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Smell Of A Brand New Plane  
User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10122 times:

I was on an AA flight TPA-DFW a couple of years ago and the plane was brand new with that awesome new-plane smell. However, some of the passengers must've complained and the F/As turned up the AC to satisfy them. I wasn't bothered by it. Would you be? Has this happened before or something similar with smells in the cabin?


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User currently offlinemrskyguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 10054 times:

Sure, but that's anything that uses synthetic materials or new leather. The one that stands out the most in my mind was the Turkmenistan B717 I saw delivered in 2004 and the USA A330 I flew to Paris earlier this year. Both smelled heavily of "new plane smell." In a car, if I'm not driving, and on a windy road, it can make me nauseous.


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User currently offlinetheducks From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 9982 times:

Want a new plane smell? Visit the Boeing factory in Mukilteo - it's quite unique  

User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6900 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9860 times:

I love the new plane smell before the stench of the passengers drowns it after a few flights. It's amazing how quickly the smell goes.

User currently offlinekiwimex From Mexico, joined Nov 2009, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9795 times:

If it's the same as "new car smell", often is it chemical fumes coming out of the plastic. Not only is it bad for you, many people (myself included) find it nauseating.

I rode in a friend's new Ford Expedition once, about 10 years ago, and both me and the front seat passenger felt ill, and he vomited.

I recall my parents new Mitsubishi in the 80's smelling the same.

I steer completely clear of some marques due to the plastic types they choose to use inside cars.


User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9578 times:
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I recall how strong the "new plane smell" when I boarded VARIG'S first new 777 only days after getting her. I loved it. It is like a new car smell but it is a bit different than a car. I once read an article, 5 or more years ago (and I once started a thread about years ago too... But I read that SINGAPORE AIRLINES created a signature, proprietary fragrance, very light - near undetectable - that would help differentiate a ride on SQ than any other airline. I don't know if it's true as many here disputed it, but I know what I read! And frankly I believe it is an awesome idea. (so long as it is very, very light) I also think the new United should copy SQ so all airplanes in their fleet have a United smell and be one more thing to tie the 2 fleets together. I am sure IFF could come up with "Rhapsody in blue" fragrance.


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User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2357 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9528 times:
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In my opinion, it's not quite the same as the new car smell. Unlike the new car small, the new plane smell is quite pleasant, perhaps the air-conditioning/ventilation in the cabin also helped.

User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9389 times:
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Quoting je89_w (Reply 6):

I see you are from Singapore! Hello. I will be there next month, one of my favorite cities! As I mentioned above, have you noticed a unique smell on SQ? I fly United most often and with the new seats (and I am lucky that my company will put me in F, the gap between SQ and UA is not so bad. UA did a decent job on the new seats! But I find UA has a unique fragrance on board vs other airlines like AA or CO. but I think it comes from the cleaning solvents and carpet shampoo they use versus an intentionally created smell. It isn't offensive but blind folded I would know I was on a UA 747 in a snap. BEFORE the flight only, not after it's filled with 300 people and 50 mini chicken breasts cooking!



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User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 871 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9300 times:

I was on one of NZ's new 777-300s a couple of months ago just a few days after it went into service. The smell was great. I've also been on some of WN's new 737s but they weren't nearly as nice. Something about the J class seats on NZ, I think. Or maybe something about WN's passengers. Take your pick.

User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9222 times:

I've always said that "new airplane smell" smells a LOT more expensive than "new car smell".  

That said, not all new aircraft smell the same. The brand new 737-700 I once experienced at WS smelled exactly the same as any new car, but the brand new Challenger 605 that I recently got a look in smelled nothing like that at all; it smelled of rich, buttery leather and not much else.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8414 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9207 times:
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I only ever smelled it once, on boarding an LH 320 flight DUS-LHR. It was confirmed during taxi when the Captain said that the plane had been put into service that morning.


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User currently offlineElevated From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 295 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9033 times:

It's much like a "new car" smell each time we take delivery of a new aircraft. It's a wide range of smells from the leather, carpet to all the plastics.

User currently offlinetiktokjake From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8411 times:

The nicest New Plane smell I experienced was when I flew on the brand new G-EUYE with BA. The smell of new BA euro leather seats mixed with a brand new A320 is just the nicest. 

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6639 posts, RR: 78
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8156 times:

It's always a pleasure to experience the "new plane smell". My all-time favorite:

Totally Thrilling: Scenic Flight On Lufthansa A380 (by PlaneHunter Aug 5 2010 in Trip Reports)


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User currently offlineplateman From United States of America, joined May 2007, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7818 times:

I too love the new plane smell and seeing a plane that is not scruffed up by passengers. Also, watching the amazing new technology for me.

