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Flying On Christmas Day  
User currently offlineTP777 From Portugal, joined Oct 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7145 times:

I´ll be flying LHR to LIS on the 25th December on TP what should I expect?

I had a lot of troubles to book the flight as it didn´t appear on the website available for booking, so I had to do it thru a travel agencie.

I remember seeing a photo of cabin decorated with Christmas decorations.
Do the FA do anything special on this day?

Only Skydivers know why birds sing
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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7114 times:

I always thought that traveling on holidays is comfortable and easy because everyone is at home, but I changed my mind when I flew DUS-ALC on the 25th of December 1999. The plane was 100% booked, boarding was a chaos (because of many first time flyers) thus we had a delay of almost an hour.

In 2002 my girlfriend and I flew EWR-LHR on New Years day, the same situation, flight overbooked, chaos during boarding etc. The only good thing: My girlfriend and I got an upgrade to Club World. It was my first intercontinental flight in Business Class. Big grin

Quoting TP777 (Thread starter):
I remember seeing a photo of cabin decorated with Christmas decorations.

That is right, many airlines have special Christmas decorations during the Christmas period.

Quoting TP777 (Thread starter):
Do the FA do anything special on this day?

No, everything is absolutely normal (it was at least on my flights).


User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7069 times:

Quoting TP777 (Thread starter):
I remember seeing a photo of cabin decorated with Christmas decorations

Well, that must have been in the good old days when airlines still had money for that stuff.

I have flown rather frequently on 24th, 25th and 26th in recent years to spend X-mas with the family in HAJ and it was really not special in any way. Neither was flying on 1st January this year (ZRH-IAD-MCO on UA).

The last special X-mas flight that I remember was on the routing ZRH-HAJ in the days when SR still operated the F100. The load on that flight was only about 20%, the interior of plane was nicely decorated in an X-mas scheme and they served some cookies in addition to the regular food and beverage service (and this was Y-class !).

I don't think those days will ever come back with today's razor thin margins.

Just my  twocents 

User currently offlineTP777 From Portugal, joined Oct 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7055 times:


Thanks for the reply, but as far as I know the flight is almost empty(at least was what I was told) the flight on the 26th was sold out.
Maybe i´ll see Santa Claus laughing 

Only Skydivers know why birds sing
User currently offlineOldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7044 times:

Quoting TP777 (Thread starter):
what should I expect?

There is always the danger of a terrible midair crash with santa and his reindeers.  santahat 


Wer nichts weiss muss alles glauben
User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7023 times:

Quoting Oldeuropean (Reply 4):
the danger of a terrible midair crash with santa and his reindeers

Only when FlyAUA is in charge at Eurocontrol. So you better make sure that someone else controls the sectors that are relevant for your flight.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

Quoting Oldeuropean (Reply 4):
There is always the danger of a terrible midair crash with santa and his reindeers.

This happens quite frequently:  

Courtesy of www.luftfahrt.net


[Edited 2005-10-21 20:09:32]

User currently offlineLono From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1335 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6697 times:

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 6):
This happens quite frequently:

I've seen it happen... bums out a whole bunch of kids

Wally Bird Ruled the Skys!
User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6676 times:

Well, I'm flying this January 1st on Air Canada. I don't expect anything special, but I look forward to be disappointed.  Smile

User currently offlineGokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1123 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6654 times:

I did JFK-IST on last xmas and as always the flight was very enjoyable, little less crowded than usual probably around 80% or so. The airport was considerably less crowded than usual which is always good. As far as the F/A's, they were nice as always but I don't remember any little extras specific for teh day. I was flying BizElite so I didn't see if there was any extras at the Y cabin.

Gercekleri Tarih Yazar Tarihide Galatasaray
User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 818 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6619 times:

i remember when i first started w/ Jetblue i worked the on the holidays of '02 and '03. if i remember correctly, Dec 24th, 02, i flew LGB-OAK-IAD(red eye). both flights were completely full and the night of 25th IAD-FLL-JFK and again full flights.

on 12/25/03 i worked LGB-FLL-IAD (when we still had the daytime FLL flt) and those flights were completely full as well...keep in mind an 8am(ish) dept out of LGB.

same w/ New years. i was really surprised. i remember we had little santa hats we wore during the flight and boarding/deplaning.

first time ever flying (whether for business or leisure) during the holidays. most of my leisure travel was during the summer.


User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 959 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6506 times:

Quoting Lono (Reply 7):
... bums out a whole bunch of kids

Just like Michael Jackson  duck 

User currently offlineAdriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 517 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6494 times:

I'm flying BMI to AMS on 24th of December. I've done it several times before and sometimes its hell. A few years ago there were such lines to check-in it was horrible - just so boring. Also 1/2 the passengers on my flight (it was an A321 so quite a lot) had their bags 'left behind' in London. I am convinced that BMI did it on purpose because of the huge delays that day. Both heathrow and Schiphol can loot like half the world is on the move on Christmas eve and new years eve.
I can imagine flying Christmas day is better because some airlines don't operate on 25th December.


