I used to notice that smell more when I was younger. Maybe they used some different kind of air freshener back then. It was a strange thing. I used to love the smell, but somehow, I'd have to describe it as being slightly vomitty. That's bizarre, because I can assure you I don't like the smell of vomit.
I was on a Canada 3000 ex-Royal A310 from YYZ to MAN late June. The first smell to hit me was a sort of a damp smell that hit me as soon as I entered the plane then there was a really strong smell of disenfecant, like they were trying to hide the damp smell.
sorry couldnt reply to your mail, having problems with my account, anywasy I have no idea about the inflight music on PIA but their cassettes are available in some stores. About the smells, on my last flight which was with PIA there was the usual standard cabin interior smell which is universal on all airlines, yes that means PIA smells good too
This reminds me of something that happened at CMH a couple of years ago...
Delta Passengers Complain Of Nausea
Jul 27, 1999
Ten people were briefly hospitalized at Port Columbus International Airport July 27 after complaining of dizziness and nausea caused by an odor on a Delta Air Lines plane that landed from Cincinnati.
Seven members of the plane's crew, two baggage handlers and an airport firefighter were treated at three hospitals and released. None of the 29 passengers aboard Delta Flight 2010 from Cincinnati to Port Columbus International reported feeling ill.
Firefighters said they could not immediately identify what caused the smell. Deputy fire Chief Karry Ellis said one possible source was eight or nine boxes that contained herbs and spices that had been chemically treated within the last week. He said the odor also might have come from materials used to clean the plane.
Delta was continuing to check the Boeing 757 to see if it could determine where the odor came from, airline spokesman Tracy O'Donnal said. He said the plane would be kept in Columbus until it was determined to be safe to fly.
But, everytime I get on a plane, it always smells like coffee. I love that smell.
For those of you that haven't noticed (at least on AA), the flight attendants hang full sealed coffee filters in the lavatories to cover up the bombs(not the explosive kind) the passengers deploy in the toilets.
My last flight was in a Cargolux B747-400 Freighter LX-PCV (don't worry, in the passenger cabin!), in June this year. There are 6 passenger seats and 2 beds in the upper deck. As I entered the cabin, it seemed to me as if I entered the room of a 5 stars hotel. Clean, everything on its place, looked nice, warm and passenger friendly. There were no bad smells, it smelled just like textile (seats and floorcarpet) always do. This appearance of the cabin is one of the many reasons why I like more flying with CV than with any other airline. Oh yeah, the food: it could have come directly from the restaurant, very tasty. Then, the cabin smelled a bit like roasted chicken (what I ate). But tell me someone who does not like roasted chicken (yummy).
Usually when i get on a plane I get the smell of the Cabin Crew's perfume, upholstery cleaner and the smell from the air conditioning. Walking down the Jetway you always get that great smell of Jet fuel accompanied by the noise from the tarmac, its great!!
When I flew for C3 a few years ago, our 757s had a distinct stench that we could never get out of our uniforms. You could smell it on the jet way already... We called it eau de boeing. Its hard to describe exactly what the smell was... But even now I remember it very distinctly. Funny how our Airbuses never had this same smell... Go figure!!!
I guess the smells come from the materials use for the interior, like the plastics used for the panels, the cloth for the seats, carpets? But yes, all planes have this very distinctive 'plane' smell! And it doesn't seem to vary too much between airlines (leaving aside airlines who don't clean their planes properly!).
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In 1999 I flew from Dublin to rome on a TransAer A300, and as soon as i boarded the plane, a stench of fish hit me! I have no idea where it came from (maybe there were fish in the cargo hold?) but it really did smell unpleasant!
Ansett Australia 767 aircraft have this really unusual mix of coffee jet fuel and this weir but appealing apricot like scent. But unfortunately after boarding and taking your seat it is not there anymore.