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T-Bird76
08-28-2005, 05:51 PM
It seems like in the recent years the 757 has become a popular favorite for airlines on routes that in the past would have been flown by much larger planes. Continental for one has employed their 757ís to Berlin from EWR, others like ATA use their 75s to Hawaii. Thereís always been debate how comfortable a narrow body is on a long haul route and with good cause, at first glance how comfortable could a narrow body, 3x3 seating arrangement aircraft really is? So I thought Iíd share my long haul 757 experience to Anchorage, Alaska only a week ago.

First off this is not a normal trip report, frankly I find most trip reports useless and boring. I could careless that you arrived at the airport at 6am with your mom and had an orange juice and egg sandwich for breakfast and that you decided to take a dump at 32,000 feet two hours into the flight, does nothing for me. Rather I like to read trip reports about the flight itself, how does the aircraft handle rough weather, air quality and cabin environment, interior condition (seats, carpet, lighting, bathrooms), IFE, food quality, passenger behavior, and cabin staff.

As some of you know I went to Alaska for 10 tens this August and flew American Airlines through DFW to ANC. The flight was scheduled to be 6 hours and 48 minutes it turned out the flight time was 7 hours and 21 minutes, one of the longer flights Iíve been on. Overall the flight was comfortable but mainly for one reason, no one was sitting in the aisle seat so we were able to spread out leaving the middle seat empty. If this wasnít the case I would have wished the plane had flown into a mountain.

Americanís 757ís are some of the oldest in their fleet and to this day still have not had their interiors upgraded like AAís other birds. If someone knows a reason besides cost savings please let me know. Itís almost a disgrace for an airline like American to showcase a plane like the 757 in their fleet. You walk in and the first thing you notice is how old the First Class section is. The leather is old and worn, the seat controls whether or not they worked had years of tarnish over them. Certainly not a first class section Iíd want to sit in. The other thing you notice is how dark these planes are, itís a common fact that people are drawn to brightly lit areas and that brightly lit places make people feel better as well. Good portions of the ceiling lights were out along with the sidewall lights. I wonít even go into the carpet but someone should tell American to go out and rent a Stanley Steamer, my god.

Iíll say one thing for AA theyíre new seats probably are the best of all the U.S airlines, at least in my opinion. This is certainly not the fact on there 757s; these are by far the worst seats of any airline operating in the United States. The seats are hard, worn, have a gap between the seat cushion and the backrest that after about five hours really gives you a pain in the ass. My flight had a good number of seats that wouldnít recline because they were broken. If you can try to sit in the back of these planes youíll have more of a chance of having a free seat in your row giving you more room.

Being a business traveler you quickly learn how important air quality is when flying. For the most part any new aircraft does a very good job providing passengers clean air thatís not going to dry you out and make you sick. We got on this plane and they had the heat blasting or perhaps they just turned on the A/C and it didnít have its two-hour warm up cycle before the cold air started to blow. This planeís air was dry and certainly not filtered properly. Hereís a tip, next time you fly go out and by a product called Airborne, works great helping to cut down on getting a bug when you fly.

Probably the worst part of flying a 757 on a long haul route is the bathroom setup. Two bathrooms for coach just donít cut it. The minute we got above 10,000 feet a cattle rush of people lined up at the two hour wait mark to use the bathroom. This is fun to watch when the FAís take out the beverage cart. I recommend installing a plow like device on the beverage cart to shove these people out of the way, DONíT STARE AT THE CART MORONS, MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. The bathrooms themselves wellÖ lets just say Iíd rather use a public bathroom in the slums of New Delhi. I did entertain myself trying to identify the years of tarnish and stains on the floor as I was contracting Ebola while relieving myself.

As for IFE, itís called an iPod, CD player or book. After eight episodes of Everyone Loves Raymond, I have to say not everyone loves Raymond anymore. Then after that AA played this movie that after watching it you know someone if their IFE dept in Dallas has a relative that owed their cousin who produces low budget documentaries a favor. Ebert and Roper would have given it the middle finger.

Oh how can I forget about the food!!! Oh thatís right there wasnít any!! Seven hours and they gave us a soda and pretzels. But you can purchase one of Americanís lovely snack packs or sandwiches. You know you would think if you have to shell out the money for food it would be half way decent wouldnít you?

The old saying goes that ďGetting there is half the funĒ. I wonder if that same person who came up with that was alive today would have came up with? ďGetting their just sucksí. Cutting costs is needed but there comes a time and place when you have to say enough is enough.

LGA777
08-28-2005, 06:19 PM
Tommy, I have been on around 5 AA 757's this year. The one that was ex TWA still had the full TWA interior, there was nothing to indicate from the look of the cabin it was an AA plane ,100 pct TWA, even the beverage carts still said TWA, this was in March of this year and BTW the seats where hard as a rock (coach) I was on a pure AA 757 in Feb. SXM-JFK and again in July MIA-SDQ. Both of these birds where like the one you flew on, the old, warn AA interior. But I was on two in late 2004 that both had the new AA interior, so it appears to be a mix. I still love to fly on the 757, it is such a great aircraft. I just watched the Yankees takeoff at LGA on a NW 757 all the way to BFI in SEA. They where airborne exactly at the 4000 foot marker on 13, simply amazing.

Cheers

LGA777

Alex T
08-31-2005, 11:24 PM
Tommy, I have been on around 5 AA 757's this year. The one that was ex TWA still had the full TWA interior, there was nothing to indicate from the look of the cabin it was an AA plane ,100 pct TWA, even the beverage carts still said TWA, this was in March of this year and BTW the seats where hard as a rock (coach) I was on a pure AA 757 in Feb. SXM-JFK and again in July MIA-SDQ. Both of these birds where like the one you flew on, the old, warn AA interior. But I was on two in late 2004 that both had the new AA interior, so it appears to be a mix. I still love to fly on the 757, it is such a great aircraft. I just watched the Yankees takeoff at LGA on a NW 757 all the way to BFI in SEA. They where airborne exactly at the 4000 foot marker on 13, simply amazing.

Cheers

LGA777

Hmmh, all the ex TWA 757's iv flonw were comfy as hell, very soft and padded, and nice color of blue. Leg room I found was better. So I always fly EX TWA 757's whenever I fly, I HATE the AA 757.

Great report tommy, iv read this in 4 different websites haha.
Alex

IslipWN
09-01-2005, 12:56 AM
When I too flew on DL to Vancouver and from Anchorage a few weeks ago, we had extremely old cabins. But it was all good when we got upgraded on all 4 flights!

Alex T
09-01-2005, 08:17 AM
When I too flew on DL to Vancouver and from Anchorage a few weeks ago, we had extremely old cabins. But it was all good when we got upgraded on all 4 flights!

Ya, you got lucky, considering you almost made a huge mistake ;- But its all good!!

Alex

mirrodie
09-01-2005, 06:05 PM
The seats are hard, worn, have a gap between the seat cushion and the backrest that after about five hours really gives you a pain in the ass.


holy ****, you are dead on. I flew a 757 to Seattle in F a few years ago and it was the same feel.

Flew it again last year from LAX-Maui in F and it was the SAME. 5 years later! Old cracked leather seats? C'mon!

Just flew in Economy, last week, round tripper LGA-MIA and, Tommy, all I have to say is that you are dead on. The only disagreement here is that the pain in the ass from the seat comes about 1.5 hours into the flight.

Now when we travel, we have those Squish pillows with the microbeads. least you can use them for either neck or ass pillows.

IslipWN
09-01-2005, 10:55 PM
Ya, you got lucky, considering you almost made a huge mistake ;- But its all good!!

Alex


lol I almost forgot about that!