User currently offlineBBJII From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6489 times:

I hate to be a bearer of bad news....BUT

I used to work for TAP .. In my two years there we sold Xmas day and it was always cancelled around early december and passengers were offered a refund or transfers to BA.


BUT...I did leave about a year ago..and don't know what they do now.

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Remember: The Bird Hit You, You Didn't Hit The Bird.....
User currently offlineKtachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6383 times:

I have rather interesting stories when I flew on Dec 24th/25th on flights in a few occasions.

Well the first thing I thought kinda unique was that there was a christmas ornament in the front section of the plane (I was on JL17 744 flying back to NRT on the 24th of December). Then there was that time when I also flew on a flight from HND on the 24th of December and the ground hostess at the gate were wearing santa hats and the marshaller was dressed as Santa Clause. I thought that was really cute because he pushed the plane back and he started waving to us in the santa costume. It was really cute.

But in terms of how crowded it is.... yeah...... it was quite horrible on many occasions.

Flown on: DC-10-30, B747-200B, B747-300, B747-300SR, B747-400, B747-400D, B767-300, B777-200, B777-200ER, B777-300
User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

Quoting TP777 (Thread starter):
Do the FA do anything special on this day?

You have to keep in mind that not everyone celebrates Christian holidays. And in today's world of political-correctness, you have to be careful how you handle things.

Generally the non-Christian employees pitch in so that as many of those as possible who do celebrate are allowed to be with their families. But as the vast majority of people in the US do celebrate Christian holidays, inevidably people who celebrate have to work.

You just wish the customers a "happy holiday season" and perform your job as normal.

Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6348 times:

When flying back from EZE and GRU on BA in Club World on xmas day, the crew (including the pilots) were dressed in festive headgear like christmas hats and antlers  Apart from that I didn't see any difference apart from the crew mentioning it on the PA. As usual the flight went completely smoothly as it always does with BA   

[Edited 2005-10-22 18:30:25]

User currently offlineGoCOgo From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6330 times:

I flew CLE-DFW-LAX on 12/25 and LAX-HNL 12/26. Nothing special happened. But like others have said, you may think no one is flying those days, but holidays can definitely be packed.

"Why you fly is your business, how you fly is ours"
User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6255 times:

I flew YUL-CDG on AC on Christmas night. Besides the funny Santa hats worn by the flights attendants, the service was horrible to say the least. That was back in the times when AC was in deep trouble, now it seems they are improving, fortunately. But a "joyeux Noel" and a few additional smiles from the f/a when leaving the aircraft helped to improve the situation.

I'm flying the same route the same night this year on AF. I expect some champagne at least... and like every other day I'm sure there will be some!!!!

Basically what to expect is regular service. Nada mas.

When I doubt... go running!
User currently offlineRachelBDL From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 72 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

How's this for interesting? Last Christmas I had picked up about 10 hours, starting early in the morning, so that I could spend the rest of the evening with my family. All during the 24th and 25th I had been wearing a set of antlers with bells on them during boarding of all my flights. One of the last flights I was to have worked was a 2:30pm nonstop to LAS. The problem was, no plane, no crew.

This was the day MSY got all that snow and had no deicing fluid. Guess where the aircraft was? The planned routing for the day was MSY-JAX-BWI-BDL-LAS-SAN, but the plane never made it out of MSY. The pilots were stuck in JAX, and the FAs were in BWI. ANd with everything full, the pilots had a hard time getting out of there. They never made it to BDL that day. The FAs were able to catch another flight out of BWI, and somewhere around 8pm, it was decided to ferry in a plane from BWI to get our pax outta here and on their way. Well, they forgot one thing - THE PILOTS! The crew they sent with the ferry was just for that, and they were overnighting. Nice of scheduling to tell us, and at that point I was just a bit hopping...

As the plane pulls into the gate, the rampers start loading, probably about 160 bags and all the airmail it can hold. The fueler gets pumping, putting in somewhere around 35-38 thousand lbs of fuel to send this plane to Vegas. At the same time, we're starting to get some of our terminators in, and luckily we have a crew that can take the flight... only as far as MDW. So now I've started (just barely) boarding, taking down the 6 or so wheelchair pax, and the new captain comes up and says we need to defuel, the plane's going to be too heavy to land in MDW. I call the fueler, no one is available to defuel for at least an hour, the only other option is to swap. And we did, grudgingly. I take off the pax I boarded and brought them back up into the gate area, only to tell them that no, sorry, this isn't your plane, and it's not going to LAS.

Between dealing with majorly-pissed off passengers, having to move tons of bags and airmail, being shorthanded due to other terminators coming in, one broken jetway (which is nice when you only have 4), and getting the new crew situated, it was pretty... FUN. Yeah  sarcastic  What we told the passengers, the plan was to fly them into MDW, swap out the pilots, and then they'd finally be on their was to LAS. The flight finally left around 9:45pm, 5 hours late, after I even had to deny boarding to someone who wasn't sure if he might need emergency oxygen during the flight! (He picked after everyone was boarded to let us know.) Of course, he refused to deplane after all that, and it took a customer service supervisor, a very imposing ramp sup, and a state trooper to convince him.

