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The Best Unscheduled Aircraft Swap  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5739 times:

Of course, I'm referring to a scenario when you get to the gate, knowing in advance that you'll be flying on a 727 for instance, and a 757 pulls up...something unexpected.

For me, it was in March 2001. My friend Jeff and I were flying back up to Boston from New Orleans after Spring Break came to an end. We were on Delta's 6:00pm flight to ATL, connecting to BOS. MSY-ATL was scheduled to be a 757, which isn't too shabby, but low and behold, a 767-400 pulled up the the gate. It was a surreal flight....not very full, we each had a whole row to ourselves....and the flashes of lightning every now and then outside added to the "mystique" of it. Certainly, one of my most memorable flights ever.

What about for you guys/gals?

Steve in N.O

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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5698 times:

i once got on a Star Airlines A320 instead of the scheduled AF A320 on a flight from CDG to MAD (equipment substitution).
Although the seat pitch was knee-crunchingly small, I enjoyed travelling on a fairly small French charter airline, which doesn't operate to my home country.

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User currently offlineCaptaink From Grenada, joined May 2001, 5119 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5673 times:

I got and MD-83 instead of a Dash 8 once from Grenada to Trinidad on BWIA.. Was a nice 15 minute flight.  Smile

I got a B757 instead of a B737 from MIA to SJU on AA recently.

There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineMas a330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5622 times:

Not to say the best, but its my only aircraft swap.

Airbus 332 for 772 on EK

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5612 times:

When instead of the regular A321 or A300 suddenly I was boarding a A340 on a short hop from FRA-MUC. Now that was a difference in noise protection and seat comfort!

User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 391 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5605 times:

Mine was supposed to be a PIA A300 on a domestic leg in 2001 turned out to be a 747-300.

.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7809 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5606 times:
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Not flown but a couple of the best swaps here I can remember was a LaTur A300 in place of an American Trans Air L1011 operating to MAN around 25th September 1992 (can't remember if it was from JFK or MCO) and an Air New Zealand DC10 operating a BA MAN-JFK service either in 1979 or 1980 .


[Edited 2003-07-14 17:06:29]

User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2626 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Worst Swap

Was scheduled on a UAL 777 from ORD to EWR. Switched to a 733, as the 777 stayed in EWR after arriving from LHR the previous day  Sad

Direct KNOBS, maintain 2700' until established on the localizer, cleared ILS runway 26 left approach.
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

Midwest Express: May, 2000. . .DEN-MLW DC-9-10 swapped for an MD-80. . .I was not happy at all.

Ding! You are now free to keep supporting Frontier.
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5451 times:

My favorite swap was from Cancun to Mexico City. It was supposed to be a 757 but we got a 727 instead.

Another time was a United Shuttle flight from LAX to SFO. Instead of the usual 737, we got a 767.

One swap I wasn't too excited about was a IL-62 for a YAK-42D on Cubana. I love the IL-62 but I knew this would be the one opportunity to fly on a YAK-42D. This was Havana back to Cancun.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineLubicon From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5408 times:

Although I wasn't on this flight, I heard of this one. On a scheduled Air Canada flight they swapped the regular plane for an Air Canada Jetz 737. For those that don't know, AC Jetz is a corporate charter division of Air Canada, used mainly by sports teams. The plans is configured with 48 business class seats, thats it, no economy. Everyone on that plane got 'upgraded' that day.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

I was flying from New York to Moscow, and a not exteremly exciting swap (I had flown on it before, but didn't remeber much) was an A310 for a 767.

What now?
User currently offlineCaetravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 922 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

I think I have had several aircraft swaps in my years of travelling, but only this one stands out.

The L1011 is the aircraft that began my love affair with Delta. I had not ever flown on one, but as a kid, it was the L1011s parked in ATL whenever my family would drive past that I thought were gorgeous. This was as a kid of 10 years old, and continues to this day.

Anyway, I had been flying back and forth between CAE - ORD via ATL on a regular basis for 9 months, and the largest aircraft scheduled on that route was the 767 (certainly nothing to complain about for me, I love that one too). Anyway, on my LAST flight home from ORD, early one Sat morning, with all of the stuff from my corporate apartment packed up, I arrived at the airport early, checked in, only to see an L1011 sitting at the gate instead of the scheduled 767. I was ecstatic, and of course being Gold Medallion (this was 1996), I got upgraded to first on a relatively empty flight. It was amazing. Will never forget it.


