As you may know, I like 717s. IF I could, I would have Johann change my name to LEGENDAIRY717. BUT- Legend is gone, and 717s are hard to come by in this world.
I may get shot down for saying this, but it's my opinion and I am going to state it. I don't feel safe about AirTran.
I am taking a trip to Washington DC this summer (the fifth trip to DC in a year). So far, I have taken three airlines to DC: Legend (sniff) AmericAAn, and United.
This time, I wanted something else. So I booked on TWA. I have a 717 from DFW to STL, and then an MD-80 from STL to DCA. Then, coming back, it's the same two types. I am thrilled. I specifically wanted TWA because they are about to exist no more. AND I got on a 717.
But I have read several trip reports, and they sound like... a cheap, cost cutting airline.
I certainly understand why they wanted to cost cut. But they didn't cut enough, and we know that already.
So what should I expect? That's the point of the post. Has anyone taken them recently? Of all four flights- each two hours long- I get meal service on only ONE of them. That's not up to United standards. On another flight, I get a snack (wohoo, a bag of pretzels) and on another flight, I get DRINK service. HOWEVER- on the first flight (DFW-STL) I get NOTHING. Not even a drink service. What the heck is that???
So is this going to be as bad as I am thinking???
The good thing is that, even if the flight attendants scream at me and I get no food at all, I will at least be flying a tribute to history. AND that 717 I wanted.
So what should I anticipate?