Beckaru
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Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 9:02 am

Has anyone flown on one of these? I'm scheduled to fly on one fairly soon as part of a Delta connection. They're supposed to hold 50 passengers. What's the flight like in one of these?
 
BigGiraffe
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 9:58 am

I've flown two of these between Cincinnati and Wichita on Comair. The Comair people were friendly. The inside of the jet is like a long narrow tube with average airline seats. Windows, however, are small and between my elbows and shoulder in location - very difficult to look through. Departure was prompt on both flights. Loading and unloading was quick.

What I really liked was having their communications on one of the headphone channels. There was some bad weather around the area and you could hear various traffic requesting different altitudes and routes to get around the worst of it.

All in all, Comair is preferable to the larger carriers and I will make sure to use them again next time I go to Wichita (my other choice is to go through DFW).
 
AirT85
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 9:59 am

Hi! Last summer i flew ATL-CLE on an ASA CRJ. The flight is very smooth, surprisingly the cabin feels very spacious, only problem would be if your rather tall having to duck...Its rather queit and a very spunky airliner! one of my top three faves! It was a great flight. ASA F/A's are the best! Havent flown COMAIR or SkyWest so couldnt tell you therre, but the CRJ is a great plane.
-Tony
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Beckaru
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 10:59 am

Thanks. This Delta connection is operated by Skywest. I've never flown them, so guess I'll find out!
 
Guest

RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 11:19 am

Glad to hear your flying SkyWest..I work for Skywest in Idaho Falls, and I can tell you one thing about the CRJ...WONDERFUL...i have had MANY flights on the CRJ and I will be honest...it is my favorite aircraft ever...Where are you going on us, and when? Id be glad to hear more...if you have any questions about the airline or our aircraft, feel free to ask! Enjoy!
 
1011 FAN
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 12:11 pm

SPACIOUS??????HARDLY!!!! I regularly fly ASA or Comair out of SWF to Atlanta or Cincinati to connect with real airplanes. Let me tell you this..unless you are under 5 feet tall and under 100 lbs they are very small and very cramped. Nowhere near as spacious as the MD88s that they replaced...End of story
 
Guest

RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 12:18 pm

I have flown the CRJs on COMAIR a lot between GSP and CVG and STL. I find them to be great aircraft for what they are used for. For instance, I would rather fly a CRJ between GSP and CVG than an EMB120. I think sometmes that is something we loose sight of. A lot of the routes that CRJs are flying used to be flown by turboprops. I don't think you'll ever see MD80 or 737 service into Evansville, IN or Charleston, WV from CVG. So, given what they are meant for, I find them quiet, fast, a little cramped but doable (and I am 6ft 1, 185lbs), and with good service (beverage and snacks). I find them much better than the alternative.

Coz
 
BigGiraffe
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 10:14 pm

In my case, the CRJ was replacing a larger jet. A few years ago you could fly nonstop from Atlanta to Wichita, but that service was discontinued. For a while we could take American to Dallas and catch an F100 up to Wichita. Now Delta is our carrier (we have no choice even though American is available) and the choice is go through Dallas and catch a turboprop, or go through Cincinnati and catch the CRJ. I found both flights through Cincinnati far less crowded than Dallas, plus the overall traffic in Cincinnati is much better. The advantage of Dallas is the availability of more alternate flights should something happen to yours.

Sounds like Coz and I are built about the same. You do duck to get down the aisle, but once you are seated they are about the same as any other sardine-can MD80/727/F100/etc; just with fewer people. The fast loading and unloading, and reliable departure/arrival carries more weight with me than the size of the jet, so I'll be going Comair, again, in the future.
 
vincent32
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 11:06 pm

Yup, just last Feb. I took a flight from ATL to MYR on a CRJ. The flight was quite smooth and the plane itself seemed almost brand new. Also I wasn't cramped for space, The main cabin is appx, 6'2" high.
"If it was cool to be a fool, I'd be the hippest guy around"
 
Guest

RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Mon Jul 03, 2000 11:29 pm

One other note...when I took an EMB145 RJ from CLE to CLT last week, I found it, while having the 1-2 seating and leather seats (unlike the CRJ). that the cabin seemed smaller. I had to duck more significantly in comparison to a CRJ flight.

