Csavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1331 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (11 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 971 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.
Turbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 24 Reply 19, posted (11 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 945 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...
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5 Reply 20, posted (11 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 940 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!
Shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1472 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (11 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 935 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).
CAETravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 898 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (11 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 931 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.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't have the decency to thank her. - W.C. Fields