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Flight Attendants Remember Your Very First Flight?  
User currently offlineAirtransam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

Hello fellow F/A's Im just curious if everyone remembers there very first flt as a F/A after graduation. The date acft type destination and other details. Please share your memories.

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User currently offlineUALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1818 times:

Mine was a three-day trip that went like this: LGA-DEN (757), DEN-IND (737-300) for a layover at IND for 20-odd hours. The next day it went: IND-ORD (727), ORD-DEN (A320), and DEN-PHX (757) for a 18-hr layover (I think). The final day it was PHX-DEN (757) and DEN-LGA (757).

I was sooooooo terrified! I didn't want to seem nervous, or even new! I wanted it to seem like I've been doing it for years. Fortunately, everything went relatively uneventful and routine. Back then, our pax seemed to really love UA (we were under the team-oriented leadership of Gerald Greenwald). It was as if United couldn't do anything wrong. Now look at us. Today it's as if the company can't do anything right.

Don't eeeeven get me started on my anti- Goodwin/Dutta/Studdert/Hobgood soapbox...

Oh boy. I'm beginning to feel my temperature rise again.


User currently offlineCmm340 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

Remember it like it was yesterday.
Flt#481/482, YYZ-LAS-YYZ, B757-200ER REG#C-FXOO

Similar experience to UALfa@jfk, nervous, wanted to make great impression, but the best part of it was because i was the supranumerary fa onboard i got to ride jumpseat for landing and takeoffs, and i'll never forget the view while landing in LAS, all the while listening to atc though an extra set of headphones.
My uniform still looked new, it was stainless, freshly pressed, and the shoes shone. LOL, now you can only imagine what the uniform looks like.


User currently offlineAirtransam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

my first flt was from Toronto-Aruba-Toronto fuel stop in Boston. B-727 acft. Full flt down full flt back 187 pax both legs. I remember I was in the ailse thinking what am I doing here, the heat on-board was terrible in Aruba, every pax was complaining and asking for drinks. Being a newbie and thinking that Im super man I was running back and forth from the galley trying to accomodate everyone. When we were returning back to Toronto we ran out of ice and large glass'es so we were serving piss warm drinks in little 5oz glasses!!! To make things worse because of our heavy load and other factors we had to stop for fuel in Boston. I thought that the flt was never going to end, but it did and Im alive and still love it today as much as I did the first day I started.

User currently offlineLxlgu From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Hi-I remember my first flight
Boeing 737
South African Airways SA 405
Johannesburg/Port Elizabeth
Night stop
I worked the galley.I remember thinking also-what
I am doing here?but I did it for ten years.

User currently offlineSouthstar From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Hi, I remember my first it was:

syd/cbr/syd/per...A320 - with a layover of about 16 hours then,

All but the first leg was full but great...and its still great to day!


User currently offlineOflove13 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

I remember mine it was on a 747 and it went from JFX- LAX. I was pretty excited to get up there and start flying. I was suppose to D/H home but the crew was short so i got a layover out of it and got to work back the next day. The only bad thing was the crew was really SR. and they really didnt bother with JR. flight attendants but i really didnt care.
Now u cant get me off a plane. I miss those 74s now fly in DC-10s but hey its all international and i fly alot so i cant complain too much.

User currently offlineFlygirl From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

My first flight is still so memorable because it took place BEFORE my graduation and it was alsolutely hysterical.

The class I was in (36 of us) was the first of four. Wardair was on a hiring blitz because they had no reserve coverage and another 747-200 was expected to join the fleet within a few months. Just days before our graduation my class were to take a fan flight. Eager and wide-eyed we all hopped on board early in the am and took our seats, and waited...and waited...and waited. Toronto was socked in with fog and no one was going anywhere.

By mid-afternoon the operating crew were running out of duty day as was one other Wardair crew in YYZ. No reserves remember? When the crews walked, management made some quick calls to MOT, and ultimately "volunteered" us as the replacement crew. Since we had written our exams already it was approved. Did I mention we were in civies? I had on a pair of burgundy velvet pants and long sleeved top. Two of our instructors, who were In-charges working in training department, took charge of each crew who at this moment were in full panic.

