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Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 12:48 pm

What was your first flight you flew (First Class) on?

Mine was CO from IAH-HNL in F-class... Very nice!
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:16 pm

In 1998 from ORD-MIA on AA(757-200), MIA-CUR on AA(727-200)
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:46 pm

Mine was in 1994, Continental flight from San Pedro Sula (SAP) to Houston (IAH) B737-3TO.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:42 pm

A couple years ago, I flew LGA-MSP on an NW DC-9... Only time, it was nice from what I remember...
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:09 pm

Mine was about 15 years ago. I was scheduled to fly NW SFO-MSP-EWR as a Y passenger. The SFO-MSP leg was a continuation of a service from Tokyo. That flight was something like 5 hours late arriving in SFO. I'd miss every remaining flight from MSP to EWR. The CSA put me on an SFO-MEM-EWR routing. SFO-MEM was on a 727S in coach, but the flight was almost empty so I had a full row to myself. The MEM-EWR leg was full in coach so she put me in F on a DC9-15. That was my first experience with F class and I LIKED IT A LOT! The attention we got was stupendous and I didn't mind the free alcohol and snacks compared to the shlubs in Y who had to pay for their booze and got nothing to eat.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Oct 05, 2006 10:57 pm

AUS-DFW on AA years ago.

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:21 am

January of 2005. SFO-HNL on DL. Awesome flight/service.....

The person I was traveling with and myself could not figure out how to pull out the TVs from the armrest!!!!!

HaHa.....
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:23 am

Erm..BA0285 to SFO, it was a redeemed air miles ticket, to go in business, and i got a free upgrade to First at the gate! not bad eh!?!

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:39 am

My soul is in the sky...
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:28 am

My father HAD to use some miles before they expired so we booked some business class tickets (no first class with SAS) down to Madrid.

I can't say that the service on the business class was much better than that in economy class. The difference is much bigger on intercontinental routes.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:37 am

EWR-BDA on a CO 738.

Unfortunately I have never flown in an intercontinental First Class, hope to realize that in the future.

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:24 am

Domestic SRQ-CVG back in 1992 on DL

Int. IAD-ZRH back in 1994 on UA

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:48 am

When I was six I flew first class on UA, EWR-SFO-SNA. Very nice.

CO is better though.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:04 am

Mine was in 2003 on PHL-LAX-PHL on a US A321 and my most recent was ABQ-LAS on A US 733.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:42 pm

Domestic F was many moon ago; I think NW LAX-DTW going to the Detriot Auto Show.

International F was just three years ago, flying MH KUL-FRA. Since then I've managed to add CX BKK-HKG-SFO to that list.

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:04 am

American Airlines this year, LAX-ORD, then LAX-JFK. Very nice indeed!
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:39 am

1979 TPA-BOS-YUL on Delta B727 very nice
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:28 am

Domestic First:
In 1994 I flew SEA-LAX-PHX/PHX-DEN-SEA in first class on United. I remember one of the flights as being on an old 737-200 that was from the first Frontier. That was an OLD and scary plane.

International Business:
In 1997 I flew SEA-ORD-LHR/LHR-ORD-SEA on United and got to experience brand new 777s. That was when the 777s were brand new and UA was having teething problems with them. On the way to LHR, the reading lights over my seat were not working and would come on and stay on and could not be turned off. On the return trip I was on a 777 with no PTVs and my legrest was broken and would not move. United gave me a $200 coupon to make up for it.

International First:
In 2003 I flew SEA-NRT-SIN-BLR-DEL-FRA-PDX-SEA in United, Indian and Lufthansa in First Class. It was an amazing round the world trip. It was my first time in the nose of a 747 and it was just amazing. I've been fortunate enough to travel international first class on a number of other occasions since.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:30 am

January 05' from DEN to SEA and then SEA to ANC. I was booked on the direct DEN-ANC flight but it was overweight so I volunteered my seat for a free roundtrip ticket and just thought I'd throw it out there to see if I could get first. To my suprise the guy responded with a yes.

