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User currently offlineSoxfan From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 865 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5490 times:

Hi,

Have you ever been flying over New Years'? When the clock strikes 12:00, have the crew on your flight done anything special to symbolize the new year, or has it just been business as usual?


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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

I flew LAX-LHR on the 31st DEC 2006/1st JAN 2007.

Took off from LAX 31st DEC 06 and landed in 2007. BA didn't offer anything special. The captain only said welcome to 2007 and something more when we landed.

I actually expected some kind of special treatment during the flight.



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User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5428 times:



Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
Have you ever been flying over New Years'? When the clock strikes 12:00, have the crew on your flight done anything special to symbolize the new year, or has it just been business as usual?

We flew from LAX to DUB over the new year. We worked out when we would actually meet the new year...think it was over eastern canada. Captain made an announcement...cabin crew got all the remaining champagne from business and went through with glasses. The flight was approx 40% full so everyone got a bit. This was back in, i think dec 2001,maybe dec 2000.


User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2688 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

My sister was on a SY flight from SAN to MSP on December 31, 2007 and landed at MSP after the new year began. She said the pilots only made a small announcement. Many people at the Humphrey Terminal had new year horns and hats.


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User currently offlineAsiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5429 times:

I was on a KLM from AMS to SIN one new years evening.
Departure from AMS was around 21.30 and they kindly upgraded me to Business class.
Some minutes before midnight I was woken up by the crew (because I can't stay awake when I fly) who gave out Champagne to everyone on the plane.
At midnight the Captain wished everyone a happy new year and made a toast.

Good job by KLM!!!



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User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 917 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5392 times:

United PDX-ORD a few years ago. The flight crossed time zones before midnight, so there never was a definite New Years' moment.

Nothing special happened, everyone was asleep.


User currently offlinePRFLYER From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5357 times:

Flew LAX-MNL on Dec.31. Our flight left at 9:30PM so by the time dinner was served, it was almost midnight. Champagne  champagne  was free flowing in J Class. Don't know what was happening dowstairs. When we landed in Manila, it was Jan. 02 already. We lost Jan. 1st.  Yeah sure

User currently offlineSANFan From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 5433 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

Question that has not been asked: on a multi-time zone flight, when is midnight? On all the sited examples above, did the crew use the departing-city's midnight, or the arriving-city's, or whatever time zone they were over at "local" midnight -- in which case there should be multiple celebrations? Inquiring minds need to know...  

I'm kind of surprised that apparently not much is made of the occasion. I would have expected a flight would do at least as much as they usually do when crossing the date line (in my experience anyway.) Hmmm, I don't recall ever having been on a commercial flight on New Year's Eve...

Final thought: I bet WN makes a deal with it. Only problem is they have very few flights in the air at midnight! (PSA, I'm sure, would have also had a party but same problem -- not many late or overnight flights.)

bb

[Edited 2008-10-08 20:58:03]

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User currently offlinePHXmd80 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5340 times:

DL CVG-PHX this year. Flight attendant said, "for all of our east coast passengers, happy new year," upon final into PHX. My new years gift from DL was a lost bag.

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User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5279 times:

This last new year I flew DTW-AMS on NW and they didn't do anything. There was never an announcement or anything, but we were about an hour early, so I guess that was nice. It was also quite empty.

User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

I flew on AA from JFK to ZRH on Dec 31, 2007 and landed in 2008. Nothing special at all!

User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5197 times:

Flew ORD-FRA on Dec 31, 1987 on a 747-200 Combi. No announcement or anything. just like any other flight

User currently offlineCory6188 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5179 times:

I flew HNL-EWR on CO this past year from 12/31/07 to 1/1/08. I think that everyone was basically sleeping except for me, so they certainly didn't make any announcements or do anything special on board. A few of the F/A's had 2008 glasses on their heads or other pins or stuff like that, though. And I think that they probably made a "happy new year" announcement when we landed, but nothing notable otherwise.

Based on the responses to this thread, I'm beginning to see a trend that the airlines basically don't care -- at least not in the US.


User currently offlineDalfannyc From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5165 times:

That's kinda funny, because I did the opposite. I flew EWR-HNL on Dec 31st 2006. The flight departed at around 1:30pm EST and landed at 7:20pm HST (12:20AM EST) So although we never technically had midnight on the flight, my departure city had already celebrated New Year's when I arrived. What was actually kind of cool was my cell phone got confused. Many of my friends had sent out mass text messages saying Happy New Years and my texts came in as arrived 2007, but when I replied, my "sent" texts had 2006 as the time sent.

User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5055 times:
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Quoting PHXmd80 (Reply 8):
My new years gift from DL was a lost bag.

Happy New Years!!!! Nothing has happened to me. They just say Happy New Years and "Buh-Bye." And its amazing on Dec 26th and January 2nd/3rd my or someone related to me always has a missing bag.
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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 837 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4990 times:

I flew from CCC to LGW on New Years Eve about 3 years ago on Thomas Cook Airways. The crew worked their butts off to ensure everyone had a drink by midnight (UK time) when the captain made an announcement informing us of the new year. then in true charter style everyone across the A330 crossed arms and sang Auld Lang Syne - quite a spectacle!!

