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Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:03 am

What was your best experience flying commercially?

Mine was back in November flying home for Thanksgiving. I was waiting in MSP when my name was called for me to go up to the podium. When I got up there, the gate agent took my boarding pass and started typing away. I asked her what was going on, and she said she had me in a different seat (a middle seat too  Pissed ). I then requested a window seat, and asked what was going on again. The agent told me she was trying to get a family sitting together, then handed me a boarding pass for a window seat, in first class. It was nice to have a larger seat and a meal for a change. Big grin
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:06 am

AI SIN-DEL: When the FA asked me whether I wanted a second meal (the other choice - I had a hard time deciding between veg/non-veg) after she observed me how I enjoyed  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:25 am

SEA-ANC on Delta. I was flying alone up to Alaska to visit my uncle way back when in the day and it was a beautiful day, I asked a few questions to the gate agent and they were polite.

But right before I was going to board, they called me up and said we have a better seat for you. It was First Class.

Must have been the cloudless day in SEA that made everyone in a good mood!!!!  Big thumbs up

In-flight experience. SQ, I wound up getting hit on by all the young attractive flight attendants  Love (since most are my age anyway) and their service was top notch and very very very good.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:26 am

For some reason what Mrniji said reminds me of an episode from The Simpsons where Homer flew 1st class:

Stewardess : What would you like for dinner sir, 1 steak or 2 steaks?
Homer : Can I have both?
Stewardess : Certainly!

Now that's a good flight!  Smile
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:31 am

KEno, I like this one  Big thumbs up
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:35 am

15-04-1996 SK968 DEL-CPH B763 LN-RCE,

Well it actually started two days before the flight. I had around 20kg overweight and wanted to find out how much that would cost me. Instead of calling I decided to visit the SAS office in Delhi. Turned out to be a funny little office, and I was invited for a cup of tea.

I asked about the overweight, and the agent went to his computer and worked for about 5 min., came back and said it was taken care of and it wouldn't cost me anything. That was what I was hoping, I was a student at the time, but it was very nice to get confirmation that it wouldn't cost me anything!!

On the evening of the flight I went to the airport. Proceeded to check-in wearing shorts and a T-shirt, carrying a backpack and an other dirty old bag. After handing in my ticket, the girl at the counter worked a bit on her computer, came back with a smile and asked if I would mind sitting in business class. I was very surprised and just said something like that it would be OK.

Had a very nice flight back, with fantastic service. A really perfect end to three months budget travel in Australia, Nepal and India!!!

Very good memories Big grin

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:38 am

My wife and my two daughters are departing exactly now (Indian time 21:00) with Sri Lankan Airlines from Chennai to Colombo (A320) and then will depart after a transit time of approx. 4 hours from Colombo to Zurich (A330-200). I will pick them up tomorrow morning at Zurich Airport.

It will be my best experience flying, because I will have so many questions regarding the flight MAA-CMB-ZRH they will have done without me. And myself I have never flown with UL.

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:40 am

Flying the 737 for the first time  Wink/being sarcastic With 13 pax on board! Felt like my own personal BBJ!

That will always remain fresh in my mind  Big thumbs up

My next best moment will be flying 1st class LHR-LAX-LAS-SFO-LHR next year  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:53 am

1997: ZRH-ATL on good old SR in F class, it was a perfect flight with perfect service and the best food on an airline back in the days

1999: JFK-LHR on the Concord, what can I say, the ultimate flying experience
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 12:59 am

1958 - a TWA "Super G" Connie from LAX to PIT.... My parents and I were returning home on a Red-Eye during the wonderful days of luxurious air travel. TWA featured actual bunks for complete, unadulterated sleep. I recall my Mom tucking me in and I kept opening the curtain to see the blue/orange flame of the superchargers lighting-up the darkness of night. What a memory!
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 1:10 am

September 1985 GMP-SEA on Northwest N612US. I was originally book in coach but was bumped into first class due to overbook. Great flight and much appreciated as I am 6"10". Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 1:15 am

AS PHX-SEA 737-400. June 2001

After years of flying WN, I got to fly AS. Hence, the flight was only in economy, but I still got food, a visit to the cockpit, and wings.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 2:50 am

Another interesting experience I had was when I was 14 and had to spend the night in SLC. My flight from IAD was 2 hours late because of weather, so I missed the last flight to BOI. My mother was nervous about the whole affair, but I had a blast. Oh, and it was my first time flying alone, too.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 2:58 am

Mine would have to be non-revving from JFK-PHX trying to get home. Our HP flight was overbooked and the next was already full, so we were going to get on JetBlue to LAS. The ticket agents were very friendly, and waived our fee for the flight. All the employees were great. And it was a treat to fly nonrev with a PTV and actual snack! One of my best flights ever.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 3:43 am

January 16, 2004, VS002, EWR-LHR, B747-400, reg: G-VBIG "Tinker Belle"

v:port equipped, great friendly crew, and a nice group of people around to chat the whole flight. Some F/As joined in on the group a while later and it was like a one big party. Great flight!

