Yesterday in my post about some of the Delta news highlights from March, I touched on a piece about the further reduction of flights from CVG, that is, Cincinnati airport. Some of these changes are as a result of fewer routes but others are from smaller CRJ200 jets being switched to larger jets like CJR700/900s or even mainline 717s.
A number of readers have commented that they would rather keep enduring (a good word I think) the tiny 50 seats jets rather than reduce the frequency of service to their home airports. For me, personally, I would MUCH rather have less flight choices and only have larger birds. Thankfully, in this one case, Delta agrees with me as we keep seeing the reduction of the CRJ200s continue system wide.
Now I can say I do miss some of the ships that were around before the CRJ200s. Take for example a turbo prop my fellow blogger MJ flew for a living (for AA not DL) that is the SAAB 340. I really liked this plane (and not just because it was Swedish). 😉 While the SAAB was not fast, it was a comfortable ride and a fun ride as well. Sure it was loud but one of my favorite “features” was that this plane had the tendency to have “weight and balance issues” that resulted in many “bumpertuinties” or chances to get a voucher to take a later flight.
All of this brings me to my very special day on the first Monday of this month that was the very first scheduled flight from my home town airport SBN on a “real” jet. A CRJ but a 700 with “1st Class“, Comfort Plus and Main Cabin coach seats was so sweet. I spent 50,000 SkyRubles to fly this in 1st class in 1A and did earn points for this historic trip. It was great I have to tell you.
The FA, once I told him just what the flight was and what it meant to me, even served me my first ever Woodford Reserve in a “real” glass prior to flight in SBN. It is a moment I will never forget. Maybe not a Lufthansa 1st class on a 747-800 but to me “almost” as special after decades of horrid CRJ200 flights from SBN.
Now much of this post is clearly personal and I guess for a Sunday post this is just a good place to share this, but I would love to get more feedback. Am I the only one who is more that happy to trade comfort for frequency of flights? You tell me and please vote in my poll below! – René