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Taking A Trip In About Two Weeks, Some Questions

Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:50 pm

Hey all, I'm taking a trip, leaving on the 16th. Going to New Zealand! I'm quite excited.

However being one who doesn't travel very much, by air anyway, just wondering what most do when flying on these really long flights. We're going from Winnipeg to Vancouver then to Auckland then to Christchurch. I know YWG to YVR isn't very long, but YVR to AKL is a long ride. What do you do to maintain sanity?

Also what are the Air New Zealand 777-200ER's like? Are they comfortable? I'm 6'4, I'm sure I'll be feeling quite cramped by the time we get there, do people get mad if you get up and roam around every couple of hours? Being a farmer I'm used to sitting in a machine for long hours at a stretch but typically I can move around whenever I want.

That's all I've got for now, apologies if these questions have been answered by others before...
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RE: Taking A Trip In About Two Weeks, Some Questio

Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:11 pm

Well, you're going to have a PTV and alot of time to catch up on recent movies.

Otherwise, nobody has ever complained to me if I stretch my legs on long hauls. Sometimes food is set out in the galley for those who walk to it.
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RE: Taking A Trip In About Two Weeks, Some Questio

Fri Nov 30, 2007 7:12 pm

Quoting YWGfarmer (Thread starter):
What do you do to maintain sanity?

Read, sleep and get up and walk. Last time I flew Trans Pacific, DL was still flying MD-11s and the First Class config was great-no dividers aft of the L1 or R1 doors. Just walked around and looked out the portholes.
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RE: Taking A Trip In About Two Weeks, Some Questio

Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:18 pm

Enjoy the trip! I love long hauls...

You can sleep, read, watch movies, eat, talk... etc... Just enjoy your flight, have fun, and have a great time in New Zealand!
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RE: Taking A Trip In About Two Weeks, Some Questio

Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:42 am

If you plan on stretching and getting up a lot do your seatmates the courtesy of making sure to get an aisle seat. They may cope with the length by sleeping and nothing is worse than finally falling asleep only to have the person next to you wake you up to get out (that's why I book window, bladder of steel/value my rest). In case there are problems with the IFE (15 hours to Tokyo and no movie in my cabin due to a malfunction thanks NWA) I take stuff to keep me entertained crossword, soduku book, doodle book, bills, letter writing materials, paperwork for work. That helps pass some of the time. I'm sure not all flight attendants are the same but most of us enjoy it when passengers come chat with us as it helps to pass the time on a long haul so long as we're not eating our meals or working.
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RE: Taking A Trip In About Two Weeks, Some Questio

Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:42 am

Thanks for the replies!

I don't plan on getting up a lot, I was just wondering if anyone cared if you do it a couple of times. As for the people I'm sitting next to, that doesn't bother me much since I'm going with my parents and brother. (for the record, I'm not a teenager or anything either, our whole family is going to NZ because a friend is getting married out there. I'm 24, I can behave myself... Sometimes)

I believe I'll be sitting amongst them it shouldn't be a big deal.

I'm excited to go on a 777. I wanted to be routed through LAX so I could go on a 747 since that's my favorite plane, but it was easier to go through YVR so I'll have to settle for a 777. haha

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