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Old 06-20-2005, 11:07 PM   #21
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This will also be my first trip with AirTran and also my first time on the 717 i'm looking forward to it. I'm more a fan of a larger aircraft but i'm excited about this one for some reason i always like rear mounted engine jets for some reason like the md80's and such.
Glad you'll be joining us.

Rear-mounted engines are great, as long as you are not seated in the aft row. I would suggest making sure you are not seated in row 31, if you are an enthusiast. Sit somewhere where you can see and hear what is going on, and row 31 ain't it.
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Old 06-30-2005, 07:05 PM   #22
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I'm seated in row 12 I'd rather be over the wing I like watching the flaps etc... Looking forward to the flight from PIT to FLL August 6th
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Old 07-09-2005, 01:13 PM   #23
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Unfortunately, his reality check bounced.......


I'm a former AirTran employee (ex-ATL ramp rat 6/99-5/00), and even though I left under bad circumstances over five years ago, I defend the airline because I still know people that work there; some of them date back to the dark days post-VJ582, and I know that if AirTran was truly an unsafe airline, the FAA would have already shut them down.

The reality is that airlines have incidents, some minor, some major. That's part of the reality in aviation, planes crash, people die, **** happens. Bashing AirTran for a crash nearly 10 years ago makes about as much sense as bashing United and American for the 9/11 Hijackings. Oh while we're at it, want to bash Northwest for the two Southern Airways crashes in the 1970s? Get over it morons, you've let yourselves be rooked into this bashing by a shadowy figurehead who has nothing better to do than bash AirTran. This is the only airline in these forums and this site that is the target of such bashing. Get over it, AirTran isn't going away, and other than in the minds of the bashers and supporters, Valujet doesn't exist anymore. Critter has been put out to pasture, never to return.
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Old 07-11-2005, 12:42 PM   #24
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Thanks for summing it up so succinctly. . . .

You would probably be interested to know that the ramp operation has come a long way. Waiting on late bags, or waiting for a push or marshalling crew is the exception now, not the rule. . . . . and probably 95% of 717 the ATL departures push now, instead of powerback. You would still recognize some of the same faces on the ramp, though.

What are you doing these days?
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Old 07-14-2005, 02:28 AM   #25
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Captain Speaking what route do you fly with the 717? I'd like to get up in the cockpit and take a look at it when we arrive at the gate. Will the crew allow this as long as the aircraft is parked and at the gate? Did airtran get the new cockpit security doors after 9/11? This is my first flight since 9/11 happened and just makes me feel more secure knowing there is renforced doors you cannot penetrate.

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Old 07-16-2005, 01:43 PM   #26
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The route depends on where they need the planes. We have installed new reinforced doors on all of our planes and you can request to look in the c/p and most of the time they will let you all depends on how much time they have between flights.
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Old 07-16-2005, 04:13 PM   #27
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Thanks for the reply 717doc. With the planes new renforced doors did they design a door like airbus where u have to punch in a code on a keypad then the crew can allow/deny access? Or did Airtran just add those stupid little weak bars with cotter pins? Thanks
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Old 07-16-2005, 04:57 PM   #28
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Thanks for the reply 717doc. With the planes new renforced doors did they design a door like airbus where u have to punch in a code on a keypad then the crew can allow/deny access? Or did Airtran just add those stupid little weak bars with cotter pins? Thanks
Actually, we were one of the first, if not THE FIRST to install the updated doors, and since most of our aircraft have been delivered after 9/11/01, most of the doors were installed at the factory.

Security protocol prohibits me from describing their operation, but they are the top-of-the-line. Most pilots don't mind if you would like to come up and say "Hi" on the ground . . . . but it is not always possible when we have a "tight turn" or a crew change. Tell the Flight Attendant when you board that you would like to say "Hi" on the way out, and if it is possible, we'll be happy to accomodate you.
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Old 07-17-2005, 03:39 AM   #29
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Thanks captain speaking.
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Old 07-17-2005, 10:30 PM   #30
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Thanks captain speaking.
Hey, you're very welcome. If you happen to be on one of our flights, by all means, come up and say "HI". Just let the F/A know first.

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Old 07-18-2005, 05:59 AM   #31
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I'll be on a flight here Aug 6th from PIT to FLL for vacation. Excited for my first 717 flight. Been on every other boeing aircraft except the 717 and the 737-800 I wanna fly on sometime. But never have been on a airbus.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:17 AM   #32
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i hope boeing steps up and gets these installed ASAP. Instead of those little weak red bars they showed on the news post 9/11.

i have the videos of Airbus's cockpit door certicication test. And they show how it works if anyone is interested.

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Old 07-21-2005, 08:47 AM   #33
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AirlineFanatic wrote,
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i hope boeing steps up and gets these installed ASAP. Instead of those little weak red bars they showed on the news post 9/11.
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Security protocol prohibits me from describing their operation, but they are the top-of-the-line.
And to add my 2 cents worth they are installed on ALL of our aircraft and of the bullet proof type and you can not get thru them, so you should feel very safe with that thought and the fact that you never know when Air Marshalls are on board!
Have a great Flight, oh and by the way what is the flight number you are going out on and what time?
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Old 07-21-2005, 12:04 PM   #34
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I always forget about the air marshalls on flights now.
Flight 999 from PIT to FLL 9:59 a.m "non stop"

Coming home

Flight 80 Pit to ATL "1 hr layover"

Flight 988 ATL to PIT

thanks 717 doc
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:54 AM   #35
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717doc or anyone that has a answer by this time are all the 717's have XM radio installed or is there a chance i'll be on one without it?
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:26 AM   #36
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Sorry but there will be a chance you will on one without. currently we have 46 aircraft with XM we add more every week should all be done by November.
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:20 PM   #37
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Thanks 717mech. I hope I get one with XM radio makes time go by faster.
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Old 09-03-2005, 11:44 PM   #38
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No worries, Airtran is one of the best.
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:35 PM   #39
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No worries, Airtran is one of the best.
Agreed!

Notice that in the three years since he started this thread, AirTran has doubled in size, while running a good, safe operation.

Don't quit your day job, DBaker, because you obviously don't know squat about running an airline.
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Old 10-18-2005, 05:57 AM   #40
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Captain Speaking or any of u mech out there. I need someone to refresh my memory on which row the exit row is on the 717. Getting ready to book my next flight and I just like having that row for legroom.
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