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Ever Been On An Inaugural?  
User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3374 posts, RR: 51
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

Just bought my tickets on AA's first ever flight to Korea, DFW-ICN on May 9th. Has anyone ever been on an inaugural flight for a route, aircraft type or airline? Did you get to enjoy the hors d'oeuvres at the gate?

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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3525 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

I was on the inaugural ANA NRT-SEA.

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User currently offlinemesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 3916 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4210 times:
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I was on the opposite of an inaugural, the last Colgan flight to MYR.

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7805 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4209 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Thread starter):
Just bought my tickets on AA's first ever flight to Korea

I am very surprised to learn that this is AA's first service to KOR.

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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8743 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4199 times:
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I was lucky enough to be on the following:-

Inagural SQ A380 flight
Inagural EK A380 flight.

User currently onlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 6053 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

I was on AC's first revenue L1011 service on 15 March, 1973 ...YYZ-YVR-YYZ.
And on the first YYZ-DFW-IAH-DFW-YYZ on 01 July, 1975.

I was a non-rev in both cases, using my Father's employee passes. It was far easier in the days of 60% load factors!

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29459 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

QF operated a few of their 744 delivery flights as revenue extra sections YVR-SYD nonstop at special low fares.

CP worked fairly closely with QF then and I managed to arrange a nonrev ticket on the first of those flights in August 1990, luckily in F class which was empty except for myself, another CP colleague, and 2 or 3 QF staff who had been involved in the delivery formalities. The rest of the flight was well under half full (they didn't sell the entire capacity).

So it was both the first revenue flight of that 744 as well as the first-ever nonstop flight from Canada to Australia. Passengers were given a certificate signed by the captain and purser commemorating the latter event. It was a daytime flight, departed YVR around 10 AM.

User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1608 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4091 times:

Been on two inaugural flights.

Absolutely nothing on the first, in terms of gifts or service, except a check in delay as new handling agents tried to cope with an unfamiliar carriers procedures. On the second, just a water fountain welcome from the airport fire service.

I did get a free slice of cake from CO, almost 30 years ago, as an inaugural flight left from the nearby gate, as I waited to board another service.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30069 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4080 times:

Yes I have been on a few :

Inaugural Sata Dublin To Ponta Delgada W/Pics (by OA260 Mar 8 2007 in Trip Reports)


Always nice when an airline does something special for the flights.

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

I was on the inaugural flight with Niki from Vienna to Frankfurt.
That was a big thing since they were basically first entering OS/LH territory (although I believe JP did it at smaller extend already).

Most passengers on board didn't even know it was an inaugural. At the gate in Vienna there was nothing special. Niki Lauda flown the jet and on board there was sparkling wine for free and a present. In Frankfurt for the flight the other way round there was a gate ceremony with Media and cake.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

I was on the last PanAm Shuttle flight from DCA to LGA, and the next morning I flew on the first Delta Shuttle flight from LGA-DCA. Cake was served in the gate area for the first Delta Shuttle flight. The PanAm flight was on 8/31/91, Boeing 727-200 N877UM, and the Delta flight was on 9/1/91, Boeing 727-200 N555PE.

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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4031 times:

I'm on the inaugural Norwegian (DY) flight from LGW to NCE later this year... anyone know if Norwegian have a habit of doing anything special?

User currently onlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 8021 posts, RR: 32
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

I was booked on LTU's inaugural from DUS-YYC back in Dec 2004 but the postponed it so I was rebooked through LH

I wanted to go on United's inaugural from YLW-LAX last month, but couldn't make it.

One day though, one day   

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User currently offlineairportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 4040 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

I havent ever been on an inaugural flight, however, I've gone to the respective gates of 2 of our recent route launches (CTS and BNE). Quite a sight to see!

Hula dancers, live band playing traditional Hawaiian music, food, leis, the whole nine yards.

I'm told our AKL inaugural is going to be a doozie so I plan on attending  

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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3942 times:

I went on the inaugural Monarch flight to FDH as part of the Enthusiast Event - was a very special day out and a big party in Friedrichshafen!

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3781 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3927 times:

I did the inagural LH LGW-FRA flight...nothing mentioned at all at any time. Very boring.

I'm doing the first CityJet LCY-DRS in a month or two...hoping for at least an annoucment!

