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What Was Your First Flight?  
User currently offlineRafflesKing From Singapore, joined Mar 2007, 314 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7596 times:

I'm curious as to what year and what route was everybody's first commercial flight? - assuming you or your family remembers  Smile

I just learned mine today, which made me post the question here...

PHL - LHR in 1983 aboard BA

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User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7593 times:

2008 BNA-DTW aboard a Boeing 737-5H4 of WN.


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User currently offlineDUALRATED From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1001 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7591 times:

8-78 on EA aboard a L-1011 route EWR-MIA-EWR.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7582 times:
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July 1971 NCL to LHR or LGW, Northeast Trident.


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9031 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7580 times:
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1992 HAM-TUN TunisAir B737-200


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User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2688 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7577 times:

1995 or 1996 MSP-SAN on a NW A320.


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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7572 times:

Here's mini me 1974, ready for the very first flight, domestic HEL-JYV  Wink
In 1978 I had my first international flight, AY charter HEL-YVR on a DC-8.

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User currently offlineOHLHD From Finland, joined Dec 2004, 3962 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7569 times:

July 1980, 3months old from ARN-HEL on this bird: ( SK A300)


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13206 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7562 times:

I was 17, new at BA.
However, for my first flight (in an era well before LCC's), was not a case of waiting to get my staff travel concessions.
Since it was a C of A renewal air test, on BA B747-136 G-ANWE, LHR-LHR, August 1983.

This involved a nearly empty aircraft, just tech crew, CAA observer and a few of us Engineering staff.
We took the Jumbo over the English Channel, a beautiful clear day, England on one side through the cabin window, France on the other.
Then the aircraft did a succession of stalls, you had the high angle of attack, then hearing the stall warning horn through the open door of the cockpit (we were seated on the upper deck).
A strange sensation, then a lurching drop.

After recovering, repeating the process several times, it was thrilling!
This from someone who does not do fairground rides and would never do a parachute drop, but on this aircraft, I felt secure, it was a case of your stomach being left behind at the drop, maybe the fascination I felt offset anything else.

Then we were testing the O2 system with masks dropping, generally threw the aircraft around more than you'd get on a normal flight.
Being topped off by a low level, high speed pass over the military airfield at Boscombe Down, there must have been a deployment of USAF F-111's there, since I remember seeing them on the ground as we flashed past.

My second flight was in Feb 1984, another BA 747 air test, G-BDXK, delivered to LHR after a period of storage in the US, after the early 80's recession deffered delivery.
An acceptance flight this time, so none of the hardcore stuff from my first flight, though we did do a touch and go at the then rather sleepy airport at Stanstead.
G-BDXK was in a unique config, a short lived all economy cabin since the aircraft was going to LGW for the then charter subsidary, British Airtours .

My 3rd was a pleasure flight in a DC-3, LTN-LTN, passing over London and LHR.
Very different, tailwheel aircraft, no pressurisation, throbbing engines, noise, so some of the other pax were throwing up, hang on, this is a flight for enthusiasats!
Call themselves aviation fans?
Pah!

And after those, normal airline flights, boring!
I was spoiled early on I guess, until I had some flights on Concorde.......but that's another story.


User currently offlineA340313X From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7557 times:

Very first was Easter 1992 LHR-LAX on on of these:


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Classic 747 with classic entertainment system namely projector and big screen right in front of my face! Add lots of turbulance to that and you had one very sick 8 year old girl! I didn't like it at all  Sad


Then on the same trip:

SFO-MCO on one of these:


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And then MCO-JFK on one of these:


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And finally JFK-LHR on one of these:


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By the end of the trip I was drawing planes in my notebook. The FAs loved them  Smile


User currently offlineStarAlliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7552 times:

My first flight was in 1998 on a DC-9 with Northwest ORF-DTW  Smile


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I continued onto DTW-KIX-MNL and back MNL-KIX-DTW-ORF



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User currently offlineJonjonnl From UK - England, joined Dec 2007, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7551 times:

My first flight was in June 23 1991 on a LH 733 as an UM. It was flight LH 1937 LIS - DUS where my father was waiting for me. The weather was horrible and we were circling the skies for quite a while.


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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7543 times:

July 1988 - TLV-CPH on SK MD-80......... I was 5.

User currently offlineQantasistheway From Australia, joined May 2008, 309 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7542 times:

ADL-SYD at the tender age of 6 weeks. Qantas, of course.

After thats, SYD-FRA by the age of 2. Quite an exciting time!


User currently onlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

June 1980 at the age of 4.
PRG-SOF-BOJ.
Unfortunately my parents do not remember the airline or the aircraft we have flown with.

[Edited 2008-12-26 16:06:37]

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7535 times:

1986, less than a year old. Flew USAir LGA-BTV on a 737-300 (according to flight schedules from the time).

User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

Summer 1969 Eastern Air Lines Tallahassee to Miami.

User currently onlineWhatUsaid From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 664 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7485 times:

FAT-SFO on a UA CV-340, on the first leg of a trip to Yellowstone that would involve a UA DC8 SFO-SLC; Western Electra from SLC to WYS and back to SLC: Frontier CV 580 from SLC to Montrose for connection to DEN (UA was on strike then); Western 720B from DEN to SFO. Pacific Airlines F27 from SFO-FAT. Great introduction to flying at the age of 10.

User currently onlineDAL763ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 532 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7480 times:
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April 7th, 2000 BUD-TUN. I don't know whether it was a charter or not. Nor do I know the aircraft. Maybe someone knows what Tunisair was flying to Budapest in 2000. From what I know it was an Airbus. At least so I think, because it was a 3-3 config.


