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The Most Dirty (inside) Aircraft You Have Seen?  
User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7164 times:

I once flew with a Aer Lingus B 737-200 and that was a dirty one.
It was so old, dirty and terrible that i have to write about it here +
ask you about your experience...

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User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7140 times:

One time I wanted to try and fly TowerAir, and also see what it was like to land in FLL on a 747. I did the JFK-FLL flight. I also didn't like it becuase when you fly TowerAir, you have to go to a totally different spot, instead of a regular terminal. The plane was absolutely disgusting. There was writing all over the walls and tray tables, the seats were falling apart, the wall paneling was coming off, and it was really shaky. When the engines started up, I thought I was going to die.

Joe Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7129 times:

IB MD-88 from MAD-SVQ this past march. Absolutely disguting...specially for a 10 yr old a/c.

Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7108 times:

Bofredrik & B767-332ER - - What was wrong with the aircraft you describe?

IslipWN - Interesting description of the TowerAir 747. Not too often to find aircraft cabins with significant graffiti. Maybe another a.net member can prove me wrong about this being uncommon with photo examples from a.net. But cargo holds? That's another story!


I'm sure I'll be flamed to an ash for this, but here goes -

I think worn out, filthy aircraft are great. Proof of an airplane being a workhorse, instead of a hangar queen. Such a plane has been hundreds of places over the years, and gone through a lot of rough events, and continues to fly today. Give me a beaten 727 or L-1011 for a flight anyday over something new!

Worst cabins I can remember?

- a Canadian Airlines 767 with quite filthy seats, carpet, sidewalls and bulkheads. This is right before they were taken over by Air Canada, so maybe they were letting details slide?

- Northwest 320 which looked like a food-fight had occured. The ceiling panels, overhead bins, sidewalls etc. were splattered everywhere from food, drinks, who knows?

- a Delta 767 lav. Let's just say I never thought what I saw was humanly possible.

- Air Canada Jazz Dash 8 with ceiling and sidewall panels with jagged holes punched through in several places. Surely this aircraft cabin must have suffered impact damage from severe turbulence, although the seats and carpet were pretty grubby too.


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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4531 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 7101 times:

either a TAP 732 or MS 707...

User currently offlineJumboJim747 From Australia, joined Oct 2004, 2465 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 7086 times:
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Beats me how an airline can let an aircaft continue in service in condtions like that unberlivable.

On a wing and a prayer
User currently offlineAirtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1563 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7066 times:

Biz and first class AFTER a 8 hours flight on a LH A 340, a real shame !

Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7054 times:

My experience with a Pulkovo Tu-154M:

"It was dirty, smelly, cramped, the seats were falling to bits, the tables on the seats were very unstable, some of the window covers were broken, it was horrible."  Smile


User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Without question: Air India's and PIA's 747s at the end of a long flight. Ugh.

Long Haul is the only way to go
User currently offlineNEXtime From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6990 times:

I agree with Airtrainer. The First / Business class cabins after a long haul flight!
Seems if you spend your money you're given license to trash the joint!
My own personal vote :- Ryanair 737-200 (Any one of many)

Fantastic 4-Holers : Concorde, Boeing 747SP & Lockheed Jetstar - I'm lovin' it!
User currently offlineSkysurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1145 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6954 times:

I flew a few times on Ryanair 737-200's (ex Lufthansa machines)and always found them to be dirty, but the airfares were cheap so i had no hesitations about re-booking.


In the dark you can't see ugly, but you can feel fat
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6947 times:

"The First / Business class cabins after a long haul flight!
Seems if you spend your money you're given license to trash the joint!"

Don´t see any problem.

If F and Biz are dirty after a long haul flight, their is a 99% of probabilities that Coach is also dirty.

Solution: clean it.

User currently offlineDavidYYC From Canada, joined Sep 2004, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6934 times:

Oh most certainly an AC 767, (older version) just BEFORE an 8 hr flight from YYC-LHR. I bent over to pick-up something that had fallen onto the floor; I was stunned, there was dirt, crumbs, and what looked like a few years of in-flight leftovers under the seats and in the cracks. The carpets were worn and dirty, seats torn and grungy,it was shocking and embarrassing. It was even worse then a regional Air Zambia flight that I took from Lusaka to Kitwe, where the Air Attendant dragged a crate of beer down the isle to serve the pax! I think that AC (at this time) was really cutting corners and costs, so the aircraft had quick turn-around and a quick (hardly) clean.

User currently offlineCragley From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 428 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6911 times:

Either a GF 340 after a flight from Bahrain to Sydney or any of the RyanAir 732's.

