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Who Books Flight Based On A/C Type Over Cost?  
User currently offlineJAM747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 550 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Just wondering how much a.netters. books flight based on the aircraft type rather than cheaper fares? For example when I fly from NY to Florida I like to book Delta Song because they have the B757 plus they have good service even if the fares are a little more than another airline sometimes. What do you guys think, does any one else do the same? Most people book based on price and convenience but I am sure people have favorite aircraft types or maybe pay more to fly an aircraft type becaue they might not have the chance to do so again because the type might be retired soon.

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

I chose many flights just because of the aircraft type, a few examples:

  • HKT-BKK on OX to get the 741

  • HKG-BKK on CX to get the 773

  • JNB-ZRH on SA to get the 74L

  • CPT-JNB on SA to get the 346

  • DUS-MXP on AZ to get the E70

  • LHR-EWR on BA to get the 772

  • MNL-CEB on 5J to get the DC9

  • Patrick

    User currently offlineWeb From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3892 times:

    I wish I booked based on a/c type, but I'm on a pretty low budget whenever I fly, so when possible, I book on my favorite planes, but this is often difficult to do (henceforth, I keep ending up on A320s  Sad). I desperately want to fly on the B1900D, Saab 340, and Dash 8-Qwhatever, but flights on these aircraft from where I am are pretty expensive. However, I was very excited when I went to Europe a couple of weeks ago and flew all new aircraft (to me): the CRJ, 772, 763, and (by an "unfortunate" delay) 752. So to answer your question yes I do book flights based on a/c type but only when my budget/schedule allows.

    User currently offlineNavairjax From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

    I have been known to do so from time to time. As much as I don't like layovers at ATL, I have booked on FL to fly 717s rather than CRJs. On an award ticket I used earlier this year, I used my miles on UA to fly the EMB 170 rather than pay an inexspensive fare on CO.

    User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1178 posts, RR: 6
    Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3884 times:

    Usually I have to look at the budget first and foremost. However, in many cases fares are similar, and if the difference is just a few bucks I go by aircraft type, airline and airports. It is not so much that I want to be on "favourite" aircraft, but more that I want to fly on ones that I haven't been, or at least with a new airline/aircraft combination. I have booked some flights just for the fun of it, and just to be on a specific aircraft. And I will keep doing that, but only if it is relatively cheap. I am looking at a trip to the Chatham Islands, because I can fly on the C540, which would be awesome. It is quite pricey, but I suppose it is worth it. Still trying to get work paying for it  Wink

    Quoting Web (Reply 2):
    desperately want to fly on the B1900D, Saab 340, and Dash 8-Qwhatever, but flights on these aircraft from where I am are pretty expensive

    I agree, and it is mostly because the small ones are not flying the (cheap) trunk routes for obvious reasons. I would love to fly on the B1900D, Metro III, etc. At least I managed to be on a few smaller ones, such as the DHC8-100 and 300, Saab 340, ATR42 and 72, J31, 32 and 41. But again, a few are still missing...

    User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 631 posts, RR: 4
    Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

    When I did a spotting trip to ATL from MCO earlier this year, I paid about $50 extra to ride a 764 and 772 with DL rather than 717's with FL.

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    User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3856 times:

    Many times to get on various types/airlines

    LHR-ZRH LX A330/MD11
    FRA-LHR KU 747/767
    GVA-FRA KU 777
    MUC-VIE NG 777
    ZRH-GVA SR 743
    AMS-FRA SA 742
    SIN-BKK RA 757
    KTM-VIE NG 767
    BRU-LHR LZ TU134
    ORY-LHR MK 747SP
    SYD-BNE QF 747SP
    ORY-GVA IR 747SP
    FRA-LGW HM 707

    User currently offlineSquirrel83 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3850 times:

    If I can afford it I go with the Airline and then cities and/or aircraft type! Below is a small list, sorry I know some aircraft. . .

    HNL-EWR (CO)
    HNL-YVR (AC) AMS/FRA/CPH/ANC (YVR-GEG without a stop in SEA, I hope some day this starts. I could see UA/ or HP doing it!)
    HNL-TPE (BR)
    EWR-BHX (CO)
    HNL-PHX (HA)
    HNL-LAX (HA) LAX-CDG (AF) LAX-LHR (BA, VS only if A340)
    NRT-SYD (QF)
    HNL-SYD (QF) Maybe (AC)
    GEG-ORD (UA)
    IAH-LIM (CO)

    User currently offlineEZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2496 posts, RR: 50
    Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3835 times:

    LHR-AMS KLM 767-300 was double the price of an easyJet ticket but definatley worth paying the extra.