First F on International was this summer from SEA-NRT and then NRT-ORD on UA. All connecting flights were in F as well.

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:55 am

About 1993. Flying from Auckland to Boston on Continental (when they used to fly to NZ). In those days they had economy, business and first. I was upgraded from business to first from Auckland to Honololu, and again from Honolulu to Denver.

The interbational leg in first class was extremely good. The domestic first class was not nearlty as good.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:26 am

AA: ATL-MIA

Was not worth it.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:43 pm

First class, what's that?

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:48 pm

well never first class, but already happy that I had the chance several years ago to fly some long-haul business-class flights..... well these days Avianca`s Business Class was like an first class including caviar dinner....

cheers
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:30 am

Long time ago, when KLM still had their "Royal Class"...

IAH-AMS on a Boeing 747-300...
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:31 am

For me:

LHR-SEA (and back) on BA in 2003. Big grin

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:45 am

May of this year, in Domestic First on US. I used miles to upgrade. CLT-SEA-CLT. I paid for C on SK, as a continuation of the previous trip - SEA-CPH-SEA, and the seats on US were more confortable for me than the seats on SK.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:39 am

Several flights in domestic first in the US which do not really count.

My first real international first was in December 2003 on an American Airlines 777 (N766AN) from JFK to LHR. I had a discount coach ticket and used 25,000 miles to upgrade to business. I was a platinum at the time and got upgraded again to first (seat 2J). Wonderful flying experience, I was hoping the flight would take longer.

At LHR we also got to use a fast "premiun" immigration lane and by the time we got to baggage claim, my bags were already off the belt and waiting in the "premium baggage" area.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Tue Oct 10, 2006 5:46 am

Mine was BA from LHR-BKK. I think I was half a year old then. I definitely remember every thing about that flight, I even took pictures and wrote a trip report. (kidding of course about the last part)

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:31 am

GDL - LAX...........Delta. I'll never forget it. New Years Day (or day after New Years Day) but the airport and flights were jam packed. We showed up to the airport fairly late. In Mexico, they'll start giving your seat away if you don't show up in time (if memory serves we had a assigned / confirmed coach seats). When I say we showed up late, it wasn't as if we showed up 5 minutes before the flight, perhaps maybe 45 minutes - 1 hour before. As we were standing in line, there was a buzz of information in the check in area that the flight was oversold and the crowd was getting restless. As we approached the desk it was my cousin and I and another couple waiting and we got called up to the desk by two separate agents. We literally got the last two seats on the airplane that morning which were in first class!!! Yipee, no upgrade, no miles, no nothing, just luck of the draw that day. What gave us the edge. Our agent was aware of the situation of dwindling seats and she typed just as fast as she could. Her fast fingers got us checked in moments before the other couple. As I saw her slipping our boarding passes into that coveted ticket sleeve that said "FIRST CLASS" (yeah airlines had those subtle niceties in the mid-90s still) I started eavesdropping on the couple next to us being told that the flight was just booked solid and that there were no more seats or flights that entire day with space available.

What a lovely "first time in first class" I had. I'll never forget it. Especially sweet was that I was a starving college student then. Now having the luxury of flying first class with my work, I never forget my first class roots.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:44 am

I traveled in F sveral times in the 80s with my mom and dad, usually DEN-PIT on a TWA L1011 or 727. But the first time on a trip by myself was in 1999(I was a senior in college). It was TWA STL-YYZ, on a MD-80. Very nice. Shrimp cocktails and lunch served on TWA china. They even had a little TWA coffee pot.

My dad has an TWA Ice hammer that he stole when he flew F, SFO-PIT in 1972 on his way home from Vietnam, on a CV-880.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:20 am

My first medium haul first was aboard an AA 757 flying MTY-ORD, back when they flew that non-stop. It was a very nice experience.