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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11588 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

I was positively surprised when instead of the scheduled 777 a 747-400 was used for a flight from SIN-Hongkong a few years back.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5331 times:

JAL 762 iso a 773
MAS 744 iso 772
Biman 310 iso loaded AB4 (maybe CRS error)
KU 340 on KWI-FRA-GVA iso a 772

The above mentioned are unexpected or short notice equipment changes only

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User currently offlineSq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1812 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5303 times:

SQ MNL-SIN...expecting an A340 and got a B747-400 instead with the then new Ultimo Biz Class seats...great flight!

BG KTM-DAC...scheduled F-28 4000 but got an A310-300 instead...much bettwe ride...another time switch from a F-28 4000 and got a DC 10

TG BKK-DAC...rather than an A300 I got a MD-11...great ride!

QF MNL-SYD...B767-300 written in the timetable but I get to the check in counter and I found out that a B747SP classic was waiting for me at the gate! I was so glad I got to ride on the classic before i was retired!

Keep Discovering
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1015 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

In 1995 I went to visit a mate in Milan .I got a cheap flight from LGW to MXP. The ticket showed I was flying TEA, so I was expecting a 737 -300 Instead we got a Meridiana MD83 with the TEA logo on the tail

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On the return I was expecting the MD83 and instead got an unmarked all white BAe 146 with an English flight crew.
The agency I booked the ticket through closed a couple of months later.

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User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5243 times:

I've personally not had an aircraft substitute, but about five years ago my parents were due to fly Manchester-Gerona and had their boring Airtours 757 go tech and instead got an Air Plus Comet A310. I was most envious when I heard!

Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineDEECEE8 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5190 times:

In 1986 I was to scheduled to fly from PMI ( Palma de Mallorca ) to DUS ( Dusseldorf ) aboard an Aviaco DC-9. When we were taken out to the aircraft by bus I was excited to see that it was an Iberia B 727-200..the name painted on the nose was " Jerez Xeres Sherry " --forgive me if I mispell-- I'm not sure if Iberia still names their aircraft. The plus here was I was assigned to seat 3 A....Business Class...it was a great flight back to DUS.

Another memorable time was on a flight from TXL ( Berlin Tegel ) to Frankfurt it was scheduled as a Pam Am B 727-200, but after arrival at the gate I was excited to see they had substitued an A310 - Clipper Hamburg -

And one last time was a flight I was to take MUC to DUS on Lufthansa. It was scheduled as a B 737-200. When I arrived it had been replaced with a B 727-200 - City of Hildesheim- I always enjoyed my times on the 727.

User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5103 times:

KLM 747-400 from LHR to AMS (this is a long time ago, somewhere in July '98) should have been a 737. Afterward I continued to Seoul on a 747-300 Combi. I asked the stewardess about the 747 service from LHR and she told me that there was no other aircraft available at that moment.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8656 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

Air Inter Orly to Quimper 1990: Caravelle (only one painted in n/c) instead of an A320. Do I win a prize?

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User currently onlineHeavierthanair From Switzerland, joined Oct 2000, 1010 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5036 times:


A recent flight on LH from MXP to FRA was supposed to be an A 321, but it was an A 300. My seat was up front, window on the left, which is my preferred place to be with the 2 across seating on the A 320 series. On the A 300 seating is economy, even though LH "sells" the front section as business. Well, there is a curtain and you get magazines. While the A 300 has 2-4-2 seating, kind of a 2 across seating , the A 300 dia gets very narrow up front, and so do the seats. A marginal economy seat for a full C fare. The crew - and most other seats were occupied by subloads - thought nothing about this, LH, thank you for your consideration.

No newpapers though on the red eye special 7 AM flight - I have alway wondered why, the shops at the airport all have the latest edition of all the local newspapers, and the Harald Trib is printed locally and thus also available. $$ ?

To compensate though they tried two different approaches into FRA, both from the east, in good visibility, with the first faaar toooo high though, so they had to try once more. No explanation as to why though. LH, thanks again.



