going on a trip next week to New York on American. I fly from Brussels to Chicago on a 767 connecting to La Guardia on an MD-80. Call me crazy. I went to the United web site to check the schedules from Chicago to La Guardia both ways on the dates I travel to see if I would have had a 727, I could have but I would leave Chicago late in the evening....I was just curious to see...but never mind I'm happy with American. When I book a flight, I always check if I can get a 727. That's how I am. On my trip coming up, I'll get MD-80's but I already made sure that getting a 727 in this case was not possible. The 727's are on their way out so I'd better fly them now before it's too late. That's my opinion.

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