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Poll: Do You Choose Airline Or Aircraft?  
User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 866 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

Hey there!

When I fly (as a passenger) my preference is to generally fly with a 'major' airline & I prefer to fly on a large widebodied jet (B747, B777, DC10 etc). I always try to book or list on flights where an aircraft that I have not flown on before is operating, providing the timing is right. I have found this a little difficult in the past for instance flying between Detroit & Phoenix, where most direct flights are with Northwest on a B727! I also found a similar problem flying from IAD to LHR on UA, where during summer they fly 3 flights daily all within about 90 minutes of each other - 2 B777's & a B763 - I wanted to get on the B777, but both were full, so had to make do with the B763, oh well better than not getting there I suppose and I did manage to get on the B777 on the return from AMS.

Anyway, what's more important to you, Airline or Aircraft? What determines your travel plans?

My top 5 are - B744, B777, MD11, A340, DC10
- AN, UA, SQ, CO, BA


Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineHaaNZ From New Zealand, joined May 2000, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

Hi there.

Personally, I would say that the airline is the most important to me when working out my travel plans. Getting from A to B in the most efficient (and may I add SAFE) way.

Of course, I looked forward to CPH-SIN on an A340 (my, they are BEAUTIFUL aircraft), and getting onboard a good old 763-300 ER for SIN-AKL.

Oh well, I guess it is the little kid in me coming out every time I am going anywhere; the feeling of t/o and just the pure fascination with these big metal things actually being able to fly.... fast.

Safety and efficiency first, aircraft is a bonus.

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13267 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2209 times:

Again, provided the airline is reputable, I tend to go for particular types, to knock off my "must fly" list. Top of the hit list now is the MD11 and I'm thinking Swissair might be my best choice for a forthcoming trip to Japan.

In February, I flew with SAS - seven different flight and on seven different aircraft (if you include the M81,2 and 3 as different!) - what a trip !

User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

When I lived in the UK, I'd always fly Virgin for my commutes to the US and British Midland where possible for European trips. VS002 / VS001 were regular haunts for me - and how much I hated Newark Intl !

Now I live in the US, it's a different story. Any airline will do, as long as I get to my destination on the same day. Saying that, I discovered TWA's Des Moines - St Louis - Philadelphia flight last week after being bumped from a United flight because of a 'suspicious substance found on board the airplane'. I can't see myself commuting to our Iowa site and back using any other airline. Love those MD83s, and the service was great.

User currently offlineGLA MD11 From France, joined Mar 2000, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Usually, I choose the airline although for the cheapest tickets, you usually have a very limited choice. But sometimes you have the choice, as for Paris-Caracas when AF was not flying there (choice between Iberia or KLM).
Then, the aircraft is also something that will make me look forward my trip. I love the 777 and the 767. I am not particularly looking forward a long haul in an A340 (had a bad experience with AF on CDG-SFO once). If it was a MD11, I would be jumping around waiting to board it...  

User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

I don't have a "must fly" list.....in fact it's just the opposite !!! I have a list of aircraft types that I absolutely refuse to board.

I pick the airline and then my routing is based on aircraft types and convenience.

And since I live in Canada....that's a pretty easy task right now. When it comes to international flights however I still stick with the airline (Canadian-A/C) but I won't board certain planes they still fly.

User currently offlineUal757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 809 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (16 years 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

i would rather fly an aged 707 from a reputable airline than a shiny 7x7 from a shady, low cost startup any day. the plane can fly as well as the company maintains it. I don't care how fail-safe a 777 is, but flat tires, bad avionics, or just poor maintence will bring it down.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

You guys are lucky to be choosing...I only take the cheapest flight. I am here in Paris by taking the cheapest posible airlines (Canada 3000 and Buzz) - but that isnt really a choice but the need to face reality.

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (16 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

i could choose my flights by airplane but my dad is an exec who is hooked on miles so i am a gold member that has to fly one-world   at least lanchile is a member, they are my favorite airline(small but have the best service)

User currently offlineQantas747 From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

My Favourites are:
Aircraft:Top 3 B777, B747,A320

Airlines:QF(Of Course!!), BA, UA, SQ, ANZ

I would prefer aircraft better than airline but if I had a choice between BA777 and QF747, I would prefer the QANTAS flights.
See ya,

User currently offlineTP1685 From Portugal, joined Mar 2000, 67 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Well, when i travel i choose the Airline i want to fly.

My favorites are:
Aircraft - All airbus except A300
Airline - TAP-Air Portugal; Portugalia; Lufhthansa

User currently offlineTullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1806 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

I am an AN Platinum member so would typically choose to fly AN domestically and a Star airline on airline internationally though I don't mind QF at all.

