Slovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1501 times:
I know it's not really possible to jumpseat on American carriers anymore but I have read some reports about it being done on international airlines. Does QF ever let anyone jumpseat on a domestic flight? I am in no way affiliated with the airline, just a normal pax.
Unless your best friends with someone who wants to break rules, you have a chance other wise "Sorry sir" will be the answer you get. Better to ask the Capt at the end of the flight. If your flying regionaly you may have a better chance, so i hear anyway.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8841 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1413 times:
QF used to be fantastic on domestic flights for cabin visits before 9/11. In those days the "take me to Cuba" line wasn't a worry on the domestic flights and I've seen lots of kids (some a bit older) go up during the flight.
My two favorites:
A group of visiting kids from China (about 10 as I recall) got to go up in small groups. They were so excited I think that head stops on the way back to their seat was a must.
The best, though, was a little girl about 6 or 7. The co-pilot was a woman and she picked the girl up and put her on her lap. After a minute the plane drifted slightly off course and then back - I'll always believe that the little girl got to "fly" the plane.
Every time I saw the kids go up I was very grateful to the QF crew for their kindness and also a bit sad that the same was not possible in the US.
And I did get the jump seat once in an Airbus departure from SYD before 9/11.
Turkee From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1365 times:
Currently, unless you are the holder of a valid air-side ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card) QF regulations will not allow you to travel in the jump seat. You need prior permission from QF Operations, as well as the obvious permission from the Captain. You also need to be employed by (or contracted to) QF. I have non-revved in the jump seat of a QF B738 recently, but that was only because the main cabin was full (and I mean full) and I had to fill out some paperwork beforehand, to get the necessary approvals.
I remember we were trying to get a revenue pax into the jumpseat of a B738 once, as he had a funeral to attend and the flight had been over sold, yada yada yada. Anyway, he didn't get on.
Domestically, you might have a better chance with the National Jet Systems-operated QantasLink flights BUT their regulations are the same (but some of the pilots break the rules a bit more ). B717-200s are fun, too!
Back when I was a kid, and before 9/11, I got to experience jumpseat rides (from take-off to landing included) in BAe-146 and B737 aircraft thanks to QF (and Ansett, too). What a thrill! Once the captain of an Ansett BAe-146 even programmed some crazy heading into the autopilot and let me hit the HDG hold switch, sending the aircraft into a none-too-subtle bank to the left. I was a bit young at the time, but apparently I went running back down the aisle with a grin from ear to ear announcing to my mother how I had just flown the plane. Hilarious!
Nzrich From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 1536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1207 times:
Quoting VHXLR8 (Reply 6): Quoting Turkee (Reply 5):Currently, unless you are the holder of a valid air-side ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card) QF regulations will not allow you to travel in the jump seat.
Even then, chances are slim to none unless you are QF aircrew.
Basically the same in NZ as well in the cabin for a spare crew seat you have to be a fully trained pilot or crew member rated on that type of aircraft.. For the flight deck you basically must be a airline employee..