airplanetire
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Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 3:00 am

I am curious to see what everyone's favorite airline is. Why is this airline your favorite airline? What do you like about it? What do you like about it? What would you like to see your airline do in the future (something feasible, not outrageous like seeing LAB purchasing 744s to start services to Africa)?

For me:

My favorite airline is Delta. It's not service that makes them my favorite, because it lacks in that department, but more just loyalty. Starting from when I was a year and a half old, I lived in Cincinnati until I was seven, when I moved to Atlanta, where I still live, meaning I've lived in a Delta hub for 15 of my almost 17 years. Never has much family lived close by, so I have flown a lot since before I can remember in order to visit family. I just have somewhat of a connection with Delta, despite the fact that I have flown on other airlines that are a whole lot better.

Beyond my loyalty to Delta, there isn't too much that I like about it. They are, however, an airline that offers a lot of flights to a lot of destinations, so that is convenient. Their planes are moderately comfortable and their food is usually decent. Some of the flight attendants can be very nice. Also, ATL is a great airport for a hub in my opinion. It is big, easy to use, and relatively efficient.

Things that I do not like about Delta are primarily with their service. The service is so hit or miss. Like I said, some of the flight attendants can be really nice, but a lot of them are very uninterested. Even for the interested ones, there is not much to do anymore. Even on transcontinental flights, Delta just has passengers pick up a bag of food while walking on to the plane, leaving one less thing for flight attendants to do. It feels more like getting on to a nice bus than it does to fly on a Delta flight. Even on transatlantic flights, there is not much food given as compared to transatlantic flights I have flown in the past.

For Delta's future, the first thing I want to see is for the airline to get back on solid ground and start turning a profit. Upper management and pilot pay concessions are needed, whether or not bankruptcy is needed to accomplish this. Assuming that Delta does return to profitability though, I would really like to see it receive more 777s. Some new European destinations would be nice, but Asian expansion would be wonderful, especially since Delta has just one flight to Asia: ATL-NRT with a 772. Latin America could use some expansion, even if it was just to include a few large cities Delta does not serve currently, like EZE, GIG, or UIO.


Now let's hear what you all have to say.  Smile

-Airplanetire
 
worldoftui
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 3:09 am

OK, for me its United.

What I like about them:
Have always found their service a dream - really good
Think their product, especially transatlantic, is excellent
Part of the Star Alliance - nice and easy for worldwide connections

What I dislike / would like to see improved

Improved recognition of MileagePlus members outside of the US (what use is a Region 1 upgrade to me? - I hear that they may be looking at their offerings for UK members soon)
Like to see them resume their LHR-EWR service (I know its not commercially viable, but this is a WISH list)
Also, would be nice to get the RTW service back with them, and resume their LHR-DEL service (again, just a WISH)


But to be fair, these are, to me, fairly minor things. If I wanted better upgrade opportunities for travel within Europe, I should join Miles&More of Diamond Club. I am very happy with the service from United.

Mark
 
frugalqxnwa
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 3:10 am

For my current favorite, NW;

Godd service, if a bit sparse due to finances, and good job getting me on time. Good job at keeping costs low and annoying a.net members by keeping tose DC-9s around, but MUST you fly Airbus aircraft?*

*Please do not go off on A vs. B on this one, I merely disagree with their selection.
 
texdravid
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 7:14 am

Favorites: Singapore, British, and Lufthansa.

I have flown coach and Business on the above, and they are excellent airlines with good service, good reliability and, of course, nice large widebody 777's and 747's and A340's!

Hate: American Airlines. They fly old, small MD-80's, have a strangle hold on DFW, my hometown airport, and have lousy service. They are the reason DFW really hurts for foreign airlines right now. I don't care if they fly to Zurich or Paris, because it would nicer to fly on Swiss or AF!! And I'm no Francophile, either!!
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747buff
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 7:44 am

My favorite out of all the ones I have flown would be UA. Although I flew them on several trips back in 1998 before they went downhill. Flights were on-time, good snacks, and professional service. But I was disappointed when I read that they switched from Coke to Pepsi products (which is also one of my pet peeves about my hometown airline NW).
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jetbluefan1
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 8:25 am

JetBlue

Pros:

Almost always friendly service
DirecTV in every seat
Comfortable and spacious seating
Free snacks
New Airbus planes
Fair fares
Ticketless and easy to use

Cons:

TrueBlue doesn't have enough promotions
No food for purchase
No seat maps online that show available and unavailable seats

JetBluefan1
 
BH346
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 8:37 am

Northwest:
+very reliable
+good connecting facilities in MSP and DTW
+extensive Asian network
+you feel like your business is appreciated
-inconvienient scheduling to most places I go to within the US from Wichita
-scheduling into KIX no longer allows for connections within Japan
-since JAS merged, no Japanese partner
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cmckeithen
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 9:12 am

CO:

Likes:

On-time
Exceptionally, well trained, courteous crew
Clean planes
Very comfortable seats (coach included)
Easy access to destinations

No dislikes about CO.
 
ConcordeBoy
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 9:17 am

especially since Delta has just one flight to Asia: ATL-NRT

Wrong.

Lest you forget CDG-BOM  Big grin
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Arcano
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RE: Likes And Dislikes About Your Favorite Airline

Mon May 24, 2004 1:18 pm

My best is LA...

I think the airline is so over the average... in every aspect but one: I would like they serve more of that great food. In Y, they serve good meal, but I could eat twice that much.

As a dream: too see LAN flying more Boeings, 777 or 73N. Could starts servece to Asia or something...
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