GF had stains all over the carpet, broken overhead bins and when you got on there were blankets all over the floor since nobosy had cleaned it. Because of the Sydney airport curfew, there is no time for cleaning the planes, so they just throw pax on and gun it to the runway.

Ryanair = you get what you pay for. Broken table, chair, armrest, overhead and window shade.

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6489 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6895 times:

VS 747 - 200 from ORD to LHR in June of 2001. It was horrible inside.

User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6833 times:

A couple of the times I've flown WN their a/c weren't turned around properly and had stains on the seats, trash in the seat-back pouches and under the seats.

One passenger even complained about sitting in a small piece of old gum!

It was like riding a city bus.

"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineRlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6814 times:

The winner has to KLM City Hopper F50 from CGN-AMS. Have never a dirtier cabin before or after. Wrote a nice letter to the CEO just asking him to take ride out to the ramp and see for himself the interior and see what he thinks. Got a nice letter and a a free ride to JFK in return.

I can drive faster than you
User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6789 times:

The inside of Brittania Airways 767-200 after LGW-MCO. The floor was covered with plastic wrappers, papers, etc. Not to mention the smell when the door was opened.

User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1693 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6771 times:

Yes it was on a PIA A310 between JFK-AMS in 1997. PK did not have any time to clean the aircraft after 2 long flights LHE-AMS-JFK, so it was just disgusting!


User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

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User currently offlineJeffLAS From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6626 times:

Most Spirit Airlines MD-80's were very dirty inside. For example, one MD-80, N803NK had a row of arm rests between seats in the very first row Duc-taped. It just looked pathetic.

" Jazz A-380, you have 2,100 feet from the intersection......Cleared for Take-off"
User currently offlineStudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6528 times:

I was once on a Royal Jordanian A310, on a leg from Jakarta-Amman. It was the worst I've been in. The tables were falling apart literally, that I had to support it with the pillow and my legs, because otherwise, it will just make an angle that points to my lap. Also, the lavatories had some smearing done onto it. I don't know how it got there, but it was there. It stunk so bad. The rear of the aircraft as I had a chance to have a walkabout, were full of smokers (yes, it was a smoking flight), and the fumes just drove me crazy. There were brown patches of tobacco smoke on the walls of the a/c. Also, the window that I sat on, had a crack on the inner-part of it, which just got me scared for a while.
It may be that I veered off from the main topic with the mechanical problems in the a/c, but I think it's worth a mention, as it is also a disgust for the passenger travelling.


User currently offlineCOAMiG29 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 515 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (11 years 15 hours ago) and read 6432 times:

the photos above are most definently taken from a scrapyard. my question is at the scrapyard is there security or are the planes open for viewing. were the above planes scrapped or refitted? If i went to mhv would they let me inside the planes or just look around?

If Continental had a hub at DFW with nonstop flights I would always fly them, unfortunantely good things take time.
User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (10 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6387 times:

Ryanairs B 737-300's from AOC to STN and back. But what could you expect for a 30 Euro flight.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6297 times:

Having cleaned a few a/c cabins @ AirTran in the past, I've seen my share of dirty cabins. People would drop snack mix on the floor and it would get stepped on and break into a million pieces that were impossible to pick up with a rug sweeper. People putting dirty diapers in the seat back pockets. Seats wet with an unknown substance. Puke on seat covers, bathrooms that stunk worst than a Port-a-potty sitting in the sun in mid-Summer. I've seen stuff that would gag a maggot.

But for an a/c I was a passenger on, a Ryan Int'l A320. The plane had been at the gate for several hours and it didn't even look like it had been cleaned in days.

25 Post contains images NWADC9 : NW 741 GMP-NRT late 90's Smoking flight. Honestly, that's the dirtiest cabin I've seen
26 Post contains links and images TupolevTu154 : Well, look at the pics in this trip report... http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/50960/ Now thats just wrong, flies in the li
27 BAViscount : Don't want to complain about Air India, I know that they seem to be getting some good reviews these days, but the filthiest plane I've ever flown on w
28 Fbgdavidson : "The First / Business class cabins after a long haul flight! Seems if you spend your money you're given license to trash the joint!" In F & J you have
29 JM017 : The economy class cabin of a JM A310 (JM002) after the long haul from LHR-MBJ. I boarded this aircraft in MBJ for my journey to KIN. Let's just say th
30 ATWZW170 : Inside of Shuttle America's SAAB 340's! Don't open your eyes.
31 Mdsh00 : 1st place: AI 744 from NRT-BOM back in 1990. The passenger mess was actually okay by India bound flight standards. Apparently during the flight some w
32 Soups : ALITALIA 767 MXP-LOS-ACC was very dirty
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