Originally posted by virginia
I have to fly in a few weeks and have a choice of American Or Continental. AA would be an MD80 (DC9) and Continental would be on the smaller Embraer 145. Prices & schedules being equal - who is better?
I'd probably go with AA and the MD80. Generally you'll have more space. While I like the Embraer, the seating is a little cramped. On the other hand, one thing that I like about those planes is the single row of seating on one side of the aisle -- if you get a seat there, you don't have to worry about someone next to you. The Embraers are fairly quiet, and the seats are comfortable, but there's not a lot of leg room. So I guess how important that is depends on how tall you are.
The MD80 class of planes is fairly quiet also for an aircraft of its size as long as you aren't seated all the way in the back, because then the engines aren't on the wings right next to you.
So the choice of equipment is pretty close to a toss-up, but based on my personal experience I'd expect better service and on-time performance from AA than from Continental.