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Flying On Dec, 24th  
User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1346 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3208 times:

Hi There,

hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a nice one.

I do monitor flights for my work and realized that on the 24DEC flight from MIA to DUS (LH) there were only 23 passengers in Economy Class... Makes sense, since on the evening of 24DEC in Germany is the most important time for Christmas celebrations. I do understand that there are parts in the world where no one actually celebrates Christmas, but have you ever flown on a flight on 24DEC, especially during the whole night long haul, and if so, how was the crew? was there anyhting special?

I believe the longhaul with only 23 Economy Class guests and probably 1 crew member for 2 passengers is indeed something special, the whole christmas situation - crew and passengers far away from home and their families - too...

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User currently offlinePacNWjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 976 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

Quoting reifel (Thread starter):
have you ever flown on a flight on 24DEC, especially during the whole night long haul, and if so, how was the crew? was there anyhting special?

My wife and I flew from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles a few years ago on December 24 and I can assure you it was nothing special. The flight was 100% full, carrying Americans coming home from vacations in Mexico. My impression from looking around baggage claim in LAX was that there were more than a few divorced fathers who had taken their children (along with the newer, younger wife) to Mexico for a beach vacation and were frantically checking their watches to make sure they got the kids to the ex-wife by midnight in time for the mom to have the children for Christmas day as per the divorce agreement. There was nothing festive about the entire experience.


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3131 times:

I flew on the 24th and Christmas day. Completely full every leg, all on time, nothing out of the ordinary except I added a Merry Christmas greeting to my PA's.

User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

My mother flew KUL-AMS as an FA this Christmas (departing on the 24th, arriving on the 25th). She said the flight (operated by a 773 with 400+) seats had a 50% load. KL didn''t do anything special, but the FA's did wear Christmas pins.

User currently offlineLoubert From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Now that I think about it, I've done a fair amount of flying on X-Mas/X-Mas Eve.

Long, long ago (1994), I flew AC from YYZ-YYC on 24 December. Decent loads, nothing special as far as service. Maybe just a "Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël" in addition to the "Thank you for choosing Air Canada, Merci d'avoir chosi Air Canada." I noticed plenty of pax appeared to be heading to Banff for some skiing, as I was.

The skiing was great and I saw some of the pax at my hotel and at Lake Louise. I came back on 31 December on AC and saw the same faces again! But nothing special as far as service.

In 2000, I flew NW on December 24/25 on SFO-DTW-BUF. The NW gate agent at SFO had a candy cane taped to his sweater. The SFO-DTW redeye was packed and there were 4 pax on the the early AM DTW-BUF flight. The crew moved us up to the first couple rows of the plane and offered us champagne. That was nice!

In 2003, I flew BUF-PIT (PHL?) -MSY on US. Full plane and nothing special.

In 2008, I flew B6 BUF-JFK-SFO on December 25. Completely full plane and the terminal at JFK was similarly packed. The atmosphere was festive at the bar, or so it seemed to me because some guy was indeed in a festive mood and bought me a shot of Jameson and a Brooklyn Lager. Also, we diverted to DEN for fuel because of strong headwinds. The flights themselves were not festive whatsoever.

I've also flown on December 31 and January 1 have not noticed loads (at least in Y) being lighter.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Back in 2004 I flew PVG-CPH-STN. SK had cancelled their afternoon CPH-LHR flights, so I had to fly easyJet to STN. I had an upgrade voucher so was able to upgrade to Business to Copenhagen. There were only 3 other pax in C, and the service was very good (although not terribly festive). On the festive side, they let me in the Business lounge on my connecting easyJet flight! (which was full)


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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3052 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

I would imagine longhaul would suffer more if it is an overnight flight. I'm sure many passengers don't want to miss Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (such as MIA-DUS as OP mentioned). But short haul, or when the passenger gets home before Christmas Day would see quite a few passengers.

Anyone experienced long-haul over new years. I'm flying on the 31st between LHR and HKG, so I will miss new years eve. I expect that more people are willing to travel then instead of between the 24th and 25th, but I have no idea what loads to expect. I'm hoping I will have the seat next to me free.

-CXfirst



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17061 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 6):
Anyone experienced long-haul over new years. I'm flying on the 31st between LHR and HKG,



I travelled on BA 282 (LAX-LHR) over new years (31DEC 2006 to 1JAN 2007). I thought that the load would be light, but it was packed. Nothing special was done, could have been any other day. Only thing was that the pilot wished us a very good new year once we landed at LHR.



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User currently onlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 927 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3052 times:

I've flown on US Thanksgiving day, Christmas eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's day and I think Easter. Sometimes the planes are full, sometimes not. It's just another day at most airports but the crew may make some special remarks or wear some special hat just for fun.

I usually try to get something for the crew. That's easy on an A320 or 737. You know there are exactly 5 of them. Long haul its a bit different, so I may only get something for the cabin I'm in. Last Thanksgiving I got some small boxes of chocolate, just cost me about $6.00 for 5. I wouldn't give anything that is not sealed, but usually you can find small boxes of candy with just a few pieces. That is ideal since you don't want to be hauling around a big sack like Santa. If you are flying in the US on a holiday in November or December you can always find discounted candy after Halloween.

When I passed out the candy in November the smiles on the crew were amazing. I asked the FA's to give some to the pilots. I hope they did. My fellow passengers were wondering why I got my drink first, and the whole can, not just a cup!


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Quoting aklrno (Reply 8):
I usually try to get something for the crew. That's easy on an A320 or 737. You know there are exactly 5 of them. Long haul its a bit different, so I may only get something for the cabin I'm in. Last Thanksgiving I got some small boxes of chocolate, just cost me about $6.00 for 5. I wouldn't give anything that is not sealed, but usually you can find small boxes of candy with just a few pieces. That is ideal since you don't want to be hauling around a big sack like Santa.

Thank you! You have no idea how appreciated that gesture is!  


User currently offlinealsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 6):
Anyone experienced long-haul over new years. I'm flying on the 31st between LHR and HKG, so I will miss new years eve. I expect that more people are willing to travel then instead of between the 24th and 25th, but I have no idea what loads to expect. I'm hoping I will have the seat next to me free.

I flew on New Years from MUC-ORD on LH. Got upgraded to business class which was great, but nothing special in terms of service.


User currently onlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 927 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

I forgot to mention I once flew SYD-LAX on New year's eve. The first party was on the plane. When I arrived in LA it was Dec 31 again. I got to where I lived in Truckee, CA and went to a neighbor's house for party number 2.

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