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Anyone Flown Inaugural Flights For New A/c Types?  
User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 5
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6975 times:

I was just wondering if there are any enthusiasts out there who have managed to get themselves on the inaugural flights for each airline of a new aircraft type? For example, has anyone been on the inaugural SQ, EK and QF A380 flights? Or the same for the 77W for example?

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User currently onlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 9306 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6928 times:

Happens sometimes by chance. I was once on a LH A300 flying FRA-LHR and the captain said that this was the first revenue flight of that aircraft.

"Inaugurals" can be invitations from airlines as well, to travel agents and freight forwarders to get acquainted with new aircraft or new routes. Most of the time that goes along with a program at the destination, sometimes it was the flight only.



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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6923 times:

I would really like to be on the first BA380 flight if I can afford it.

User currently offlineBuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2892 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6922 times:

Ask our member MadameConcorde, who has been on pretty much every inaugural flight of the A380!


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User currently offlineAlphaomega From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6905 times:

There is a picture of a guy out there who was on the first 747 flight operated by Pan Am and was then on the first flight of the A380 with Singapore - I'm sure someone on here knows what I'm talking about.

User currently offlineVhqpa From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6868 times:

I flew on Qantaslink's first Dash 8 Q400 flight which coincidently was the first revenue flight of the Q400 in the southern hempishere. It was QF2352 BNE-ROK 26 FEB 2006. There were special uniforms and posters in the departure lounge we also had someone from Bombardier on our flight but apart from that the captain breifly mentioned it was the first Q400 flight for the airline but otherwise it was just an ordinary flight. There was another Q400 flight that left 40 mins later that got the fanfare even though It was really the second flight of the type



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User currently offlineBA747 From Venezuela, joined Sep 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6812 times:

Yes I have. I was on the brand new 747SP of Pan Am from MIA to CCS and with an upgrade to first. It was awsome. I don´t remember when exactly was that.


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User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1603 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6793 times:

I was on the world's first scheduled 757 flight. New Year's Day, 1983. Atlanta to Tampa. Eastern Air Lines.

User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1818 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6738 times:



Quoting Aussie_ (Thread starter):
I was just wondering if there are any enthusiasts out there who have managed to get themselves on the inaugural flights for each airline of a new aircraft type? For example, has anyone been on the inaugural SQ, EK and QF A380 flights? Or the same for the 77W for example?

Well, I've been on the very first 777 that QR owned from DOH-DXB, I think 2 of them where I've been in the very first flight.

And the 4th revenue flight DXB-LHR (A380), not the first, though, but still great!



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User currently offlineSkymiler From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6562 times:

Bunch of us A-netters were on the inaugural DL 77L flight ATL -> LAX last march ..


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User currently offlinePlanemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1008 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6492 times:
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I was on jetBlue's first revenue E190 flight, BOS-JFK. There were a few balloons at the check-in at BOS, but most passengers were not even aware that this was the first revenue flight for the type (not just for B6). Most of the press was at JFK (2nd revenue flight, which took off for BOS slightly after the BOS-JFK flight).

Best,

Wasim / Planemannyc


User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6414 times:
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If being invited OB some High/Hot field tests of Eastern's first 757 (and possibly industries first)prior to delivery counts then I have. Most seats were missing and instead was Boeing testing units but that left us with pretty much run of the cabin. I've loved the 757 ever since.


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User currently offlineYodobashi From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2007, 236 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6175 times:

It wasn't on the inaugural flight but I was lucky enough to take a 5.5 hour trip out over the Atlantic in the Prototype Nimrod - XV148. It was the second one of two to be built but it was the first one ever to fly, converted from a leftover Comet 4C airframe if I'm not mistaken.

Skimming over the Atlantic at an altitude of 500ft (A05) was something I will never forget!



