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The First Time You Flew Alone?  
User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6042 times:

Just wondered if you remember the very first flight when you flew alone?

I was 24 and it was from LGW-TFS. Felt kind of wierd. It was Easter and we weren't able to get four seats on the same plane. I flew down in the morning and my friends were flying down on various later flights.

It was a charter so no inflight movie and four hours of just looking around and feeling a bit awkward on a family filled plane.

How was it for you?

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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6039 times:

I was 13 years old. In 2000 I flew from HLZ-WLG on NZs Saab340. First overseas flight was to Australia in 2004 and first long haul was 2006

User currently offlineLHRlocal From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

Was in 1998 i think, was 18, from Heathrow to Melbourne on BA with a stop in Singapore i think, My Dad has worked for BA for 30+ years so i was allowed to fly on his 1st class seating entitlement, was a great experience!

User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

I have never been flying alone yet... There were always other passengers in the plane Oh and not to forget the crew

Actually I did fly alone, on my solos! Dont know how many it were, but about 15 or 20 or so?

And to answer your question: I think I was 19 flying to ALC with DE 757-200!

WILCO737 (MD11F)

[Edited 2008-02-03 02:04:07]

User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5954 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6026 times:

my first time was when I was 12 years old on a FRA-BOS LH run... with the 340-200 some, best was it was on a ID ticket (as my mum works for LH) and it was business class...

Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1148 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 6022 times:

I flew alone for the first time on Ryanair when I was 14 (what a baptism of fire!). I hadn't flown at all since I was 8, and I didn't remember any of that flight (asleep most of it, drowsy the rest), so I had no idea what to expect. I was flying Stansted to Hahn, and it was a 737-200; takeoff was a bit scary as I didn't have a clue what was coming! Flight was pretty uneventful, as were the airports: Stansted at that time (2000) was still pretty quiet compared to nowadays, and was easy enough to navigate, and Hahn... well, Hahn was tiny!

For me it was really exciting; first time travelling alone, and the first time I really remember flying.

Have you ever felt like you could float into the sky / like the laws of physics simply don't apply?
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30073 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

7 years old , OA 260 LHR-ATH as a UM. Had to wear a plastic wallet with ''Olympic Airways UM'' on it. Checked in parents had to sign forms then a BA ground staff agent took me to the A/C. Got seated in last row of C class in the orange seats. Was a cool experience . I landed and was met by OA ground staff who took me to my family who had to sign more papers. Whilst I was waiting in the baggage reclaim my Aunt saw me through the doors and walked right passed security LOL.....

User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6009 times:

On my very first commercial flight I was travelling alone to Florida. It was in 1998 when I was 23 years young. My route was AMS - MIA - AMS on MP with a B767.

Before I have been on a four seater with a neighbor (he is a sport pilot) when I was about 8 years old. I think it was a Piper or a Cessna. But I didn't like it very much, because he made some jokes like climbing and dropping very suddnely.


User currently offline9VSWA From Singapore, joined Dec 2006, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6003 times:

Flown alone twice already. First time was in 2004 when I was only 14, SQ SIN-SYD. SQ and the travel agent really took care of me, escorted all the way through from check-in to boarding and again from plane to landside in SYD. The crew even helped me fill in the immigration card and stuff. Second time was in Nov last year, SQ SIN-HKG and back in J (I did a report on this trip). This time I insisted on handling things myself, as it turned out it was no sweat at all, except when I dropped my boarding pass just before boarding on the return trip.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6001 times:

When I was 16, so 2003 IIRC. I flew back from LHR alone after flying down with a friend on bmi.

First full return flight alone was a few months later, BLK-STN-BLK on FR

No trees were harmed by this message. However, several million electrons were terribly inconvenienced
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

Think I was 15 or 16. KLMuk STN-CDG-STN.

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5993 times:

I was 17, visiting a friend in MSP (ORD-MSP) and then Grandfather (ORD-PDX) in 1973 before I went into the US Army.

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5988 times:

I was 14, flying from APN-CLE via DTW. I was a little nervous that I'd screw up and be on the next airplane to NRT, but as it started going along, I started having fun.

Plus, getting the Unaccompanied minor treatment had its perks as well  wink 

User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5967 times:

I was 13 and I flew YYZ-CDG-PRG-MUC-CDG-YYZ. Very nice all Airbus trip on AF.

Liam spin 

User currently offlineChristianLee15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5961 times:



Dash 8 ASW

User currently offlineSbworcs From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 903 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

My first was last Friday! On FR BHX - DUB return the same day.

