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Your First International Flight  
User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7649 times:

I had my first international flight in 1996. It was on a NW DC-10-40 from DTW-CDG. What a great experience. Great aircraft, and great flight attendants. We were going to Lorient, France for a student exchange, and the flight attendants kept testing us on our fluency. The entire time I was on the plane, I listened to the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 C-min, and the Rachmaninoff "Rhapsody on a them of Paganini." Still to this day, when I listen to those pieces, I think of that big, red, number 2 engine on the DC-10 making it's way across the Atlantic. Oh, did I ever love it.

Now, having said that, I had previously been on a DC-10-30 from DFW-HNL-DFW which was pretty long, but not really international, though it felt like it.


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User currently offlineACES320 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7562 times:

First mine was BOG - LHR. It was an overnight flight with a superb sunrise over the Atlantic as we changed time zone. It's the flight I'll never forget.
CitationJet, did not you have a childhood? I think a lot of us still remember their first international flight.

User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2577 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7550 times:

CCS-IAH or CCS-MIA-IAH on Pan Am. I was too little to remember if it was direct to IAH or via MIA. I do remember it was a widebody. Either a A300, DC-10 or a 747. I was stuck in the middle row with my parents on each side. That was back in 1991

User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12837 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7545 times:

In 1991 on a B742, AKL-NAN, flying  SmileAir New Zealand Smile

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7546 times:

First international flight was on Northwest MNL-NGO-ORD on a 747-100 or -200. I don't remember.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineN864DA From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 259 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

The first international flight for me was in late 1983 (about 8 months old) on a Pan Am L1011 charter flight from JFK-SNN-CIA-PMO. Don't remember too much as I was quite young.

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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6506 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7539 times:

My first international flight was JFK - MAD...quite an odd routing of ORD - JFK - MAD - BUD...oh well, I got to Hungary! I was 7 at the time.

User currently offlineConvair990 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 7537 times:

My first "international" flight (and only one to date) was in 1990 a R/T charter from CYYZ-KMCO on USAir with DC-9's both ways.

The University of Georgia Bulldogs are girlie men!!
User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7202 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7529 times:

It was a QANTAS 747-300 back in 1991 form SIN-PER.

User currently offlineMattCLE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7528 times:

Date: June 12, 1997
Airline: Northwest Airlines
Equipment: DC-10

User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7524 times:

First international flight: Istanbul-Frankfurt with a Lufthansa 727-200 in 1980.
First intercontinental flight: Amsterdam-Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires with a KLM 747-200 in 1981.

User currently offlinePNEPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7518 times:

International: LGW-VCE Dan Air Comet 4B Easter 1973

Intercontinental: LHR-JFK Kuwait 101 Boeing 747-200 December 1996.

User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1693 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7518 times:

My first Intercontinental flight was on a British Airways 747 Classic between
Washington Dulles and London Heathrow Airport, Although I was 3 months old I cannot remember anything!


User currently offlineSky0000547 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 7516 times:

My first international flight and also my first flight was on BA 742 HKG-LHR back in Sept 1986.

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User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7513 times:

GOT-PMI-GOT on a Scanair DC-10-10 in July 1992.

It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7511 times:

Mine was an early morning departure from LHR-DUB in a BEA Trident. I was going to Ireland for a funeral so I don't list it as one of my favourite flights. I was 7 years old at the time. I can still remember the flight now. It was very exciting.

User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7507 times:

1986 - I was 7 then. My family flew KUL-NRT (for Tokyo Disneyland)
then NRT-LAX (again, for Disneyland Big grin). Both sectors on Malaysia Airlines (B742).

User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 639 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7509 times:

I think I was ten or eleven years old when I went on my first international flight:

LAX-SJO via GUA on United Airlines
Boeing 757-200


It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
User currently offlineRCS763av From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4429 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7495 times:

Mine was BOG-MIA on AA when i was like 2 or 3....dont know which plane, maybe a 727 or a 757?

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

July 1983, Britannia Airways 737-200, LGW-AGP. Up until that flight I had only flown backwards and forwards between LHR and GCI or JER (plus a few inter-island flights in the Channel Islands), so the flight down to Malaga seemed to take forever!

Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1592 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

1991-either September or December, JFK-TLV on El Al.

The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there
User currently offlineRKDflier From United States of America, joined May 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7482 times:

my first int. flt wasn't commercial, but it was on a USAF KC10A.

McGuire AFB to U.A.E.

In fact ALL of my int flts have been on KC10's. Been all around the world on the same acft type.

I never profesed to be perfict
User currently offlineAirAotearoa From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7478 times:

My first International flight was when I was 6 - on board a BA 742 in July 1979


User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 7477 times:

My first international flight was my first iontercontinental flight and also my FIRST flight ever.

It was in 1992, Alitalia MD-11 SCL-EZE-FCO (I-DUPE "Giuseppe Verdi")...then at FCO we made the connection to LHR, Airbus A300 "Botticelli"

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 7475 times:

Back in 1968, when I was 7, with Lacsa. From SJO to MIA in a BAC 1-11. The a/c felled (don't know how many feets) until get stability again. One prominent CostaRican citizen died (he was not wearing the seat belt) and injured some other bumping from floor to ceiling.

I will never forget.

25 Cactus739 : My first internation was on Japan Airlines 747 from Anchorage to Tokyo back in 1990. I don't remember the flight number......
26 Ts-ior : MIR - ORY on a Tunisair B737-2H3Adv.This was in spring 1983.
27 ATLhomeCMH : Mine was on a C-5 Galaxy on the way to Kuwait before Operation Iraqi Freedom...it was, undoubtedly, the worst flight ever...the C-5's have a troop com
28 Widgetboi : In 1983, I flew to Montreal aboard an Air Canada DC-9. jeremy
29 Post contains images Qantasboy : My First International Flight was: United Airlines UA816 from SYD-LAX on the 27th September, 1997. Great flight aboard the beautiful Boeing 747-400. q
30 ConcordeBoy : IAH-CUN, CO 72S longggg time ago
31 Post contains links and images Kilavoud : GVA-MUC-GVA on Swissair in 1966 View Large View MediumPhoto © Bill ARMSTRONG Of course no security control at that time. Kilavoud
32 AzoresLover : Jeremy - mine also was an AC DC-9 to Montreal, from JFK. My second time was on Pan Am to Ireland, which was my first real overseas trip. First glance
33 Dtwclipper : Eastern 727 to Nassau. Routing DTW- MIA-NAS 1970 First Trans Atlantic: American Flyers Airline DC-8 super 63, Charter DTW-AGP, 1971
34 Oly720man : MAN-JFK BOAC VC10 in 1971. My brother and I had the "arrangement" that I'd be the first to stand on the plane and he'd be the first to stand on US soi
35 Post contains links and images IDISA : Back in July 1998, I was 21 and it was Air Europe B763 flying MXP-PCA View Large View MediumPhoto © John Kelley Ciao IDISA
36 Broke : My first international flight was YUL-LGA on a Trans Canada Viscount in December, 1963.
37 Post contains links and images BG001 : DAC-AUH GULF AIR B767-3P6ER View Large View MediumPhoto © Miguel Snoep
38 Ltbewr : Mine was in 1982, LGA to Nassau, Bahamas, on a Air Florida 737. The return was to JFK on a creaky old 707-1st series (ex-PanAm). As to intercontinenta
39 ArmitageShanks : Mine was in 1994 from JFK-LHR on a British Airways 747-200.
40 Thrust : BOS-LHR, aboard an AA Boeing 777...December 27th-December 28th, 2002.
41 Jetpixx : Man, mine is so boring it is embarrassing to post - but my first int'l flight was a SkyWest CRJ from SLC to YVR. It was a great flight - on the return
42 OnlyWay2Fly : August 1971 - Overseas National charter, LAX to Bangor, Bangor to Amsterdam on a DC-8-63. 251 seats, 251 passengers, no movies, no music, no legroom,
43 COEWRNJ : Hmm. Mine was EWR-FRA-CDG on LH back in 2000 on a school sponsored trip of France and Italy. B742 EWR-FRA A310 FRA-CDG A319 FCO-FRA B744 FRA-EWR
