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Any Pilot/Crew/Pax Ever On A Brand New Aircraft  
User currently offlineArcticTern From India, joined Dec 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6838 times:

The topic space was not enough to explain what i was lookin for.

Just wanted to know how an new Aircraft felt, for example, you get a car of the sales showroom and you went on a drive for the first time. The note of the engine, the feel, a complete experience.

How does it feel? I am sure it has a sweet smell, how many pilots, crew or passengers ever flown on a brand new aircraft.

Please post your views/ opinions

Thanks
Sushant!

[Edited 2006-02-14 14:43:22]


I wanted to fly even before I knew how to pronounce the word 'Pilot'
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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6821 times:

I flew in a brand-new Dassault Falcon (as a passenger). Gourmet meal on board, with Chateau Dassault wine (yes, they produce their own wine).

I also flew in the same week in a Hawker Siddeley 800 and a Gulfstream.

It was a nice experience. For the aircraft companies, it was a sales pitch (we bought the Hawker Siddeley 800).



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12128 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6813 times:

I flew on a brand new B-727-200 once, UA had just taken delivery of it. This was that airplanes first revenue flight.

It did have that "new car" smell.


User currently offlineArcticTern From India, joined Dec 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6773 times:

I really wonder how an new aircraft smells, unfortunately my brain cells have not been the new aircrafts.

Hope i get to fly on a new one soon!

A lot of aircrafts heading to India!

Thanks,
Sushant



I wanted to fly even before I knew how to pronounce the word 'Pilot'
User currently offlineGr8Circle From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 3097 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6756 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....  smile 

Unfortunately, the same aircraft is currently being dismantled at BOM airport....  crying 


User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6743 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.
Highguy76


User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6694 times:

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...

Regards,
LO231



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User currently offlineFlyHoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6654 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
work out.



A little bit louder now, a lil bit louder now...
User currently offlineFreakyDeaky From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 132 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6643 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?



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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4315 posts, RR: 28
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6643 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.



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6611 times:

I flew on one of A7-AEA's (QR A330-300) first flights, it was great. Everything was new and clean  Smile

I then flew the aircraft when It was around 4 months old, she's still in good condition  Smile


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User currently offlineHiFi From Brazil, joined Apr 2005, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6517 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... Big grin

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...

Cheers.



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User currently offlineLehovec From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6517 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.

Pax were impressed aswell.

[Edited 2006-02-14 20:11:51]

User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6484 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.



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User currently offlineCRJ900 From Norway, joined Jun 2004, 2172 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6469 times:
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I have flown some very new B738s with Sterling and Ryanair, and I have heard much creaking noise from the overhead bins, they haven't "settled in" yet...


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User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1613 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6443 times:

I was in training at TZ in November of 2002 and was on a 738 that just arrived. It it still had the plastic covers on the seats. I do not know the registration.

I was on N333TZ the first week or two of service. Great plane. The bathrooms and cabin have the bluish lights and the bathrooms look much more elegant, if you will. The limo of the fleet.


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User currently offlineDb373 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 237 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6371 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.


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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6868 posts, RR: 63
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6352 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 1):
I also flew in the same week in a Hawker Siddeley 800 and a Gulfstream.

What is (was) a Hawker Siddeley 800?  confused 


User currently offlineKL662 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6342 times:

Do planes have an odometer? Or some kind of hour meter?

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6337 times:

Raythoean 800 now, Hawker Siddley was the old name, company acuqired by BAE then Raytheon

http://www.avmats.com/capabilities/c...#search='hawker%20siddley%20800'

I have been lucky enough to fly in a brean new Citation V and Lear 31 when purchasing a corporate aircraft.

We ended up buying a used Lear 35, better range and perfromance and only 2.15 Million USD at the time with brand new interior and paint.

[Edited 2006-02-14 21:30:58]

User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1613 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6311 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 17):
What is (was) a Hawker Siddeley 800?

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search


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User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6311 times:

Quoting KL662 (Reply 18):
Do planes have an odometer? Or some kind of hour meter?

usually a Hobbs meter is used

http://images.search.yahoo.com/searc...ter&type=jpeg&no=21&tt=82&ei=UTF-8

of some other device that tracks hours of flight time.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6303 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  Cool 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...


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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6868 posts, RR: 63
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6303 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!


User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6291 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

KiwiTEAL


25 Post contains images 1MillionFlyer : 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
26 BlueFlyer : 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
27 Post contains links UAL747 : 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
28 744rules : 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
29 Post contains images KELPkid : 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
30 Redneckslim : 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
31 RedFlyer : You mean the actual time the master switch is in the on position, right?
32 JohnClipper : 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
33 Post contains images KELPkid : 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
34 Post contains images Leezyjet : 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
35 Post contains images A319XFW : 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
36 RMD11 : I flew a 2 week old jet blue a320 "viva la blue" i guess you could say i did have the new plane smell
37 PlanenutzTB : 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
38 Jetstar : 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
39 Post contains images Glydrflyr : 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
40 Post contains images RedFlyer : 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
41 Petmbro : 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
42 Post contains images Airlinebuff77 : 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
43 KL662 : 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,
44 Post contains images HAWK21M : 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
45 TinkerBelle : 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
46 AirlineAV8tr : 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
47 Zeke : 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
48 LO231 : 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
49 Notdownnlocked : 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
50 Post contains links and images AndrewUber : 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
51 Post contains images B6FA4ever : 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
52 Emrecan : 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
53 Jsqvl1 : 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
54 Himmat01 : 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
55 Post contains links and images Vhqpa : In 2 weeks I go on the inaugral Qantaslink Q400 flight View Large View MediumPhoto © Michael Bridge Trip Report around Mid March Jason
56 Planemannyc : I was on the first JetBlue Embraer 190 revenue flight on Nov 8, 2005. 2 others a.net members were there as well. BOS-JFK. It was a short but great fli
57 Zvezda : I've been onboard two A319 acceptance test flights and two delivery flights. Many minor items like life vests and the magazine storage sacks for the b
58 Wargo7772 : i'm flown on 6 of northwest's a330-300's for the first flight
59 Rongotai : Three memorable occasions - and I agree with everybody about the smell, unblemished impressions. UA Caravelle (N1007U) demonstration flight for travel
60 DC10Forever : I did the same flight and is quite impressive the catering provided by airbus for this flight. As an aviation lawyer in Brazil, I have worked for sev
61 Post contains images HiFi : I ran some tests on it and on a few other E-jets... that includes LOT, Delta, JetBlue, US, AC. I think that's it, apart from prototypes I've been on.
62 Post contains images JFKLGANYC : Flew a brand new ERJ 145 from CMH to BOS. Cockpit was nice and shiny. And yes, it did have a nice new smell to it. Bad thing: no catering yet. We didn
63 BandA : I flew Asiana last october on one of their 773's they had just taken delivery of... the Asiana people at the gate (SEA) said they had just switched to
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