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Anyone Taken A Flight Due To The Aircraft Type?  
User currently offlineMike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

Has anyone bought a ticket on a flight, just because it was a type of plane you really wanted to fly on? I am tempted to, eventhough it seems kind of silly. I really want to fly on a UA 747 before they are removed from service completely. I also want to try an MD-11 and an L-1011, if I can find one anywhere. I have been on most aircraft types, but the MD-11 has always eluded me. And I have been on L-1011's, but not in several years.

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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6396 times:
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I once was flying to SFO from DTW on NWA and took the routing via MSP as it was on a 747-400 and the sold the upper deck business seats as coach so I took the connection instead of the nonstop.

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User currently offlineIndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6393 times:

Plenty of times... I choose DL to NRT (when the fare was cheap ex-DTW, which rarely happens) because I wanted to fly on the MD-11... I'll fly Crapinental to MCO because I want to be on the B764 flight from IAH... when I fly to LAX in a couple weeks, I'll sit at DFW for three hours / three LAX flights so I can be on the B777... I could go on  Smile.

User currently offlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 854 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6388 times:

Back in 1996, I went to YVR for an interview with Air Canada. My father, who was an AC employee, booked me on one of his passes.
On the return flight from YVR-YYZ, he had me booked on a 762 flight, but I got him to change it to a later flight so I could fly for the first time on a 744.
I even got to sit in the upper deck.
Very nice experience.


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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2153 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6376 times:

When UA was getting rid of their DC-10s and had only about 5 or so remaining, one day I pulled up the routing for them. One was going ORD-SEA and had plenty of room in First Class, so I decided to go to SEA for the day. That day I decided I was going wherever the DC-10 was going, and that was that. I really didn't care less where I was going to end up. I don't really track routings anymore since UA's entire fleet is a pile of boring cookie cutter twinjets these days. Sad

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

Yep...last March, I flew PHL-PIT-PHL on a US Airways A330-300 and returned on an AirTran 717 with a 2 hour layover in PIT...the total cost of the trip was $84.00 (FL's being on the PHL-PIT route at the time meant fares were dirt cheap on both US and FL and I did it because it was a rare opportunity to fly on the A330, as it was a one-time repositioning flight to PIT...at that time the A330 was the only type of US mainline aircraft that I hadnt flown and I didnt really see any other opportunities coming in the near future...and of course getting to experience AirTran was an added bonus as well...

A few weeks ago I flew FLL-JFK-FLL in 1 day with a 4 hour layover at JFK, heading up on a Song 757 and back on a jetBlue A320...I did that trip, not really for the type of aircraft, but for the airlines involved...I really wanted to experience both Song and jetBlue...the TR is around in the TR forum if you'd like to read it...


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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

The ever elusive MD11.. Never got on one before American sold them. Trying to get on a Delta one but it never comes together. I've always wanted to visit Zurich to spend a few days at the airport and to fly a Swiss MD11 before they're gone, but seems like every time I want to book something solid from the US, it's an A332  Angry

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User currently offlineWMUPilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 1473 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6369 times:

I non-revved on ATA LAX-CUN just to get on our L-1011's

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User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6347 times:

I ALWAYS chose based on aircraft type, and window seats available. I prefer the 777 or 744 because they are the largest and widest. I flew to HKG one year just to have my first ride on a 747.


User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6337 times:

Sure have.

Flew Kagoshima--Okinerabu last month so that I could fly (again) on a YS-11.

User currently offlineChicago757 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6298 times:

Thats ALL I base booking on. I don't care whether or not its more expenisve....I only care about the plane and GETTING A WINDOW SEAT NEXT TO THE TRAILING EDGE FLAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Thats a must!)


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User currently offlineFlybynight From Norway, joined Jul 2003, 1266 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6291 times:

Best thing about the internet is being able to look up the airlines' schedules and pick the plane you want to be on. I try to stick w/ United, and I always look for 777's, 767's and 747's first and foremost. It is just cool to be on widebodies, plus they are likely to be less full

Heia Norge!
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6277 times:

Several times. For transcons and transats, I like the 762/763....you are almost guaranteed a good seat.

I also seek out the AC 333 due to their new seats which are comfortable beyond belief.

I booked an AC L10 flight over a more convenient one in 1995 to get on the soon-to-be-retired L10.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineUA777lover From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6273 times:
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I always book based on aircraft type. Let's face it, would you rather fly from SFO-IAD in a 777/767 or on a 319/320? Wide bodies rule, and thankfully United flies the planes I love.

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6272 times:

I took Delta from DTW-MCO with a stop in Atlanta instead of flying direct DTW-MCO on NW or Spirit so I could fly on a Delta MD-11 (ATL-MCO) and a 764 (MCO-ATL) but the MD-11 flight got subbed with a 764 too.

User currently offlineIloveBOI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6268 times:

When I needed to fly SEA-BOI, I decided to go through portland so I could ride on the Horizon Air Dash-8 Q400 for the first time.