Have always been quite a nervous flyer and am off to the states later this year on my own (LHR-SFO-LAX-LHR - First flights on a 747 and A346!!!) so thought I would have short hop somewhere to see how i got on on my own! Was just fine and FR were really quite good! (The only slight concern at first was the speed at which we taxied!!)

The best way forwards is upwards!
User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

about 7-8 jfk-san

The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and hard before posting a message in this forum and make it detailed and a valuable addition to the topic discussed.

User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5942 times:

My first was a couple weeks ago. ORD-LAX
Check out the trip report LAX-ORD AA 763 W/ Walk Around Pics (by Ebs757 Jan 25 2008 in Trip Reports)

Viva la Vida
User currently offlinePacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5937 times:

I was 14 in the summer of 1977 and flew home alone after visiting my uncle who lived in Hawaii. Routing was LIH-HNL-ORD-JFK.

User currently offlineAirAotearoa From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

I was 13 and flew AKL to SYD on UA in May 1986 in order to join my old school for a trip up to DPS. I was actually booked on Pan Am but they had transferred their Australasian/Asian flights to UA earlier that year, which was a shame. UA were great though. They put me into their business class section and the extremely friendly FA's constantly stopped by to make sure I was OK. The return flight back a couple of weeks later was equally impressive.

User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

I was 10 with my sister doing DFW-ORD-ISP-ORD-DFW... To visit my Grandmother at her beach house in Montaulk. We were obviously UM and did some program where we were ushered onto the plane (this was when people could go through security without a ticket). Then they ushered us off the plane then into some Kid's Club type place that was dedicated to UM's at ORD. Then they moved us to the next plane and got off at ISP without a hitch. AA did a nice job with me and my sister as UM's.

Go big or go home
User currently onlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4904 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

As a Joe Schmoe: WN MCI-MDW-PIT in 2005

Flying an aeroplane with only a single propeller to keep you in the air. Can you imagine that? -Capt. Picard
User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1447 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5930 times:


Delegation thingy

Roar, lion, roar
User currently offlineNG1Fan From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5925 times:

I was 5.

GRZ-VIE on OS. Can't remember much at all.


User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

18yrs old - I travelled quite a lot from the age of seven but it was always with my mother and brother...
Supersonic Travel Revisited: LHR-JFK On Concorde (by Fbgdavidson Aug 22 2007 in Trip Reports)

