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Who Makes The Best Inflight Announcements?  
User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9158 times:

Having just returned from a round the world trip, I have taken note of inflight announcements on several airlines. You can get a feel for the culture of an airline by observing their inflight announcements; BA was by far the best with the most consistently informative, well spoken, polite and efficient announcements and definitely for me, gave the impression of a very swithced on crew. Qantas varied, but was rather casual which is rather Australian anyway. I think the Captiain should always address passengers at least once during a flight and on our LHR-SIN sector, he didn't. Southwest airlines was interesting, as their flt attendent was clearly trying to put on a comedy routine, with a perky voice and lots of borderline-inappropriate comments like "we've now reached the gate, get out!" with giggles, etc in between. I know for a fact that a few other LCCs do this-Virgin Blue in Australia and others.
On the other hand, some airlines like SQ and CX run like clockwork and their announcements rarely contain anything spontaineous, as if they are read straight out from a manuel.
what do people think.

Long Haul is the only way to go
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User currently offlineThaigold From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 315 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9111 times:

Not sure about the best announcement but I'm sick of the DJ "Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls". Pretty cute maybe once in a flight but every single time is really annoying..... With all the smart, funny and young people at DJ they should be able to come up with some thing different.

Just my $0.02

Dunbar Rovers forever
User currently offlineSQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9097 times:

SQ reads straight out of the manual, i've watched the lead FA do it.

Also noticed that their safety video as the FA is inflating her life jacket she has an ENORMOUS smile on her face, making it look like "hey the plane just crashed, its probably on fire and we're about to jump out into the water, Whipppeeeeeeeee!"  Nuts

LH wasn't bad. Most U.S. carriers, the flight attendants use spontaneity

Funny story though, I was on a CRJ-70 passenger jet 2 days ago from ATL to ABE (Allentown, PA) and these planes have 2 FA's and they had a ball.

I also took Song down to RSW and the FA's came on a few times too and had witty sayings, here's a sample:

on Song:

"Sorry, but we have run out of chocolate bars from the menu, which is ok, because then your kids won't get hyper"

on the CRJ (comair)

"Please take your personal belongings with you, anything left behind will be split evenly between me and my colleague"

"If you have any questions you can speak to only me and ignore the other flight attendant at the back of the plane"

somewhat funny but not really very professional.

User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9047 times:

what do you think is good? it may differ a lot but i bet most of the people are professional?

Lufthansa Group of Airlines
User currently offlineLaspilot737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 9032 times:

I dont know if it was just me, but whenever I fly SWA they seem to always sing this hideous takeoff song and it sucks. But, what do you expect on Southwest?

User currently offlineKevin752 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 747 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8946 times:

Well, I have flown SWA and the announcements were very normal but the F/A had a texan accent and it made me think this is totally Southwest right here.
I liked Lufthansa because it is not read from a book but it is professional and informative. Plus I like the German English Accent that they have. Also, I love Lufthansa MUCH!!! Expecailly the crane in the Circle it makes me feel so safe to fly and be on the plane and also the f/a's are really nice and helpful. I love you Lufthansa!!! Lufthansa I will be on your LH457 LAX - AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA and LH451 AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA -LAX.

"Keep Climbing"
User currently offlineNavega From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8782 times:



I have flown almost all major world airlines and Mexicana has great,
pre recorded announcements for everything from delays, remote positions,

They even have them in French for Canadian destinations.

Of the spoken announcements I would have to say BA and VS.

User currently offlineEzycrew From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 460 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8739 times:

At LX (ex-Crossair), we had to learn all announcements by heart in 4 languages (German, French, Italian and English) and I must say that we do them pretty well.
Especially compared to IB or AZ where you don't understand a single word they're saying in English.

User currently offlineChinaeastern From China, joined Apr 2004, 348 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8708 times:

i've really got same sort of impression as u do on the SQ safety video. but SQ gives me a less strong impression than in the safety video of Air China, as the FA was not only having a big smile on face, but also blew up the life jacket extremely slow as if she was telling us that she was really enjoying it. By the way, how was the flight SQ452? as i'm flying to MLE next month on that flight number.

For the flights i've been on, i prefer the inflight announcement of Air New Zealand as it is casual and informative. QF is just as good but varies on different flights.

User currently offlineAirfrancejfk From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8660 times:

Believe it or not guys, I found Air Jamaica to give the best in flight announcemnts of all the airlines I've flown. Whats most impressive is that when they're about to land, they usually give you a 2 minute introduction about the country, whether it be Jamaica, Barbados or Grenada, now thats cool!

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8600 times:

I think it really depends on the crew.

I L U V 7 6 7

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8508 times:

I found QF to be variable too. LHR to SIN last month was just a pain. SHUT UP! This attendant loved the sound of his own voice. He made no less than FOUR seperate announcements just during the serving of dinner to tell people how serving was going, and why they were doing it the way they were doing it. Mercifully he shut up during the night, but as soon as morning arrived he was making announcements 2-3 times per hour. "Now, guys. I just wanted you to know...." - "Hey guys?" - in a patronising voice too.

However, the return journey (from BKK) was much more civilised with the bare minimum of announcements to keep us informed and nothing more - bliss!

