sleekjet
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DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:12 pm

American Eagle Flight 3354
DAL-SAT
N925AE (Embraer 145LR)
Seats 17 B,C

Okay, it ain't exactly cross-country. But it was my first ever trip on an RJ and it involved basically a new service. American Airlines and American Eagle have resumed service from Love Field in Dallas for the first time since 9/11.

So, a short trip and a short report.

Unfortunately, the new gates for American are a long, long way from the terminal entrance. And, at 6:30 AM on a Saturday morning, there was a long line at the AA ticket counter and a long line at the security check-in.

But my wife and I handled it. The flight was due to leave at 7:28 and we were airborne on time. Very smooth, quick takeoff from 13R. By the time we were over downtown Dallas, we were in the clouds.

But the point of this report is the claustrophobia aboard the Embraer. Check out this shot I took from my seat:



I'm 6'4" and I couldn't stand up straight in the aisle. Sitting in my seat wasn't much better. I can't believe Air Canada flies an RJ from Toronto to DFW. Don't think I could take that.

By the way here is what the cloud cover over Central Texas looked like, with a bit Rolls-Royse in the way:



Nice cup of Coke, nice landing as well. I asked the flight attendant if I could ask the pilot for permission to take a shot of the flight deck, but he has already vacated the scene and she did not want to ask the FO for some reason.
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pensacolaguy
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:45 am

Quoting Sleekjet (Thread starter):
I can't believe Air Canada flies an RJ from Toronto to DFW. Don't think I could take that.

They currently fly the EMBRAER EMB 175 JET between YYZ-DFW...Which is apparently more comfortable then the EMBRAER EMB-145 that you flew on. If you didn't want an RJ flight, Why didn't y'll just fly DFW-SAT where they're 14 MD-80 flights?
 
sleekjet
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:07 pm

Because DAL is closer to my house. Plus, I foolishly thought there'd be less walking involved.
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komododx
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:06 am

I find that if you get an A seat (on the left side) it's much better and much more bearable.

Thanks for the report!

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767747
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Tue Mar 21, 2006 1:16 am

Good report! Yes, the AA EMB-145 is very cramped. I flew on one in December, and had to duck just to enter. Nice views from the window!
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KAUSpilot
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:34 am

Man, you guys expect 747's on every route. Seriously, if you don't like the RJ, shell out the bucks for your BBJ charter or go fly the MD80 out of DFW. How much did you pay for this, 200 bucks? You could barely drive it for that much. How cramped is your Chevy Cavalier compared to the ERJ?
 
AA737-823
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:48 am

I actually like the ERJ a lot. Granted, I'm only 5'10", but still... once you get seated in the A side, it's a comfy ride. Granted, I fly Continental, and they've got leather in the ExJet ERJ's... but still, I've flown AE birds too, and thought they were okay.
I didn't think American's gates were THAT far away... they're just a little bit further than Conti's, and those aren't that big a walk...

I don't know, but sounds to me like maybe you've got some other stuff going on... like, maybe you should request wheelchair service to take you to your 757 or larger aircraft next time...
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A340600
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:56 am

Hey,

Nice brief report. Guys, calm it, he's merely pointing out he found it uncomfortable, he has a right to an opinion. I'm 6ft 1 and thought the ER4 was VERY cramped, though I had an A seat which made it okay,

Cheers,

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planesarecool
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:11 am

Nice report. I found the cabin small when i flew a BA E-145 but the single seats are pretty decent and allowed me to stretch out into the aisle. I found it a very nippy aircraft, getting from Manchester to Southampton in little over 30 minutes.
 
AA737-823
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Thu Mar 23, 2006 5:13 am

I agree that I have to stoop down to enter. And until you walk down that little ramp to the aisle, it's too short in there.
But I find the ERJ to be more comfortable than other options... like a Saab 340!!!
Gone are the days of widebody comfort on IAH-MSY flights... bummer.
 
iowaman
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Fri Mar 24, 2006 7:16 am

Quoting KAUSpilot (Reply 5):
Man, you guys expect 747's on every route. Seriously, if you don't like the RJ, shell out the bucks for your BBJ charter or go fly the MD80 out of DFW. How much did you pay for this, 200 bucks? You could barely drive it for that much. How cramped is your Chevy Cavalier compared to the ERJ?

Or just fly WN 737's.. there is only about a dozen WN DAL-SAT flights a day.
 
vatveng
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RE: DAL-SAT On American Eagle, W/Pix

Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:24 pm

I found my Eagle ERJ145 flight rather comfortable... but I'm only 5'6"!

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