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Worst Plane You Ever Flew On?  
User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 6076 times:

Well, not counting the two-seater 150's and the like, what's the worst plane you ever flew on?

I personally flew on an ET 737-200 ADD-EBB and just couldn't wait to get out of the thing. It was rattling and nothing seemed to work in the cabin. Shame coz their 767's are pretty awesome...not to mention the F/A's  wink 

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User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

Excel Airlines B737-800. NCL-HER. My seat wouldn't recline, the movie sucked, the air hostess was a complete stroppy cow, and I had to endure the same plane again on the HER-NCL leg. Worst 8 hours (4 hours each way) of my life.


First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
User currently offlineCrogalski From United States of America, joined May 2005, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5981 times:

NK , 353 I think it was, ACY-TPA back in Feb 2006.. Plane was old, it was an MD-80 I believe.. Seats were wornout, cut, the panel on the bulkhead to hold the safety cards and what not was held by one screw.. the lavatory was dirty, horrible smell.. overall, just walking into the plane was disturbing

A319 A320 A321 A330 B717 B727 B737 B747 B757 B767 CRJ200 CRJ700 CRJ900 DC9 E145 E190 MD88 Q400 | AA AB B6 CO DL EI FL NK
User currently offlineSteph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5981 times:

1.) Aero Flight DUS-HER and back. Awful seat pitch, crew was Okay. I would never fly that cramped A320 again.

2.) Alitalia MD Super 80 on MXP-OTP and OTP-MXP. Service was fair, seat pitch way too small for me.

User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6882 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5943 times:

My two worst airplanes...

Delta Connection CRJ when I flew it DCA-BOS (Gosh it was cramped)
US Airways & America West A319 (Dang those engines were loud!)

Aiming High and going far..
User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5928 times:

tower air 747-100 from jfk-cdg.
That thing was soo old. On eof the only times a regretted going for the low fare. downright scary!

User currently offlineMarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 540 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

Once in the mid 80s I was flying Frontier v.1.0 from DEN to OAK. The heater while on the ground was non-existant. The interior was beyond worn out, it still had the original 707 style overheads and bins. The flight was full and very late as we were held (in the ice box) for an arriving PeopleExpress 747 full of connecting pax.

"...left my home in Georgia, 'n headed for the "Frisco" Bay...
User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5878 times:

Just last year, a UA 737, DEN-PHL. Nothing seemed to work, whether it was the IFE (not even Channel 9!) or the cabin crew. Longest flight of my life. The only "good" thing was I had an overwing window seat.

When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
User currently offlineMilan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 873 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5878 times:

Any NW flight  biggrin 

I accept bribes ... :-)
User currently offlineVega From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

2.5 Hours on a CO ERJ

User currently offlineViper911 From Israel, joined Oct 2005, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

My vote goes to AN-24 U6 From SVX to CEK, the Plane was old (An-24), old equipment poor seat pitch, crew was ok as usual in U6.

User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5849 times:

A Frontier v1 737 from DEN-FAT. I loved Frontier but this one apparently had
a problem with the seal around the main entrance door and we had to live with
a very high pitched whistling sound the entire flight.

Second..was a TAP L1011..a charter that originated in the Azores, stopped in
BOS and then continued to SFO. We (my son and I) were on the BOS-SFO
leg. My ex MIL had purchased us tickets to fly out and pick up a car she was giving my son. The flight was 2 hours late, jam packed and we were sitting in
the last row in the center section. I guess it wasn't the plane..I loved L1011s..maybe just the flight.


What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlinePhilb From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5810 times:

TAROM IL-18, 1973 Constsnta-Istanbul and vv.

Tatty inside, tepid water and a bar of chocolate for breakfast.

Nonetheless an interesting and very different experience, especially the night take off at the end of a thunderstorm at Istanbul and the low level, high speed, approach over the flat country between the Black Sea and Constanta Airport, so different from the normal IL-18 steep approach.

User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5782 times:

Quoting Clrd2go (Reply 11):
My ex MIL had purchased us tickets to fly out and pick up a car she was giving my son.

Maybe it was because you knew you had to drive all the way back from San Francisco to Boston.  biggrin 

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13861 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5705 times:

Back in October 1983 on my first transatlantic flight (JFK-LGW). It was on an ex AA 707 beater operated by a charter airliner (Global International?) in a window seat, on a very full flight, with pitch for legless people, outdated interior, blah food, late getting out of JFK, packed flight, poor service. My return was a charter space seat on a regular TWA L-1011 (IIRC) flight LHR-JFK. That was much better.

User currently offlineLINATHJNX From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5693 times:

Unfortunately I had many horrible trips, mostly due to cramped seat layout.

The worstest was Azzurra Air 737-700 from ACE to MXP.
I was seated in the last row, in the middle seat, between two very big men.
The flight took off at 1.30 am and arrived at 6.30am.

Another one was with Tunisair (727-200 MXP-DJE), really cramped!!

Then KLM 743 AMS-LAX.
Seated in the last row again, but with a window seat. The space between the seat and the wall (bigger than in other rows) was very uncomfortable and makes the window not usable if you stay seated. At that time, that section of the aircraft was a smokers one, and I don't smoke (but my mother does.....)

But these are only the highlights.