My first long haul first or well business was aboard a BA 777 flying IAH-LGW. Some beautiful 8 hours.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:37 pm

mine was in 1996... LH flight from delhi to frankfurt... was rocking...i was 6 though!!
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:58 pm

First and last was on SAS, from Stockholm to Zurich. Never been able to afford 1st class - my usual route is NGO to BOS - 1st class would cost me $10,000!!  Wow!  Wow!
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:54 pm

Mine was on HP from SMF-PHX-DTW and back. Great time for a first time first classer. Now I enjoy it on DL to GRU sometimes.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:10 pm

My family and I got upgraded to first on DL1493 (CVG-SEA) back in June of 2004...the sandwich was good. It remains my only first class experience.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Tue Oct 24, 2006 9:43 pm

MIA-FRA on LH in Mar 99... I slept 8 hours like a baby after hard night before so don't ask me how the service was.  Wink
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 4:04 am

RSW-MSP-FAR on NW when I was 15 back in March of '05 using an upgrade certificate I inherited from a friend. It was an enjoyable experience being able to spend three hours on a B752 up front in a big comfy seat and devour a tasty meal, but unfortunately the FA treated us like we were the last of her priorities.

Luckily, I got the chance to try UA's domestic F product during a ORD-LGA segment this spring. I chose seat 1A knowing it isn't the preferred seat in the forward cabin, but I had a prominent desire of being able to be the passenger in 1A. It felt good Smile.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 10:00 am

Domestic F: LAX-LAS on a DL 733 on August 9, 1999

International BizE: JFK-MUC on a DL 763 on January 27, 2000; saw the northern lights
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:08 am

SEA-DFW a few years back, on an M80. Interesting flight, considering that I was travelling for work and booked my ticket last. The boss and others who booked further ahead of time got coach, but by the time I booked, only F was available. What a shame!

Now that I have status with AS, it's become a much more common occurrence.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:35 am

Mine was ATL to ORD, 2 years ago - a UA CRJ700 (Seat 1F) Big grin


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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:40 am

September 16th 2006

LPA-MAD Iberia A340-300 in Business Plus Big grin

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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Mon Oct 30, 2006 1:57 pm

IIRC, mid-late-90's NW 744 DTW-GMP in F (yes, first. I know what I'm talking about)

If there are others before that (I highly doubt it because I was seven on the flight mentioned above), it would be on a NW DC-9, but I can't remember...

Aircraft I've flown First:
744, RJ-85, DC-9-##, A320 All NW

Business:
742, 752 All NW
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:16 pm

The first Summer that 747s were flying the Atlantic, I was with a tour group scheduled to return to JFK from Lisbon on an Alitalia DC-8. As an aircraft nut, I had requested to be booked on a 747 instead, and surprisingly the tour agent complied, as I was rebooked on a TW 747 from Lisbon to JFK instead, in steerage of course. After clearing security (tight due to terrorist activity that Summer) I was pulled aside by myself -- scared me and all other passengers as well. I was asked to present my boarding pass and seat assignment. They looked at the seat assignment, the little "sticker" that had been pulled from the seating chart and pasted onto my pass, and smiled to each other. The one said, sir we need your seat for a family of 5 to be seated together -- would you mind flying First Class instead? (No business class in those days). I was SO dazed, I must have looked ill!! Mind? Mind? I think I can manage that......

The flight was terrific. First was about half full; coach booked to the rafters. The upstairs on the 747 was just a First Class lounge. I was in heaven! As this was a first 747 experience for many/most passengers, there was spontaneous applause when we landed at JFK.

My dream had come true and just kept getting better. Because of my F transatlantic ticket, I was eligible for the helicopter transfer from JFK to LGA, instead of the slower bus transfer, and then Eastern continued my dream by upgrading me from Y to F on the DC9 non-stop to BHM -- I confess to having displayed my F TWA ticket folder when I asked about "upgrade" possibilities.

