The minute the lift is under the wing, kiddo, it doesn't matter if you're going 30 miles or 3,000....your airplane is doing what it was built and tested to do.
Just remember it this way....your A340 is happiest up at cruise altitude.....skimming along in thin air, the engines set at what, 65 percent of the power they're capable of....the Atlantic is no match for that baby.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21353 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
Just take it easy. It´s pretty normal to be a little nervous when you´re making your first trip abroad.
But you´ll be fine. I´ve made a few transatlantic trips and it was fine. No big difference to regional flights, really.
With the 340 you´ve got a very safe plane, indeed. And, by all accounts, a pretty comfortable one as well.
I like to take a good book with me. Listening to music or watching movies will also help for a nice trip.
Toady From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3458 times:
Take heed of all the advice about preventing DVT. Drink plenty of water, walk around, relax and have a peaceful and safe flight.
I'll bet you'll love every minute of it and when you land in (OK, just outside!) that magnificent city, you'll wonder why you ever held those fears.
MAC100 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3434 times:
I am sure once you're on board, you'll enjoy every minute of it. The A340 is a rather smooth plane and you can always do what I do, sleep through your entire flight (as it will be dark most of the time anyway). Get a window seat on your way back and enjoy the beautiful views, relax and enjoy the magic of flight!
Tupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3393 times:
The A340 hasn't had a single crash yet over the 6 to 8 years it has been in service for while the 747 and DC-10 first experienced crashes within 5 years after it entered service. It is a very safe plane and will get you to your destination fine.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3388 times:
Just do what I do, watch movies, read, sleep, eat, or whatever is fun to you. I flew to Germany for a connecting flight in Europe, and both ways were on the Airbus A340-300, it was last month when I came back, and I loved it. Lufthansa is a fabulous airline, and I'm sure that Air France is great, and plays awesome movies.
LufthansaUSA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 188 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3365 times:
Don't worry, your trip will be great! The A340 is, in my opinion, the most spacious feeling, quietest airliner in the sky. Its a lot of fun to be on. Dont worry about the flight length, you'll hardly notice the time, then you'll land! I've never flown AF, but I've heard great things about them. Hope you enjoy Europe, I love it. Enjoy your trip!
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
Your fear is normal, I took a one and a half hour long domestic flight the other day on a Pakistan International Airlines 747-300 and felt exactly as you do, best thing is to keep your self occupied, look around, walk about talk to the crew and fellow passengers, read or get absorbed in the entertainment, if youre religious you can pray and that will greatly relieve your fears because you'll know youre in God's care, also one of the best way to deal with long haul flights is to sleep, if it dosent come naturally due to anxiety try taking a pill, I dont take sedatives but the anti-motion sickness tablets i do take (two for long hauls) have the effect of a sleeping pill so im out just after a few minutes in flight, and even if im not asleep does help me feel relaxed, its great especially if youre flying a bad aircraft or airline. Hope you have a good trip