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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1284 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3892 times:
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Not exactly an inagular flight, but a flight-demo around southern Norway.

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Photo © Ole Johan Beck

I still got the special bottle-opener they vere handing out.


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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3501 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3890 times:
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On October 28 2007 I was on the inaugural flight on United from Washington Dulles to Rio de Janeiro. UA 873. I have a cool certificate signed by Glenn Tilton and the Pilot. It has a big illustration of a Tucan in a rain forest. (from the days of illustration advertising)

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User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 580 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

I was on the AC/QK inaugural flight to/from YFB, a couple of years ago. It was a thru flight, operating YUL-YOW-YFB and there was no mention in YUL of it being the inaugural flight. I think there was in YOW, but I wasn't in the terminal to hear it (stayed on board for the turn).

Last Flight(s): YYJ-YVR-YYZ-YHZ Next Flight(s):
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9427 posts, RR: 39
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

I don't know if this counts, but I was on LOT's first 787 flight to HAJ, 23 December 2012. We got a fifty-minute delay (during which I feared they were going to put us on e.g. a 737), a certificate and special announcements were made by a very cheerful crew. On top of that, just about everyone with any sort of status in Miles & More got an upgrade - I ended up in business class... nice to see an airline actually giving a damn about FFs.

There were no special celebrations at the departure and arrival gates and no water cannon either, but that would have been pointless - HAJ was wet enough as it was.   Annoingly, some complete miscast from HAJ ground staff started trying to usher everyone out of the aircraft as soon as she had got on it. What a dork.

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User currently offlineAkiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 815 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3852 times:

I was on the inaugural MNL-CRK-HKG by Z2 back in 2009, but I only flew MNL-CRK-MNL. Shortest 10-15 minutes of my life on an A320. :P

User currently offlinemdavies06 From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2009, 435 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3739 times:

inaugural for an airport terminal for me. A very modern one and one of the largest terminal in the world - LHR T5 in 2008. i was onboard the first departure flight BA 302 to CDG on the opening day.

User currently offlineseansasLCY From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3729 times:

I went on the first A380 from London to Singapore. SQ had food in the gate area, some speeches and then onboard we had a laptop bag filled with items including pens, model aircraft and travel items.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12165 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3662 times:

I did a few inaugural routes with Air Southwest; PLH-LCY, ORK-PLH, PLH-NQY-DUB, have some nice certificates and memories from those. Conversely I was the last passenger to disembark one of their flights at Plymouth and was the last one to leave the plane on their final service into Newquay.

In 2008 I did the first flight (KBP-SIP) of WizzAir Ukraine, which was also the inaugural commercial flight of the carrier's first A320. Ended up on Ukrainian National TV and enjoyed the complementary service.

In 2010 I was on the launch flight of Varsity Express from OXF to EDI... also making it the 11th last flight that carrier made!

I've done quite a few first flights of a summer/winter season, best one being a MAH-CWL flight on a 733 where I was the only passenger.


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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2608 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 3532 times:

I've been on numerous 'second flights' because of the job I was doing a few years ago, but the only times I flew on the actual inaugurals were the following:

Etihad Airways, B767-341/ER, A6-EYZ
EY706, 18 June 2006, DOH-AUH

Etihad Airways, B777-3FX/ER, A6-ETA
EY731, 03 December 2006, AUH-IKA
EY732, 03 December 2006, IKA-AUH

[Edited 2013-01-24 21:43:59]

25 Post contains images MadameConcorde : All depends on what you call inaugural flights. For me the only inaugurals are the very first commercial flights of a totally new / revolutionary airc
26 Viscount724 : How many Concorde flights did you make in total, and who did you think offered the best service, AF or BA?
27 mhkansan : I did the inaugural DCA-LAX flight on AA, which was a wonderful experience. They brought musicians and celebrities to the gate and had a water-cannon
28 copter808 : I've done about 7,often both ways. Get to the gate a few hours early if possible because, depending on the carrier, they may have some interesting ent
29 Post contains images aloges : That's a nice one! Did they have time to throw bags of peanuts at the pax?
30 avianca : yes aprox 2 years ago when AF restarted the Lim operation. AF-483 LIM-CCS on B772 in J
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