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Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 9:43 pm

I don't know about you, but I don't book my tickets until I know what aircraft I'm flying on. Sometimes, I will even go on an extra flight to fly on a heavy. What about you??
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 9:51 pm

I always book tickets with the type of aircraft in mind. I guess at 18, I don't mind waiting or switching planes to be able to fly a certain plane.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 9:57 pm

Same here, I always check up on the a/c.

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 9:59 pm

Personally, no.

My criterion is time of day, and that's about it.

I almost always try and book a daylight flight, purely for viewing purposes, all other factors being the same.

Just as an aside, there are certain airlines I would avoid, regardless of the safety stats anyone might throw at me.

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:05 pm

Not really.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:08 pm

If it's not Boeing, I'm not going.. and that doesnt' include the 717 which is NOT a Boeing. Absoluetly I book by aircraft type. My travel agent knows a lot better than to put me on something MD made.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:12 pm


Yes, I try to.
Also looking into being on a daylight flight.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:13 pm

Given that most of the time its a cert. what you'll be on then no, e.g Easyjet and Ryanair always bloody 737's.

However, in the past I have avoided a cheaper Swissair return flight to Bangkok because it was an MD11. Shelled out a bit more to fly Emirates (and was rewarded by flying on then brand new A6-EMM).

Earlier this year, I went ski-ing in Grenada, Spain and booked a more interesting itinery with Iberia via Madrid, rather than take the more obvious direct GO flight.

Long haul over water, I prefer to be on a 744, but again the big twins are taking over, so this is not always possible.

Finally, a few years back decided not to book a holiday in Cuba, when, yes you've guessed it, flights turned out to be with Cubana on either a DC10 or Il-62. Went to Barbados with BA instead on a 742.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:19 pm

I definately do that  Smile

I also look at the airline.
it matters a lot for me. i would even pay more if it meant flying a more beautiful airplane.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:23 pm

I always check the equipment, unless my schedule doesn't allow any flexibility.

I'll even use a different airport and coordinate connections to get on a bigger or more interesting aircraft.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:32 pm

Yeah for sure, for instance i am flying down too Adelaide soon on QF FFPs so i am fying from DRW - Cairns - Sydney - ADL just so i can get on the 767's

the fact that a friend in the booking department said she could get me business class seats on the 767's helped. The ones on the 737's are duds
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 10:41 pm

Time is first consideration

Price is second

A/c type is third. I tend to pick something I haven't been on.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind

Tue May 29, 2001 10:45 pm

Yes - for long haul flights.
747 > 777 > 767
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 11:04 pm

Yes all the time. I always tell my parents how we are going to fly and half of the time I get my own way!
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 11:15 pm

No I am more concerned about time, flexibilty, but more importantly air miles! All planes are nice!
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 11:18 pm

It isn;t the most important factor, but it is a factor.
If I get to fly on a new type or one that is being retired or just one that I haven't flown on for a while, then if the price is Ok and if my schedule can swing it, then I choose by A/C type.

I usually try to get a morning flight so that the day's delays affect me the least.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind

Tue May 29, 2001 11:26 pm



Of course I want to know what type of equipment I'll be flying! I certainly do not want to end up on a DC-10 or an MD-11.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Tue May 29, 2001 11:44 pm

I look at the airline, and sometimes at aircraft type (especially for long distance, don't want to fly 10 hours in a cramped aircraft).
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 12:01 am

time/schedule is primary thing for me.
cost is the second (but not raynair etc anyway).
then, if after that i have any choice i'm trying to avoid turboprops, regional jets, dc9 and md80  Smile

on longhauls the airline is second after the schedule. i'm always staying (as long as i can) with majors like BA, LH, CX, SQ, etc and keeping myself away from DC10 and 747 classic.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 12:10 am

Unfortunately, I do not have too many options.
When I used to fly to Greece four times a year, I got tired of Iberia's DC9s and M80s, later on switched to 320s, and of Olympic's 732s in winter and 734s in summer. Some times I was lucky enough to experience, in peak moments, OA's A300B4s, and 300-600s, or IB's 752s.
Next Christmas, though, I'm flying again to SSA, Brazil. Being VP's M11s disappeared (which I loved to fly 10 times with great happiness, despite Shankly's opinion) I have the option of flying via LIS on TP, but it is A319 BCN-LIS (which I consider fullfilled after several IB, LH and AZ's 320 & 321 flights), and A310 LIS-FORorRECand/orSSA (which I consider fullfilled after several A300 and 300-600 flights)
Thus, I'm very possibly going to fly AF's twice-a-day codeshared flights, so I can fly one way AF's 772s, and the other, JJ's 330s. Another good thing, too, is that this way I take three airplanes isntead of two, via CDG and GRU, and I'm on the air for 14 hours instead of 10...