For me, this was on Berlin SXF-Oslo flight on Norwegian Air Shuttle earlier this year. Plane was 10 days old and it showed, new sky interior too.



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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7801 times:

A couple weeks ago I was on a new PD Q400 from YTZ to BOS, although it had a noticeable 'new plane smell' (mainly of leather), it was by no means overwhelming. It was nice though.

User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2793 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7550 times:
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Since we all are bummed out when our "new car smell" slowly disappears from our new cars, I have often seen "new car smell" sprays and other air fresheners of the same. I know little about cleaning planes, but the solvents airlines use to clean carpets, cloth seats, side walls and bulkheads tend to be the same for all? Or does each airline specify which types or brands of industrial cleaners? Also, when an older jet gets outfitted with NEW leather seats, effect or bring back some new plane smell. When United refitted their fleet of 767's there were new seats, new carpet, new bulkheads even new overhead bins (but just in F and C) - I don't recall paying real attention as my eyes were more stimulated than my nose...but when I think of it .. I do think the "new plane smell returned". On those birds, are Y and Y+ been changed to leather?


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User currently offlinemarkitaly2000 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6310 times:

i was lucky enough to assist to the business class seat installation at the Everett boeing factory on a B777-200 for PIA ....Newer that that it's impossible  

User currently offlineNorthwest727 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 491 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

Only experienced it twice, on a 9E CRJ-200 flying from MEM to HSV, back in 2001. Airplane was only in service for one week, and it sure was wonderful.

Also flew a HP A320 back in 2004 from CLE to PHX, airplane was three weeks old but the smell was still there.


User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2357 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6010 times:
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Quoting VC10er (Reply 7):

Oddly enough, I haven't flown on SQ for almost 10 years, but I sure hope to in the near future. I've experienced the new cabin smell on a JAL B772 and B763, as well as on Hawaiian Airlines' A330s.


User currently offlineTrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

I specifically remember a flight I was on where the pilot even mentioned the aircraft was brand new and the smell was amazing!! It was sometime in the mid 90's it was one of the later built MD83's for TWA. Pilot said it was only its 2nd day in revenue service.

User currently offlineworkhorse From France, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5709 times:

Don't know for planes, but the "new car smell" is actually something that is deliberately added by car dealers/manufacturers.

And you can buy it in aerosol spray cans! When car dealers overhaul a second-hand car before handling to new owner, they spray some "new car smell" into it.

Each car manufacturer has its own specific "new car smell". Some time ago, a friend of mine bought a second-hand Volkswagen Golf to a Peugeot car dealer. When he took the car and drove it home, he felt something really weird. "It was very awkward!", - he said, - "I knew I were driving a Volkswagen but it smelt like a new Peugeot!!!"

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User currently offlinehappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5440 times:

Well, in the early 90's I got a tour of Air Canada Cargo's DC-8-71 at YYZ. I was absolutely amazed, upon entering the 20+ year old aircraft (which was in freighter configuration, so basically "empty"), to still smell that "airplane smell" that I had known from other jets. It was quite something. I think that to some extent, that smell stays with an airplane pretty much always.


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User currently offlineqqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2244 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5147 times:

Quoting kiwimex (Reply 4):
I steer completely clear of some marques due to the plastic types they choose to use inside cars.

Go for a Volvo then... they pride themselves on not using the materials that create that "new car smell." While it turns off some, because the smell is so liked, we all know it's healthier for us. When I bought a new S40 a couple of years ago it made me a little sad it didn't have that new car smell, but I loved (and still love) the car all the same.

As for the "new plane smell" I have to admit I love it. Each time I get on one of our new 738s, or commute on one of the new CR7s, it makes me smile ear-to-ear.  



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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5037 times:

As far as maintenance goes: Skydrol smells the same on a new airplane as it does on an old airplane, there is just less of it!

25 Andz : garlic and snails?
26 exFWAOONW : One of the larger components of that smell is the solvents and glues used to hold things (like plastic and carpet) in place.
27 bmacleod : I remember an AC 767-200ER in YUL in 1999, the plane was in service for perhaps 12 years or so but it had that distinctive smell. Perhaps a recent re-
28 workhorse : yes, sir! ...with a touch of brown tobacco, red wine and pastis, of course!
29 F9Animal : Frontier just got a new 320. I got on the bird after just a few trips. Oh yes, it smells great! And the cargo bins are so clean, and white. I love the
30 WestJetYQQ : One of the reasons new car smell lasts longer and is often more fragrant than new plane smell is that most cars sit out in the sun with their interio
31 goblin211 : I didn't know this was nauseating for some people. I'm glad I'm not the only one who enjoys it though. I'm sure I'd like it in a car too.
32 Viscount724 : Some of the early Japanese imports had a horrible smell. My mother had an early 1970s Toyota Corolla that was very reliable but you almost needed a g
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