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User currently offlineFlynboy747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4935 times:

I was supposed to be on a US Airways 767 from PHL to NAS but the plane was downgraded to a 757. This was a disappointment because I had just flown in on a 757 to PHL and I wanted to fly on a different airplane. The funny thing is, I was on the same 757 I had just gotten off of.

User currently offlineHAJ_OW From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4895 times:

Hello there,

I had two nice changes.

In 1994 I had the change from 737 to Fokker 28 on a Sabena flight from BRU to LYS. The 737 was grounded due to problems with the brakes. It was a 4 hour delay and I almost missed the ship for the river cruise I was booked on. But it was my only Fokker 28 flight so far. It was a Sabena flight operated by TAT.
The return flight was the sheduled 737 but the flight was operated by Aigle Azur with a former Hapag Lloyd 737-200.
The other real change was a Swiss MD83 instead of an Avro 100 on DUB-ZRH last year. Pretty nice as I like flying the MD80s and have flown so often on Avros.


User currently offlineStandby87 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

It was just before I joined the airline, but after the terrible British Airtours B737-200 accident in Manchester in 1985, BA stuck Concorde on some domestic services whilst its own 737s were being checked. A friend managed to get to Newcastle on it from Heathrow. I think many BA staff took advantage.

In my own time, I flew Heathrow-Manchester in 1989 knowing in advance the flight had been upgraded to Concorde (from a 757) for the opening of the new terminal. 60 bloody quid it was - the most expensive air ticket I'd ever bought at that time!

That was when the Shuttle really was "turn up and take off" and BA kept a backup aircraft in case the "front-runner" got full.

Jeez, times change...

