Gr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3138 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7115 times:
Well, not exactly relevant to the topic, but I flew on an AI742 (VT-EGA) when it was just about 3 months old....it had a new new feel all over it..... don't recall any new smell as it was already 3 months old....
Unfortunately, the same aircraft is currently being dismantled at BOM airport....
Highguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7102 times:
I took a tour of the Renton Boeing plant, and while there saw the first 757-300 for CO on the line getting it's interior installed. My guide, knowing I was an FA for CO, and noticing the drool coming out of my mouth, allowed me to climb aboard and take a look. I could have stayed in there for hours, but after about 15min my guide said we needed to move on (and please stop drooling on the new carpet.) Before climbing down, I grabbed a permanent marker in the fwd galley and wrote my name in one of the oven wells. (No ovens on yet, no one would ever see inside, I asked first, they didn't mind)
Several months later, I was able to get on the first flight of that ac (not the delivery from Boeing, I tried) from EWR-FLL. The smell was great, the new galleys were fantastic, the plane was huge, and upon checking with my flashlight, I could just barely see my name in the oven well.
I worked that plane all month, and loved every minute of it. Unfortunatly, the new plane smell has worn off, CO has added pax and removed FAs on the 300s making them tough to work, and I haven't been aboard one since.
FlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7013 times:
On several occasions, I've had the opportunity to fly a brand new plane.
On the good side:
-They're clean and will never be that clean again.
-They're really quiet, all the door and window seals are
new, clean and pliable.
-That great "new smell."
On the bad side:
-As brand new planes, mechanical bugs are probably
imminent. Nearly every new plane has a few (bugs) to
FreakyDeaky From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 136 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7002 times:
I've flown on several brand new airplanes. They're so crisp and clean - then I go into the cabin and see how the passenger have trashed it - and I see red. It's amazing - there's always someone peeing on the walls in the lav, grinding the chips into the carpet, writing on the seatbacks, dropping food everywhere and ripping the upholstery.
Oh well, what are you going to do?
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could."
RedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4397 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7002 times:
I had the pleasure of flying on the first revenue flight of a WN 737 a few months ago from PHX-SNA. Those brand new leather seats sure smelled nice. The biggest difference I noticed was how high up I sat in the seat - the seat-bottom cushions were not broken in yet and had a lot of resistence in them so I sat a couple of inches higher than I otherwise normally would have.
I also flew on SQ's 345 a couple of years ago from SIN-LAX when it was making only its 3rd revenue flight. The plane definitely had that "new car" smell to it. I sat in business and the IFE system control unit in my seat arm still had the plastic sheet protector over the display.
HiFi From Brazil, joined Apr 2005, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6876 times:
Quoting LO231 (Reply 6): I flew on a brand new Embraer 170 with LOT, it had this "new car smell".
I think it was less than a month old at that time...
I was inside LOT's EMB 170s before you were...
As a passenger I don't think I've been on too much new aircraft.. I've flown GRU-CDG on the A330s TAM had received a few months earlier and I've been on some reasonably new B737NG's from Gol. The difference is noticeable although some used aircraft can be very well maintained...
Lehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6876 times:
In October I was operating on STN-AMS-STN-ALC-STN rotation. He took off from STN and mid flight to AMS we noticed a weird noise at emergency exits... very hi pitch noise... we reported to cpt immediately. It was G-EZEJ. By the time we got to STN cpt called engineers and they had a look but couldn't find anything. Cpt didn't want to take a risk so he said that he wants a a/c swap. After couple of minutes a message from operations came that there is a/c waiting for us. It was G-EZIW. The a/c was available because it arrived the same day from HAM and was supposed to have first revenue flt the next day.
We boardad the a/c and it was amazing. I felt so proud. It might sound stupid, but I was really proud. The a/c had really nice "new car smell", the toilets were so clean, headrests were so bright orange, everything was so clean, no any scratch... incredible feeling.
RL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4764 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6843 times:
Back in early July of 1999 we were on a family vacation in Ohio and were scheduled to fly CLE-PVD on a 737-500. As we boarded the plane i was suprised to see 4 rows of first class seating, then I saw that there were two overwing exits. The planes interior was spotless, and it did have the new smell to it. I knew we were not on a 737-500 but yet didnt seem like a 757. I looked in the seat pocket to see the safety card of a 737-800/900 (mind you in 1999, these planes were RARE). I later found out that CO took delivery of their 1st one only 1 month prior and only had two at the time (not sure if they were even in scheduled service).
It sure was a nice equipt sub! Only bad thing is that when i use the BTS website it doesnt show up (probably since it was an equipt sub/ replacement flight) so i cant find the reg.
Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!
Db373 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 248 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6730 times:
I was on a DL 764 in one of its first weeks of revenue service flying MIA-SLC (With a stop in ATL). I'm not sure when it entered, but it still had the plastic coverings over the carpet, and it had that new plane smell. It was probably also the best flight I ever had on DL.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6485 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6662 times:
I had the good fortune to be booked on CO from PBI to EWR, and got the first revenue flight of a brand-new 757-300 Yes, indeed, it smelled like a new car...it was really wierd to look out on the wings and see no streaks, no paint marred by time or impacts with ground equipment, no hasty patch jobs on the engine cowl, etc. Probably the first and last time I'll ever have that kind of fortune...
Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7076 posts, RR: 63
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6662 times:
Quoting 1MillionFlyer (Reply 19): Raythoean 800 now, Hawker Siddley was the old name, company acuqired by BAE then Raytheon
If you go back far enough it was de Havilland but when was that plane ever referred to as a Hawker Siddeley 800?! It's a DH-125 or an HS-125 or eventually a BAe-125. Dash-800 it may have been but HS800? Never!
KiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6650 times:
Can't remember exactly when in the 1990's it was, but I was fortunate enough to fly a SYD - AKL leg of Qantas' inaugural flight of their first 747-400.
Better still, a friend of mine in flight despatch managed to get me upgraded to Business!! -and that was surprise I sure wasn't expecting!
I remember being on the upper deck, and the smell was certainly like a new car, new carpet, plastic, leather....... and everything was spotlessly clean. As I opperated the seat and footrest controls on my seat, I remember thinking that I was probably the "first" passenger to do it!
I remember still being able to smell the aircraft on my clothes for hours after we arrived in Auckland and left the airport. I will always treasure that flight
: My old company operated a DH125 3A-RA talk about a fuel hog. I would have gone back in time to DH but I figured if it was a moot point
: I was on a brand, spanking new AF A340 that was already outfitted with the L'Espace 180 cabin before the new cabin was officially launched. The upside
: I flew on G-VIIK's first revenue flight. It had a new smell to it, and it was my first time on a 777! During the week I spent in London/Paris, BA swit
: we had the chance to load a brand new 747-400F. It smells very new and you get the feeling you will have paint on your clothes when you lean against t
: If it's piston-powered, the tachometer has an hour meter inside of it. However, these are notoriously unrelaible and will often get changed several t
: In 1984 I flew from Seoul-Tokyo-LAX in a brand new (2 days in service) 747-200 on NWA. It's first return flight to the states, and its first intro fli
: You mean the actual time the master switch is in the on position, right?
: I flew on a ExpressJet EMB-145 (N12957) on it's first revenue flight. The captain made it a point to inform the pax that. It smelled like a new car. N
: Believe it or not, I think the thing's controlled by an oil pressure switch and works independent of the master: A friend of mine and I tried throwin
: I've flown on a few a/c that were new. I've flown on an A346 that had been in service for a few weeks, and on an A319 that had been in service for aro
: I've flown on an aircraft that wasn't even delivered yet... does that count It was the 3rd or 4th flight of it and seeing as the first flight can only
: I flew a 2 week old jet blue a320 "viva la blue" i guess you could say i did have the new plane smell
: I've flown on a new A320 last year JFK-LAX on JetBlue. I didn't notice much difference as most all the JetBlue A320's seem new to me. I also flew on a
: A hobbs meter can be activated by numerous ways. Some operators have it activated by an oil pressure switch so it runs whenever the engine is running
: I flew many brand new piston singles from Vero Beach to Teterboro, and they always smelled so good and felt tight, just like a new car. Once, I had to
: If it kept running after the master switch is turned off, wouldn't the next renter notice a discrepancy in the sign-out log? I mean, everytime I rent
: My first and only new plane flight was on a US A319. The moment I walked on that plane I was amazed at how clean it was and also the lack of the No Sm
: I actually like the traditional "airplane" smell that most aircraft smell like. I guess I'm really sentimental to it How do aircraft eventually obtain
: Thanks for all the replies, re an hour meter... (Would be pretty fun to have an odometer of sorts, though, for NW DC9 pilots to watch roll over.) So,
: Not all Brand new though. Some APUs Have one About the Smell...Its mainly the Interiors that smell different.A lot of New carpet/covers smell.The coc
: I flew on a brand spanking new ET B767 in Jan 2004 from ADD-FRA. I think it was the aircraft's second revenue flight. Man, the thing was quiet like no
: I was fortunate enough to deliver a few a/c. N155CR (I believe) Lear 55 to FXE. Corporate jet for Champion Racing. N14172 EMB-145XR From the factory t
: Did a delivery flight of a new airbus, the catering airbus put onboard was fantastic, pity we had to wait until the destination to open the bottles of
: You probably were, since you're an engineer, did you prepare one of those for the ferry flights to Europe? PS. I forgot to mention that I flew on a m
: I had the opportunity to fly DL's MD-11 ship 804 on its first Pacific crossing from PDX. It was nice and clean and awesome. All was new and in fact I
: When I worked for Hangar One a few years ago, they used to let us ride on some pre-delivery flights of Beechjets, Hawkers, King Airs and even Starship
: i flew on N589JB's FIRST revenue flight (JFK-OAK). it was awsome cause all the seats were fresh...not a wrinkel/crease in it! and i can surely say tha
: In 1998 I flew on Pegasus 737-400 from Madrid Barajas to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The crew told us that it was the 8th flight of that aircraft. I don
: I was on the first revenue flight of the second (I think) Embraer ERJ-190AR delivered to Copa Airlines from PTY to CTG. Everything looked soooooooo cl
: I have been on this aircraft 2 days after it was delivered to AI. It was parked at AI, MX area. My dad had taken me there so that I could have a look