8herveg
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Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 2:29 am

This is a very general question, but out of the 6 main US carriers (AA, UA, NW, DL, US, CO) which do you find the best in terms of:

Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

I am not asking about a particular class either. Just all round. Ive only ever flown on American Airlines (SFO-JFK) on one of their B767s and found the flight to be pretty bad. Having said that, it was a red-eye, and I was stuck right in the middle seat!! FAs seemed friendly, but considering it was a 5 hour flight, they acted as if it was just a bus journey across town!

From past posts, Ive heard that Continental is the best one to fly with internationally.

So what are your opinions?

Please say if you find one better for domestic operations than International (and vise versa)

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Superfly
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:34 am

Tie between United & Northwest for the majors.

Midwest for the small carriers.

Southwest for the budget carriers.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:37 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Tie between United & Northwest for the majors.

That really suprised me with Northwest!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Tie between United & Northwest for the majors.

Midwest for the small carriers.

Southwest for the budget carriers.

Was just talking about the majors, but thanks for that anyway. Although again, quite suprised you didn't choose JetBlue...they have PTV's!!
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:37 am

I chose United & Northwest based on service, fleet and destinations they serve.
They are the only two US carriers that have 747s.
They are the only two domestic carriers I'd fly internationally.

Midwest signature service is wonderful.

Southwest always has been a pleasure to fly with.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:39 am

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 2):
Although again, quite suprised you didn't choose JetBlue...they have PTV's!!

PTVs aren't that important to me on a short flight.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:25 am

I've had great and poor service on all the major carriers listed, except I don't remember ever flying on Delta. Most of my life I've used either ORD or DFW, so I'd say AA or UA.
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:39 am

Continental is #1 even though I hate 737's with a passion in coach.

United is the absolute bottom of the barrel, sucktastic airline I try to avoid at all costs.

My list:

#1 Continental
#2 Jet Blue - very close 2nd place
#3 Frontier/Alaska
#4 NWA/USAirways
#5 Delta an ok airline, nothing to write home about but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE Atlanta airport with every fiber of my being.

The toilet of airlines: Southwest, United, Airtran


I don't fly American airlines hardly ever....so no opinion.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:47 pm

Quoting EvilForce (Reply 6):
Delta an ok airline, nothing to write home about but I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE Atlanta airport with every fiber of my being.

Particular reasons as to why you hate ATL with your every fiber?

I am just curious since you're top 2 airlines' main hubs are at places I would certainly refer to as dumps.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:22 pm

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Air Canada.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:57 pm

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
Air Canada.

Funny. But I think they're on an even par with most of our carriers. But I've never flown AC long haul.
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sun Jan 28, 2007 1:55 am

Toss up between AA and CO. I also loath flying coach in the back of a CO 733 or 735.  no  S80 isn't much better though.  rotfl 
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:00 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Midwest for the small carriers.

Southwest for the budget carriers.



Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Midwest signature service is wonderful.

Southwest always has been a pleasure to fly with.



Quoting EvilForce (Reply 6):
#2 Jet Blue - very close 2nd place
#3 Frontier/Alaska



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 8):
Air Canada.

Perhaps you should re-read the original post. I asked about the 6 main US carriers....CO, US, UA, AA, NW & DL.

NOT any Canadian carriers, low-cost carriers, charters or anything else!

Thankyou!
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sun Jan 28, 2007 1:39 pm

As an Aussie I have no loyalty to any US carrier, so I may have an impartial view in some cases.
I have never flown on US so my top 5 are as follows,

1,Continental
2, Delta
3, Northwest
4, American
5, United

I have never had the opportunity to say " Gee that was a great meal thanks" on any of these airlines.
I do not like to see cabin crew chewing gum the entire flight.
I do not like being forced to remain in my seat next to an extremely overweight person when there are whole empty rows of seats available.
I don't believe that the fastest way from LAS to ABQ is via SEA!

This is all tongue in cheek but you get the general idea. I choose an airline to get to my destination, I'll go direct if I can and take Regional jets in preference to anything else. So CO express/ Expressjet.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:02 pm

Continental are my favourite except for the small regional jets that they use, but they normally mean 2 connections when I am travelling international.
Living in MSP means that NWA is my most used airline as they are more convenient but over the last 2 years they have been improving thier overall service and come a close second. The crj's they use are better than CO.
AA and US are ok but I have not used them for a long time.
Did not like United on 2 International trips I used them flying to Brazil and within Asia.
Never used Delta.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:13 pm

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
This is a very general question, but out of the 6 main US carriers (AA, UA, NW, DL, US, CO) which do you find the best in terms of:

Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

The best for food is CO. Seats usually depend on the plane. For example, AA's MD-83's are comfy, the 757's are not. UA's 777's are nice, the 733's are lousy.

I like UA in terms of IFE. The 777's and A320's in particular. Channel 9 is also an added bonus.

Service is again CO, AA would be the worst.

In addition, I will say in terms of fleets: UA and NW are the front runner's. AA and DL have their pluses as well.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 2:09 am

1. Continental Airlines
2. Delta Air Lines
3. Northwest Airlines/American Airlines
5. United Airlines

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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:07 am

AA all the way
followed by co, dl ua nw
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:31 am

1) Delta Air Lines
2) United
3) Continental Airlines
4) Northwest Airlines
5) American
6) USAirways
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:32 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
Tie between United & Northwest for the majors

NWA?

