Frugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
What was your best experience flying commercially?
Mine was back in November flying home for Thanksgiving. I was waiting in MSP when my name was called for me to go up to the podium. When I got up there, the gate agent took my boarding pass and started typing away. I asked her what was going on, and she said she had me in a different seat (a middle seat too ). I then requested a window seat, and asked what was going on again. The agent told me she was trying to get a family sitting together, then handed me a boarding pass for a window seat, in first class. It was nice to have a larger seat and a meal for a change.
Canberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2954 times:
15-04-1996 SK968 DEL-CPH B763 LN-RCE,
Well it actually started two days before the flight. I had around 20kg overweight and wanted to find out how much that would cost me. Instead of calling I decided to visit the SAS office in Delhi. Turned out to be a funny little office, and I was invited for a cup of tea.
I asked about the overweight, and the agent went to his computer and worked for about 5 min., came back and said it was taken care of and it wouldn't cost me anything. That was what I was hoping, I was a student at the time, but it was very nice to get confirmation that it wouldn't cost me anything!!
On the evening of the flight I went to the airport. Proceeded to check-in wearing shorts and a T-shirt, carrying a backpack and an other dirty old bag. After handing in my ticket, the girl at the counter worked a bit on her computer, came back with a smile and asked if I would mind sitting in business class. I was very surprised and just said something like that it would be OK.
Had a very nice flight back, with fantastic service. A really perfect end to three months budget travel in Australia, Nepal and India!!!
Very good memories
All the best, Michael
It takes courage to push things forward . . (Mo Mowlam)
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2935 times:
My wife and my two daughters are departing exactly now (Indian time 21:00) with Sri Lankan Airlines from Chennai to Colombo (A320) and then will depart after a transit time of approx. 4 hours from Colombo to Zurich (A330-200). I will pick them up tomorrow morning at Zurich Airport.
It will be my best experience flying, because I will have so many questions regarding the flight MAA-CMB-ZRH they will have done without me. And myself I have never flown with UL.
Spoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
1958 - a TWA "Super G" Connie from LAX to PIT.... My parents and I were returning home on a Red-Eye during the wonderful days of luxurious air travel. TWA featured actual bunks for complete, unadulterated sleep. I recall my Mom tucking me in and I kept opening the curtain to see the blue/orange flame of the superchargers lighting-up the darkness of night. What a memory!
Frugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2780 times:
Another interesting experience I had was when I was 14 and had to spend the night in SLC. My flight from IAD was 2 hours late because of weather, so I missed the last flight to BOI. My mother was nervous about the whole affair, but I had a blast. Oh, and it was my first time flying alone, too.
NWB757300 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
Mine would have to be non-revving from JFK-PHX trying to get home. Our HP flight was overbooked and the next was already full, so we were going to get on JetBlue to LAS. The ticket agents were very friendly, and waived our fee for the flight. All the employees were great. And it was a treat to fly nonrev with a PTV and actual snack! One of my best flights ever.
SickBird From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
Mine would definetely be aboard a C-5 Galaxy. The meal was absolutely terrible, but I layed down on the floor and slept almost the whole duration of the all day flight. I am sure that would not fly so to speak with a civilian airliner.
B727fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
I was upgraded twice to 1st class by luck! Loved both incidents! First one back in 1998 from BXB-VIE via ZRH on Malaysian. My moms friend had booked me on the last minute, and when we got to the airport, they told me that sorry, my seat was taken!! But then the agent asked me if I would mind taking another seat, I was like sure, whatever, I hadn't even picked a seat!! Next thing you know, while boarding the plane, the FA looked at my pass and smiled and said this way sir and I could not believe the spiral stairs up to the 1st class! I tell you guys, it was lots of fun just me, 2 rather old folks who were nice and pretty much slept all the way to ZRH, and then I stayed on as the only passenger in the cabin to VIE with the 2 very nice fag on board of a 747-300, chatted and ate chocolate pudding, with variety of fresh berries!
The second incident happened just last summer on a DL flight from LAX to CVG with a change over in SLC. While seated to be called up for boarding, my name was called! I went up to the counter, the agent took my boarding pass and tore it up!!! Then gave me a new one and said I think you'll like this one better, seat 5A!!! It was a short flight on a DL 757, but hey, it was a nice surprise!
ASTROJET707 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 299 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
UTA DC10 from LAX-PPT-LAX...Flawless service...in economy
Dec-97 from ORD-CVG-BOS. I was booked on DL, but when I arrived at ORD, due to a storm the previous night the outbound aircraft never made it. I was booked on UA to CVG and picked up the rest of my DL flights. While waiting in ORD fro my UA flight I had a great conversation with a DL F/A based in CVG, who was on my UA flight to CVG. Just prior to boarding she offered me her first class seat, due to the weather inconvenience. I was shocked and impressed by her generosity and kindness. I graciously declined her offer.
Apr-02 from EZE to ATL on DL. Once the flight was boarded I asked the purser why the ticket counter had clumped everyone together right behind the business class cabin. I thought as a DL Gold Elite I would have had my own row. Eva was a former PA F/A who had flown since the 60's. She was vey empathetic and understanding. Before takeoff she walked me to an empty middle section...great for sleeping. Unexpectedly, after takeoff she took me to seat 10G in BusinessElite!!! I did not expect an upgrade at all. After the trip I sent her a $50 Nordstrom gift certificate.
