I've been on a gazillion different carriers and Delta and United are tied for being the worst domestic airlines in every quantifiable way, shape and form. These two airlines literally cannot get one detail of the flying experience correct.
Oops, I almost forgot to add Hawaiian Air to that list. Surly, cold-blooded flight attendants that completely ignore you, you have to pay for a meal (a tiny, godawful one at that) and you even have to pay for baggage. This airline is the definition of a company simply not giving a fuck.
I hate to admit it, but foreign carriers (1st world ones, that is) really do a better job of taking detailed good care of their customers than domestic ones. This country may have invented the airplane, but we still don't know how to make flying a pleasant, relaxing experience for passengers.
I don't particularly like Delta (we're a hub), but it's not all that bad; they usually fly pretty close to on time, and the planes are reasonably clean.
Do not eat on Delta flights. Do not.
Flew twice on them overseas this year. First time, yellow mass served I ate, was starving. Immediate emesis.
Read needles found in food of passenger 2 weeks after I landed.
Just completed 2nd trip. Contracted instant food poisoning, wracking stomach cramp.
If the price is right, take it, but don't consume anything they serve, for heaven's sake. Think of your children.
Fly Delta -- and Vom!
[quote]United ruined Continental
Except that even though United bought Continental, the agreement was seen as a merger of equals and the airline is being managed by the Continental CEO and management. But it may be that they were forced to certain compromises and adjustments, since the "merger of equals" part is such BS when United controls majority stock.
But they still have the Cuntinental logos!
A HS chum is one of their "senior" stwardesses - flight attendants/whatever. She is their public "voice" of the anti-union forces. I am so embarrassed for her that she went from pleasant cheerleader/bimbo to such a bought and paid for fool. I am sure she gets a bonus yearly and promotions for her vocal & publicized attacks on the efforts to unionize Delta and her praise of management. I also read she was accused of illegal anti-union actions during the recent campaigns.
The more I read about my HS classmates the more embarrassed I am for them.
I am a charter member if the Atlanta chapter of ABD!
ABD stands for "Anyone But Delta" when our Travel Department asks which airline I prefer.
You'd think they'd treat their hometown fliers better, but n-o-o-o-o-o!
Jeez, I just came back from South America and had a great experiences on AeroMexico and TAM, and a good ones on LAN and, of all things, Boliviana de Aviacion.
Again, why are US carriers so pathetic?
BTW, so many international travelers says MIA is a disgrace, but I've never had a problem there. Did I get lucky, or does being a US national and speaking Spanish make it better?
I hear you, R11, the "food" (and I'm using the term loosely) on any of our embarrassing, pitiful domestic carriers (including Delta) is even worse than fast food: the only meals that give me a full-blown hangover without a drop of alcohol are domestic airline meals.
Nowadays, the only US carrier I'll bother flying is Southwest, because everything about flying SW is so easy, simple, predictable and USED to be dirt cheap (their fares have unfortunately skyrocketed over the past several years, though).
Fuckity fuck, the worst hands down is American, then US Airways, United follows. That makes Delta the best domestic. I know it's a low bar, but seriously that is how they stack up.
[quote]These two airlines literally cannot get one detail of the flying experience correct.
And yet, here you are alive to moan about how AWFUL your life can be flying.
You're completely missing the point, R18, I'm not complaining about any particular airline safety; I'm saying that I've flown on FAR BETTER airlines than Delta, United and Hawaiian, on airlines who knew how to take FAR BETTER care of their customers. With an equally good safety rate.
Well, if Delta brought Richard Branson onto the Board, then maybe it would make the entire airline better.