I typically avoid short hop flights, but I was pleased with my first experience with Delta Connection. Because I was flying to Louisville and was seeking an economical flight, I was forced to set aside my longstanding bias against these types of connections. Delta offered the best deal, but only if I connected through Memphis on the way in and Atlanta on the way out. Although on past short hops I have flown turboprop planes (hence my distaste), both of these legs were using jet aircraft.
The inbound flight was on a 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200 operated by Pinnacle and the outbound flight was on a 70-seat Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Although the planes were small, both flights were smooth and without incident. I was not able to discern a difference in service between the two carriers.
Neither aircraft have space in the overhead bins for large carry-on luggage. So you have two options. You can check the luggage at the terminal and incur the checked-baggage fee or you can check the "carry-on" bag at the gate as you board the plane for no additional fee. Bags checked at the terminal must be retrieved from baggage claim at the destination. Bags checked at the gate are retrieved at the destination gate as you deplane. This is definitely the way to go as it is more convenient, faster, and free!
The seats on these planes are definitely smaller than those on larger jet aircraft. So the flight itself is not as comfortable, but I guess the upside is that the flight is not as long either.
Short hops are a hassle because of all of time spent waiting for the connection, boarding, and deplaning for what is typically a very short flight. But they can definitely save you money, if you have the time to waste. I was pleased that the flights were hassle free and that I was able to check my larger carry-on without having to pay another fee.
I think it's fair to say that most people's expectations of airlines are pretty low these days. We pay more for less, but it's a necessary evil so you just sort of take it. Being in that mindset, I haven't really been thinking very critically about my airline experiences for the past few years. It gets me from point A to B, which is about all I ask at this point. Even WITH those very low expectations, my experience this summer on Delta airlines … more
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Delta Air Lines, Inc. is a United States airline based and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Delta operates an extensive domestic and international network, spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Australia. Delta began service to Sydney, Australia from Los Angeles in July 2009, which made it the only current American carrier to serve every continent except Antarctica. Delta and its subsidiaries fly to over 375 destinations in 88 countries (excluding codeshare), across 6 continents. Delta, as of November 2009 is the only major U.S. carrier that flies to Africa and operates the longest non-stop route of all U.S. carriers from Atlanta toJohannesburg on the Boeing 777-200LR.
Delta operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and also maintains hubs at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City and Salt Lake City International Airport. Delta's Atlanta hub is the busiest airline hub in the world.
On October 29, 2008, Delta completed its merger with Northwest Airlines to form the world's largest commercial carrier. In February 2009, the airline began consolidating gates and ticket counters at airports where both Delta and Northwest operate. The consolidation will be completed by February 2010. Delta carries more passengers across the Atlantic than any other carrier worldwide. As of October 2009, Delta expected to receive...