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Old 06-07-2018, 02:08 PM
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You ever get kicked in the nuts and then as you fold over in pain wack your head on a table then fall backwards down the stairs? It's kinda like that.
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
I've heard this, but never experienced any problems with Allegiant. I fly them a couple times a year and, for customer service and comfort, I'll take them any day over Spirit!

If you feel so inclined, Allegiant flies out of Orlando/Sanford airport (SFB), which is maybe 30 minutes from MCO.
The majority of spirit's airframes are aging- but not as old as Allegiant's. They bought most of their MD-80s after the big airlines were done using them roughly 15 years ago...that's a huge red flag for me. But hey, to each their own.
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Old 06-07-2018, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by psojka View Post
The majority of spirit's airframes are aging- but not as old as Allegiant's. They bought most of their MD-80s after the big airlines were done using them roughly 15 years ago...that's a huge red flag for me. But hey, to each their own.
If you're worried about a 15 year old plane then you should never fly again. The "big" airlines didn't move away from the MD-80 because of age. The B-52 was introduced in 1952 and is still one of our greatest air platforms, 66 years later. All of the smaller "economy" airlines rely on "used" aircraft, and the big airlines use them on their shorter economy flights. 15 years for aircraft is nothing.
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:20 PM
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WE fly Spirt a lot, BWI to RSW ( Fort Meyers ).

No problems, yes the plane is smaller, ( school bus with wings ), yes they charge you for some stuff if you need it, but honestly when we plan, in advance, we fly with free carry on ( backpacks) for $49 or less each way.

Friendly staff, cheap tickets. No complaints.
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:53 PM
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Maybe Ill just check with Fung Wah Bus, lol!!!

Someone asked where we are traveling, sorry, Boston area to Orlando. And another great point, Disney ain't cheap so may as well lube up early.
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Old 06-07-2018, 05:03 PM
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Nice thing is if you forget chewing gum there is usually some stuck somewhere you can grab.

Dirtiest plane i ever went on.

Not kidding at all.
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Old 06-07-2018, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
If you're worried about a 15 year old plane then you should never fly again. The "big" airlines didn't move away from the MD-80 because of age. The B-52 was introduced in 1952 and is still one of our greatest air platforms, 66 years later. All of the smaller "economy" airlines rely on "used" aircraft, and the big airlines use them on their shorter economy flights. 15 years for aircraft is nothing.
the FAA would disagree with you on that. There comes a point in every airframe’s life when it is no longer airworthy. The B-52 is another discussion- yes a wonderful airplane but made to totally different standards. I’m not afraid of flying on a 15 year old airframe- I learned how to fly in a 1978 Cessna 150 as a kid. Just rather spend my money while flying commercial on an airline that prioritizes safety and age of their equipment over their bottom line looking good for investors.
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Old 06-07-2018, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by psojka View Post
The majority of spirit's airframes are aging- but not as old as Allegiant's. They bought most of their MD-80s after the big airlines were done using them roughly 15 years ago...that's a huge red flag for me. But hey, to each their own.
Actually the majority of Spirits acft are new or newer airframes. Allegiants also, except for the 80’s. The majority of Allegiants acft are new Airbuses. Frontier also new or newer airframes.

These Airlines serve a very good purpose for leisure travelers. That’s the business model. They also have good frequent flyer programs that offer fares like mentioned above. People that get it and embrace it can actually travel around the country very inexpensively.
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What about Frontier? Same story?
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:44 PM
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One thing about flying discount carriers, the clientele is a little more, shall we say, less cosmopolitan.
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I fly it once a year to go from fort Lauderdale to a small airport in NY in a direct flight. It's a red eye and usually packed. Im 5' 10 and there is no way to get comfortable in that chair. I usually arrive at each destination with a kink in my neck.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:16 PM
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Flew once
New. Airbus, seat configuration allowed no leg room at all.
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I thought spirit had one of the younger fleets in the industry.
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
I thought spirit had one of the younger fleets in the industry.
Correct. Frontier is even newer.
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I flew on a Spirit flight last month. I was talking shop with the FO and he said the plane was just delivered the day before and had 9 hours on it. It was the first line flight.
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Flew from FL to Atlantic City, NJ. There were 7 people on the entire flight + crew.

I had an entire row to myself. I paid $27 for the ticket.

Likely not typical, but that was a win.
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Hooper View Post
Maybe Ill just check with Fung Wah Bus, lol!!!

Someone asked where we are traveling, sorry, Boston area to Orlando. And another great point, Disney ain't cheap so may as well lube up early.
If you're looking to avoid the Logan crowds, SWA has nonstops to Orlando out of MHT and PVD as well.
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Originally Posted by ThreeLittleFish View Post
I flew on a Spirit flight last month. I was talking shop with the FO and he said the plane was just delivered the day before and had 9 hours on it. It was the first line flight.
Does the cockpit of a new plane have that "new car smell" that I love so much?
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Recently got back from Disney w/the fam, flew Southwest. Bought the families tickets using miles.

SWA is all I fly up and down the east coast, including out of Boston.
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Does the cockpit of a new plane have that "new car smell" that I love so much?
The whole plane does.

At least on a citation x anyway.
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