I'd go with
1.) Alaska Airlines
2.) Continental

AS has PTV's, serves food (yes it is $5 in coach), and best of all, the reson that they are really number one on my list: the Flight Attendants/all crew.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:36 am

Big Boys:

1.CO
2.UA
3.NW

Slightly Smaller:

1.AS
2.YX
3.HA

Tiny Tots:

1.Horizon
2.Skywest
3.Era Aviation

Low Cost:
1.Southwest
2.......havent expirence any others
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:10 am

My lists - these are for economy class.

INTERNATIONAL
1. Continental
2. American
3. United
4. Northwest
5. Delta
6. US Airways

DOMESTIC - SIX MAJORS
1. Continental
2. American
3. United
4. Delta
5. Northwest
6. US Airways

DOMESTIC - MOST U.S. CARRIERS
1. Midwest
2. jetBlue
3. Frontier
4. Sun Country
5. Continental
6. Alaska
7. Hawaiian
8. Southwest
9. Aloha
10. American
11. United
12. Delta
13. airTran
14. Northwest
15. Spirit
16. US Airways
17. ATA
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:28 pm

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

Out of what I've flown...

Food: Continental
Seats: Frontier
Entertainment: Frontier and Southwest (if you count jokes Wink )
Service/FAs: Southwest
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting 8herveg (Reply 11):
Perhaps you should re-read the original post. I asked about the 6 main US carriers....CO, US, UA, AA, NW & DL.


Thankyou!

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I swear!
Please, please forgive me!  pray 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:48 am

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
This is a very general question, but out of the 6 main US carriers (AA, UA, NW, DL, US, CO) which do you find the best in terms of:

Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?
Service/FAs?

Well, since there is only one that serves food anymore domestically (and the only major 6 I have flown internationally), I go with Continental.

Seats, out of those six, I go with United Airlines, mostly because they have Economy Plus and all the seats are rather similar on these six, in my opinion.

Entertainment, I again, go with UA. They have dropdown monitors in most of their mainline fleet, and the channel 9 is the kicker which makes it number 1.

Service/FA wise, I would go with Continental. They took great care of me on EWR-OSL-EWR, and on all my EWR-SEA flights. Friendly, attentive, and helpful, it is all CO on this one.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:58 am

When British people think of the American service industry, the "Have a Nice Day" friendly service culture I think is the image we all have in our heads. Unfortunately, I don't think this service culture extends to any of the major carriers in the United States, whose customer facing staff are well below the par of their European competitors. Regular trans atlantic crossings, also paired with internal flights, have taught me to expect a sub-standard service offering from American carriers. Flight attendants are often surly and poorly dressed, aircraft cabins tend to be quite scruffy, gate agents in hub airports address you as if you were on the subway and the quality of food options even for longhaul is quite poor.

This is obviously a general statement, some of the friendliest crews I've ever flown with have been from United Airlines, who have been happy to invite me to their galley on seeing my ID to chat about how flying used to be, the woes of the airline and the great experiences they've had.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:55 am

DELTA all the way!!!

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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:24 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 22):
Oh my God!
I swear to God that I will never, ever let that happen again!
I swear!
Please, please forgive me!

I wasn't talking to you in particular. I was just reminding everyone who had posted comments on the other airlines, that I was only reffering to those 6 majors which I mentioned in the original post.

Just didn't want you to waste time thats all!!

Forgive ME please!!
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:23 pm

TAM
LAN
COPA
TACA
Aerolineas


in no particular order
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:33 pm

Quoting 8herveg (Thread starter):
Food?
Seats?
Entertainment?

Virgin America! If they are ever going to fly  Sad

Food - order from your entertainment system.
Seats - Have you seen the photos on www.letvafly.com ?
entertainment - live tv plus choice of 25 movies on demand.

-CXfirst
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:16 pm

Continental.....Work Hard Fly Right!  

Quoting Superfly (Reply 22):
I swear to God that I will never, ever let that happen again!
I swear!

Brilliant

Quoting 767-332ER (Reply 7):
Particular reasons as to why you hate ATL with your every fiber?

Could be the same reason as the hate for the entire B737 fleet.   

[Edited 2007-02-01 14:17:40]
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:01 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 28):
Virgin America! If they are ever going to fly

I would agree. That website looks amazing! The only thing I am concerned about is this:

'Over 25 Hollywood Pay-per-view movies available completely on-demand'

You have to pay to watch a film?! No other airline does that does it? Surely with everything that Virgin America is offering on board, they would let you watch films for free!?!
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:42 am

Please don't shoot me  scared  My list is as follows

1. US Airways
2. Airtran
3. Delta
4. American
5. Northwest
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:10 am

My list... just for overall experiences...

1. Continental
2. US Airways
3. American
4. Delta
5. Northwest

....I haven't yet flown United, but will be flying ted PHX-ORD on 2/8
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:40 pm

Quoting Bridogger6 (Reply 32):
....I haven't yet flown United, but will be flying ted PHX-ORD on 2/8

I've taken Ted before. It'll be a standard A320. If you're used to flying 737's you'll enjoy it.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Thu Feb 08, 2007 12:26 pm

Here's Mine:


1-Northwest
2-American
3-Delta
4-Continental
5-United
6-US Airways

Ive never really had a bad experience with any of these carriers and I don't really care if I get meals or IFE so this is based mostly on loyalty and convenience.
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:38 pm

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 18):
AS has PTV's,

Since when did they get PTV's?
 
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RE: Which Is The Best American Carrier?

Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:53 pm

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