ChicagoSteve saidWhen you upgrade to First Class, you get an idea of what flying used to be like, before it became a Greyhound bus in coach class. I am an ex airline employee(TWA), so I traveled for many years being able to book First Class on a regular basis. You become very spoiled. I don't get free tickets anymore, but to me it's worth it to pay and upgrade to First at least one way. I usually do it on the way back. It's my way of splurging on myself and putting a nice relaxing finishing touch on my trip. Planning to do that next month when I fly ORD-PSP roundtrip on AA.
ORDPSP is still MD-80 I believe. Grab em while you can, they'll only be around a few more years.
Yes, it is. Southbeach, what is the real scoop on the MD-80s? I had heard they were going to be totally out of the fleet by the end of 2016. Another article I read, said not until 2020.
I'm pretty sure the last ones will go in 2018 (not sure beginning or end of that year though).
The MD-80 is about as close as you can get now to the experience of flying on a 727S in the '70s. Call me old-fashioned, but that was and remains my favorite airplane of all time. 1st was really cool because it was so quiet up there, and what engine sound you heard was only a high-pitched whine that sounded almost naive and innocent, much like the times - and me - relatively speaking. It was the only aircraft to be awarded a medal, by the King of Morocco for escaping pursuing fighter jets during an attempted coup and surviving their strafing attack!
I didn't know about that or have forgotten. I presume you mean the 727 and not that tired old flexiflyer the DC9/MD80? Gawd I hated that plane. Too much tornado flying in them a long time ago in the plain states.
Yes, B727-200, the "Stretch." Like the notorious DC-10/MD-11 for the L-1011, the DC9/M80 was a cheap, rushed-together imitation of the real thing:http://www.funtrivia.com/en/subtopics/Boeing-727-282183.html
Now, I think I like the 777 best - 747s are getting a little long in the tooth and can be rattly at times - but I've yet to fly a 787 Dreamliner or the A-380 Superjumbo. The former is graceful, the latter looks ungainly, but then even the Spruce Goose flew!