44 SnowJ : Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, March '99. Fairchild AFB, WA to Moron AB, Spain (KSKA-LEMO) one day--overnight flight, back to McConnell AFB, KS (KIAB) t
45 Hirnie : It was 1982 in April from Franfurt to Miami on a LH DC 10-30. We where upgraded from econ to business, man that was cool... Sorry, can`t remember the
46 Chepos : In 1984 between LAX and MEX on Mexicana, I was a year old so I have no details on the equipment or on the crew. Chepos
47 Stealthpilot : hmmmmmm i was 7 years old, went to sweden. think it was NW and SAS. I know i got lost in Schiphol, coz my sister was in charge of me and she had a hea
48 AA623BDLSJU : My first international flight was in March 2000. American Airlines JFK-LHR, when they used to use the A300-600 on their transatlantic market. I was in
49 ClassicLover : January 1991, when I was 15. SYD-LAX non-stop on a Boeing 747-400 with United. The lasagne was burnt on the bottom, and it was freezing cold at night,
50 SpringbokUSA : CPT-JNB (Sun-Air) JNB-LHR (VS A340-300) LGW-MCO (VS B747-400)
51 SmithAir747 : My first ever international flight: TWA 747-131 flight 904 JFK-MAD (26 March 1994) on a school tour of Spain. Return flight was TWA 903, MAD-JFK (4 Ap
52 WesternA318 : My first Int'l flight was June 30, 1982, on one of TWA's last 707 flights out of Athens to Paris, then we connected to a 747SP (very rare for this rou
53 Espion007 : some time in 1994 SVO-IAD on what i belive is an aeroflot A310. i was four at the time, and i dont remember anything other then looking at the plane a
54 Post contains links and images La Carlota : Back in 1967 (Apr. 13): MAD-CCS, Iberia DC-8 View Large View MediumPhoto © Marcel Walther
55 Jm017 : My first international flight was in 1976: KIN-YYZ-YUL on Air Canada. Two flights, with a change of aircraft in Toronto. The aircraft was a DC8 from K
56 Airplanetire : I was only four weeks old for my first international flight, which was MIA-Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands, so I obviously don't remember a
57 Post contains links and images JFKLGAflyer : My first was in 1995 from YVR to NGO on one of these: View Large View MediumPhoto © Andy Vanderheyden ...best part about that flight? It was BUSI
58 Post contains links and images 767-332ER : I was 7 months old at the time... JFK-MAD on board TWA 747-100...obviously I don't remember anything, but parents did have some photos of the aircraf
59 Shamrock_747 : Nigeria Airways 747-200 LHR-LOS in 1987.
60 Post contains links and images Sayem55 : Like most Pakistanis, my first flight was on PIA 747-200 to Saudi Arabia for Umrah View Large View MediumPhoto © Imran Rashid
61 Icarus75 : First international flight : CDG - ATH Date : july 1985 Airline : Minerve (French charter airline taht doesn't exist anymore) Aircraft : I think it wa
62 Karan69 : FIrst intl flight on Royal nepal airlines B727-200 return on B757 from DEl-Kht OR EMirates A310 BOM-DXB in 1992
63 Post contains links and images Phx757 : My first international flight : Icelandair April 2000 757-200 MSP-KEF-LHR 757-200 LHR-KEF-MSP View Large View MediumPhoto © Nicolas Kersting
64 SlamClick : July 1967, SUU-SGN on a Braniff chicken-yellow DC-8 MAC charter. The first actual international leg of that flight was HNL-UAM. Even though I was one
65 Post contains links and images United_Fan : My first and onlt Int'l flight was on a DL L1011,sorry didn't get the reg #'s. July '95 CVG-ZRH-CVG . This was also mt first widebody and movie fligh
66 Post contains links and images Eric777 : My first international flight was when I was 10 years old in 1990. It was from SJU to EIS Tortola on American Eagle. I think it was on a Shorts 360. V
67 LordHowe : First ever (intl) flight(s) in June 1981 SK DC9 HEL-CPH, CPH-CDG and back a few days later SK 767 CDG-CPH, DC 9 CPH-HEL. Totally overwhelming to land
