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Your First Intercontinental Flight?  
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5383 times:

My first intercontinental flight was back in 1978, when my family flew from Helsinki, Finland to Vancouver, Canada. It was a Finnair's non stop charter flight on DC-8, it took about 10h if I remember right.

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User currently offlineWhiskeyHotel From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 285 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

I flew a lot prior to 2002, but never intercontinental. First such flight was CO EWR-GLA, September of 2002 on a 757-200 in BusinessFirst.

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5370 times:

New York to Rome. Alitalia 747. I was young. 1978 or so.

I hope Alitalia survives.

User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

August 11, 2001. Lufthansa A340-300 Bogota-Frankfurt. 10h40min.

User currently offlineAfterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1226 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

Juli 1993, Singapore Airlines 747 SIN-LHR via AMS.

User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5348 times:

It was summer 1989, I think... HKG-YVR on a CP DC10, iirc...

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5345 times:

My first intercontinental flight was in July 1988 when I went with my high school German class to Germany for the summer. We flew an LTU L-1011 from LAX to Duesseldorf.

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3654 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

JFK-LHR on a BA 747 in 1994.

User currently offlineLp0815 From Singapore, joined Oct 2005, 220 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5320 times:

AA 158 DUS-ORD on 763

Time waits for nobody
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5312 times:

June 2001, LAX-SYD, NZ 747-400


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User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5311 times:

AF 007, B747, JFK-CDG

User currently offlineAviation From Australia, joined Dec 2004, 1143 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 1 day ago) and read 5310 times:

I have never had one!  Sad

Im so sad i want to see the world and fly many more a/c.

Aaron J Nicoli

Signed, Aaron Nicoli - Trans World Airlines Collector
User currently onlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3776 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 5307 times:

FRA-ATL on a LH A340-300, back in 1996. It was the day after my 11th birthday!


Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineSalso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 22 hours ago) and read 5306 times:

"My" first intercontinental flight was somewhere in early 1982, when my EXPECTING mom made a flight to NYC (not that I remember it though. It's the only flight she made during her pragnancy). Big grin
Does that count? No?

Well, presumably my first intercontinental flight was in 1986 (I was four) FRA-JFK. In 1990 I took that flight alone for the first time.  worried  Everything went well.

User currently offlineAmericanB763ER From Luxembourg, joined Sep 2005, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

My first intercontinental flight was also my first flight. BRU - Kinshasa in 1969 on a Air Congo DC-8-30.

User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 20 hours ago) and read 5299 times:

LHR-JFK Virgin Atlantic B747-400, back in Sep 1998.

User currently offline777klm From China, joined Apr 2005, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 5283 times:

AMS-LAX KLM B747-???, june or july 1990

Next flight: AMS-PEK
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 67
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 16 hours ago) and read 5284 times:

July 1967
Travis AFB to Tan Son Nhut, Saigon, Vietnam with fuel stops in Honolulu and Guam.
A chicken-yellow Braniff DC-8.

That and the the return flight in 1968 on a TWA

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were experiences that put me on short-haul for most of my career!

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineEurofleetLHR From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 14 hours ago) and read 5275 times:

1st November 1982

NW043 Boeing 747-151 N602US London (Gatwick) - Boston

connecting to

NW043 Douglas DC-10-30 N145US Boston - Minneapolis/St Paul

connecting to

NW225 Boeing 727-251 N298US Minneapolis/St Paul - Los Angeles

all on the same day. Certainly taught me what jet-lag was all about - though still managed to be at the Theme Building at LAX by 0900 the next morning !

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13257 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 5259 times:

October 1983. JFK-LGW, on a charter airline (Global International Airlines I think) 707 (ex-AA). Terrible flight, fully booked, window seat, seat pitch for midgets, poor food, can't recall of any IFE, didn't sleep at all.
Return flight was much better. Charter space on a TWA 747 LHR-JFK. Not full, much better seat pitch, food & IFE ok, a much better experience than flight over.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 11 hours ago) and read 5260 times:

ZRH-BOS on a Swissair 747-357 back in 1993

Smooth as silk - Royal Orchid Service /// Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens - Springbok
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5570 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 5254 times:

1974 with Icelantic/Loftleidir. Luxemburg-Reykjavik-Washington (or NYC?) on B-707. It was the cheapest trans atlantic flight in those days (I am not anymore sure if it was to Washington or New York, was a very young teen and not yet into aviation).

