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Favorite/Least Favorite Destinations For Crews?  
User currently offlineSQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1627 posts, RR: 20
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6778 times:

Given the abundant number of crew members in the forum, I was wondering what were certain airlines favorite and least favorite routes to fly or get staffed on? This question isn't meant to offend anyone from a given city or country per se, because the reasons may be multi-fold; they could range from the difficult operational realities of a certain route (late night timings, short layovers given length of flight etc.) or simply the completely subjective views of various crew members on how "fun" certain destinations are to layover in, or sadly in more recent times, how "safe" a destination is percieved to be by an airline (the recent BA pullout from ISB comes to mind). So simply put, what are the most sought after and least sought after crew destinations among different airlines!?


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6751 times:

No least favorite here (I make the most of any layover - always something to do or see), but my favorite is (with our current route system) TLV. Hands down. Then YVR.

From former destinations, favorites were: SYD, MNL, PPT

Favorite charter destinations: FRU (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), DXB and KWI.



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User currently offlineCastropRauxel From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6629 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 1):
my favorite is (with our current route system) TLV

Have always wondered how it looks like for crews on a layover, so I gotta ask: why TLV?


User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 897 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

I know UA crews like SYD because of the 2 day 2 night lay-over and most of the senior ones get all of that time to themselves, junior must do the MEL turn with the 2nd day. Least favorite is MSP in winter or PHL. It is by preference for each person


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6616 times:



Quoting CastropRauxel (Reply 2):
so I gotta ask: why TLV

Honestly, I love the flights, the people, the food, the destination, to weather (list goes on). Absolutley everything.

I have my favorite restaurants, gelato shops, market stalls for food, spots on the beach, etc.. What is not to love about it?

The flights have a reputation that is more bark than bite. I, personally, find the flights easy and smooth. Mind you, I expect drama every flight, my expectation level is met and it is all down hill. Easy and smooth.

Just a personal favorite.



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User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6581 times:

(sits quietly and waits for someone to submit any of the following: MOT, FAR, CID or FNT.)


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User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1339 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6552 times:

Favorite: SYD. Great walking city, generally nice weather, great restaurants, good wine. We have either 50 or 74 hour layovers which is really nice and highest per-diem rates in our system.

Least Favorite: SMF. The hotel is 30 minutes from the airport, we arrive there late at night and leave very early the next morning with bare minimums regarding crew rest. The hotel is fine, as are the flights and I actually really like the airport there with one of the best food courts for a small airport.

Former Least Favorite: Guam. I'm glad we don't fly there any more. It was really hot and the snake infestation would short out the electricity grids leaving the island with frequent black outs. Oppressive humidity and did I mention how freaking hot it is there? It's really hot.

HALFA



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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7321 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6529 times:

Im not a crew member, but is it true that SNA is a least favorite?

One of our offices is by SNA, so after work sometimes I use AA's SNA-DFW flights and CO's SNA-IAH flights. Alot of the flight attendents I talk to say that they find the passengers to be a bit more to handle of flights to SNA.

From a passenger experiance, I LOVE SNA! Its so easy! Though I tend to use LAX since I live right by it.

Just Curious.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

Quoting NWAESC (Reply 5):
MOT

MOT? Why not, Minot? Minot rocks!!! We had great layovers there.

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 7):
SNA

Any airport you can walk to your hotel from the gate is good in my books. Why wait for the van when you can walk?

Every flight has a reputation for something or another. Bring it on. Make it fun. It makes the job easier, too.

[Edited 2008-09-29 15:58:54]


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User currently offlineCastropRauxel From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 466 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6480 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 4):
Just a personal favorite

Cool, thanks. don't know, maybe it's my personal outsider look on things, but I always thought crews doesn't like this layover as they're afraid of being here. maybe it's just the case with the european ones.


User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6456 times:

At bmi my least favourite is EMA (East Midlands - crappy airport hotel), and SVX (Yekaterinburg, not a great hotel, not a lot to do, and three clear days there). The ladies dislike IKA (Tehran due to the restrictions on dress, lack of pool facilites, unless the embassy will let us use theirs, and wearing a headscarf, long sleeves and trousers in 40 degree heat). Favourites - would agree TLV as well as AMM, BEY, AMS, BRU, DAM.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6425 times:

SQ_EK_freak:
Do you have any layovers here in San Francisco?  Smile



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User currently offlineSq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1627 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6373 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 1):
From former destinations, favorites were: SYD, MNL, PPT

Manila! Spent part of my childhood there, always have and always will love that city!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Do you have any layovers here in San Francisco?