As I typically fly AN I do usually try to fly on AN's A320s in preference to their 733s. i just find them more comfortable. I fly between MEL and SYD at least monthly and where possible I try to time at least one of my trips so i get on AN's sole 767-300. It is amazing how much more comfortable and spacious it is than their 767-200s. If you want a real treat try J class on the 763. The international configuration is a real treat.

User currently offlineVH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 866 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

Yes I must agree with you, BZF - AN's B763 is a great aeroplane to fly on especially in J/C!
So how far off 'Diamond' or Star Gold are you?

Cheers - BZF

Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1479 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

For me, its all about the airline... I really could care less about the type, except I do try and avoid the Airbus...

Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently offlineUnited777ORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Airline is more important than aircraft when choosing to travel.

My top 5 airline choices are: UA,DL,AA,US,CO.

My top 5 aircraft choices are: B777, B747, B767, B757, B737-500.

User currently offlineJkelley480 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

I am mostly concerned with the airline as well, but if I have a choice between an old 737 or a new A320 on the same airline (UA) I will pick the newer plane if it is convinient.

User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (16 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

I normally choose the airline, due to service, record, etc. However, if it is an airline I like but plane I hate (Props), then I'll take the better plane.


User currently offlineTullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1806 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Sorry I took so long to reply.

I'm about 10 domestic flights short of Diamond. I should probably make it before the year rolls over on Aug 1. Doubt if I will stay Diamond for long however as I am not flying as much this year as I did last. (A RTW J class ticket really helped boost up my miles last year)

As a Platinum member I am classified Star Gold.

User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

There are a few types that I haven't flown but would sure like to.

777, 747, 737NG top the list.

However, since I am even more loyal to TWA than I am to Boeing, I may never board any of these planes (except maybe the 737-700 on HP).

Even when other airlines have been cheaper and/or one of these types served a segment, I had to pass.

TWA has always treated my right and I'll be with them as long as they are around.

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

Personally I would choose airliner first to get variety, even if this means selecting a different airline. Here in T&T we do not have a great variety of airliners or airlines. All the same, I have decided that my first trip to the U.K., which would hopefully be soon, WILL be on the BA 777 despite having to go to TAB for it (BWIA flies from POS). I just have to fly on that Triple Seven!


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineRotate777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

I try to go on planes that I haven't been on before so i can test out all the different types. But then again, the airline. You wouldn't want to go on an airline that uses duct tape to repair their planes.
So I guess I would pick airline before airplane.


User currently offlineSamurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2461 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

I'd usually choose the airline, especially where points are concerned. I'm a Canadian Plus member, that's why. But cost is also a concern, too. I do try to take advantage of seat sales. When I fly to Grande Prairie, I'd usually take a WestJet 737-200, it's a bit less than than a couple hundred bucks Canadian. Compare this to flying in a Canadian Regional or AirBC Dash 8 for $300-400CDN return! Even though a 737-200 is louder and older, it's a bit roomier than a Dash 8.

I don't mind going on a 737-200, as CP and WestJet maintains them very well, but I'd rather be on an A319 or an A320. They're better in the legroom department and they're quieter and newer. A BAe 146 isn't bad at all, either.

Going from YEG to YVR, I usually tried to avoid any flights using Fokker F28s, as I hate them. They're old and even louder than a 737-200. Extremely loud, in fact. And no legroom!!! I'd usually try to go on a CP 737-200 or an AC BAe 146. The YEG-YVR route got stuck with a lot of F28 flights since CP cut back drastically on 737 flights on that route years ago.

Now the route is mostly BAe 146s, with the one daily A319 flight. CP still uses 737s 2-3 times daily. There is only one F28 flight a day now.

User currently offlineEuro Flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

I think it's a combination. I like the right blend of both good airline and preferred aircraft. Though normally you can't have one without the other. Good airlines have the right planes, usually.  

User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

Even though I can believe that the newer or bigger jets are nice, I still am a big fan of little old baby 737-200. I grew up with Western Airlines and been flying on 737-247 frequently till they flew into sundown.

If Western is still flying, it will be my top choice... But they are gone, then I would take any airlines as long as they are offering the best airfare price and for aircrafts, I would just rather flying any Boeings or McDonnell Douglas.

I would be so thrilled to fly on 737-247 for one more time before they are scrapped out....!


User currently offlineLauda 777 From Sweden, joined May 1999, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (16 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

Hey United777ORD !

How can you tell yor first chosie when you have only flown on one airline?

Joystick for flightsim. Yokes for real planes.
25 Turbulence : Since my airport is BCN and during the last 7 years I have been flying often to ATH, I had no choice. When I went to ABQ I had no choice. And for BCN-
26 Cedarjet : Here is the order in which I choose: 1) I choose a/c type first, there are so few Western types that I haven't flown, if I do come across one I'll jum
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