User currently onlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3377 posts, RR: 44
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 5249 times:

June 1991, I was 2 and a half. DFW-LGW. AA DC-10-30. The only thing I remember is sitting on the left side of the plane (in a window of course) and being thirsty because I ate fritos. Its funny the stuff you remember.

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months ago) and read 5245 times:

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FRA - BLA (Barcelona/Venezuela) in 1991
On the scheduled return BLA - SDQ - MUC - FRA the a/c went tech on the leg to SDQ and became AOG @ SDQ for 20 hours. A temp sensor for one engine had to be flown in from the U.S. before we could continue our flight. We (370 pax) got accomodated for one night in a number of hastily rented hotels in the area of Boca Chica (of course w/o our luggage). Once the flight resumed, the planned stop at MUC was omitted (favourable for me).

to date: 50 sectors flown intercontinental

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 offlineFuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

I don't remember what dates....but it was SYD-LAX i think I was about 5. So that would be 1994 some time.

25 Post contains images UAalltheway : June 21st, 2005 Virgin Atlantic Airways MCO - LGW 747-4Q8, G-VTOP
26 Post contains links and images Adam T. : June 4th, 2003 Air France Atlanta to Paris CDG Boeing 777-200ER, F-GSPC View Large View MediumPhoto © Alex G.-Denicourt - Contrails Aviation Phot
27 Post contains links and images AeroMexico777 : IBERIA 6400/6401 MEX-MAD-MEX I remember that the airplane left really late (about two hours late), no apologies, service sucked and the aircraft was O
28 JoseMEX : MEX-SDQ-MAD and return, on an IB DC-8 in 1969 (or so I was told, I was only 3 at the time). The first intercontinental flight that i remember is that
29 Post contains images HansaRostock : march 1st, 2002 LH498 FRA-MEX ... middle seat
30 Post contains links and images MH017 : October 1973 AMS-ORD, KL0611, PH-DTC View Large View MediumPhoto © Anders Nilsson never flown intercontinental before I still think this 9+ hours
31 Post contains images B742 : My first Intercontinental flight was: LAX-LGW Air New Zealand Boeing 747-200B Rob!
32 Post contains links and images Mawelsh : September 10, 2005 CLE to LGW Continential Flight 66 View Large View MediumPhoto © Jid Webb
33 Post contains images Luis777 : February 21th, 2002 Aeromexico MEX-CDG Boeing 767-200ER XA-JBC
34 Post contains links and images CV990 : Hi! Here are my details: Date: 1982/06/19 Airline: BA Airplane: 747-200 Registration: G-BDXG Flight: LHR/JFK Duration of flight: 7:20 minutes View Lar
35 AFC_ajax00 : First flight in general, was in 1987 (I was like 1.5 yrs old) we were moving from NL to NY. KLM 747-200B (I think) AMS-JFK.
36 IB787 : Mine was CO DC-10 flight MAD-EWR back in 1994, I was 12 y/o.
37 Post contains images Babybus : My first intercontinental flight was: Monarch, Boeing 757, LGW-BGR-MCO, 29 November 1989. There were only 8 passengers on the outbound but the return
38 DouglasDC8 : September 1985, PEOPLExpress 747, Newark-Brussels with about 500 other PEOPLE!
39 Post contains links and images Teva : My fitrst intercontienal fl? From CDG to PPT, with a fuel stop in LAX. Aircraft? French Air force DC8 Long, but very nice flt View Large View MediumPh
40 Post contains images TUNisia : JFK-FCO Ahhh the memories
41 BAViscount : December 27th 1986 LGW-BOS Northwest Orient B747 I thought that flight would never end as I had never flown for longer than about 2 hours before, but
42 AirxLiban : JFK-LHR on a British Airways 747 in May 1984. Connected to a BA Lockheed L1011 to ATH.
43 AirAmericaC46 : United UA 747-200 NRT-JFK 1988
44 BCNGRO : If it can be considered as intercontinental, mine was BCN-TFS on a charter A320 back in 1998 I think.[Edited 2005-10-10 14:05:54]
45 Zoom1018 : It was TG SGN-BKK-BNE on an MD11!!!
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