February 06, 2004, AF005, EWR-CDG, A340-300, reg: F-GLZK

With very few people on this A343, we were treated like royalty by the AF Cabin Crew. It was a pure delight.


p.s. I was traveling economy on both flights.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 4:31 am

Mine would definetely be aboard a C-5 Galaxy. The meal was absolutely terrible, but I layed down on the floor and slept almost the whole duration of the all day flight. I am sure that would not fly so to speak with a civilian airliner.

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 5:45 am

Ferrying a brand new 757 from seatle and sitting next to Gordan Bethune in the right seat at fl370 for about 30-45 minutes. Steak or lobster was was the meal choice.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 6:07 am

I was upgraded twice to 1st class by luck! Loved both incidents! First one back in 1998 from BXB-VIE via ZRH on Malaysian. My moms friend had booked me on the last minute, and when we got to the airport, they told me that sorry, my seat was taken!! But then the agent asked me if I would mind taking another seat, I was like sure, whatever, I hadn't even picked a seat!! Next thing you know, while boarding the plane, the FA looked at my pass and smiled and said this way sir and I could not believe the spiral stairs up to the 1st class! I tell you guys, it was lots of fun just me, 2 rather old folks who were nice and pretty much slept all the way to ZRH, and then I stayed on as the only passenger in the cabin to VIE with the 2 very nice fag on board of a 747-300, chatted and ate chocolate pudding, with variety of fresh berries!

The second incident happened just last summer on a DL flight from LAX to CVG with a change over in SLC. While seated to be called up for boarding, my name was called! I went up to the counter, the agent took my boarding pass and tore it up!!! Then gave me a new one and said I think you'll like this one better, seat 5A!!! It was a short flight on a DL 757, but hey, it was a nice surprise!
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 7:15 am


UTA DC10 from LAX-PPT-LAX...Flawless economy

Dec-97 from ORD-CVG-BOS. I was booked on DL, but when I arrived at ORD, due to a storm the previous night the outbound aircraft never made it. I was booked on UA to CVG and picked up the rest of my DL flights. While waiting in ORD fro my UA flight I had a great conversation with a DL F/A based in CVG, who was on my UA flight to CVG. Just prior to boarding she offered me her first class seat, due to the weather inconvenience. I was shocked and impressed by her generosity and kindness. I graciously declined her offer.

Apr-02 from EZE to ATL on DL. Once the flight was boarded I asked the purser why the ticket counter had clumped everyone together right behind the business class cabin. I thought as a DL Gold Elite I would have had my own row. Eva was a former PA F/A who had flown since the 60's. She was vey empathetic and understanding. Before takeoff she walked me to an empty middle section...great for sleeping. Unexpectedly, after takeoff she took me to seat 10G in BusinessElite!!! I did not expect an upgrade at all. After the trip I sent her a $50 Nordstrom gift certificate.

Apr-04 to and from Sydney on QF12 and QF149. Both crews were professional and friendly. In talking about their First Wine Cellar, I stated I used to work in the packaging industry, mainly in the grape growing areas of central California Valley. Mark presented me with a bottle of the dessert wine served on board. Nice Touch!

Jun-02 on a flight from SLC to ATL. One F/A was absolutely phenomenal. A southern belle with a beautiful voice, charming smile and a great attitude.
Just before landing, I poked my head in the forward galley and told her she was the best, the reasons why and I was glad I was on her flight today. She hugged me and cried and said, "You don't realize how much your kind words mean to me". I was touched to say the least.

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Sun May 02, 2004 7:24 am

Aug 2001 UA LHR-SFO first class suite on a 772. I ate lunch quickly, took some Tylenol PM and woke up for Tea just before arriving into SFO. Out like a light! I don't know if this is a tribute to my flying experience or just a plug for Tylenol PM??  Big grin

Aug 2002 UA NRT-SFO first class suite on a 744, seat 1A in the nose. I had just arrived in from LHR (going the long way to SFO) due to the flights being all oversold. There were only 2 other people in First and they were in the back of the cabin. I felt like I was on my own private 744. I read an entire book and wrote in my journal the whole 10 hours. It was great!

