Most of my itineraries are based on aircraft type where I have a choice.
My first time on a 777, I extended my connecting time in DEN
to get one of the first ones back to LAX
. This was 1996. I rode in United First (my first time in a 3 cabin plane). They had a 2-2-2 configuration but the seats were wide and oh so comfortable and there was plenty of distance between you and the seat in front of you so that your seatmate did not have to get up to let you out. I miss those seats, the new United First Suites are far less comfortable than those; however, I still choose United's 3-cabin 777 over other options.
The biggest disappointment is when there is an unplanned equipment change. In 1998, I had a day trip DEN
back to DEN
and then on to LAX
was a 744, my first, no problem. The return was to have been the same 744, but I got to IAD
and found out there was an equipment change. They had to dust off an old DC-10. On the 744 I had window seats in United First. These too were spaced enough where you didn't have to bother your seat mate to get out; however, it was not the same on the DC-10. I paid full F fare for this flight, when I found out about the equipment change, I asked to be put on the non-stop to LAX
(a 744), which they refused. On the DC-10, they put me in a window seat, and I asked for an aisle which they did not have. This plane had definitely been out of service for awhile. The movie didn't work properly (no PTV's), old cloth seats, and limited overhead storage. The 744 was to have been 3 cabin, but the DC-10 was 2 cabin; therefore, those of us foolish enough to pay F fare got the same service as Business class customers got.
I prefer the 777 over the 747. I will take the A319 over the 737; however, I do prefer the 757 over the A320. I hate the 767's and will avoid them whenever possible. The RJ
's are OK
for flights under 90 minutes and can get a seat up front. I would love the opportunity to try a Dash 8 again. Rocky Mountain Airways used to fly those into my home town and only got to fly it once.