25 Post contains images Briboy : Well... I was flying allot between Toronto & Vancouver at the time -- allot. Usually on worn out ex-CP 767's. I arrive for my flight... overbooked...
26 FrequentFlyKid : LAX-IAH redeye on Continental. Scheduled 757-200 was downgraded to an MD-80. Oversold and was weight restricted two seats. To add to the misery we rod
27 Ba319-131 : I've had 236 flights since June'92. None have had an equipment change! I'm not sure if thats good or bad luck!
28 BillElliott9 : Couple years ago OMA-MKE on YX. Substitued their sports charter DC-9-30 for a DC-9-14. The seating was awesome; essentially every row had exit row (pl
29 MEA-707 : had mainly disappointing swaps. March 1993 the first A-340 Lufthansa tested on Athens-FRA broke so they sent the A-300 instead. grrr Feb 1995 the MEA
30 747buff : NW, LAX-MSP in July 1999, was scheduled for a DC-10, actual plane was a 747-100 (and to boot, it was N601US, NW's first 747!)
31 Rongotai : All of these = first Britannia 757 for an Air NZ 737 CHC-AKL Air Malta 737 for an Air NZ 737 WLG-CHC Air Nauru 737 for an Air NZ 737 WLG-CHC Royal Br
32 Redngold : Piedmont 737-200 -- weather cancellation -- bumped to --> Eastern 727-200 cancelled due to overbooking from Piedmont transfers... ---> Eastern Airline
33 Viflyer : Mine would have to be when I picked up an overtime trip in LAX. Seat map showed 757, got to the gate late only to noticed that they weren't even board
34 Elwood64151 : Flying NJ from ATL-MCI, I arrived at the gate expecting a 737-200-19, and found an MD-87 (which had ever-so-slightly more leg room in the bulkhead bus
35 StevenUhl777 : I wasn't sure what the original a/c type was supposed to have been, but when my Dad and I moved his father from Chicago to SF, we caught a UAL redeye
36 Chepos : A summer some time ago I was flying between SJU and MCO on AA the flight was scheduled to be a 722 but when I arrived at the gate the A300 was going t
37 Cptkrell : Back in the early 70's before DTW had 747 service, my friend and I flew to ORD specifically to get an AA 747 ride to LAX. We refused to get on the sub
38 CMK10 : I never really got anything that good. In 1996 flying from LAX to JFK our 762 went out of service and we got a 767-300 but it was called a 767-323 by
39 Jcs17 : Bad substitution: MKE-DFW Midwest Express April '03, DC9-30 instead of the previously scheduled -10. What made it even worse was the fact that I later
40 2cn : For me it was a flight on Delta between I believe ATL and Philly? or might have been Pitsburgh.. not sure which one of the two.. anyways, the schedule
41 Post contains links and images Jhooper : During it's final weeks, Delta L-1011s were substitued regularly for odd routes. Here's one in IAH that I wish I had known about; I would have jumped
42 Noelg : The best one for me was AC YYZ-LHR in November 2000, scheduled to be a 744, when lo and behold an A330 turned up at the gate! One of my best flights -
43 Hoons90 : In Apr 2002, I was supposed to fly in a Korean Air A330, but due to over-booking, they put us on a B747-400. It was not good or bad. But I prefer the
44 Tekelberry : Midwest Express: May, 2000. . .DEN-MLW DC-9-10 swapped for an MD-80. . .I was not happy at all. I assume you were trying to say Milwaukee. Their 3 let
45 Sk : The most surprising aircraft change - a few years ago I wanted to fly DUS-FRA (standby). The first flight (Airbus 300) was full - so I went to the gat
46 Mike77 : I've only had two flights in which the aircraft types were switched last minute, one good and one bad: The worst: In June 1992, I was scheduled to fly
47 Voodoo : 2 examples, related by sheer co-incidence to Aer Lingus. When I was a kid we were going from Antigua to Trinidad was expecting the BWIA 727-100,,,norm
48 Parisien : On EK from Dubai to CGK, a 777 300 instead of the scheduled 777 200, my frist time on the wonderfully loooong aircraft. On UA from SFO to LAX, a 757 i
49 Post contains links and images Gulfair : February 2003, MEL - CBR Flight was supposed to be a Qantas 737-400, instead we had a pleasant surprise when we saw a BAE 146-300 parked there. It was
50 Unique : My best aircraft change was from the scheduled B767 to the B707 (Air Zimbabwe). I was veeeeery pleased! Another nice "swap" was a denied boarding of a
51 Post contains images BlueShamu330s : Imagine the scene one day at MAN; Gate 28, the gate area adorned with balloons, models of a shiny 757 and a brass quintet. Air 2000 personnel buzzing
52 Post contains images Leezyjet : MAN-PMI. Expecting BY 762, looking forward to it as it was the first widebody a/c I'd been on. Arrived at airport to be told we were actually going on
53 DeltAirlines : Only a few times has this happened to me. The best was in the late 1980s, the scheduled CO DC-9 or 727 (forget which one) was swapped for a 737-100 on
54 BFR : On a recent Qantas flight to Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) i was expecting a 763 and not only was there a 743 at the gate... it just happened to be Nal
55 Aviasian : Favourite Swaps: Expecting Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie TU-134 for Rome-FCO to Prague, an Ilyushin IL-18 turned up!!! Most disappointing Swap: Expecting a
56 UA777lover : Air Canada from YYC-YVR. Was supposed to be a DC-9, and was switched at the last minute to a A340 for repositioning. I was one of 30 people in the eco
57 XXXX10 : I don't know if this is true-it was told to me when I used to work at LHR A BA flight LHR-TLV was severely delayed for technical reasons it was either
58 Mas777 : I often find the best switches tend to happen during the busy holidays... 1984 - SQ 743 KUL-SIN instead of a 757. Also got 'upgraded' into a Business
59 By738 : Back in the 80's we used to only get Britannia 737-200's at Glasgow, but on one flight , expecting to fly a 732 we got a 767-200, which were very rare
60 Musang : IN 1977 a Sabena 707 LHR - BRU instead of the 737, which would have been a repeat. ATH - LGW a few years ago, a Macedonian Airlines 727 instead of the
61 Randy4920 : In August of 2001, I was flying Continental from EWR-FLL. Was scheduled on a domestic configured 757-200, once on board the plane I realized I was on
62 Rafabozzolla : April 1998, flight was GIG-BCN with a change of plane in MAD (same flight number). Should be an M87 for the MAD-BCN leg, instead we flew the same A340
63 MSYtristar : Most dissapointing one for me happened in November, 2000..... ATL-BOS scheduled to be a Delta L1011-1....last minute equipment swap from one L10 to tw
64 Vafi88 : I got the 767 N606UA instead of my scheduled 777....No worries, The oldest 767 flying is the way to go...since I had a 777 on the return Trip (DEN-LAX
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