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
25 LHRBFSTrident : BHX-BFS - I was 7 and was escorted all the way by BA ground staff and the cabin crew. It was the closest thing to heaven I had experienced - I mean, a
26 B747forever : I am going to fly this winter to LAX alone, and it will be the first time!!!
27 Post contains images OHLHD : 5 years old as an UM from HEL to VIE in 1985. I started early.
28 Gemuser : 16 years old in 1968. An Ansett B727-76 SYD-Port Morsby (PNG), then an Ansett MAL F27 POM-LAE-Madang, then an AnsettMAL DC3, Madang-Momote (Manus Isla
29 ClipperBerlin : Without parents or a guardian??? Must have been Dan Air´s Bac 1-11 from TXL to LGW in 1990. I was 11 years old and went to Brighton, UK with a friend
30 Post contains images Andaman : Here's mini me 8y, just before flying domestic HEL-JYV
31 Post contains images WILCO737 : Aw, what a classic pic! Great that you have a pic of your first flight!! Looks like you enjoyed it WILCO737 (MD11F)
32 Post contains images Bullpitt : Hi all I was 16 going on 17 flew SYD-MEL-SIN-KUL-BOM-ATH-PRG-MAD With a compulsory stop in PRG for 2days.
33 DavecFlyer : I had to look this up as I could not recall off hand... It was actually my 32nd flight LCY-DUB on EI-CPY a Bae 146-100 on 30/08/1999 at the very young
34 AlexPorter : I was 16. It was November 2003. I flew MSP-DCA on a Northwest B752. It was cold and rainy in Minneapolis, and oddly, over 70 degrees in Washington. I
35 JetBlueAUS : I was six on a HOU-MSY Southwest Airlines flight.
36 MidEx216 : I was 18. Last year. Flew ORD-DTW-FRA. And it sucked. I had spent a lot of time alone driving to and from work, and then I went on a trans-atlantic tr
37 Jawed : Can you believe it, the first time I flew alone I was 5, and I flew from LHR to DAC. I still remember what happened... my nose was bleeding profusely
38 David21487 : I flew CMH-ATL-MCO by myself when I was 15. Luckily I was at the UM cutoff age, so I didn't have to have the usuall flight attendant/gate agent entora
39 TrijetsRMissed : My first flight was rather eventful, but for the wrong reasons. I was on a USAir 733, ORD-PHL, circa 1990 if memory serves me correctly, as a pre-teen
40 Hjulicher : I was 13 years old, and i flew DTW-AMS-SVO. I was an UM so I got to sit Business. Luckily, there was another girl flying MSP-DTW-AMS-FCO that flew wit
41 DesertAir : It was the summer of 1972 and I had just graduated from high school. I took a PSA flight from Stockton to San Francisco; spent the day wandering aroun
42 Landingshortly : actually, this summer. i am still 22 and i flew from VIE via AMS to YYZ and back on KL.
43 Pilotboi : I was 16. PHL-MHT to goto ACE Camp at Daniel Webster.
44 TCT : I was 11. LGA-FLL on Spirit, it was extremely weird, and akward at first, but the FA's made me feel more comfortoble than ever, giving me free snacks,
45 SRforever : FEB 98 with SR YUL-ZRH in C with the infamous but then fabulous IFE on the MD-11 aged 15.
46 Post contains images Scooter01 : I was 14 years old, flying from FBU to GOT (Torslanda) in a SAS Metropolitan. I had a window-seat just by the right side engine and and observed that
47 Airtrainer : I was 25 when I flew CDG-MUC-EWR and back... Kinda exciting for a first "solo" experience, my previous flight with my parents was more than 10 years b
48 Bartonsayswhat : i was 13 going from YYC-YYJ with WestJet on a 737-200. i remember the F/As to toilet paper and rolled it down the aisle to see how straight the pilot
49 Post contains images PlymSpotter : I was 17, although really I wasn't exactly 'alone' as I was on a school trip with many friends, although it felt a little odd, as it was the first tim
50 Yellowstone : I took my first flight alone when I was 16; I was a student representative on the state Parent-Teacher Association Board of Managers, and I had to fly
51 NorthstarBoy : My first trip as a UM was at age 9, from LGA-DCA on an AA 727-200. I'm not sure why i picked American, i think maybe it was an airline i hadn't flown
52 Levent : My first flight alone was with a KLM 737 from Amsterdam to Munich. I was 15. My first long-haul flight travelling alone was from Amsterdam to Bangkok
53 PHLBOS : Dec. 1990, just before Christmas to visit family (back when they all lived under one roof except me). It was my first Christmas since moving out of Ne
54 Sabena332 : Within Europe: 25th of December 1999, DUS to ALC, LTU, A320, D-ALTA I flew to ALC to meet with my best friend (who flew to ALC a day earlier), we spen
55 Paneuropean : I was 13 I flew Pan Am AMS-LHR(732); LHR-JFK(742); JFK-PHL-CVG(727) v v I was no UM. My mom thought I could do it alone and I did. So I had to change
56 PJFlysFast : I was 11 years old. It was fun for me!
57 Isitsafenow : You just don't forget stuff like that! November 16th, 1959....a Monday morning FNT-YIP Capital DC 4 YIP- MDW Capital Viscount MDW-MKC Braniff Convair
58 KstateinALB : It was last October, me being 17 years old, flying UA ALB-ORD-MCI. I picked out the flights in order to experience a different a/c type on each flight
59 Post contains images DeltaRules : Good timing on the thread! My first trip alone is this Thursday, DL CMH-ATL-MCO. I'm 20.
60 MSYtristar : September, 1992 on AA. I just turned 13. MSY-DFW #1447 DC10-10 DFW-MSP MD-80 MSP-DFW MD-80 DFW-MSY #577 DC10-10 (They upgraded me to First on this fli
61 MTSUATC : The first time a flew alone was with AA in 1995. BNA-DFW on the classic 727-200. My mom and I was non reving to see my aunt and uncle in Arlington. We
62 BAViscount : Mine was at age 20, LGW-BOS on a Northwest Orient 747, December 27th 1986. I was going to visit my cousin who was studying for her Masters at UNH in D
63 Post contains images Jamman : For years before this I'd been on holiday with Friends and such (with out parents) but the first time I flew on my own was back in 2004 at age 24 on a
64 D328 : I was 12, USAir Fokker 100, PIT-IND-PIT 1997.
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