WorkFlyer From New Zealand, joined Dec 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5038 times:
Back in the days of the first gulf war, when lots of American pax were nervous about flying, I flew from Hawaii to Auckland on a Continental 747 (200 I think) and there were 50 of us on board. I still remember the crew comments about the airline will not be making anymoney on this run.
Great for me though. I got four seats to myslef and slept well. I miss Continental down here in NZ as a cheap option to the USA and the UK.
HAM From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 267 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4748 times:
Nice report. Interesting that BA serves a hot breakfast on one flight and on the return nothing but peanuts.
I´ve also had a private jet experience: MXP-MUC on a LH CRJ with only 3 Pax on board: My brother, me and a stranger. The two flight attendants were not too busy on this run. They did their security show and all the three of us were hiding behind newspapers. Probably the flight would have been cancelled but the plane was needed in MUC, I suppose.
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4104 posts, RR: 52 Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3815 times:
I do like a DOC domestic with the cooked breakfast , certainly cancels some of that groggy early morning feeling. I've had 18 people on a LGW-MAN before and there was 12 on the flight I was originally booked back on however I switched to the LHR.
They are comfortable yes, but some look very tired. It's a shame LGWspeedbird didn't sit up the front for either flights as you can get business class legroom and seats and if the purser's nice your coat hung up
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 736 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3596 times:
Yea, some of them do look pretty tired, especially the -300 and -500 series aircraft. Having said that, the cabins are always clean and the seats are all very comfortable (both the convertable Club Europe ones up front and the older standard seats down at the back). If I had to choose between one of one of our comfortable "lived-in" 737s or one of easyJet's brand spanking new A319s with hard, non-reclining seats, I know which I would pick. And I say that as an easyJet fan.
However not in the UK.,.. but from PNS-MSP back in March 2003, I had a flight on a Northwest Jetlink CRJ arrival in MSP at about 8:55 PM on a Sunday and departure from PNS at around 4:00 PM... there was only me, my parents 1 flt. attendant and only 8 or 9 other people.. man was that awesome, but almost 4 hours on a CRJ wasnt fun.. the flight had to divert around weather enroute.. the flight was supposed to be only about 2 hours and 55 minutes.. but we had to well, well out of our way due to bad thunderstorms of most of the central part of the usa. when we took off from PNS we flew straight north towards Michigan/Indiana and then over Wisconsin... when flying a more direct route over the central part of the US would have been much quicker. Anyways... we almost had to make an emergency landing at CWA due to low fuel. I asked the pilot as we were deplaning as to how much fuel we had left and he said.. basically we had only about enough to taxi and then beyond maybe about 20 minutes of more fuel left.. so that was pushed to the absolute max... normally a more direct route from PNS-MSP is somewhere around 850 nm.. but the way we went was about 1460 nm.. and the max range of a CRJ is about 1500 nm tops!!, which mean only enough fuel for about 40 nm more! Phew!
InbarD From Israel, joined Jan 2007, 219 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3295 times:
I bet that flight was pretty damn profitable! I wish it was like that on 747 have all the room for your self in economy, get your self the four seats in the middle and spread out. Nice trip report, although i was expecting a private jet, but it doesn't matter still a nice report.
Quoting Rineanna (Reply 1): 16 passengers??!!That must have been an interesting flight to be on
When my Dad used to live in Baku, the flights with BA used to be empty at Christmas time. I remember some of the times where each passenger had on average 2-3 rows to themselves.....and this is on an A329/A320!