Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 841 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3341 times:
"What was your first flight?" is a common reoccurring topic on this forum. Most people just post what route and airline they flew and maybe the type of aircraft. But few people ever bother to post about what your reason was for taking that flight, and I though that would make a good "getting to know everyone" type of thread. So, were your parents taking you to visit grandma for the first time, or perhaps Mickey Mouse? Traveling as a foreign exchange student? Going to interview for your first job after college?
As for mine, the short answer is it was for a woman. The longer version is I was in grad school, and in a long distance relationship with a girl I'd met online. I lived in Raleigh at the time, and she lived in Seattle. We decided I would come visit her during my fall break, and we would meet in person for the first time. We besically looked at Orbitz.com together, and I found a flight on United via ORD that had pretty decent times and fit my grad student budget. She, being a relitively experienced traveler compared to me, answered a lot of my stupid questions about flying. On the night before the trip I doubt I would have slept had I not drugged myself, being nervous and excited both about meeting her and the trip itself. In the end everything went smoothly, I got to the airport on time, flight departed slightly late, I made my connection (and enjoyed riding the moving sidewalks), and my luggage and I arrived in SEA that afternoon where I met said girl...
...(and if anyone's wondering how that turned out, we actually ended up breaking up during the visit, but we remain close friends to this day)
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1860 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
Mom was taking me and Sis from Chi-town to STL to visit "Auntie Gloria," mom's college roommate. That flight is my first airline MEMORY. My first flight had probably already happened in infancy; since I was born in Boston but Dad got transferred to Toronto a couple hours later. Did we fly or drive to TO? My parents don't remember. Then we moved from TO to the family hq in Chicago not long thereafter (did we fly or drive to Chicago? Remember...? Nope.)
As for the first flight >>I<< took, meaning it was my idea and I made the booking and all, I was 19 years old, living on my own in Los Angeles, and my friend Andrew was about to graduate from Wesleyan. I flew UA LAX-IAD-BDL (the IAD-BDL leg was on a 727!!), hung out in Middletown, Connecticut for a few days, then a gang of us drove up to Boston and flopped around for a week before I flew back BOS-LAX.
LAX-IAD was my first ever ride on a 757
IAD-BDL was, to date, my last ride on a 727
BOS-LAX was my first ever ride on a 767
I still take United significantly more often than any other airline, and I've never seen them turn in anything less than an A+++ performance. I don't understand their apparent reputation. (I do NOT own any stock in UAUA. (Nor do I have short-interest in any of their competitors!!!))
76794p From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 341 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3287 times:
My first flight was in 1997 or 98 when i was 3 and we flew to GSO to visit my grandparents. When flew on an MD-80 or 737 from IAH. To date before departure I saw my First and Last CO 747. I remember flying out of terminal C. Those were the good old days, now its only ERJ's and has my signature has it, they torture people like me who are 6'2.
Gclaxdfw From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3286 times:
Yes, at 53 I still do remember my first flight. My family had just moved from PHL to BOS where I was born, and my parents promised me that I could go back to PHL later that Summer to see my best friend. So, my first flight was 02 AUG on NE, BOS-PHL (NE was later purchased by DL) and return flight was NE on 09 AUG PHL - BOS. Their aircraft were known as "yellow birds." And their slogan was "the next time you fly take me." Funny what you remember!
I had no idea it would lead to a career of commercial flight as it did. I truly wish I had kept a list of all the flights I have taken.
To this day, since computers hit my staffing level of corporate America, my passwords all comprise airport codes. The hints are always things like: my longest flight, my worst flight, my last flight, my first flight, etc. They're always alpha except for when I need a few numeric characters which are usually two or three of the same digits.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2095 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3283 times:
October 1987 and I was 6, my parents took us on vacation to Sorrento for 2 weeks. We took a British Airtours Tristar LGW - NAP, I dont remember too much about it other than the F/A's were real nice and we got coloring books with wax crayons given to us to keep us quiet!
Lszb From Switzerland, joined Jun 2009, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
After my parents got divorced, my brother and i went every second weekend to our father. He always got some stuff in mind, so we went to ZRH airport for a nice day "watching planes". He went downstairs with us, took us to through passport control and then into the departure terminal (I'm not sure which one it was). I remember that i asked him "dad, why we have to clear security/passport control?" "because you have a much better view onto the planes from this terminal"!
So a couple of minutes later he said "this is our plane for today" !
It was back in the days (approx 1995) when SR flew ZRH - GVA - HKG(i think) with the MD11.
PITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 959 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
The first flight I am sure about was a return trip from my cousins who at the time lived in Sudbury, MA (near Concord). We usually went there for summer vacation, and this particular time I stayed for an extra 3 or 4 weeks, and flew home on my own. I was probably 14 or 15.
I have some vague recollection of a flight or maybe even two when I was younger, but I can't think where I would have been going, or who I was with. (Family, obviously, but whether all or some I couldn't say. It might have been with my grandmother, who flew regularly to visit family until she was well into her 90's. She died shortly after her 106'th birthday...)
