My first intercontinental flight and at the same time my first widebody flight should have been in a VS
747 from LHR
in late -99. To make a long story short I missed the connection at LHR
but was very lucky to be on the next flight that day. I was lucky but also disappointed, I wanted to fly a 747 not a 343. Once in the air I loved that aircraft more than anything else I had ever flown. Actually that's when I became really interested in aviation. The service was outstanding and I was amazed by the flight entertainment system.
Two weeks later I flew CO
. Didn't make the connection in IAH
because the first flight was diverted to PHX
due to a pregnant woman. I hope everything turned out well for her!
After some more CO
flights I was about to fly a VS
747 from BOS
. This flight was almost 24 hours delayed because of a break problem. When we finally took off I was surprised that it was so noisy. The 343 had been much more pleasant and relaxing to fly. No, sorry, I don't know if I flew a 744 or which type of 747 it was.
My advice is clear: Choose an Airbus flight. It's much more relaxing. An extra bonus is that the chance of getting an isle or window seat is much higher in a 340 than in a 747. If 346 is an option I would have chosen that one. As you say it is rare and as PVD757 says "You will have something to talk about".
How can I say VS
has good service? All I really can compare to is the service when I made a round trip with UA
777 from LHR
as a part of a longer trip from GOT
. The service sucked. The flight attendant wasn't just not nice, she was really rude. We all looked at each other several times confirming that we all thought she was behaving very bad. I tried to get other attendants attention but that was absolutely impossible.
Although my heart beats for the 330/340 series I have to admit that the 777 is a great ac.
If you wonder: Yes I missed the connecting flight to GOT
on my way back from BOS
Finally, this would be my priority: