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Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?  
User currently offlineAirbus380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

I don't know about you, but I don't book my tickets until I know what aircraft I'm flying on. Sometimes, I will even go on an extra flight to fly on a heavy. What about you??

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User currently offlineA330/B777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

I always book tickets with the type of aircraft in mind. I guess at 18, I don't mind waiting or switching planes to be able to fly a certain plane.

User currently offlineBombayhog From United States of America, joined May 2001, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

Same here, I always check up on the a/c.


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Personally, no.

My criterion is time of day, and that's about it.

I almost always try and book a daylight flight, purely for viewing purposes, all other factors being the same.

Just as an aside, there are certain airlines I would avoid, regardless of the safety stats anyone might throw at me.


User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5095 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Not really.

Work Hard But Play Harder
User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

If it's not Boeing, I'm not going.. and that doesnt' include the 717 which is NOT a Boeing. Absoluetly I book by aircraft type. My travel agent knows a lot better than to put me on something MD made.

User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2132 times:

Yes, I try to.
Also looking into being on a daylight flight.

User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

Given that most of the time its a cert. what you'll be on then no, e.g Easyjet and Ryanair always bloody 737's.

However, in the past I have avoided a cheaper Swissair return flight to Bangkok because it was an MD11. Shelled out a bit more to fly Emirates (and was rewarded by flying on then brand new A6-EMM).

Earlier this year, I went ski-ing in Grenada, Spain and booked a more interesting itinery with Iberia via Madrid, rather than take the more obvious direct GO flight.

Long haul over water, I prefer to be on a 744, but again the big twins are taking over, so this is not always possible.

Finally, a few years back decided not to book a holiday in Cuba, when, yes you've guessed it, flights turned out to be with Cubana on either a DC10 or Il-62. Went to Barbados with BA instead on a 742.

L1011 - P F M
User currently offlineGunfighter 6 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

I definately do that  Smile

I also look at the airline.
it matters a lot for me. i would even pay more if it meant flying a more beautiful airplane.

User currently offlineBraniff747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2114 times:

I always check the equipment, unless my schedule doesn't allow any flexibility.

I'll even use a different airport and coordinate connections to get on a bigger or more interesting aircraft.

User currently offlineBrenjoro_QF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Yeah for sure, for instance i am flying down too Adelaide soon on QF FFPs so i am fying from DRW - Cairns - Sydney - ADL just so i can get on the 767's

the fact that a friend in the booking department said she could get me business class seats on the 767's helped. The ones on the 737's are duds

User currently offlineBoeing757/767 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Time is first consideration

Price is second

A/c type is third. I tend to pick something I haven't been on.

Free-thinking, left-leaning secularist
User currently offlineMac100 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

Yes - for long haul flights.
747 > 777 > 767

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (15 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Yes all the time. I always tell my parents how we are going to fly and half of the time I get my own way!

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (15 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

No I am more concerned about time, flexibilty, but more importantly air miles! All planes are nice!

User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1478 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (15 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

It isn;t the most important factor, but it is a factor.
If I get to fly on a new type or one that is being retired or just one that I haven't flown on for a while, then if the price is Ok and if my schedule can swing it, then I choose by A/C type.

I usually try to get a morning flight so that the day's delays affect me the least.

I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
User currently offlineMac From United States of America, joined May 2001, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (15 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

Of course I want to know what type of equipment I'll be flying! I certainly do not want to end up on a DC-10 or an MD-11.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (15 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

I look at the airline, and sometimes at aircraft type (especially for long distance, don't want to fly 10 hours in a cramped aircraft).

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (15 years 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

time/schedule is primary thing for me.
cost is the second (but not raynair etc anyway).
then, if after that i have any choice i'm trying to avoid turboprops, regional jets, dc9 and md80  Smile

on longhauls the airline is second after the schedule. i'm always staying (as long as i can) with majors like BA, LH, CX, SQ, etc and keeping myself away from DC10 and 747 classic.

User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (15 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Unfortunately, I do not have too many options.
When I used to fly to Greece four times a year, I got tired of Iberia's DC9s and M80s, later on switched to 320s, and of Olympic's 732s in winter and 734s in summer. Some times I was lucky enough to experience, in peak moments, OA's A300B4s, and 300-600s, or IB's 752s.
Next Christmas, though, I'm flying again to SSA, Brazil. Being VP's M11s disappeared (which I loved to fly 10 times with great happiness, despite Shankly's opinion) I have the option of flying via LIS on TP, but it is A319 BCN-LIS (which I consider fullfilled after several IB, LH and AZ's 320 & 321 flights), and A310 LIS-FORorRECand/orSSA (which I consider fullfilled after several A300 and 300-600 flights)
Thus, I'm very possibly going to fly AF's twice-a-day codeshared flights, so I can fly one way AF's 772s, and the other, JJ's 330s. Another good thing, too, is that this way I take three airplanes isntead of two, via CDG and GRU, and I'm on the air for 14 hours instead of 10...