And I thought that was the end of it, my pax were on their not-so-merry way to LAS... Turns out, when they reached MDW, *someone* decided to do and aircraft swap, delaying them a further 2 1/2 hours. They did not reach LAS until about 4:30am local time.

And I may be crazy, but I'm working again this Christmas.

I not only drink the KoolAid, I do the Jello shots too!
User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5941 times:

Remember flying out of Louisville New Year's morning after finishing basic training at Fort Knox. We six slick-sleeve privates were the only people on the flight to LGA...an Eastern Electra which had a heck of a time starting. Spent the flight playing cards with the flight attendants at a table at the rear of the coach cabin. Flying out of Fort Lauderdale to LGA years ago, the flight attendants did the safety briefing to the "Night Before Christmas"
"Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the plane.
Passengers listened
to hear us explain...."
Everybody watched and listened....

I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5929 times:

Back when AA used to serve food in domestic coach, meals in both first and coach were typical turkey dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I flew on New Year's this year on AA from ATL-ORD. It was a full flight, but we actually pushed back 5 minutes early, in part because the flight from ORD was about 2/3rds full and got in on time.

I expected ATL to be deserted, but it looked like a typical winter Saturday.

The interesting thing was that we got into ORD 35 minutes early! That tells me that airlines do cut back on flying on holidays.

User currently offlineTrolley Dolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5712 times:

Hmm, I read that an Air NZ DC10 landed in Rarotonga, the Cook Islands, on Christmas Day in the 1970's. It was flying LA to Auckland and most of the pax were in transit. The island community decided that everyone had to celebrate Christmas, so they laid on a pig roasting on a spit, island song and dance, fragrant leis of frangipani and the local post office even made special one-off stamps for each of the passengers and crew. Everyone spent the 2 hour ground stop dancing away in the open air airport gardens under the star laden skies of the South Pacific.


User currently offlineRyanlock From United States of America, joined May 2005, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5699 times:

So I guess nothing really different is to be expected?

I will be on DL44 (CVG-CDG) on Christmas Eve flying through into Christmas Day. Thus far there are only 5 people in the BizElite cabin (including me) out of a possible 50 BizElite seats. Hopefully it will stay that way and I am sure I will enjoy it if it does.

I then have to connect to a KLM flight from CDG-AMS with an hours layover in AMS, then on with my flight from AMS-LBA.

Should be an experience to say the least and because I will be on a DL BizElite ticket I will get to use all the Airport Lounges in CDG and AMS (SkyTeam partners.) Then what better than my parents picking me up at LBA early afternoon on Christmas day....... Actually looking forward to the journey!

Just one thing (if anyone knows?) Do the Airport Lounges operate on Christmas Day? I'm sure if the airline is running then the lounges will, however I was just wondering.


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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

I have never had any problems flying on holidays. I do it on pretty much every major holiday to spend time with family here in Colorado then in either Dallas or Naples FL. I can get lunch in with one family and dinner with the other, or breakfast and gifts in the case of RSW! About 2yrs ago I was on an F9 flight with only 6 other guys from DEN to DFW. There was a very young hot FA and the flight was bumpy. We all sat in a group and played cards and got drunk. We drank all the alcohol on the plane. I don't think that she was supposed to let us do that but she just parked the cart and we sucked it down! I lost a lot of money on the short flight but we had so much fun!

25 FlyboyOz : oh yeah....I flew on UAL from Denver to Kansas City in December 1997. I saw some cabin crews wearing their christmas apron and say merry christmas to
26 N801NW : I'm flying to HNL on the 24th, partly to maximize the time off and also, it would seem weird to spend all day on airplanes on Christmas Day. Then agai
27 Coolsan : It's a real shame to hear that over-Christmas travel tends to be chaotic. I will be flying from Mexico City to Lisbon, and was considering booking my
28 Jacobin777 : I flew BA JFK-LHR on X-mas...no problems at all..actually, the plane was quite full!
29 Laxtwin : A couple of years ago I flew from PHX to BUR on HP on Christmas night. All the shops at the airport were closed, but the concourses were busy. From wh
30 Fbgdavidson : I'm flying on both Xmas Day and New Years Day this year. I'm not expecting any differences, the airline industry doesn't seem to stand still for such
31 Onedude : Have flown QF on Xmas Day quite often in the past (when I used to be a non-rev). Normally offered some fruit cake or a Christmas pudding in economy cl
32 PurpleBox : I'm flying MAN-DXB-MEL-AKL in 'Y' on Emirates leaving on the 24th Dec and arriving in AKL on the 26th. I'm wondering if Emirates do Christmas? From wh
33 Matt24wigan : singapore airlines fly christmas day
34 Post contains images Falcon84 : TP777, do me a favor: please don't ask the employees why they're working on Christmas Day, OK?
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