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5497 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

I got really lucky once and got to fly non-rev on the first revenue flight in one of CO's 739ERs from IAH to SMF. Our earlier plane, an -800 went tech and we got switched to this one. I did notice the new plane smell and how everything seemed to be immaculate. I didn't have a window seat so I didn't couldn't have a clear view of the wings to notice the telltale winglets. I thought it was just a regular -800 until the captain said it was CO's first 739ER. Aside from what seemed to be louder than normal engine resonance it was just like any other 737. Interesting flight nevertheless.

User currently offlineRongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5982 times:

Without knowing it until I checked in I was on the inaugural revenue 777 flight, flown by UA on IAD-LHR. In fact even when I boarded I thought I was on a 767, but became suspicious at the 'new car' smell.

User currently offlineBuslover From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5946 times:

Yes I did, it was the first flight of Lufthansa's A340-600 from FRA to EZE on December 15th, 2003, D-AIHB.

The airplanes were not delivered as scheduled and so my flight was the first LH revenue flight.

We were sent off with Tango music and greeted in EZE with the firebrigde's arches and music as well. On board we had a large group of passengers bound for a cruise with the MS Europa.

The cabin crew briefing was held in two stages, one a few days before, the second right that evening, I asked my cockpit crew to appear a little earlier, in case there were open questions.

The flight itself was uneventful.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Lufth...d=3a8973131c361dd2bbd4842e3e84a57b

[Edited 2009-09-07 23:23:44]


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User currently offlineERJ135 From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 680 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

By pure chance only, I have been on an American 737-800 on it's first revenue flight and also a Qantas 767-300 on it's first revenue flight. Or at least that's what the captains of each flight said.


I remember when the DC-3 was new!
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8531 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5602 times:
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I managed to be on SQ & EK's 1st A380 flights, both were superb!

Plan to be on BA's 1st A380 flight.



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User currently offlineGclaxdfw From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5512 times:

The initial BN went down in May 1982. It retooled and short of charter services, it reinvented itself. I took its first flight from DFW-LAX and most fanfare was at LAX. It was exciting but too bad BN didn't make it the second time. I still collect so many photos of the original airline. It was truly one great airline no matter what.


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User currently offlineGrinddalCPH From Denmark, joined Sep 2009, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5499 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 18):

WOW!

HOW WAS THAT POSSIBLE?

IM NOT JELAOUS!!

NO NO NO NOOOOT AT ALL!!

[Edited 2009-09-16 05:45:18]

[Edited 2009-09-16 05:45:52]

[Edited 2009-09-16 05:46:17]


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11644 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5468 times:

I was on the first commercial flight of UR-WUA, WizzAir Ukraine's first A320. It was also the inaugural flight of the airline.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineRscaife1682 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5455 times:

I did a 777-200 first flight of first aircraft from EWR-LHR back in 1997 i think

RYAN
FLTOPS


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6417 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5421 times:

I endeavour to get on Air NZ's inaugural 787-900 flight.. And for that matter their first 77W flight!


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25154 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5415 times:

I was on the delivery flight of a brand new QF 747-400 in August 1990. It operated as a special revenue flight YVR-SYD nonstop and they offered special low fares. They did that for a few of their 744 deliveries. My flight was the first-ever nonstop flight between Canada and Australia. Passengers were given a printed certificate signed by the captain and purser confirming that they had flown on the first Canada-Australia nonstop. It was only about half full. They probably limited the number of seats sold to ensure they could do it nonstop.

25 GrinddalCPH : WOW, id love to se what that certificate looks like mate, Any chance you could scan it ?
26 Viscount724 : Unfortunately, I'm not sure where it is now. It's probably in one of several boxes I have never opened since I moved from YYC to GVA 13 years ago. I
27 QFFlyer : Yup! Inaugural QF A 380 flight - MEL-LAX, and also the LAX-SYD a few days later. Cheers
28 GrinddalCPH : No bother mate, Anyways, it must have been cool as hell Lucky bugger you !
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