    User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3830 posts, RR: 26
    Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

    Only one I have done was LHR-JFK on Concorde as opposed to 747.

    "My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
    User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 19
    Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3819 times:

    Quoting Web (Reply 2):
    Dash 8-Qwhatever

    replace "whatever" with "400" - the only Dash 8 with a "Q" is the "Q400".

    Re: the subject:
    When having to fly from X to Y, I first look at the schedules (departure & arrival times, transfers, lengths of nonstop flights) while keeping an eye on the price tag - plus include my favoured airlines in that decision finding process (--> miles !!! ).

    When going out on pure pleasure flights, its more the airport(s) and the carrier(s) I include in my planning rather than the a/c-type (if its a new type for me, okay - but there aren´t too many of them around AND plying "pleasure routes" for me Big grin ).

    Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
    User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3812 times:

    Since I'm not the one paying for trips, I try to book A/C type and airline subtlely. If the price is similar (wthin $50ish depending on the total cost), I pick on A/C and airline for sure. Actually, I did pick my trip to SJO, Costa Rica on AA by aircraft over price in order to get away from the MD80 and enjoy AS734 and AA763. Stupid AA ended up switching my AA763 flight to an MD80 and on the way back my flight from SJO-DFW was delayed, so they just put me on the direct MD80 DFW-PDX. I was not happy as I enjoy flying on widebodies or anything but the MD80 (I fly it too many times on AS).

    User currently offlineN908AW From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 948 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3802 times:

    If it's not Boeing, I'm not going. Period. Unless it's Frontier or jetBlue...lol.

    'Cause you're on ATA again, and on ATA, you're on vacation!
    User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8297 posts, RR: 17
    Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3797 times:

    Quoting HT (Reply 10):
    replace "whatever" with "400" - the only Dash 8 with a "Q" is the "Q400"

    and the Q300 like the one that NZ just had delivered..

    User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
    Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3792 times:

    Yeap, however only if the price is not ridiculously higher. For example I'd rather fly the ATR72 than the jetstream.

    User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

    Price is my priority, although I do change my plans/routes b/c of the type of aircraft used on a particular flight. I always try to avoid any KLM Cityhopper F100/F70 or F50 flight, just because those aircraft are not reliable at all, too many technical problems (=delays). Based on my last experience I rather not fly the KLM B777 because it's too cramped, I prefer the B747.

    User currently offlineMADtoCAE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

    I only choose A/C over price when I have a free flight because of miles.
    Right now I have a free flight with skyteam and I hope to get on the NW DC-10 in Christmas or Summer next year.

    User currently offlineExPedia From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 49 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3754 times:

    While there are some people who do make an A/C choice over price, the vast majority of travellers (try 95% or more) do not. It is truly a question of a tradeoff between (a) price and (b) non-stop or direct flight. People want to get where they are going as fast as they can, paying as little as they have to. For about 80% of people, the carrier doesn't matter either - unless they live in a hub city that is dominated by one carrier in which case it does matter, but only because they have the most non-stop service. A seat is a seat, and that's that.

    How do I know this? More consumer travel focus groups and surveys than you can shake a stick at.

    No wonder it's a hard business to make any money in.

    -- ExPedia
    User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3799 posts, RR: 13
    Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

    Depends on the price difference.

    Had the privilege two book a domestic airline ticket in Japan, which offered a discount price, which was the same for all flights between NGO and CTS. ANA's website showed a list of that particular day's flights, along with A/C types, and I was free to pick which ever suited me. Still, the choice of A320, A321 and 763 isn't all that fun, but I did manage to get my return flight on ANK instead of ANA. Great system of doing things. Paid for the ticket at a convinience store, which also printed out my ticket. Easy as pie. Go ANA!


    Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
    User currently offlineBSBIsland From Brazil, joined Jul 2005, 385 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

    If it´s not much more expensive, as an enthusiast, I always try to get something different, like an airline I´ve never flown or an aircraft. I´m not a really frequent flier, but with this "policy" I´ve already tried the 744, 772, M11, D10, 343, 763, 762, 320, 319, 73G, 734, 733, 732 and F100. My next step is try the 346, maybe with LH next year in GRU-FRA, and of course an Embraer, that until now, being a Brazilian, I have never flown (or any regional jet for that matter, except for a flight in July 2000 AMS-LGW connecting to GRU with BA which I DON`T KNOW which aircraft was! Unforgivable....)


    User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4803 posts, RR: 46
    Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

    Usually book the following way:

    1) Airline (Pref. Delta or AZ, but Skyteam carriers follow)
    2) A/C type (pref. Boeing to Airbus, but will fly an Airbus to get on a new type)

    Cost only comes into play when there is a difference of +$100 or more..

    Some see lines, others see between the lines.
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