In a about two weeks actually, are you based there?

How do you guys feel about turnarounds? I have never been able to get a consensus on them - some like the fact that they get to go home at the end of the day, while others hate the multiple take offs and landings!



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User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6360 times:

I had heard that JAN was least liked among WN crews for layovers.

User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6342 times:



Quoting Sq_ek_freak (Reply 12):
Manila! Spent part of my childhood there, always have and always will love that city!

The food (with me and any city; it is the food), the people, the city. We had 6 day layovers there. AWESOME!!!!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6265 times:



Quoting Sq_ek_freak (Reply 12):
In a about two weeks actually, are you based there?

Yes.

That would be awesome to meet up while you're here.
I send an IM asking about your layovers.

Quoting Sq_ek_freak (Reply 12):
How do you guys feel about turnarounds?

I don't have a strong opinion on them.



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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7321 posts, RR: 24
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6267 times:

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 14):
The food (with me and any city; it is the food), the people, the city. We had 6 day layovers there. AWESOME!!!!

Youre forgetting the girls!!!

Without sounding horrible, I thought the women in Manila were attractive! But I love Asian women!  I live in Torrance, CA so we get lots!

[Edited 2008-09-29 17:34:25]


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7504 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6217 times:



Quoting N104UA (Reply 3):
Least favorite is MSP in winter or PHL

Why is MSP so bad in the winter?

Quoting NWAESC (Reply 5):
(sits quietly and waits for someone to submit any of the following: MOT, FAR, CID or FNT.)

Well, speaking for a NW DC-9 pilot MOT was definately up there.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6173 times:



Quoting LAXdude1023 (Reply 16):
Youre forgetting the girls!!!

Purposely didn't. Big grin More a man's man here. Hard pressed to find any bears in Manila. It's why I stick with food. This bear can eat. Big grin



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User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6163 times:



Quoting NWAESC (Reply 5):
sits quietly and waits for someone to submit any of the following: MOT, FAR, CID or FNT.)

I have never heard a crew complain about a layover in FAR/MOT/BIS/GFK etc. What makes you think they would? Small town=small fun? Hardly...


User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 897 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6116 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 17):
Why is MSP so bad in the winter?

I visit the MSP area 3 Times every winter and every time I am there it is Freezing and there are almost always delays.



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User currently offlineDsuairptman From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 877 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6098 times:



Quoting MOBflyer (Reply 13):
I had heard that JAN was least liked among WN crews for layovers.

I wouldn't be suprised. The hotel (at least the last one I knew of) that WN uses for crews in JAN is nice, but is smack dab in the middle of downtown Jackson. Not a good place to be out at night considering it's only 2 or 3 blocks to the Ghetto.



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4843 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6090 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 17):
Why is MSP so bad in the winter?

Because it's so frickin' cold! If you have to be a the airport by 6 you'd better get up and leave for the march through knee deep snow and -20F temps by 4am. And if you spend more than a few hours there your skin dries out so much it's an instant case of "winter itch".
And we haven't even mentioned the frozen shut baggage doors on the DC-9!



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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7321 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6047 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 17):
Why is MSP so bad in the winter?

Ummmm....really?

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 18):
Purposely didn't. More a man's man here. Hard pressed to find any bears in Manila. It's why I stick with food. This bear can eat.

Well the food was good there too, but the girls are what I tend to remember the most about a place!  Silly



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User currently offline3holeflyer From United States of America, joined May 2008, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 6016 times:



Quoting Phelpsie87 (Reply 19):
FAR/MOT/BIS/GFK etc. What makes you think they would? Small town=small fun? Hardly...

I've spent a fair amount of time with my job in these places, and always liked it. You just have to have an imaginative nack for finding the neat things. The people are clear thinking and good natured, but reserved. After a week of working with a couple of guys (probably Norwegian heritage) and one of them finally looked up one morning and asked "How are you today?", I felt a hump had finally been crossed.


25 Airevents : For me at LH some of the favourites are: Chicago (at least in the summer), almost second home to me from April until October Kuwait (not much fancy ab
26 HAL : Favorites would include SYD, SFO, BWI, and OGG. Least favorites include FNT and EWR. But really, a person's like/dislike of a particular layover is SO
27 WingnutMN : Worst is CWA- shuttle never on time 15-20 min wait, and the most uncomfortable beds at the best western hotel. Best is PWM- long layover and a hotel r
28 EWRCabincrew : Amen to that, brother. Bring more butter!!!
29 DualQual : Obligatory USAF response: Freezin's the reason!
30 LHRBFSTrident : My oldest friend was junior with BA during 1999/2000 and she got the 2-day RUH night-stop for the turn of the Millenium. BA gave all the crew addition
31 Mashimaro1 : My aunt works as a FA for QF. She said JNB seems to be pretty popular and senior with a 2-3 day layover
32 Soxfan : Does anyone like layovers, at least sometimes, at smaller US airports? In a sense, it might provide a respite from the hustle-and-bustle of the city,
33 Transpac787 : But not even close to as bad as ORD I can really only speak in an educated manner about international crews for both NW and AA, so here's for them: N
34 Lexy : What's the feelings from crews about BNA? I have always wondered what they all thought of our humble town. Please enlighten me.
35 LAXdude1023 : Thats just for MIA flights correct? I always thought the DFW-South America flights were more senior than the MIA ones.
36 N104UA : It is not bad as ORD but when it is a 0630 but I fly UA and since no crew base you are delayed a lot because the crew was late getting in the night b
37 HALFA : Interesting that you mentioned this as one of your favorites. We (HA) just hired a few ex ATA flight attendants and one of the girls told me that she
38 Katwspotter : Everytime I work the gate in ATW, whether its an XJ or 9E crew the first thing they ask is "wheres the gift shop that sells the cheese curds?" But if
39 Transpac787 : MIA is an incredibly junior base all around, even for the Europe flights MAD, CDG, etc. As for DFW, SCL and EZE are the most senior South American de
40 Chepos : I have never been a F/A but I used to work in the In-Flight department, Fos US West- I have heard layovers in ELP,ABQ, and SMF are not the most glamur
41 TG992 : Favourites: SFO, HKG, KIX, LAX Least favourites: PER, NRT Most overrated: YVR Sadly missed: TPE Glad they're gone: PPT (call me crazy)
42 JFKPurser : You know, I've been to Paris a gazillion times and speak fluent french, but every time I am there on a layover, I am astounded that I get paid to spen
43 Soxfan : Pardon my ignorance, but in the US are the guidelines for "minimum rest" dependent on the airline, or are they federally regulated? I would assume 7-8
44 Elcableguy77 : I've overnighted there a few times, and I like it there. The hotel is pleasant, a good selection of eating and recreation, and the people are nice, t
45 Transpac787 : Quite the opposite.... 7 to 8 hours rest is VERY short, almost completely unheard of. I'm not sure if there is an international layover that is that
46 727forever : Ditto for DL. My personal favorites of the regions that I have flown, all must be downtown, are: United States: SAV (fun town with many awesome tours
47 B6FA4ever : for a decent length layover my personal favorites are: Seattle and San Diego (and not just cause i live there), and BOS (though, not between Nov-march
48 GayStudPilot : Girls, girls, girls... this is not manhunt.
49 AznMadSci : I'm definitely curious what foreign crews think of IAH! What's the HOU layover situation like for you at B6?
50 Zkpilot : We used to fly to CTS in winter... that was amazing! Skifields close by, great food, often up to 100hr slips. I personally quite like FRA... although
51 HAL : When I was a pilot for Chautauqua, I loved the layovers in IPT, Williamsport, PA. It has a great small town feeling (except for the mid-summer week o
52 B6FA4ever : last time i was there, i got a VERY nice view of just the runway... :-P now it wouldn't be so bad if we were at IAH! at least i'd get views of some w
53 StarGuy : It has been said before but a good trip is dependent on how good/bad the flight is, a good crew and the length of the layover, however, if I had a goo
54 KLMCedric : I like a lot of layovers: KUL,SIN, JFK,LAX,MNL,BKK,JNB but my favourite would probably have to be CPT!!! The scenery,the food, the wine, the people an
55 Bbinn333 : I Bet you can guess what airline. Favorite: EWR MCO FLL YVR YOW YYZ Worst: RSW TPA LAX YYC PHX (Very Bad Experiences)
56 United_Fan : Nice to see someone likes ROC! Though,most crews probably only overnight here,so there isn't much to see.
57 PGNCS : Isn't this like asking what are the crew's favorite and least favorite foods? No two people like the same thing. Whatever I may like you may hate, tha
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