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User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1068 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

How many , if any, cabin crew are on delivery flights - or do the pilots take care of themselves ?

Do they also haul back a full complement of LD3's etc

What other "stuff" would they pack for the ride ?

rw774477

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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2245 times:



Quoting Rw774477 (Thread starter):
How many , if any, cabin crew are on delivery flights - or do the pilots take care of themselves ?

From my understanding, no cabin crew. There may be some extra airline employees besides the pilots, but no F/A. That was my understanding, at least.


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9466 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

It depends on the airline and type of plane. For a 737 delivery, often it is just the pilots that take the plane. The others that supported the delivery and customer flight, do not always stay the extra two days required to get the airplane ticketed and preped for delivery. For widebodies of international airlines, larger staffs often are onsite for delivery and then they can go on the plane.

I have never seen an FA. IIRC catering consists of the cold boxed lunches that Boeing provides on all its test flights. The galley is not equipped for food service or catered at Boeing.



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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4883 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2151 times:

Three years ago, I brought back two E190s from Brasil to Montreal.
(I miss the old EMJ days!)

It was just the F/O and me. In fact the AC team down there to officially accept the aircraft, returned home on an A340 nonstop from GRU!

We flew via ANU, spend the night, then flew ANU-YUL the next day.



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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2064 times:



Quoting Rw774477 (Thread starter):
What other "stuff" would they pack for the ride ?

I've heard tales of crews loading up on goods from Costco (only ~15 minutes from Boeing Field) and filling the hold up before heading home.

Tom.


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4883 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2038 times:



Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 4):
I've heard tales of crews loading up on goods from Costco (only ~15 minutes from Boeing Field) and filling the hold up before heading home.

I am not so sure I'd try that.

When we arrived in YUL with the E190, both times Customs would not allow us to open any door until they were present. They then did a very thorough search of the aircraft. Not just for anything we may have brought, as we WERE allowed to bring in goods .... but for anything on the aircraft at all.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1946 times:



Quoting LongHauler (Reply 5):
Not just for anything we may have brought, as we WERE allowed to bring in goods

If you are allowed to bring in goods, what is the problem with stocking up at Costco? As long as you stick within the customs guidelines, or are willing to pay the fines (which, depending on where you are, may still be cheaper than buying the product there), what's the big deal? I can't imagine customs would put a fuss with $800 worth of toilet paper...fruits and veggies, sure, but...a twelve-pack of vacuums?  Smile


User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4883 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1921 times:



Quoting SW733 (Reply 6):
If you are allowed to bring in goods, what is the problem with stocking up at Costco?

As long as its within the guidelines, there is no problem at all.
Just don't "hide" it in the hold, keep it front row and centre!

But I find with the Boeing/Seatlle deliveries, you are usually not out of Canada for more than a few hours. Not enough time. The Canada Customs guidelines are very restrictive, and offer nothing duty free until 24 hours, and nothing of any great value till 48 hours.

With the Brasil deliveries, and with the necessary stop in the Caribbean, one is usually out of Canada for enough time for at least a good bottom of rum.

But ... watching Customs go over the aircraft when we arrived in YUL, opening maintenance panels, and looking in every bin, hold and storage unit, I wouldn't try anything illegal.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6293 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1902 times:



Quoting LongHauler (Reply 7):
Just don't "hide" it in the hold, keep it front row and centre!

I absolutely agree. I just didn't see where he was saying they tried to hide them from Customs folks, just put them in the hold for transport.

Quoting LongHauler (Reply 7):
rum.

That's how I roll in the Caribbean!


User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3058 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Hope they have more than a box lunch on this delivery flight,

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N...D/history/20091221/2200Z/KBFI/ENGM




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