I can say that all the charter flights originating in Italy are horrible (seats, children and their mummies, talkative people, etc etc) Big grin


User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3031 posts, RR: 44
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

My worst was a JK ZRH-FUE charter flight, maybe some 15 years ago. Probably technically the airplane was just fine, but I was still a kid and got scared just by looking at the plane.

My dad knew I liked planes, so he asked the F/A if I could visit the cockpit. Permission was granted and I walked up front (as I already did before on a couple of LX B747s where I really enjoyed it). That confirmed my scare: the two pilots were sort of lying in their seats half-asleep, feet on the panels and didn't even say "hi". They were listening to an old FM radio just sitting on top of the panel and the cockpit was even more dirty than the rest of the plane. Just horrible.


Never trust a statistic you didn't fake yourself
User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 67
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5637 times:

For me, that would be either a China Southwest Airlines B737-800 flight from CKG to SHA or an Excel Airways B737-800 (flying for Air Berlin) flight from NUE to HAJ... both were the, by far, least comfortable planes (extremely cramped seats with close to no legroom) I've ever had the dubious pleasure of flying on...

The only other planes that came close to the same type of torture were SAA's A300s or Hapag Lloyds A310s with 3-3-3 configs...  yuck 


Smile - it confuses people!
User currently offlineXbraniffone From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5543 times:

Cayman Airways BAC 111. I thought i'd never walk again. Very cramped.
NWA DC10, middle seat in the center section. NEVER again.

DC3 8 9 10, 1011, BAC111, 707 720 727 737 747 757 767 777 A319 320 330 340
User currently offlineCrosscountry From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5470 times:

A toss up between Virgin Atlantic's G-VAEL (Maiden Tolouse) which had a worn out interior, knackered IFE, broken tray table and exposed wires in the seatback...
and a Tuninter 737-200 with a chicken in the cabin.

Seeing as VS gave me 5,000 miles to appoligise for the state of its A340, I guess its Air Chicken!!!

User currently offlineAzza40 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1052 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5468 times:

mine has to be air atlanta tristar (dont no the reg). BA 757 G-CPEL has very bad inside, all hairy and the seats were falling a part!!!

Aaron  sly 

Not been on here for a good 2/3 years!
User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5418 times:

Antonov An-2.

Noisy, slow and uncomfortable.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlinePhilly From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

Got to be Saab 340. Stuck to the leather seat (worn and cracked), bad air circulation and stinky lavs.

Carpe Diem!
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

The Virgin Express 737s that I flew on in 2000 were in an awful state!

More recently, I wasn't too impressed with the state of DL 767s!

User currently offlineQxq400 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5382 times:

Any Airbus esp. America West.
"If it ain't Boeing I ain't going!"

Welcome baby Madison Renee
25 Post contains images CVG72 : DL MD80 NW RJ 85. Not only are they rickety and scary...they don't even look right. CVG72
26 MrMcCoy : I can't beleive I'm going to even say this, but it was an ATA-chartered L-1011 for the US military, from Misawa AB to Seattle. What was so terrible ab
27 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : I have two: Rich International DC-8, LHR-JFK, a former Braniff bird. In Braniff service, she was probably a pleasure to fly on, but with RI, the leath
28 JetBlueAUS : America West Express (Mesa Airlines) --- DHC-8 PHX-ASE Slow, Uncomfortable, and Loud.
29 SA006 : Olympic 717-200. Horrible flight even though it was only 45 mins from RHO to ATH. Second last row , right next to the port engine...Horrible. -SA006
30 Dc863 : Eastern A300 ATL-SFO Dec '84, 4 hour mx after fuel poured out from the right wing tank like a waterfall just prior to pushback. I blame the mechanics
31 FlyDreamliner : nearly 2 hours on an America West CRJ. NEVER AGAIN. Small, late to take off, cramped, poor air quality, loud, nothing fits in the storage bins...... t
32 MajorNelson : My GOD how many -days- must that flight have taken !??
33 UAalltheway : 2 hours is bad, but there's much worse stuff on smaller aircraft. Some of the flights between JAX and ORD I've been on have been just short of 3 hour
34 LPLAspotter : 5 hours in a cold c-141A and 5 hours flying through bad turbulence on a Zambia Airways 737-200
35 SQ325 : IB A340-300 didn't know that there are 340s in such a bad shape. horrible service and horrible seats.
36 NEMA : I was very uncertain before boarding a TU134A of Aviogenix Back in 1981. This was a weekly holiday charter flight from Nottingham East Midlands to Pul
37 Post contains links and images Boeing744 : For me it would be an Air Transat flight from YVR-PVR r/t. The aircraft was a A332 both ways, which on the outside was a beautiful aircraft, but on th
38 Dc863 : AF A330-200 is another horror. The air quality was unbelievably poor.
39 JetBlueAUS : 2.5 hours, which it seemed even longer than that. Definitely the worst flight I've ever taken.
40 SA7700 : Egypt Air's A300's. The interiors were old, the cabin was filled with cigarette smoke. On all 4 sectors that I flew with MS on A300's, the toilets wer
41 Post contains links and images Vatveng : For your consideration, I humbly submit: N350US, otherwise known as "Rivets" the 737. I flew on her as US Airways Flight 250 ORF-PHL in May 2004. This
42 AlexPorter : In terms of comfort: Both of my Mesa CRJ-900 experiences win this, both in window seats. One was in a bulkhead 1A seat with limited legroom on a minia
43 Atrude777 : American Connection/RegionsAir Bae Jetstream 32 Alex
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