Call me nuts... Big grin

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 12:18 am

Yes, I do it all the time. Sometimes, I tend to fly one airline (United) over another (American) just so I can avoid flying in certain planes (MD-80/DC9), even it requires paying a few bucks more. I always try to fly in a heavy but lately, I've been really interested in getting in one of the new Airbus 319/320 models.

There are also times when I will fly JUST SO I CAN RIDE THAT PARTICULAR PLANE. But this only happens when I get a really great deal, more than likely on a shorter flight from ORD.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 12:55 am

Turbulence. Perhaps I should have qualified that I am less worried about my MD11 flight having trouble landing or burning in mid-flight than I am by the fact that I consider them extremely noisy, especially at the back where I tend to sit! I have flown on Delta's & KLM's Mad Dogs across the pond and was glad to get off all three times.

Also, you're less likely to get @ PTV on an MD11 longhaul that you would with say a 744 or 777 (although I accept before some bright spark picks it up, that is not always the case).
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 1:10 am

I always check on the A/C type no matter if it is with us or when I fly other airlines.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 1:38 am

Its pretty funny. As a business traveller I still do that to the extent that I have the option. My last trip to Hawaii for work, I had not options, but I was glad to get my first trip on the 764. However, I am still looking at all of the different ways that I can get to Seattle at the end of June from here. I prefer Delta for the miles, but UAL might offer some more interesting aircraft on certain routes. Also, for my company, cost is the biggest factor. So, I have to make sure that my routing does not cost more than the cheapest available.

The other thing that I tend to do, is to try and make connections at certain airports, where I might get to spend 3 hours or so, and maybe find a nice place to spot and relax. I usually do this from the Crown Room while in ATL.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 3:18 am

Yes. I absolutely avoid turboprops. Also, though i love the aircraft itself, i also avoid A300 flights on IC if i am in a hurry, since they have a tendency for delays.

 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 3:41 am

I'm only 14 so I don't book my tickets but if I can I push for an a/c that I've never been on before Smile.

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:03 am

Usually when I go on a trip 90% of the fun is the flying and that's why I dedicate so much time in booking and choosing the correct flights.

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:05 am

Well I am not the one who makes the reservations in my family, but when my parents say we are going somewhere via air travel, I will go put together a suggested flight itinerary for us, based equally on time and aircraft...

My upcoming trip to FLL in June...I planned out the flights just to get on the A321 on the return with US, and amazingly my parents went along and booked that flight...usually they reject my ideas...

I personally feel that aircraft is a big factor for me when traveling, there are certain types I would like to avoid, and whenever possible, fly on a new type of aircraft...

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:22 am

Having always flown non-rev, the aircraft types usually didn't matter to me. When I worked for AirTran, I always knew what type was typically used on the routes I usually flew on. After they got the 717, I tried to make all of my flights on a 717, which wasn't always possible. When I went to work for ASA, I flew on whatever aircraft Delta had scheduled for the route. I did on occasion, fly certain routes just to fly on certain aircraft, like ATL-MCO-JFK just to fly on a 777, and ATL-PDX-ATL just to fly on an MD-11. Only twice did I not have the option on the aircraft I was too fly on. Was stuck in MCO until later that day, so I flew to TLH to catch a flight back to ATL. I had to fly on an EMB-120 and a 737-300, two of my least favorite aircraft.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:24 am

not really although i try to avoid the 737 "classics"
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:30 am

I'm looking only the good price when I fly within US and EU, I check about carriers and plane for East Europe and carribean area.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:32 am

I always try to schedule flights that put me on something new... either a/c, airline, or airport -- although considering that 99% of the time I fly domestic, I'm running out of options.

I've yet to fly 717, MD11, A321, A330, A340, F100, 328JET and I typically fly Delta the majority of the time. No 717s/Airbii there... and I could live if I never flew the MD11...
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:34 am

Absolutly!

I try to fly quads or tri-jets.
Prefer 747s, A340s, IL96, 62 for long haul.
Short haul:
737-200s, DC-9s & Yak 42s.

