Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:40 pm

Hi all. I will be flying on a TWA MD-80 the day after tomorrow. I have no concerns what-so-ever about flying on this particular airline and airliner. My route will be LGA-PBI.

Please give me your most honest opinion about what you think of the MD-80 in general. And if you have some exeperiences (bad or good) please share them with me.

Thank you,
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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:42 pm

I fly that route frequently and often with TWA and love TWA and the MD80 enjoy.
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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:43 pm

I personally like the 2-3 seating arrangement a lot more than the 3-3 that you get on the 737's and 757's. The only thing I don't like about the MD-80's is if you get seated next to the engines because they are kind of loud. I have never been on TWA, so I can't comment on that part of the flight.

Have a nice trip
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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:46 pm

I like it...For short routes...

Alot of power!
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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:48 pm


WONDERFUL AIRCRAFT! I flew on it Summer of 1999 between Helsinki and Barcelona (4 hour flight) and it was one of the most comfortable flights I've had. It was rather quiet, the seats nice and the view lovely! The takeoff was absolutely terrific, and the landing in BCN was a mix between a firm and a greaser, absolutely textbook. Sadly, the aircraft I flew, OH-LMN (click for pictures), has recently left Finnair for a buyer I do not know. Picture of the plane at BCN is below. Great job Finnair! Too bad they're being phased out for Airbuses (but Airbuses are cool too, just wish the DC-9-50's were going)

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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:48 pm


There's nothing wrong with 'em.
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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:49 pm

I have flown on AS and AA MD-80's. I'd avoid the aft 3 rows of seats - ATL is right, it does get kind of noisy back there. Although I haven't flown on one of their MD-80's, my experiences with TWA have been mostly positive. Enjoy your flight!
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RE: Be Honest.

Tue Sep 12, 2000 11:50 pm

Personally, I enjoy flying in MD-80s. They are quiet, swift planes, and fairly comfortable in all airline configurations I've ever flown - TWA, Midwest Express, PSA, Finnair, SAS.

I flew with TWA coast to coast on MD-80s and a 757-200 in 1996; San Diego - Los Angeles - St. Louis, then St. Louis - Baltimore and return. The flights were great, the cabin staff helpful and friendly, and the aircraft clean. I was even bumped up to first class on the St. Louis - San Diego return leg as the gate agent wanted to put a family together in coach. This was on New Year's Eve, and the champagne flowed freely. Overall, very pleasant experience.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 12:00 am

I love the MD-80 to death, mostly because of its design being a welcome departure from the norm. The size of the rear-placed engines, the T-tail as well as the length fascinates me. I'm one who loves the noise of aircraft and although the MD-80 isn't the loudest, the power (as Lauda777 said) is awesome.

The seating configuration is great and I love the inclination of climb (although not as great as the DC-9, but that also depends on the pilot as well). After take-off, it's great to be inclined back in your seat and see the class-dividing wall WAY up in the air.
As far as I know, it has a very good safety record. The longest flight I've done in the MD-80 is 3h45m and the shortest, about 12mins.
It's one of my favourite type of aircraft.

I hope you enjoy your trip on one such example.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 12:45 am

You'll enjoy it. The Dog is probably the most reliable commercial jet flying today. They're smooth, quiet (as long as you're not sitting aft of the 2L door), and built like a tank.

Since you're flying TW you'll probably get one of the last MD-80s built on at least one leg of your trip.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 2:12 am

TWA is great. You'll have a great flight!
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 2:27 am

I've flown on MD-80s twice. Both flights were quiet and smooth. I even got to spend the last half hour of the second flight in the cockpit including a night landing - that was a wonderful experience. Wish I could do it again.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 2:34 am

MD-80's are great. I flew on 1 with CO on IAH-SJC and 4 with AA JAX-DFW-OAK-DFW-JAX, like everyone else said, dont get stuck in the back. I was seated in the front 4 out of the 5 flights and they were all good experiences.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 5:22 am

WHen I travel, I fly USAirways, and my family and I agree that MD-80's are very uncomfortable. The seat pitch isn't much and there isn't tmuch legroom. When I flew an American MD-80, I found the same thing. I don't know if this is true of TWA's MD-80's. We try to aviod them if possible (in favor of 737's)
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 5:29 am

I think the MD-80 is a great aircraft!!!!! I have had some good experiences on them, and a couple bad experiences. I have flown on Delta, TWA, American, and Continental's MD-80's, and have found TWA's MD-80's to be the best, and Continental's to be the worst.

I know you will enjoy flying on TWA's MD-80's

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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 5:49 am

My experiences on DC-9s have been good. The MD-80 is a good aircraft. I especially like the interior width. This lends itself to more of a first class experience in coach than a 737. Also MD-80s don't give that loud wind noise you get from the 737 (the Boeing competition).

I find these two bad features though:
1, the floors are too flexible. When someone walks down the isle my seat moves a little.

2, the engines are quite loud (and not pretty sounding) in the back. They sound like a UPS truck (Ford in-line six) without a muffler under power.

Here's a bonus though. The interior is less busy looking than the 737, and really quite appealing.


Ps-oh yeah, the MD-80s' initial climb is amazing. You'll love it.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 12:10 pm

I will add to the chorus of praise for the SUPER 80. It probably has to be my favorite aircraft. Flown on both TWA and Continental's -80s. The 2-3 setup makes everything seem a lot less cramped. Even being on the 3 side will all the seats full. It is very quiet when you are in the front half of the cabin... say ahead of row 20. If you are stuck next to the engines, which is just as bad in a 727... then the noise is pretty bad. When I flew TWA in 1996 from STL-PHX the legroom seemed to be slightly more than the standard. Even the older Super 80 that I was on was quite nice. Overall I have flown a variety of segments on the 80... STL-PHX (TW), CLE-BWI/BWI-CLE (CO), IAH-TUS (CO).

Too bad Boeing had to stop making them.
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RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 12:39 pm

I've flown the MD80 more times than I can remember. Never had any problems with them. Au contraire - it's a wonderful plane to fly.

Enjoy your trip!

RE: Be Honest.

Wed Sep 13, 2000 8:31 pm

Well you guys. I can't thank you enough. I have flown this route and this airplane before. It was a wonderful experience. I just wanted to know if everyone here shared the same opinion. I guess now it is clear to me.

Thanks a million,
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RE: Be Honest.

Thu Sep 14, 2000 4:04 am

I've flown CO's MD80's alot. They are comfortable, quiet (unless you're behind the engine   ) and reliable. I love em!
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RE: Be Honest.

Thu Sep 14, 2000 8:45 am

Everything is perfect! Design, interior lay-out, great powerful engines. You get the benefit of hearing them in action when you line up to use the bathroom, for example (Haha!). Seriously, I don't sleep at all on aircraft, so the engine noise isn't a problem.
Also, the climb-out is great and at 39000 feet (only once or twice have I heard of an MD-80 cruising at such altitudes, besides my flight), it's bliss!
Enjoy your flight Aa777dr. An MD-80 trip is worth it.

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