OmShanti From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2711 times:
so, which flight experience will you cherish for the rest of your life and what made it so.
For me, it was on VS747, upgraded to First from Economy and sat first seat behind the cockpit and chatted to the Captain for a few minutes and he was nice enough to show me the cockpit--then made a friend and chilled at the bar with the coolest FA.. No Joke, we were still sitting at the bar when the Capt. came and mentioned the landing soon.
The whole experience was out of this world and the sad thing was the six-hour flight seemed to end in just six seconds. Love to hear your experiences.
ScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Back in July 1998 on a Canada 3000 A332, C-GGWA, GLA-YYZ. The first flight I took that I can remember. I loved everything from the trip to the cockpit, where I had a good talk with the flight crew, to the food and loved the 2-4-2, meant it was just my Dad and I in 2 seats, no hassle for toilet trips! The landing was soooper smooth and got around of applause and a cheer! The A330 was and is a great aircraft, I have a bit of a soft spot for it now as it was the aircraft that operated that WONDERFUL FLIGHT!! memories!
That flight got me hooked on aviation and hooked on the idea of being a pilot, and that is still my aim and I'm still hooked!
Teva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1877 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2644 times:
It was in Oct 2000, on a return trip to BOM with Swissair.
The arrival of my CDG-ZRH has been delayed by Swiss ATC. Even if the screens on board confirmed that my connection was granted, I had to run in the ZRH terminal.
I was booked in business. The check-in agent was upgrading to business passengers using their FF miles. When I give her my ticket, she loses her smile, and she starts typing very nervously on her keyboard. (she probably overlooked the msg about my connection, and gave all the businees seats)
Then, after a few seconds, I see the smile again, she gives me my boarding pass saying only "have a nice flight". It's only when I reach the gate that I discover a F on my card.
The service was superb. It was a MD11, so I received a portable DVD player for the flight. Food and wines were great, and the bed very comfortable.
Now , let me tell you about my best flight. It is the return trip:
To avoid any problem, I arrived ealy at the airport. Iget get my tboarding pass in C, and wait in the very nice lounge.
Just before the boarding, there is an annoucement asking me to contact a Swissair agent at the gate. I am very surprised and worried. Is the flight overbooked? Are they going to dongrade me, or to bump me?
When I reach the gate, the agent asks for my boarding pass.... And gives me a new one , with the same letter F !!!
I still don't know the reason for my upgrade, but that was really great. Same DVD player, bed, good food (including caviar) and what makes this flight so nice for me: my first Bordeaux 1er grand cru classe, a Chateau Trotte-vieille. A taste I will never forget.
Ecoute les orgues, Elles jouent pour toi...C'est le requiem pour un con
TedStriker From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2615 times:
The short answer is any flight on which I get to turn left!
Similar to Omshanti's experience on Virgin Atlantic I got moved at the gate from a window seat in row 50 to a window seat row 1! The 14 hour LHR HKG flight certainly goes much quicker that way. The inflight massage and bar certainly helps...
I was also lucky enough to do Concorde to NYC, but the above flight stands out as I was not expecting the upgrade.
Mpoellot From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2483 times:
SWISS and predecessor Swissair enjoy a nice reputation. BTW, SWISS (LX) won an award by Business Traveler magazine to be the best European carrier serving the North/South American routes. I frequently travel LAX-ZRH-MUC and back in bus- and coach class and can confirm their excellent ground and inflight service.
However, the last time -- I was sitting in coach in a brand new A340-313 (HB-JMF) -- the plane was half empty. As a result, I had an entire middle row at my disposal and could stretch out (and sleep) for the entire 11-hour-ride back to ZRH. What a rare and comfy experience to arrive completely rested in Europe.
So I like to consider that flight on Feb 08 the best experience in coach class ever !!
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2467 times:
My best flight was in the last days of July 2001 when I flew from PHL to LHR with BA. The plane was a 744 G-BYGG and it was an excelent flight all over. The landing was fantastic and smooth. I'll never forget that flight. Last December when I was waiting my flight from LAX to ZRH with SWISS guess what I saw just parking side by side with our 343? Yes, my good old friend G-BYGG, now with the new livery and not the "Rendez-Vous" anymore!
JuniorSpotter From Sweden, joined Mar 2004, 225 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
My best flight lies between these three.
The first one was a helluva lot of years ago. My dad knew a lot of people at Spanair, and he made it possible for me to jumpseat from PMI to BCN and from BCN to ARN. That was great! My first jumpseat. The best part was when the lady at the ATC sneezed, and we heard it. Man, were we laughing or what?
The second one was a flight between ARN-GOT, back in -00. We flew a 736, and I asked for a jumpseat, and they allowed me. We talked for most of the flight up there, and the captain even gave me an instrument crash-course . After landing, we talked and talked and talked all the way to the gate. And we kept talking... Finally, we were interrupted by someone knocking on the windshield. There we saw the entire next crew, waiting for us to vacate the plane. Haha. The captain then told me that they were going to Paris on their next flight, and asked me if I wanted to join them...but I had to decline, since I had my family waiting for me.
And the third and last great flight, was when SAS flew their A340 between ARN and CPH on their test-flights. My friend and I booked a flight, just to fly the 340. My friend lives in Stockholm, so there was no probs for him. Me, on the other hand, had to fly from and to GOT too. Talk about an expensive day. But it payed off.
While taxiing to the runway at CPH, the plane bumped on the taxiway lights, and the F/A's looked pretty scared. I told them that it was the center main gear bumping. And then they asked me if I was an aviator, so I told them everything about my interest, why we were on this flight and how much it cost us and so on. I also asked if my friend and I could visit the flight deck and snap a couple of shots. After takeoff, she went up there, and returned telling us that she had told the captain about us, and that he then told her to bring us up in front, since we deserved to get a treat for our money. Tadaa - the first jumpseaters onboard SE-REA.