I like loud classic jets too!  Big thumbs up
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:36 am

Time/schedule always first and then cost to a lesser extent. However, if I could book a flight on a widebody over one on a narrowbody, I would.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 4:42 am

NO.I really never need to worry about it when I fly Northwest Airlines.
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 6:24 am

WEll, yes, it's a big consideration.

But price is first. And times... I usually don't care about the times. However, when I was in college this past semester, I had to choose based on time and ended up on United 735, and then A320. I took the same trip in May and got 732 and 733.

After flying United, I now try to avoid the 737. It's not a bad plane, but it is just so dull. There in nothing unique about a 737 at all. I would much prefer a 727. Lots of personality with that aircraft. And the 757- there's an athletic lady. BUT on UA you get 737s. On American, you can pick 727 to Dulles or S80 or 757 to National.

Why do you folks avoid the DC-10 and S80? I much prefer Douglas aircraft to Boeings. But that's just me. I know all about your DC10 horror tales, but really, I have flown the D10 twice and the MD11 as well and found them to be great aircraft.

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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind

Wed May 30, 2001 7:38 am

If swissair doesn't go there I book by airplane even if it costs me 30 bucks more to fly on a 742 or A340 rather than a 763.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 7:56 am

Never, all I care about is the cheapest.
Im taking the risk of flying a MetroJet 732 next november, jeez is it cheap!
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 11:25 am

I do most of the time. If I have flown the same route with the same airline over and over on the same aircraft, I will not worry about it. If I am in the mood later to ride something different, I will see if I can get on standby.
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 1:14 pm

I'm only 18 but will always try to exert pressure on my parents to check which aircraft we'd fly on when we go on family trips.

I have a phobia of travelling classic 747s. I remember travelling on a SIA BIG TOP 747-300 a couple of months before they retired them (in 1997 I think) and the plane was really almost breaking apart. Like, there were plasters on the wall, and the lights had muck bellow them and the seats were stained, oh my god, I'm amazed we arrived in HKG in one piece! Which is why I never ever wanna take a 747 Classic again.

Which is why we'll take SQ when we go to SFO in a few months time, and not NW which uses 747-200s.

I know fleet age is kind of a stupid criterion for choosing which airline to fly, when, the Silk AIr plane which crashed was brand new, and so was the 744 SQ006 used. But well, it always feels good to travel in a new plane
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 1:18 pm

really. I try to book a flight on a classic 747. Thbis summer I am flying LH JFK-FRA on a 747-200. I am so exited. I also flew one of swissair last 747-200 flights and a few of there 747-300 flts. I love those old planes. One thing I regret is never flying a tower 747-100  Sad
 
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RE: Do You Book Your Tickets With Aircraft In Mind?

Wed May 30, 2001 2:13 pm

I remember fondly the A-300 and L-10-11 and of course the 747 to California.

I flew from SFO to new EWR recently wanna know what they were using? A 737-800 With one set of Laves in the back there was almost a riot on the plane between the flight attendents and the Passangers a turf war over who was in control over the Isle. Imagine an airline putting a plane like that for a cross country flight.

They ought to be arrested!  Angry
 
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Shankly

Thu Jun 07, 2001 1:09 am

OK, Shankly, I did not want to sound bad in any way. Just the way you wrote (maybe the way I read it) was giving the impression of your concern because of safety, this subject being a quite widely discussed one here.

As for the noise, I must tell you that for twice I've sat in the very last row, once directly BCN-SSA, trip time 8h20, once with stopover at MAD, total trip time 10 hrs., and did not find it that bad. Even slept...
I do not agree with you on naming them Mad Dogs. I'd rather call them Mighty Daisies or Marvelous Devices. I LOVE THEM!!!

Finally, I have for long time noticed the huge devotion (not to call it "mania") for PTVs.
Well: it is true that I have not had the opportunity to experience them, but this way I can only happen to think about one goo think about them: nobody is gonna pass in front of you... provided you sit at a window or a "center-in-the-center" seat. I'm not very sure of the comfort in staring at such a close-to-the-eyes-so-small luminous spot for several hours. If I finally fly AF's 777 or JJ's 330, maybe I change my mind. But I am of the opinion that, LCD or not, a larger, further screen, must make it more comfortable to the eyes. Now that I write it, I'm maybe starting this topic...

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