My first trip to Europe, my first 747 flight, AND all first class from Lisbon to Birmingham and the helicopter transfer too. "Sir, would you mind flying first class?" No, I don't think so!!! And, I wasn't even a college senior yet........
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:21 am

CO 757-200 (Pre Business Fist) EWR-TPA, during atime where a family of four could be bumped up due to an over booking, without being elite. As a 10 year old kid i was astonished that they served eggs on a plane.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Nov 03, 2006 6:46 am

2001 PVD-DTW flight was delayed 5 hours. Went to US ticket desk, the only thing they had was PVD-PHL-DTW no Y so we were bumped up to F no cost. Big grin. I can remeber my dad had an asile and i had an aisle and he guy nest to me was playing with his PDA. PHL-DTW was when us still had their md's it was nice even had the bulkhead.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:02 am

It was 1981, LH from FRA to JFK - but, to be honest, I don't remember much... except that the food simply didn't stop coming all through the flight, and we all felt quite stuffed when we left the plane... Big grin

Of those that I can remember, it would be FRA-GRU, again on LH, on 2 October 2003, seated in the upper deck of a B747-400.

Quite nice... Big grin
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Fri Nov 03, 2006 5:49 pm

1969 Just after Christmas on AC YVR-YYC-YWG. I was on my way to LHR, and the flight was routed YVR-YYC-YWG-PIK-LHR. The first 2 portions were oversold, so I was upgraded to F. In those days, it really was F, there were meals from YVR-YYC and YYC-YWG. Too bad I was put back in Y from YWG-LHR!
My first actual paid and entire flight was in 1974, BA LHR-AMS F and CP AMS-YVR F. Now, again in those days, that was real F. I was taking my great aunt from England to Vancouver to visit, and she had never been on a plane! The BA (or BEA, I guess) Trident had Caviar and Champage amongst other goodies from LHR-AMS. The CPAir flight from AMS to YVR was absolutely phenomenal, in quality of food, presentation, professionalism, and plain old wonderful hospitality. I have been on many airlines since in F (hardly anymore, though), and there is still nothing that can beat the old Canadian Airlines/CP Air F-Class. Maybe the comfort of the seating/sleeper seats is better now, but the catering doesn't compare. Absolutely no upgrades in those days, nor were airline staff permitted to travel in F on CP Air, so it was often not full, though only 12 seats. Everyone up there paid, but it really was something special.
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:04 pm

AA295, LGA-DFW, 6/10/1974. Non-reving to attend reservation training for AA. I'll never forget the early morning steak and my sense of 'grandeur' sitting "in front of" the curtain. It was a 727 and I was amazed at the silence in the cabin upon landing at DFW. For a minute I thought the engines had turned off!

2nd flight was on the return from the at trip in a DC-10 that was diverted to EWR from JFK (AA164 at the time) after a 5 hour delay at DFW. I started smoking on that flight - and still do! I know, bad, but there it is. I was terrorfied as we got knocked around above Manhattan at 30,000 feet circling for an extra hour before the captain announced we were running out of fuel and needed to land at EWR. We were bussed to JFK. Were supposed to arrive at 5pm at JFK but arrived at 3am via bus!
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:59 pm

Detroit-Atlanta, B-727-200 on the purple-ish Delta fabric when they still had the '70s variety interiors. It was prolly the first departure from DTW that day, and it was a breakfast flight. Seat 3D was given to me. Best of all, it was the beginning of a humbling thirteen year career with one of the best "Air Lines" anywhere, and in my opinion, Delta still is.
 
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RE: Your First, First Class Flight?

Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:46 am

Mine was in September on my way back fron the Denver Beer Fest.
DEN-IAD-LHR with UA

The DEN-IAD leg was nothing to mention as I've flown first within the US numourous times. The IAD-LHR leg was nice, UA have lie flat beds in first (on the 777) I'd like to compare it to BA or VS though, hopefully one day I'll get the chance.

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