Then, also in true British style everyone complained as there was no free drinks given out by the airline



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User currently offlineManu From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 406 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4973 times:

As a kid, I flew from OGG to DFW on new years 1987. I remember it being a strange flight, since really it felt like we missed new years! The crew did nothing I can remember, but was pretty young. It was on an AA DC-10 and we were in the back middle 5 seat section. My only trip (there and back) on a DC-10.

On that note I also remember shortly after the Aloha 737 lot its forward cabin roof. I also remember OGG had little security so you could walk right up to a small metal fence and take photos! First time I ever did that... the two are related because many of the Aloha 737 photos were taken from the same area I went only a few months earlier.


User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4435 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4959 times:

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e329/bonbonturc/newyearsonTK.jpg
Here is me on a TK A340 flight, JFK-IST, few years back on a New Years. The load was 60-70% on the flight and I got an exit row all to myself, and I was offered couple more bottles after this one. It wasn't a party on board, but still nice, special to get champagne and cake. Too bad all this happened before dinner.


User currently offlineThemightydude From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4944 times:

I had like 3 new years on one flight..lol

Was going from Memphis -> Anchorage for business.

It was New years in the CST time zone..then we crossed into the next time zone, and it wasn't midnight yet, but before we were out of that time zone, the clock struck midnight.

Same thing happened on the next time zone.

So the captain came over the intercom three different times saying happy new years! lol



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4943 times:



Quoting SANFan (Reply 7):
Question that has not been asked: on a multi-time zone flight, when is midnight? On all the sited examples above, did the crew use the departing-city's midnight, or the arriving-city's, or whatever time zone they were over at "local" midnight -- in which case there should be multiple celebrations? Inquiring minds need to know...

Exactly, and what happens if your flight crosses the international date zone?

Quoting APYu (Reply 15):
I flew from CCC to LGW on New Years Eve about 3 years ago on Thomas Cook Airways. The crew worked their butts off to ensure everyone had a drink by midnight (UK time) when the captain made an announcement informing us of the new year. then in true charter style everyone across the A330 crossed arms and sang Auld Lang Syne - quite a spectacle!!

Indeed, a typical British charter tradition. Could only have been worse if the flight was on its way to GLA or EDI!  duck 



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User currently onlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30988 posts, RR: 86
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4915 times:
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Did it in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Was in F for all of them so I already had champagne.  Smile

User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4823 times:



Quoting SANFan (Reply 7):
Question that has not been asked: on a multi-time zone flight, when is midnight? On all the sited examples above, did the crew use the departing-city's midnight, or the arriving-city's, or whatever time zone they were over at "local" midnight

For my example myself and the co-pilot worked out when we would overfly 'midnight' and chose that time.


User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

i was flying JFK-LAX new years last year--and it was a bit disconcerting really.

obviously its a late night flight, and i was already tired--but then i hear someone speaking, but not so much speaking as COUNTING DOWN just after we were off the ground.

and really, when you are out of it, the last thing you want to hear on a plane is a captain COUNTING DOWN FROM TEN!

then after fear that the captain was going to plunge us into the ocean quickly subsided i realized it was, in fact, new years.

oops.

but the flt was 1/2 full in biz, and the champagne was flowing for all, until most people passed out an hour into the flt, after the light meal service.


User currently offlinePnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2241 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4774 times:

I think it is very much up to the crew what individual aircraft do. I have only been in the air on one New Years Eve once. We were westbound from YYZ. I think over Alberta the pilot wished everyone Happy New Years and in J class we were offered champagne. And because of the time change we landed prior to New Years in Vancouver. I just had carry on bags so exited immediated and was at the Hilton near YVR in not long after midnight but in time to get free champagne in the bar.

User currently offlineManu From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 406 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Didn't the Concorde fly people from Paris after new years to NYC to experience it again?

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_/ai_53478718

Anyone do that? At $39,800 per person, I was a little short...


25 RoseFlyer : I've done it twice. The first time I flew AKL-LAX in 2004 and we got into 2006 for about a half hour before we crossed the date line. The captain mad
26 Soxfan : I'm surprised at some of the responses about _nothing_ special happening on the flights! I guess it's true that there are some issues if you're flying
27 Maxisno1 : On an EK flight to London they put a little message on the IFE saying 'Happy New Years' - They did the same from Xmas day.
28 Aircellist : I took AC 870, YUL-CDG, on dec. 31st, 1999. Because of the millenium bug scare, the flight was very cheap. Because of said bug, the flight was very em
29 Ptcflyer : One flight... Celebrated New Years and then went back to the old year. Flew PEK - EWR on Continental. Left on December 31st 2005 late afternoon. Trave
30 Ajs123uk : This year I was working lhr-hgk New Years eve and on a full 747 plane there just wouldn't be enough champagne to give everyone a drop! Most passengers
31 Doug_Or : This happened to me back in '96 going LAX-AKL. When the plane crossed the date line and we entered '97 they celebrated (even though we never reached
32 CPH-R : I remember watching CNN coverage of Sydney's Millenium celebrations (It's up on YouTube & I highly recommend watching it), and at one point the comme
33 Post contains links and images Dash500 : I did it this year (2007->2008) I was on duty in a flight between LRM and MXP and then, just before midnight we were back in the skies for a position
34 787seattle : Beautiful picture! I would love to fly over a city during new years. Must be amazing to see the fireworks from above instead of below.
35 Luv2cattlecall : Flew from SJC-JFK on B6 just this last New Years...complete non-event! They hadn't even catered the aircraft enough beforehand, so we were running low
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