I do recall that the first 2 or 3 times I flew, back when it was special and expensive, I always ended up on a 707 and it was always raining hard for the landing. I knew enough to not freak out when the 707's wings started flapping in the wind, but it was still a little bit nervous-making! I think I was on a business trip in my 20's before I managed to experience a clear weather approach and landing.
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2195 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3224 times:
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It was 1990, and my family was migrating from Hong Kong to Perth at the time. We had already organised everything to go via sea cargo, but we still had tonnes of baggage since it'll be another month before we see our belongings. Not that I cared, I was just excited about having my first flight. Dad wasn't sure if I could last almost 8 hours flying direct on CX, so we went via SIN on SQ. My ride was a B743 on the first leg, and B742 on the second.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11141 posts, RR: 63 Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3219 times:
My Grandfather has just sold his investment in a boat building company, which was a relief as it had been causing some headaches... to say the least. As a treat he took my entire close family (about 20 of us) away to Malta for Christmas, flying Air Malta from LHR, everything paid for. If only I wasn't a baby and could remember it.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7253 posts, RR: 25 Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3203 times:
Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter): So, were your parents taking you to visit grandma for the first time, or perhaps Mickey Mouse?
Yes to both; although my grandfather (father's side) was also still alive at the time. He wound up outliving all my other grandparents. BTW, I have mentioned the reason before at least once in past threads.
Quoting Gclaxdfw (Reply 5): To this day, since computers hit my staffing level of corporate America, my passwords all comprise airport codes. The hints are always things like: my longest flight, my worst flight, my last flight, my first flight, etc. They're always alpha except for when I need a few numeric characters which are usually two or three of the same digits.
Are you sure that's a good idea to broadcast such info. on the internet?
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
Meristem From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3189 times:
Apparently my first flight was at 3 months, from CGH to SDU. The first one I actually remember was CGH-AMS. We flew when we moved there since, albeit my mother's strong wishes, there was/is no bridge across the Atlantic.
Curiosity killed that cat. I still have some lives left.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6473 posts, RR: 27 Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3139 times:
Going onto vacation to the island of Majorca/Mallorca with my parents and older sister flying HAJ to PMI in summer 1973 (aged almost 6 yrs) flying on a SPANTAX (BX) Convair Coronado.
Also my first unattended flight was for vacation: Back in 1981 aged 14 years I flew with then-new YP from HAJ to NAP followed by a boat transfer to the island of Ischia where I reunited with my parent who had flown there a week earlier.
And, no, I was not a taken care of as "Unaccompanied minor" or something else, but I just flew on my own without any hassle. I knew my way around NAP-airport and the transfer process as I had done this a year earlier together with my parents.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Lxmd11 From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 149 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3103 times:
My first flight was from MCI-KUL. I was two and have no idea how we went but we probably went through LAX. THe reason was that we were moving because my dad got a promotion and a new job. He works for a big toothpaste company and moves us around lot.
When we lived in GVA we lived about a mile and a half directly away from the end of the 23 side of the runway and planes would land and take off over us all day and i would sit out on the lawn and watch them go by. It was one of my favorite things to do.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3322 posts, RR: 14 Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3099 times:
I was 5 weeks old ( according to my grandma) when I flew from Amsterdam to Barcelona. I was on a KLM flight, I was told. No one in my family could tell what aircraft it was, but I believe it was a DC-9 because in 1970, the year I was born, KLM had DC-8's and DC-9's only, the 8's were flown on long haul routes (the first 747 arrived a year later) and the 9's were flown on short haul routes. Not sure about Electras, but I think they were already phased out then.
I was almost 2 years old when I took my first long haul flight in 1972. It was the time my uncle was getting married in South Africa. Again, no one in my family could tell me what aircraft it was, but I believe it was a 707 because at that time Sabena didn't have DC-10's yet and the two 747's they had then were flown to JFK, and South African Airways had 707's at that time, no widebody equipment yet. So whichever it was, SAA or Sabena, we flew on a 707 to Johannesburg from Brussels, probably connecting on a domestic SAA flight to Cape Town. I barely remember looking out the window when it was dark outside.
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Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3084 times:
I was 8 years old on a TW "Connie" MKC-PHL. On summer vacation trip to visit my grandparents and extended family. I was so excited the few days before I could hardly sleep. Had been to MKC several times before to pick up an uncle who flew in about once a year to visit us. Would watch him get off the plane from the "observation deck". Was always so jealous. Couldn't believe I was going to get walk up those steps to a plane and fly myself. TW dominated the old MKC terminal then. Remember checking in at the counter and then going to the gate area. No jetways at MKC. I remember walking out on the tarmac at MKC on a hot summer afternoon. The noise and smell. Boarding up the rear door air stairs. Excited but semi-terrified at take off. Recall the roar of the engines. Loud. The TWA "Hostess" making a fuss over me and giving me some kind of kiddie packet. I remember some kind of tray of little finger sandwiches being offered during the flight. And one had swiss cheese on it which at the time I didn't care for. (funny what details you recall) Recall that my grandparents had some kind of alcoholic drink. Remember the first landing of course. Being fascinated and nervous. By the end of the stay at my grandparents, I couldn't wait for the return trip home!