Aussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 4 Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7363 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?
PanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 10157 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7316 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.
Alphaomega From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 592 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7293 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.
Vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7256 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
"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
QatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1938 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7126 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!
Planemannyc From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1012 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6880 times:
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).
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2237 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6802 times:
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.
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
Yodobashi From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6563 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!
"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page"
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6433 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.
Rongotai From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 477 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6370 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.
Gclaxdfw From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5900 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.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26792 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5803 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.
: WOW, id love to se what that certificate looks like mate, Any chance you could scan it ?
: 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
: Yup! Inaugural QF A 380 flight - MEL-LAX, and also the LAX-SYD a few days later. Cheers
: No bother mate, Anyways, it must have been cool as hell Lucky bugger you !