I  Love BOI

User currently offlineTpowaleny From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6248 times:

Did a run from JAX to BNA prior to 727s retirement just for the memories, and did the same thing, MCO-ATL for my first and last flights on an MD11 (most likely). Those were my only reasons.

User currently offlineJupiter2 From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 1021 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Always try to base flights around particular aircraft, however have also based a whole trip to South Africa to fly on a DC6.
Saw a photo in a JP's of the Namibia Commercial Aviation DC6, great photo, but the really interesting part was the faces you could see in the windows. Some research lead to a 3 week trip to HKG/SIN/JNB/HRE/VFA/WDH with side trips to Krueger and Chobe national parks so we could fly from Victoria Falls to Windhoek on the DC6 which was doing scheduled flights on the route for Air Namibia. We also had a bonus on the trip, flying a Nationwide 727-100 from JNB to HRE due to a pilots strike at Air Zimbabwe.
Great trip.

User currently offlinePaulianer From Germany, joined Jul 2002, 875 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6205 times:

Yes I do some times  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

When I'm travelling for holidays or spotting purpose I'll choose flights schedulded with equipment I haven't flown with yet or really want to fly... A319 instead of 737-300 for example  Smile


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User currently offlineKing penguin From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6173 times:


Just a couple of weeks ago I flew AC from YWG to YYZ, but not on one of the many non-stops. Instead, I went YWG-YQT-YYZ, to get a Dash 8-100 on the first leg (simply because I like them), and a CRJ 200 on the second (because I hadn't flown on one yet).

Last year I did YWG-YVR, again on AC (Jazz), again avoiding the non-stops and going over YXE each way. This got me one segment on a Dash 8-100, and three on the F28 -- another type I'd never been on, which AC were soon to retire.

My colleagues at work are becoming ever more convinced of my eccentricity...



User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6141 times:

I took the flight from LAX-MCO on a 757-200 on AA just so I could fly a different airplane that I have never been on before.

"Keep Climbing"
User currently offline2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6130 times:

When Delta was running all those 777 charters to HNL, nonrevd back to ATL (going lax to slc to sea to atl to get back there!) to hop on the flight between ATL and LAX (was wide open, think semi charter/posistioning flight).. was nice to finally fly on that bird. I only wish Delta would exchange a 777 on my flight to NRT in two weeks instead of starting in January.

User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6118 times:

Grabbed a TWA flight on a 757 from STL-IND. Picked that flight because I had never been on a 757 before. When my stepfather picked me up he said "didnt southwest have one come in from St. Louis 45 mins ago, why didnt you fly that one so I could get you home quicker"......he obviously doesnt understand my obsession with planes.

User currently offlineGoing64 From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Amsterdam-Paris CDG. You fly approx. 45 minutes in a Varig 777! (and only 35 euros one way.....)

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4639 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6095 times:

I'm like that too, unlike the rest of my family. I always choose my flight according to what aircraft TYPE it is instead of the time of arrival and departure. I've always wanted to fly on 727's eventhough I had been on quite a few of them before, because I knew they would all be gone in the near future. What I mean is, whenever I had to book a flight first thing I looked at is: "Can I get a 727? Yes or No". It was that simple, regardless of the schedule, up until now. Of course I'm still interested to know what aircraft type I'll be on when I book a flight but I'm not as frustrated anymore, as I was in the past, because at least I know there are no more 727's. That's the main thing (knowing there are no more 727's), I feel better now. There is no aircraft type I don't like, I enjoy flying on all of them, the only thing that would make me upset is not doing anything to get a 727 when I had the possibility to do so.
Last year ,I flew within one evening, MIA-TPA-MIA, just to be on the last flight on the 727 with American Airlines. I was on holiday in Fort Lauderdale, I had absolutely nothing to do in Tampa, I drove to Miami Int'l Airport only for that final flight.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium

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25 Post contains images Thunder9 : Yes... My wife & I and another couple flew Non-Rev BDL-MIA-MBJ. A few days later, we added a leg, so we flew MBJ-MIA-JFK-BDL so that we could hop on t
26 Ryangooner : I would say i do this everytime where possible and probably amounts to 7 outa 10 flights i do this. i have had countless arguments with travel agents
27 Swissgabe : Of course. I was able to get on the SAA 74L on the JNB-ZRH and this was for sure not the only flight. I also went on the DL1011, JAL Dc10 and I always
28 Srilankan_340 : Sure, many times.... I booked on an Jet Airways flight late at night (which meant staying overnight at MAA for my BA the next morning) to fly the ATR
29 Paulc : Flew Vancouver to Seattle with Air BC just to get on A DHC 7 (1989)
30 Sabena 690 : Instead of flying LHR-MAN-DUB and back, I flew LHR-EDI-DUB and back to be on the BA B752 and the FR B732. Regards Frederic
31 Dispatch : Losts of times. My personal best is on United back in 1974, SEA - DCA with stops in SFO - LAX - PIT - ORD. This way I got on DC-8-32, 727-22, DC-10-10
32 Pe@rson : My lastest example was flying LHR-CAI-LHR with BA aboard its B744. I could have flown with MS aboard its 772, which would have saved me £2/3. But I c
33 LPL : I'll be taking a flight with Euromanx to fly on their Beech1900's.
34 Sabena332 : In December last year I flew DUB-PIK-STN to get the 737-200 (FR) and STN-DTM to get the 737-400 (AB). In February this year I flew CPT-JNB to get the
35 United_Fan : I flew on Delta 727 ROC-ATL-ROC on March 9th . I even got first class on the way down due to coach being overbooked. Sure miss the 727..........
36 Godbless : I check on the a/c used on every flight I book. If I have the chance to get a new plane (i.e. one I have not flown on yet) than I'll try to take that
37 AA61hvy : My buddy and I took AA 777 from DFW-ORD specifically to fly the 777 (this was right when AA got the 777). We looked around ORD and came right back to
38 Ryangooner : just booked my hols this year in fact! LHR - BKK but i dont want to go direct with Thai , Singapore, Qantas, BA etc... oh no £200 cheaper than these
39 Dvk : I did so in March on a trip to San Diego. I chose a flight that allowed me to connect at DFW and fly an MD90.
40 Tsv : In answer to the original question - "Nearly.". In early 2001 I was in the middle of my usual fortnightly trip with Ansett and was sitting in Brisbane
41 Post contains images USAIRWAYS321 : Hopefully here in the next week or so, I'll be taking a 'non-rev day-trip' to Columbia, SC just to fly on US Airways Express. It's been so long since
42 Tu144d : Sure I have. Last year I needed to fly from ORD to SJU. I snubbed the usual direct American Airlines flight on a 757 in favor of widebody Delta 767-30
43 ModernArt : A few of mine... 1978 San Antonio-JFK for an Eastern L10 1982 San Antonio-JFK for an Eastern AB3 (roundtrip w/stops at IAH) 1983 Atlanta-San Antonio f
44 AZO : In summer of 2000 I flew NW ANC-MSP-DTW instead of ANC-DTW (direct) or ANC-SEA-DTW (cheapest) so I could fly the DC-10 ANC-MSP.
45 Flpuck6 : In the summer of 1997, I flew with a group to France. The round trip ticket included in the price of the program was JFK-CDG-JFK on Air France. BUT be
46 BOEING747400 : I always like to choose a 744 or 772 or 773 or 345 or 346 or M11. So I'm always checking with the travel agents on the equipment used prior to decidin
47 Capt078 : absolutely! you know you are an aviation ethusiast when you book your flights depending on the plane (sometimes as a great inconvenience). don't you h
48 Rafabozzolla : Of course!!! My main criteria is price, but when tickets cost the same I go for plane type. Last summer flying from Milan to Barcelona I could choose
49 Skymileman : Guilty! I book my trips like that all the time. In summer 2001, I flew From Billings to Syracuse, NY and back. On the way there, I flew BIL-SLC-CVG-SY
50 Andersjt : Most of my itineraries are based on aircraft type where I have a choice. My first time on a 777, I extended my connecting time in DEN to get one of th
51 Stefandotde : Yes, i did. But it was a long trip - more than 20 hours. And i also had lot of discussions with the airline concerning the seat number. They wanted to
52 Ned Kelly : Yep, try to do it whenever I book a flight. Last December whilst in Sydney I booked a 3 day trip up to Cairns. I deliberately booked the Qantas flight
53 Stefandotde : And when i'm flying economy-class i would chose a 330, 340 or 767 - wouldn't fly the 747 - very bad seat-configuration.
54 CcrlR : I went DFW-HOU-DFW on a CRJ-700 cause I wanted to ride the CRJ and I like that Aircraft. It was a nice ride too. That's what I do when I ride somewher
55 Searpqx : Lots of times. Even chose two connections over a non-stop so I could get a new plane and carrier. Flew LAS-LAX-SFO-SEA so I could catch PA 747 on the
56 Post contains images Airdolomiti : It's one of my priorities every time I fly somewhere. 2 years ago I chose Air France to fly to LAX, just so I could fly on the 777. Last year, coming
57 Jeffie813 : all the time...back when DL was flying the tristar i would only leave PBI when there was a tristar flight, which of course meant that i was always con
58 Post contains images Trickijedi : I used to pick my flights based on aircraft type a lot more so back then I than I do now. Nowadays, it's more a matter of convenience and sometimes wh
59 Vimanav : Most definitely yes!!! While most of my flights are chosen by this criteria, I am desperately trying to organize a routing (European) that would get m
60 Western737 : Yes, I always try to avoid any A320 family flights since they have tiny seat windows that give me limit of view!
61 ConcordeBoy : Aside from safety, fleet-type-utilized is my #1 criterion for choosing an airline... will always seek out airlines which operate twinjets on their lon
62 CMK10 : Last year I had to go down to Washington and I specifically took the USAirways Shuttle and the more expensive 9 AM Shuttle only because it was being f
63 Ssides : This is probably common but when scheduling my flights to ABI I will generally take an extra hour layover to fly on an ERJ rather than a SF3 turboprop
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