Apr-04 to and from Sydney on QF12 and QF149. Both crews were professional and friendly. In talking about their First Wine Cellar, I stated I used to work in the packaging industry, mainly in the grape growing areas of central California Valley. Mark presented me with a bottle of the dessert wine served on board. Nice Touch!
Jun-02 on a flight from SLC to ATL. One F/A was absolutely phenomenal. A southern belle with a beautiful voice, charming smile and a great attitude.
Just before landing, I poked my head in the forward galley and told her she was the best, the reasons why and I was glad I was on her flight today. She hugged me and cried and said, "You don't realize how much your kind words mean to me". I was touched to say the least.
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
Aug 2001 UA LHR-SFO first class suite on a 772. I ate lunch quickly, took some Tylenol PM and woke up for Tea just before arriving into SFO. Out like a light! I don't know if this is a tribute to my flying experience or just a plug for Tylenol PM??
Aug 2002 UA NRT-SFO first class suite on a 744, seat 1A in the nose. I had just arrived in from LHR (going the long way to SFO) due to the flights being all oversold. There were only 2 other people in First and they were in the back of the cabin. I felt like I was on my own private 744. I read an entire book and wrote in my journal the whole 10 hours. It was great!
The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
Startknob From Germany, joined May 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2521 times:
1998: WAW - FRa on LH 320.
Midweek flight in the early afternoon, almost empty, 1 pax C, me in 23A and then: Mr. Beercan Totally drunk he -hicks- was wavering his way thru the isle -hicks- towards 22F like a fisherboat in the stormy sea. Only seconds later you smelled the vapour of numerous alcohol based nerve agents - even if you have a flu and being a smoker.
Things increased a little when the engines were started and the air condintioning started working. But this was biological warfare, really.
After start and climb the usual (at least at these acient times usual) drink service by the FA´s.
Mr. Beercan wants: "A BEEEER".
FA: "Of course, Sir".
WHAT???? My head turned in milliseconds - I can´t believe it! Hwo can she give this filled-up Mr. Beercan -hicks- another beer??
I was damned short of asking her quite unpolitely what she´s gonna do but then - WONDERFUL - I saw the beer she was giving to Mr. Beercan: "Clausthaler" - an famous german beer - alcohol-free .
In this moment she turned her head towards me and only grinned -
After -hicks- Mr. Beercan was happy with his beer she asked me, if it´s OK for me with the smell in the air and the neighborhood of Mr. Beercan?
Five minutes later I sat on the jumpseat for the rest of the flight until parking position and learned a whola lot of things about the A320.
Hey LH, THAT was perfect sercive.
When playing cat and mice it's imperative to know, who's the cat.
FLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1183 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2472 times:
It was Christmas of sometime between 1978 - 1981. I was flying LAX-LIM on Varig's 707. In those days, we used to get our dad to fly us home on first class. Back then, "business class" as we know it today did not exist. I was around 15 at the time. I was flying with a friend of my brother's from college, also a peruvian flying home. We get to LAX from SMC and we are told that the 707 blew on engine coming from Tokyo (don't believe it was NRT at the time) and that they were flying an engine from Brazil. The original departure time was around 12:30 p.m., but they had estimated we would wait 24 hours for the repair. So they sent us to a hotel. In the meantime, many of the passengers (who continued from LIM to Rio de Janeiro), were booked on a PanAm flight non stop to Rio. My buddy and I were sent to a hotel. They called us at 4 a.m. the next day to wake us up and tell us to be at the airport by 6 that morning. Keep in mind, this is now about 20 hours later. We board the flight and we take off. Well, in those days, first class had approximately 24 seats and there were 3 of us in there, including my buddy and I. We were seated in the last row. In the first row was a man who was japanese and who chose to sleep the entire flight. We had a full crew (I think 3 f/as) and full service, but most of the passengers in first were already home compliments of PanAm. I remember that my friend and I had caviar, steak, lobster (which I don't like, unfortunately) and multiple helpings of anything we wanted. It was a FEAST. Also, I did not drink at the time (it wouldn't have mattered despite my age, believe me. They would have served me) but my friend had the wine cart (about 20 bottles in it) parked NEXT to us. He got smashed, and we had an absolute ball in the 8 hour flight. Needless to say, we talked and flirted and everything with the female f/as and we ate, drank (he did) and did just about everything on that flight. It is a trip I will never remember.
4jaded From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
In coach: its a tie
National Airlines 727-200 routing Melborne, Tampa, New Orleans, Los Angeles
There was a crew change in New Orleans. Both Crews were delightful. The food was great and I could not have been more thrilled with this flight. I even got to go out on the Catering Truck thru the back galley door in Tampa. Made a big impression on my as a young airline and airplane fanatic.
Hughes Airwest DC-9 30 and DC-9 10 Routing Orange County, Pheonix, Tuscon, Gymas, LaPaz. Change of plane occured in Tuscon. Another great flight experience. Same comments as above about crew and meals except no catering truck ride. Instead back in those days Gymas had a dirt runway and a small shack for a terminal. What a dust storm that DC-9 kicked up when in thrust reverse.
Continental Airlines 777 routing IAH-LAX
A fantastic and relaxing flight, top notch service, food and comfort.
Aloha Airlines routing Orange County to Kona via HNL with change of plane.
The entire Aloha experience from reservation to baggage pick up was flawless and went way beyond my expectations. It was the first time I was ever truely treated like and felt like a First Class Passenger at every step of the journey.
The food also takes special note. It was like eating in the best resturant possible. I was really blown away !!! A note here I returned on Aloha and was equally impressed so it was not just a one time wonder.