ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7961 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9782 times:
I've flown over 50 round trips over the North Atlantic myself. My very first flight back in 1974 was with an AC DC8 from DUS-YYZ.
I fly regularly between Canada and Germany and have flown with various airlines and types of aircraft almost always in econ class, unless I get a free upgrade.
Airlines that I have flown over the pond with include:
AC, BA, KL, LH, CP, TS, LT, DE, 2T, NW.
Aircraft that I have flown over the pond with include:
A330, A340, B757, B767, B747, DC8, DC10, L1011, MD11
My last flight was last Wednesday with a DE B763 from FRA-YVR.
In all these years, the scenery still amazes me, over Greenland and Northern Canada, especially in the summer months. But the best feeling, is when one flies eastbound, the sun rises usually over the east coast of Greenland (depending on the time of year and departure of course), and then the smell of coffee and breakfast being prepared. Then coming over Scotland, over the North Sea and over Mainland Europe.
My most memorable flight was with Canada3000 back in the summer of 1996. The routing was DUS-KEF-YYC-YVR and back. I really enjoyed that trip simply becuase of the fuel stop in KEF (aircraft was a B757), since it was almost the halfway point between DUS and YYC, it was nice to have an hours time to stretch your legs in the terminal.
Another memorable experience was back in the spring of 1989. I was coming back from FRA-YYZ on a LH B742. This was my first B747 flight, but what was really cool was that mid-way over the Atlantic, there was a Wardair A310 just off to our right side and just above us. We flew almost in perfect formation over the rest of the Atlantic. And it turned out that that A310 (coming in from LGW as I later found out), was our aircraft to take us from YYZ-YYC-YVR later that day.
Personally, out of my experiences, I enjoy KL's service the most. This followed by AC, LH and BA. TS and LT are by far my least favourite.
BHXDTW From Eritrea, joined Feb 2005, 1104 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9770 times:
ACDC8 really sums up transatlantic crossings well..
I havent had the wealth of experience that ACDC8 has but my first crossing was a Worldways Tristar... as I remember I was 6 at the time and my canadian mother was taking my brother and I and my grandmother back to Ontario for 3 weeks.. I was most upset that I wouldnt be seeing my dad for 3 weeks and it was compounded by the fact that I had centre seats and couldnt wave to my dad who was at the observation field..
I remember crying and the nice flight attendant allowed me to sit in a free window row so I could try and see my dad waving...such nice hospitality.
I returned on a nice DC8 with worldways also. the routing was BHXYYZBHX
Since then I have flown with BA/VS/AA/VZ
Most of them being from BHX to JFK on 757'S... That was a nice route also, I was particularly fond of those trips.
Nowadays I mostly fly in and out of DTW which is also nice on the 777's/767's
Sometimes I fly VS into JFK spend a few nights with family then fly up with NK into D town from LGA.
I really hope you enjoy any futute trips you have planned !
And as ACDC8 rightly points out.. waking up to the morning sun and the smell of fresh coffee.. thats one of the best parts of the trip !
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9748 times:
Quoting BHXDTW (Reply 4): Hahaha charters from DTW to AGP ... now theres something I never thought Id hear...how was that flight ?
Was spain a big charter destination in the 70's from DTW/midwest america ?
I don't know how big of a destination it was from Detroit, I was only 9 years old at the time.
I remember it being a AFA and leaving near mid-night. This and my non-rev trip on Icelandair were the only two narrow body flights I took accross the pond.
We stayed at the Marbella Hilton (don't know if it is still there) with a huge group of Detroiters, and did a lot of tourist stuff. I'd love to post some pics but they are all old instamatic shots...lol
YULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9741 times:
My first Crossing was from Montréal (YMX) to AMS summer 1979 was 13 than
B747-100 probably the movie was superman was great for a kid
2 years ago i went to Paris on business Did YUL-CDG B777 to and A343 back both were great but there is something special about the T7 i notice the slow climb of the 343 but both flight were perfect... AF service in coach was great the food is good and if ask you could get real champagne... Both plane had PTV, games Etc...
Dimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9730 times:
my first was last september on Northwest Airlines. DTW to AMS. It was on an airbus A330, and the AVOD saved me. I forgot my ipod on my desk and was completely bummed out!! but there was a GREAT selection of music on there, and it kept me busy.
i was stuck back in coach, but the flight wasnt too bad. the food was ok on the way over, on the way back i got stuck with the vegitarian meal.
nothing beat the KLM ham sandwich on the flight from AMS to HAJ tho!
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
LawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9701 times:
My first Transatlantic was when I was a few months old on an Air 2000 757, but I dont remember much of that flight obviously .
My first Transatlantic flight that I remember was on a DL 763 MAN-ATL. Very nice flight, there's something inspiring about flying across the Atlantic. Also the return leg, ATL-MAN was a night flight for most of the way, but it really was worth it as the sunrises are stunning!
My most recent Transatlantic was on a UA 772 JFK-LHR, again, a great sunrise and a really pleasant atmosphere in the cabin. Can't wait for my next Transatlantic now!
Stormbringer From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9678 times:
YVR - LGW via Air Transat on a dodgy L-1011 with a grumpy bunch of FAs. Ran out of coffee, the food was barely edible, and we refuelled twice with long waits each time. The total trip time was more like a transpacific flight. Arrived sore, tired, starving. The trip home was made better only by bringing alot of food onboard with us.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7961 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9677 times:
Quoting Stormbringer (Reply 19): YVR - LGW via Air Transat on a dodgy L-1011 with a grumpy bunch of FAs. Ran out of coffee, the food was barely edible, and we refuelled twice with long waits each time. The total trip time was more like a transpacific flight. Arrived sore, tired, starving. The trip home was made better only by bringing alot of food onboard with us.
LOL! Flew with them back in 1998 from YVR-AMS with the L1011. The seats were harder and smaller then in a Dash 8. By far the most rudest, arrogant F/A's I've ever had to listen to. Dinner was OK, but the "snack" we got before we ended up in AMS was a joke.
Thats what I said back then, but I ended up on one of their A332's this past May to FRA. Service improved somewhat, but the seats and legroom is disgusting. I gave them another shot, but this time I hope I never have to endure another Trans-Atlantic crossing on board one of their A/C.