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User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2823 posts, RR: 45
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7470 times:

I don't recall when, but I do recall it was a Delta 727-100 series aircraft from CLT-ATL. I remember the mid-galley very clearly for some reason, and I recall we sat on the A-C side of the aircraft.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7465 times:

November 1990. Flew on a DL L-1011 from ATL to SLC. I had the entire middle row to myself as my mom and stepdad were sitting in the row in front of me.

If I wanted to be picky, I could say it was a helicopter ride around LZU back in 1987.


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7448 times:

My very first "official" flight was on board the gracious "Caravelle" (MEA) in 1966 but I was a baby and of course don't remember :


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My first flight I remember as a kid was in 1972, MRS-BIA, on an Air Inter Vickers Viscount :


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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7446 times:

I started flying quite late. I was 18 on my first ever flight and I remember it like yesterday. It was also my very first flight as a flight attendant. I was on a Turkish Airlines 737-400 flying IST-MUC-IST on 11 December 1999. If only there was a way of finding out the exact aircraft I flew on that day....

The purser told me to take off in Business Class (which was almost empty) and watch the crew serve throughout the flight. Most of the time, I was admiring the winter scenery below. In MUC, we left the aircraft and did some shopping at the Duty Free shops. I remember a More&More shop. Is it still there?  Smile

It might have been this aircraft or one of many TK was flying back then


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7442 times:

ARN-FRA(-LAX) was my first flight back in 1993.


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User currently offlineAA757MIA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7436 times:

PMV-CCS-MAR on an Aeropostal's DC-9 in 1986.

25 Jeremy : It was in 1978, around April or May, aboard a Western 727-200, from LAX-SFO-RNO.
26 Post contains links and images UltimateDelta : Midwest Express flight 58, OMA-DCA in July 1995 when I was four months old. This was back in the DC-9 days, and we actually flew on this ship: View La
27 Isitsafenow : Well, I guess someone has to be the 'blast from the past' so ..... FIRST RIDE......... Sometime in 1948 I was three years old and mom had to get home
28 HOOB747 : Haha! Don't say "last", just say most recent!! My first flight was when I was 2 years old, Seoul to Seattle, in April 1971. I don't even know the air
29 EICVD : I was 7, was sometime in 1994 on an EI 737 DUB-LHR
30 Danfearn77 : Wow what a great first flight! I wish i could say the same for mine. I must have been about 5/6 and it was a Flying Colours(FCL) (later became JMC th
31 Post contains links Allrite : Apparently, my first flight was sometime between when I was 18 months - 2 years old (~1976): MEL - ADL. It was on either TAA or Ansett and if someone
32 N174UA : SFO-ORD on a UA DC-8-62 (or maybe a -71?) in late July, 1973. I was about 2 1/2 weeks old at the time!
33 Post contains links and images Bbinn333 : Only 4 weeks old! MCO-MIA on AA View Large View MediumPhoto © Christian Waser Then MIA-YYZ on AA View Large View MediumPhoto © Brian Bartlet
34 LipeGIG : In 1995 GIG-CGH, on a Varig B733.
35 JetBlueAUS : I was four months old and I was onboard a Southwest jet with service from Houston - Hobby (HOU) to New Orleans (MSY).
36 Post contains links and images RAFVC10 : I think that this post has been discused last year... My first flight was on 1977, from BCN to LPA in an Aviaco flight operated with DC8 equipment. I
37 FatmirJusufi : First flight was on April, 1999. SKP - TEQ on Air Alfa Fatmir
38 PlymSpotter : 1987, I wasn't even a year old, when myself and literally my entire family flew LHR-MLA on an Air Malta B720 for Christmas. It was a present from my g
39 D328 : SCE-IAD on a Jetstream 31 or 32, for UA Express...Then a DC-10 to DEN. The first I remember that is.
40 Post contains links and images ERJ135 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank Hudson April 29th 1965 KLM DC-8-32 PH-DCC Sir Frank Whittle Amsterdam-Frankfurt-Rome-Beirut-Karachi-Manila-Sy
41 Delta777Jet : LTU International Airways 23/07/1984 LT222 DUS - ATH L-1011-1 06:25 - 10:25
42 Post contains links and images A300605R : Germania 08 / 1989 SCN-PMI View Large View MediumPhoto © Jordi Grife - Iberian Spotters
43 AGRflyer : My was back in 1987 (october or september) on an SR A310-300 from ZRH to MUC
44 Egmcman : MAN-MLA KM 720B 1982
45 Richbpor : For me I was six in 1967. My father was an army officer and I we were being relocated to Trippler Hospital Hawaii but first we went to see relatives o
46 Dc863 : My last ever 707 flight in June 1982 was on a TWA aircraft from CLE-JFK. It still had those domed light fixtures.
47 Planeguy727 : June 1973 JAL (unsure of equipment) from Beiruit to Ankara
48 Post contains links and images PanAm747 : Eight years old and I remembered all but one of the planes and all of the itineraries and airlines!! December, 1974: My mom, baby sister, and I starte
49 SpeedBirdA380 : My first flight was London Gatwick to Orlando in April 1993 with British Airways. I got to visit the flightdeck and was given a colouring in pad compl
50 Boots00 : That would have to be... ORD-MCO on AA in 1997.
51 VHTJE : CNS - MEL, via BNE, in December 1981. I was 11 years old. It was on a TAA (TN) 727. We changed planes in BNE for then new TAA A300, which was a direct
52 Post contains links and images Rwy04LGA : Trans-Canada Constellation....YUL-TPA....December 21, 1957....I was 2 months old. View Large View MediumPhoto © Ian MacFarlane
53 ERJ135 : I posted my fist trip above which was when my family migrated from the Netherlands to Sydney Australia. Since then I have married and had a daughter a
54 Golf1411 : My first trip: BRU-NCE with 737 SABENA
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