Coz
 
crjmech
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 12:26 am

Get ready for a nice ride! Headroom is ample at just a bit over six feet and legroom is comparable to, if not better than most domestic coach-class seats. I haven't flown on a Skywest RJ, but I've always had good service on their Brasilias. As mentioned before, the only real drawback is the window height. They are too low for any long periods of sightseeing without neck and/or back pain. If you want the comfort and speed of a jet, but still want the sensation of actually flying (unlike those "real" airplanes), then this is your plane. Have fun!
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AirT85
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BigGiraffe

Tue Jul 04, 2000 2:03 am

Hi! Delta now offers ATL-ICT flights again on ASA's CRJ's, with 3 daily CRJ flights. anyways! just wanted to let you know!
-Tony
Why would God make us all so different, if He wanted us to be the same?
 
BigGiraffe
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 2:17 am

Thanks, AirT85! They sure do, don't they? That will knock 2 hours or better off the trip.

Now this opens the question "If we still had a choice between 727 and CRJ, which would I choose?" I'd choose the CRJ because they spend less time loading and unloading than the larger jet. The other reason is the employees tend to be friendlier and more cheerful than on the larger carriers, probably because they are relatively new to the airline business and still excited. This is not to say you don't find good attendants on the large carriers, because you certainly do, but the trend is for better service from the small ones.
 
AC_A340
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 6:00 am

I've flown on them. I like them much more than the prop alternative. Just be careful standing up after you land.
 
Peter
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 7:46 am

I've been on one with ASA from Atlanta to Ashville. It was a nice flight. I like them alot.
 
KALB
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 8:02 am

I have flown from PHI-STL on a USAirways Express Canadair RJ (operated by Mesa) and I really liked it even though I'm 6'4" and had a sore neck from peering out the window. Flight time was 2.25 hours. The RJ takes off like a rocket. I can't wait for my next RJ experience.
 
Guest

RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 1:27 pm

I flew on a CRJ back in March between ROC-LGA. It was a pleasure to fly on,a lot more comfortable than the turboprops! =)
 
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 4:04 pm

Just got in not three hours ago from flying a CRJ on Air Canada from YYZ-DCA. It's a pretty nice airplane, with just enough seats to seem reasonably large, but still with the vague feeling that you're flying on a corporate jet.

My main problem with the aircraft is this: they put the damn windows too far forward!! I had to lean my head forward and peer out, causing a lot of pain in my neck. I mean really, people, couldn't they have just placed the windows one section back so that they're next to the seat instead of the tray table? I mean, most of the flying public would like to at least see what's going on outside the aircraft, if only for the views of the landscape.

Also, it concerned me that there was no emergency exit further back than the ones over the wings...for people like me who were sitting in the back (seat 12F), what would happen if there was a crash and a fire started aft of the wing?
 
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 4:42 pm

I've flown on them twice with Comair and once with ASA. All 3 were great flights.
 
KALB
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 11:04 pm

The newest version of the CRJ will have a lower floor so that the passenger windows will be at a better height. Mesa's CRJs seats are not adjustable in pitch which actually made for a more comfortable flight, as no one was jamming their seat back into my knees. I wish the big jets had non-adjustable pitch seats, especially for the shorter flights.
 
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Tue Jul 04, 2000 11:38 pm

Last March I flew on a Comair CRJ from CVG to CLT. It was a great flight! To anyone who hasn't flown on a CRJ you have to fly on one. My only complaint would be the low windows.
 
Ryefly
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RE: Canadair Regional Jet

Fri Jul 07, 2000 9:17 am

I like the CRJ too. I flew with ASA from ATL-GNV and back on one and the ride was great. The best CRJ I have been on however is on Midway Airlines. I know its the same seating arrangement, but with the leather seats it seem like there is more room. I agree that the windows are way to low and poorly positioned in respect to the seats.

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