Call me nuts... Big grin

Best turbulences

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (15 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Yes, I do it all the time. Sometimes, I tend to fly one airline (United) over another (American) just so I can avoid flying in certain planes (MD-80/DC9), even it requires paying a few bucks more. I always try to fly in a heavy but lately, I've been really interested in getting in one of the new Airbus 319/320 models.

There are also times when I will fly JUST SO I CAN RIDE THAT PARTICULAR PLANE. But this only happens when I get a really great deal, more than likely on a shorter flight from ORD.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (15 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Turbulence. Perhaps I should have qualified that I am less worried about my MD11 flight having trouble landing or burning in mid-flight than I am by the fact that I consider them extremely noisy, especially at the back where I tend to sit! I have flown on Delta's & KLM's Mad Dogs across the pond and was glad to get off all three times.

Also, you're less likely to get @ PTV on an MD11 longhaul that you would with say a 744 or 777 (although I accept before some bright spark picks it up, that is not always the case).

L1011 - P F M
User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1456 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (15 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

I always check on the A/C type no matter if it is with us or when I fly other airlines.

Treat others as you expect to be treated!
User currently offlineCAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 922 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (15 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Its pretty funny. As a business traveller I still do that to the extent that I have the option. My last trip to Hawaii for work, I had not options, but I was glad to get my first trip on the 764. However, I am still looking at all of the different ways that I can get to Seattle at the end of June from here. I prefer Delta for the miles, but UAL might offer some more interesting aircraft on certain routes. Also, for my company, cost is the biggest factor. So, I have to make sure that my routing does not cost more than the cheapest available.

The other thing that I tend to do, is to try and make connections at certain airports, where I might get to spend 3 hours or so, and maybe find a nice place to spot and relax. I usually do this from the Crown Room while in ATL.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields
User currently offlineIndianguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (15 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

Yes. I absolutely avoid turboprops. Also, though i love the aircraft itself, i also avoid A300 flights on IC if i am in a hurry, since they have a tendency for delays.

25 Post contains images GOT : I'm only 14 so I don't book my tickets but if I can I push for an a/c that I've never been on before . GOT
26 Post contains images 777-500ER : Usually when I go on a trip 90% of the fun is the flying and that's why I dedicate so much time in booking and choosing the correct flights. Michael S
27 USAFHummer : Well I am not the one who makes the reservations in my family, but when my parents say we are going somewhere via air travel, I will go put together a
28 Srbmod : Having always flown non-rev, the aircraft types usually didn't matter to me. When I worked for AirTran, I always knew what type was typically used on
29 SIA_B777 : not really although i try to avoid the 737 "classics"
30 Airblue : I'm looking only the good price when I fly within US and EU, I check about carriers and plane for East Europe and carribean area.
31 Flashmeister : I always try to schedule flights that put me on something new... either a/c, airline, or airport -- although considering that 99% of the time I fly do
32 Post contains images Superfly : Absolutly! I try to fly quads or tri-jets. Prefer 747s, A340s, IL96, 62 for long haul. Short haul: 737-200s, DC-9s & Yak 42s. I like loud classic jets
33 Tupolev154B2 : Time/schedule always first and then cost to a lesser extent. However, if I could book a flight on a widebody over one on a narrowbody, I would.
34 NWA ARJ : NO.I really never need to worry about it when I fly Northwest Airlines.
35 AA737-823 : WEll, yes, it's a big consideration. But price is first. And times... I usually don't care about the times. However, when I was in college this past s
36 ILOVEA340 : If swissair doesn't go there I book by airplane even if it costs me 30 bucks more to fly on a 742 or A340 rather than a 763.
37 BlueJet : Never, all I care about is the cheapest. Im taking the risk of flying a MetroJet 732 next november, jeez is it cheap!
38 Ironchain15 : I do most of the time. If I have flown the same route with the same airline over and over on the same aircraft, I will not worry about it. If I am in
39 Docpepz : I'm only 18 but will always try to exert pressure on my parents to check which aircraft we'd fly on when we go on family trips. I have a phobia of tra
40 Post contains images ILOVEA340 : really. I try to book a flight on a classic 747. Thbis summer I am flying LH JFK-FRA on a 747-200. I am so exited. I also flew one of swissair last 74
41 Post contains images Dasheighty : I remember fondly the A-300 and L-10-11 and of course the 747 to California. I flew from SFO to new EWR recently wanna know what they were using? A 73
42 Turbulence : OK, Shankly, I did not want to sound bad in any way. Just the way you wrote (maybe the way I read it) was giving the impression of your concern becaus
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