EasyJet - you don't expect much, but they are pretty standardised and tolerable.

I like the announcements from the cockpit - route, weather, operational bits and pieces, unusual sights (Concorde while approaching BRS, overtaking a plane over the Atlantic a couple of thousand feet below), etc.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineFliboyz From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8464 times:

Aloha Airlines. Nice and relaxing with a sense of the Islands. Also they give you Island information while passing a particular one. For example Maui. And when I flew them from OAK-HNL-OAK in March, they had a video with information about OAK and HNL prior to landing. Professional yet relaxed attitude.


User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8419 times:

"Good Evening and welcome onboard British Airways Concorde Golf-Bravo-Oscar-Alpha-Charlie and flight Speedbird Concorde One supersonic service to New York Kennedy."

'nuff said!

User currently offlineF9Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 704 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8293 times:

I heard a good one just after the safety dance on a F9 flight from DEN to LAS (or "Lost Wages" as the flight attendant insisted calling it, which is cute once but got tiring real fast). She said, "Thank you for flying Frontier Airlines, it sure would be a bummer to do this alone." Actually, that flight had the most hyped up passengers I've ever seen on any flight. As we started our takeoff roll, three ladies in the row behind me started chanting, "Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!"  Nuts


User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8194 times:

Not too special, but on a flight with Skyways in Sweden, on a little Saab 340, we were the only 2 non-Swedish pax. The FA held her speach in Swedish, then we got our extra announcement, especially for us...
Not too exciting or so, but somewhat cool, to get an extra announcement...
She also was extremely friendly to us, we were treated more like guests in a home, than just normal pax.
the trip to Sweden way great anyways, so...

Putana da Seatbeltz!
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8162 times:

UA. Very informative.

User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8130 times:

AirTran flight from DEN-ATL, got on the plane, pushed back, engines spooled up, sit and wait, sit and wait, sit and wait, sit and wait, then Capt. announces why we're sitting... stall warning computer not playing nice with the rest of the plane. As an IT person myself, his announcement was kind of funny and served to explain exactly what was going on, but a couple of non-computer-savvy pax were nervous after he said the following:

"You know how on your computer at home you get the Blue Screen Of Death? Well, that's basically what I'm looking at up here."

Most of us got what he was saying, one of his computers had frozen and we needed to go back to the gate to "reboot" the airplane. But my dad, who uses a computer at work but is an old-school, change-is-bad, why-aren't-we-on-Delta? kind of person, turned and gave me a really evil look like I broke the stall warning computer.

User currently offlineSQ452 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8102 times:


The flight to Male is great. I consider that place just amazing, so relaxing! MLE is a great little airport too, quite interesting.

I took the flight when it was still on the A310's, but not with the 777's. Gets pretty bumpy sometimes though going across the Indian Ocean.

Have fun though  Smile

User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8057 times:

there was a comment earlier about Song and some of it's inflight announcements and how they were funny but not professional. Do you think people can be professionally funny? Personally, I do. I'd rather have a comedian than a stoic gargoyle.

I flew on the old Valu-Jet (now AirTran) a few years ago...they were great...haven't flown AirTran in a while so I'm not sure if it's still the same, but these guys were hilarious. They had contests and jokes and all kinds of stuff. I enjoyed that flight alot!


User currently offlineSvenvdm From Qatar, joined Dec 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7993 times:

I've flown a lot in the last 25 years. But recently one airline comes to mind in this category: Germanwings. The pre-recorded announcements are flawless anyway and the spoken announcements are very thorough, professional, courteous and detailed.

User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7974 times:

BA's are very informative and always are easy to understand. On their long international flights (and maybe the shorter ones too) they show a movie on how to fill out your customs decleration card and then make a second announcement in even more detail

User currently offlineAirbear From Australia, joined May 2001, 648 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7846 times:

Virgin Blue's announcments were cute and refreshing when they first began, back in 2000/01. But the same jokes and innuendos are getting very stale.

QF announcments are very matter-of-fact, but coming home from ADL last Friday afternoon, the female F/O made all the from-the-flightdeck PA's, and I would love to know what was happening on the flightdeck, because during her pre-descent spiel, you could hear in the voice, the difficulty she was having in not starting to laugh! Many of the pax were looking at one another.

User currently offlineMEL From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 1109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7811 times:

Speedbird's announcements are by far the best.

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User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7689 times:

I noticed this more than once while waiting to fly back to London in the BA terminal at JFK. BA always have the same British woman doing the boarding announcements for the evening flights. Her announcements are in an impeccable accent and always incredibly polite and professional. Compare this to the United annoucements with whom the terminal is shared with where the staff practically shout into the microphone in a horrible drawl to demand a passenger come to the desk.

25 Post contains images Aviationwiz : SQ452, now that is very funny indeed! I wish I would have been on that flight,
26 Skymileman : One that will always stick in my head was in 1998, on an Alaska Airlines 737-400 between Seattle and San Jose, the flight attendant got to the part ab
27 Gigneil : Southwest does. N
28 COAB767 : CO has some good inflight announcements. "Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen welcome aboard Continental Airlines flight 50 with non-stop service to N
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