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Thread: Boeing 757s used on international flights: a good or bad thing for passengers

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    Hi,

    in 2006 I had a flight on a Condor (CFG) B757-300 FRA-ACE (GCRR, Lanzarote, Canary Islands) which is a 5+ hours trip.

    In 2001, I was travelling on an older BA 757-200 FRA-LHR. (short trip, I know).

    My 2 cents:

    If I had an adequate AVOD with in-seat screen and in general a comfortable seat with some more leg room, I would not mind a longer-range trip on a 752ER with RR engines. I love their sound profile. And for LR trips, the seat and private space are what counts.

    Most disturbing was the 753's tendency to flex in turbulence. You could SEE it along the tube length of the undivided all-Eco cabin, like rows 1-30 already go North while you are still on a North by Northwest course. The 752 feels "stiffer" and therefore more stable and trustworthy.
    Yeah, I know, the 753 is safe nonetheless.


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    For me the main issue is comfort - I would rather fly a 757 with comfotable seat cusions than a 747 with worn out seat cushions.
    Last month I flew LAX to LHR on such a 747 and ended up sitting on my pillow for the 10/11 hour flight.

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    I flew LIS-EWR-LIS back in August 1997 with CO on a B752 in Y class (CO had started the route in May of that year) and I didn't have a very pleasant experience.

    It was more CO's fault than the aircraft itself. It was 7 hours LIS-EWR and 6 hours back.

    The seat pitch was only the usual 31"/32", they had only drop down LCD screens back then and showed only one B or C class film. There was no choice of meals, just chicken outbound and lasagne inbound. The seats were not very comfortable either.

    I felt a bit enclosed on the B752 as there was only one aisle to move around.

    Probably, if the seat pitch had been 34" and I had had a PTV with AVOD I wouldn't have felt so confined on the plane.

    However, considering aircraft with similar seat configurations I always prefer a widebody over a narrowbody for long haul flights.
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    I flew from Manchester to Orlando via Bangor in 1997 on a Flying Colours 757-200. Was a great flight, been on worse flights...

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    Took a round trip PHL-LIS on an AA 757 and it was extremely uncomfortable. 6 hour outbound and 7 hour return. Full flights with passengers on stand by.

    I'm 5'11" and weigh 195. Outbound was first row behind first class, with a bulkhead in front and restroom behind. Could not stretch my legs nor recline seat more than an inch. Return flight was in coach and had a left side aisle seat (my preferred location) and it was still tight even with my girlfriend sitting next to me. If I had a middle seat it would be excruciating.

    Unacceptable aircraft assignment for this length of flight. Even a NY-LA flight would be a pushing it, but who am I to say what's acceptable. If I want to travel then I take what they give, and the airlines know it.

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    I have now started using Icelandair from Denver to Europe. Aircraft is a 752 with a stop in Iceland. Although a bit cramped no worse than 747 or 777. I like that I can stretch my legs in Iceland for an hour in Iceland. Also Icelandair uses Terminal 2 at LHR which makes for a fast exit.

    I have flown United from Denver to Hawaii on 757 - again no complaints for the 7 hour flight.

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    I fly United 757 Denver to Honolulu - arounda 7-1/2 hour flight - no more uncomfortable than a full flight on any other aircraft.

    I also fly Icelandair 757 Denver to UK via Iceland. Usually economy, but Saga class is exceptional.

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