I was selected to operate to BGI and back on a 707. None of us were in uniform, and other than the drafted In-charge, no one had a clue how to do each service and work flows were to be covered the next day in class. That poor In-charge was half a head of hair lighter by the time we got back to YYZ the next morning. However, I can say with confidence that the passengers never had just a horrible flight, yet never enjoyed one more. We were given a round of applause by the passengers at the end of each leg and were the most proud, screwed-up crew to ever walk off an airplane. My velvet pants were retired the next day  Smile

To tell you all the things we messed up or bungled through would read as a short novel. My first flight in uniform was the day after graduation and I felt like an old hand. Of course I learned then the extent to which we had "not followed procedures" on the previous foray. How were we to know that coke was not an ingredient in the special punch we served or that the steak didn't need an hour to cook thoroughly?  Innocent

User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

My first flight, boy does this bring back memories! It was on a "stretch" DC-8, what we used to call an "all nighter" to LAX from MIA. We had to at that time plug in trays for each first row of seats(I know, this bit of information really dates me doesn't it?), I can't remember just how many there were, but on a cabin crew of 6, one was assigned to the trays. For some reason I want to think there was either 26 or 29 trays. If there are any other former National F/A's out there that remembers the stretch 8, let me know the right number. Anyway, we got to LAX had a layover in Santa Monica, then the same thing on our return flight. This was in February 1971. For all of you that are still gracing the skies, enjoy yourselves, I miss it terribly!

User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 981 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

My first flight:

Roots Air. YYZ-YYC-YYZ Full flight. 2RA. for those people who don't know, Galley assist and anything else. worked with a great crew very helpful. passengers were great. Smooth flight. Brand new Airbus A-320. Miss Roots Air very much!!

Skyservice. YYZ-PUJ-YYZ. Full flight. 1R. Front galley. Very nervous seeing that I never flew Charter before. read french announcments and really screwed them up!! seeing that made me even more nervous. But the in charge was very nice and helped me through my galley duties. Was very greatful. flight was very quick smooth and the passengers were also great. Mind you got nabbed with handing out blankets and pretty much had to hand them out to every passenger! so then i had to rush with my galley duties. But all in all was a fun flight.


Safety is Everyones Responsibility.
User currently offlineJacobCAL From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

My first flight took place on July 2, 2000. I graduated Flight Attendant training June 27,2000 and THOUGHT I was ready to take flight but then I walked onto that plane and forgot EVERYTHING! It was a 4-day Pairing (trip) and I was Aft Galley, Asile Asst. and the first leg of the trip was on a new 737-800. We went from EWR to PVD and I couldnt even set up the bev. cart! I WAS TOTALLY CLUELESS!!! Thank god I had such a cool crew who totally covered my butt the first day and a half. The rest of the trip was great, had my first FL layover and went out for sushi with the whole crew. It was a great trip, I was very lucky. You should hear some of the horror stories some of my classmates have to tell about their first flights!! It seems like that was just yesterday!

Jacob Smile

User currently offlinePecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Get a load of this...
My first flight was on a 747SP from JFK to SEA. Flight 17...I was juniored into FC/BC galley and it was awesome. Just working a great airplane on my first trip broke me in and every plane I worked after that was a piece of cake. That was July 1988...I'll never forget it.

User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
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My first flight was an observation flight : A BRU-STR on a 737-500 (Sabena)
My first flight when flly qualified on 737 was a BRU-FAO-BRU on a 737-400
My first flight on a A320 as fully qualified was a BRU-NCE-BRU on a A319 (I landed in the cockpit in NCE as not enough jumpseats in cabin Waouwww !!)

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User currently offlineSunnyzsz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

British Airways
Boeing 777-200

Boxing Day (December 26th) 1997

Everyone was really happy, apart from me, I thought I was going to be sick. I was the only German speaking flight attendant onboard and someone forgot to tell me that we had 58 German speaking passengers  Sad I was not happy!!!

After that my time with BA has been great! I am now a Purser...


User currently offlineMD From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

My first flight:
I don't remember anything that flight, because i was one year old. Airline was Aeroflot and aircraft Tupolev or Iljushin.

User currently offlineMD From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

My first flight:



Tupolev or Iljushin


I don't remember anything that flight, because i was only one year old.

User currently offlineTailwind From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

Hello my first flight was my familiarization flight in training on a B767-200 position O-L. I was doing YUL-YYZ and YYZ-YUL. As I was serving my 1st drink a coke ...I asked the pax 4$ for the drink...I forgot it was only for alcohol duh! It was the first time of my life I was getting on a an aircraft My first flight as a real F/A was a B767-200 YYZ-YOW turn 0700 departure full breakfast service with a choice! welcome to the real world of short haul flight. I am working for AC based in YUL.


User currently offlineMD From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1593 times:


When i write first time here i don't see my write when i was send my answer.

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