rabenschlag
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Rear Mounted Engines: Love Or Hate?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:04 pm

This weekend, I had the pleasure to do some east (CMH) to west (PSP) to east (CMH) travel in the US. I chose Delta for my trip, which included B738 and MD-88 machinery.

I recently travelled a lot within the US, and I have a lot of postive things to say about delta. 100% on time, very convenient connections in ATL, very friendly FA's, free lunchbox on the ATL-PSP leg (was asked to pay 5$ or so for that crap on AA and NWA), clean planes, decent fare. what else could you ask for? Well, a decent meal, but who offers such things these days. Air France does, but who else?

Anyways, I had the chance to compare passenger comfort in the 738's and MD-88's. I sampled rear seats and close to first seats in both planes. In terms of passenger comfort, I'd say the MD-88 wins clearly. Unless you are sitting in the last four or five rows, it is SOOO much more quiet! I also like the 3-2 seating. From a passenger perspective, rear mounted engines are just superb, that at least is my opinion, and I wish there was a modern variant of the VC-10.

If I could choose, I'd go for a MD-8X anytime and let the eco-wonders (B73X, A32X) sit on the tarmac. I'd even prefer a DC-9, which I was glad to sample a couple of times with NWA recently.

Does anybody share my enthusiasm?
 
commavia
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RE: Rear Mounted Engines: Love Or Hate?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:07 pm

The answer to that question, at least for me, is heavily dependant on where on the plane I'm sitting. As long as you're not in the last five rows of coach, flying on a plane with rear-mounted engines is no problem (in fact, if your in First or the front of Coach, it's amazingly quiet).
 
wjcandee
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RE: Rear Mounted Engines: Love Or Hate?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:15 pm

Agreed on the MD80 being a superb, comfortable, quiet aircraft to fly. In the first few rows, all you hear is the wind going by. At takeoff, it's amazingly quiet; the HVAC air is louder than anything else you hear at rotation.

I also love PSP airport. When you leave, if you leave through there, you'll SO appreciate how easy and convenient it is.
 
777fan
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RE: Rear Mounted Engines: Love Or Hate?

Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:35 pm

PSP is one of my favorite places - we're fortunate enough to have family in the area and visit when we can although we've found that as convenient as the airport is, flights and fares aren't always as easy to come by (ONT is a good alternative). But I digress...

Growing up, I used to love flying on the 727 (from PSP-ORD, no less). I had the luck of flying a charter 727 (BWI-FPT) and realized just how much technology has advanced. The 727 (and MD-8X) were great but for short to mid range flights, just don't compare to the power and comfort (read: less noise) provided by 757s, 777s, A319s, A320s. Of course, that's just one man's opinion.
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