As both a former FA, and someone who now flies American more than Delta now that I live on the West Coast – I have to say that what American has done lately, and the current trends in the airline industry are truly upsetting.
The way that we fly now is totally different. I can remember (and it wasn’t that long ago) that flying used to be tolerable – even enjoyable. I could go on and on, and most likely will but in another post.
The real tragedy is the treatment of the MD-80. Anyone that knows me understands that I’m and airliner nut. The DC-9, the MD-80’s predecessor, along with the 727 are very special to me. My first flight was on a DC-9, I worked on them with Northwest, and most likely flew on them every trip I made departing or arriving at smaller airports in the South.
American is the largest operator of this aircraft type and most of their frames are between 15-20 years old. They have seriously neglected the maintenance of this aircraft, as evidence by the FAA- forced grounding earlier this year that disrupted operations for American and Delta, and this current story:
I think for the sake of safety, I’ll stay off these planes for a while. A shame – since I have a ton of AAdvantage miles.