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Fri May 14, 2004 12:08 am

1998: WAW - FRa on LH 320.
Midweek flight in the early afternoon, almost empty, 1 pax C, me in 23A and then: Mr. Beercan Totally drunk he -hicks- was wavering his way thru the isle -hicks- towards 22F like a fisherboat in the stormy sea. Only seconds later you smelled the vapour of numerous alcohol based nerve agents - even if you have a flu and being a smoker.
Things increased a little when the engines were started and the air condintioning started working. But this was biological warfare, really.
After start and climb the usual (at least at these acient times usual) drink service by the FA´s.
Mr. Beercan wants: "A BEEEER".
FA: "Of course, Sir".
WHAT???? My head turned in milliseconds - I can´t believe it! Hwo can she give this filled-up Mr. Beercan -hicks- another beer??
I was damned short of asking her quite unpolitely what she´s gonna do but then - WONDERFUL - I saw the beer she was giving to Mr. Beercan: "Clausthaler" - an famous german beer - alcohol-free  Wink/being sarcastic.
In this moment she turned her head towards me and only grinned -  Wink/being sarcastic
After -hicks- Mr. Beercan was happy with his beer she asked me, if it´s OK for me with the smell in the air and the neighborhood of Mr. Beercan?

Five minutes later I sat on the jumpseat for the rest of the flight until parking position and learned a whola lot of things about the A320.

Hey LH, THAT was perfect sercive.

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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Fri May 14, 2004 1:48 am

It was Christmas of sometime between 1978 - 1981. I was flying LAX-LIM on Varig's 707. In those days, we used to get our dad to fly us home on first class. Back then, "business class" as we know it today did not exist. I was around 15 at the time. I was flying with a friend of my brother's from college, also a peruvian flying home. We get to LAX from SMC and we are told that the 707 blew on engine coming from Tokyo (don't believe it was NRT at the time) and that they were flying an engine from Brazil. The original departure time was around 12:30 p.m., but they had estimated we would wait 24 hours for the repair. So they sent us to a hotel. In the meantime, many of the passengers (who continued from LIM to Rio de Janeiro), were booked on a PanAm flight non stop to Rio. My buddy and I were sent to a hotel. They called us at 4 a.m. the next day to wake us up and tell us to be at the airport by 6 that morning. Keep in mind, this is now about 20 hours later. We board the flight and we take off. Well, in those days, first class had approximately 24 seats and there were 3 of us in there, including my buddy and I. We were seated in the last row. In the first row was a man who was japanese and who chose to sleep the entire flight. We had a full crew (I think 3 f/as) and full service, but most of the passengers in first were already home compliments of PanAm. I remember that my friend and I had caviar, steak, lobster (which I don't like, unfortunately) and multiple helpings of anything we wanted. It was a FEAST. Also, I did not drink at the time (it wouldn't have mattered despite my age, believe me. They would have served me) but my friend had the wine cart (about 20 bottles in it) parked NEXT to us. He got smashed, and we had an absolute ball in the 8 hour flight. Needless to say, we talked and flirted and everything with the female f/as and we ate, drank (he did) and did just about everything on that flight. It is a trip I will never remember.
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RE: Your Best Experience Flying

Fri May 14, 2004 12:25 pm

In coach: its a tie
National Airlines 727-200 routing Melborne, Tampa, New Orleans, Los Angeles
There was a crew change in New Orleans. Both Crews were delightful. The food was great and I could not have been more thrilled with this flight. I even got to go out on the Catering Truck thru the back galley door in Tampa. Made a big impression on my as a young airline and airplane fanatic.

Hughes Airwest DC-9 30 and DC-9 10 Routing Orange County, Pheonix, Tuscon, Gymas, LaPaz. Change of plane occured in Tuscon. Another great flight experience. Same comments as above about crew and meals except no catering truck ride. Instead back in those days Gymas had a dirt runway and a small shack for a terminal. What a dust storm that DC-9 kicked up when in thrust reverse.

Business Class
Continental Airlines 777 routing IAH-LAX
A fantastic and relaxing flight, top notch service, food and comfort.

First Class
Aloha Airlines routing Orange County to Kona via HNL with change of plane.
The entire Aloha experience from reservation to baggage pick up was flawless and went way beyond my expectations. It was the first time I was ever truely treated like and felt like a First Class Passenger at every step of the journey.
The food also takes special note. It was like eating in the best resturant possible. I was really blown away !!! A note here I returned on Aloha and was equally impressed so it was not just a one time wonder.

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