68 Willbdsp : When I was 20, I went from PIT to LGW on US Airways. We flew on an A330-300 Very enjoyable trip
69 NEXtime : Dan Air (RIP) Comet IV 10th September 1969 MAN-TFN : Flight No DA5093 4 Hrs 41 Mins A/C Reg : G-APDO Spent over an hour on the flightdeck as an 11 yr
70 Lamedianaranja : 1982, Viasa DC10, AMS-CCS with stops in FRA and MAD, to get married!
71 IslipWN : Summer of 1985 I was a little toddler JFK-LHR on BA
72 PPVRA : Early 1989 GRU-FRA (GRU-GIG-FRA?) on RG 747 PPVRA
73 PennPal : In December of 2002 I was lucky enough to fly on Delta MD-11 N803DE from ATL to LGW. This aircraft is currently with World Airways. Quite a treat!!
74 ANCFlyer : Do you count SEA to ANC back in 1961 when Alaska was still considered "international" and one had to clear customs? Ok, then it was 1961 on a Constell
75 Swissgabe : My first flight was international ZRH-LHR on Swissair A310, back in 1986
76 Post contains images Jkw777 : First International flight: LGW-MCO VS B747-200 May 2nd 1995. Cheers, Justin
77 Alcregular : August 1989, NCL-GRO on BY B737-200
78 DeltaRules : -First one overall was ORD-PVR in 1989 on AA. -First one I can remember was MIA-GUA on UA in June 1992. -First Trans-Atlantic: July 27, 1999...NW 68 D
79 Post contains links and images Trvyyz : My first international flight was in 1981. GF from BOM to MCT View Large View MediumPhoto © Propfreak
80 Post contains links and images Thom@s : In 1984, about 4-5 months old. Went from BGO-SVG-NCL and back. On Dan Air BAe-146. Those were the days... View Large View MediumPhoto © Christian
81 Post contains links and images Springbok747 : In 1983, it was on a SAA B747SP. This one actually: View Large View MediumPhoto © Sarah Ward Flew JNB-LHR and back, I think I was a few days old
82 Post contains links and images Airtrainer : I used to fly to Tunisia with my parents when I was young, so my very first international flight was ORY-DJE, but I would rather say that my first exp
83 FlyingKangaroo : In 1996 flying QF BNE-BKK via Kai Tak on a 767...First international trip, and first time in business class! flyingKangaroo
84 Post contains links and images A319114 : AMS-EWR, january 2003. Awesome flight to an awesome city View Large View MediumPhoto © Florian Kondziela
85 AFC_ajax00 : I was about 1.7 years old; AMS to JFK on a KLM 747-200B, my family was moving to NY. [Edited 2004-11-24 00:18:12]
86 Post contains links and images September11 : Eastern Airlines DC-10 View Large View MediumPhoto © JetPix Miami - Rio de Janeiro (9:30 pm flight) June 1990
87 Post contains links and images LJ45 : Mine was LGA-YUL in august 2001 on an AC DC9. , Too bad they aren't around anymore. My first trans-atlantic flight, however, was JFK-LHR on VS, G-VAEL
88 Post contains images Airbus3801 : PHX-LHR on BA Best flight ever
89 Cgagn : My first international flight was AC856 from YYZ to LHR. 747-433 C-GAGN
90 Bananaboy : My first international flight was back in 82 or 83 when I was about 3 yrs old from LTN to GRO. Obviously I don't remember it. On the other hand, my fi
91 AAplatnumflier : My first international flight was back in 94' which was LAX-MEX.
92 Post contains links and images Himmat01 : My first international flight was in July 1981, BOM-BKK on a Air India B-747-237, Krishna Deva Raya, VT-EFU. Too bad, it has been recently scrapped. r
93 Buckieboy : First international flight was London Gatwick to Corfu with a stop in Athens. Dan Air Boeing 727, Easter 1977. First intercontinental flight was Glas
94 TrappedInMKG : August 23, 2001 GRR-PIT-YUL, USAir("ways") Don't remember the A/C types as I wasn't an A.Nut back then, but I *believe* the first flight was a PSA DoJ
95 Post contains images HAWK21M : It was when I was less than a year,from Bom-Lon on AI.Although the one I remember earliest was a little later on similiar sector when I used to pull t
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