No particular order....
on Qantas 747 - 2011
I've always wanted to go to Australia since I was a little kid, a friend of mine decided to get married so that was the push I needed. Always wanted to fly Qantas too (another story), so choice of carrier easy to make. I can remember so many different things from that flight, great crew, roomy seat at the back, constant stream of food and drink, bouncing around over the South China Sea, arriving in MEL
dead on time, the stop over in HKG
......I've flown Qantas 37 times now in 3 years, Australia 5 times and NZ
once...take about taking the cock out of the bottle!
on Lufthansa A320 - 2012
Been on a day trip LHR
. Due to a change of timetable, the evening flight HAM
had been removed, so LH
put me on a flight over FRA
....great 2 planes then! I left HAM
earlier than planned as their were protests in the city and the police were out in force, roads were being closed off etc., so I went back to the airport early and got onto an earlier flight HAM
. This was the most severe CAT I've had, the pilot advised we had 200kph headwinds, and this plane was all over the plane. With a window seat I could see what the wings were doing relative to the horizon. Inflight service was stopped and never restarted after a few rows (typically stopped on mine) and there were several people who kept screaming down the back. But I thought I'm in a A320....they're pretty good planes and a Lufthansa one at that, so total confidence in the pilot, but he must have had aching muscles holding onto her in those conditions. I was glad for once to get onto firm ground.
on Pan Am 747-200 (N729PA) - 1986
1st international flght, or any flight over 1 hour. Remember the moment we landed in SFO
, the funny plastic tune headsets and the IFE lasting 1 hour, so the comedy channel wasn't so funny after the 3rd or 4th time of hearing it. Loved flying Pan Am, still miss them.
on Air France A380 - 2010
Having missed the opportunity to fly on Concorde on one of her day trips, I figured I wouldn't pass up on the opportunity to fly on an A380. When would I get the chance again??? (Little did I know I would go to Australia the following year..see No.1). So big day came, as I drove to T4
I could see the A380 taxiing so I was OK
, it was the flight and not down graded. Only a short flight, but we took off into a microburst storm and she bounced like a good'en....(que more screaming passengers down the back).... I thought this wouldn't look too good on AF
on the 6 o'clock news if we didn't make it off the ground, but a great little flight I really enjoyed it, and to be honest found AF
's service to be better than expected too, so that was a pleasant surprise too
on Air NZ
A320 - 2014
On my last full day in NZ
, Saturday morning was a bit empty on the schedule. I had a super15 rugby match to go to in the evening, but otherwise a day to do something. So before I went I booked a return flight from WLG
, the first flight on a 737-300 (a new sub-type for me) and about 2-3 hours later came back on a A320. So imagine my surprise when I saw the All Blacks A320 landing and then taxiing to my gate. A pleasant scenic flight and glad I did it.
I always enjoy flights on a new airline, to a new airport or a new type I've never flown on before. Only last Sunday I flew back from MAD
and made the point of getting the Iberia A340 flight in the afternoon. 2nd IB
flight but first on an A340, and a 600 at that. Still smiling from it....easily pleased!