Best Airline Experience

Sat Apr 21, 2001 4:25 am

Well since a topic has been devoted to worst airline experiences why not make one for best airline experiences, (I don't know if this topic has been covered before sorry if it has).

I'm not sure this is a totally wacked out experience, but I thought it was pretty cool....

It was back in the summer of 96, me and my little brothers were flying alone to meet our mother in Toronto, Canada. At the time i was 13, and my bros were 9 and 11 so we were underage travllers. Anyway we were flying Northwest Airlines from regan national to deteroit. The day finaly came for us to go, we arrived at the airport, checked in and waited for our plane which was a dc9. Boarding call started and first class and underage travlers were let on first.

Realize that all this time i am literaly shaking because this was the first time i had flown in a long time and the valujet crash had just occured. All that was on my mind was would we get there in one picece. I tell u again i was TOTALLY terrified.

Anyway we found our seat, which was all the way at the rear of the aircraft, we sat down and by this time i was shivering even more than before. So the plane pushed back, taxied and rushed down the runway. This is the interesting part, all the time the plane on the runway ready to lift of I was praying to myself; still shaking, as we lifted of higher and higher my nerves just abruptly stopped, i totally calmed down. I thought that was totally the act of God. Since then i have not been afraid of flying.
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RE: Best Airline Experience

Sat Apr 21, 2001 5:30 am

I'd have to say in 1999 on UA. My family was coming back from a family trip to Seattle and we had to switch planes at SFO. Our UA Shuttle plane was late arriving in San Francisco so we literally had to rush from the Shuttle side of the terminal to the regular side. When we got to the gate, they just about almost closed the door. We got on the plane, and I gaped in amazement. The plane was spacious. The seating was 2-5-2. If you haven't guessed already, we were on a brand-new 777. They had just gotten the a/c two days ago and they had B767-300 safeties in the seatpockets. The Flight Attendant told us that they were recieving the real safeties tomorrow. Anyway, after we rotated, they turned on the movies on the PTVs. It was the first time I had seen a PTV and I was ecstatic. I watched Lost & Found starring David Spade and Sophie Marceu and Election starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. It was the best time of my life on a plane and I never wanted the trip to JFK to end. Ironically, I later learned that this a/c was a last minute replacement for the B767-300 we were supposed to get on the route.

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RE: Best Airline Experience

Sat Apr 21, 2001 6:23 am

Well, my best experience was the friendliness of Virgin Atlantic employees. On my first Virgin Flight this February, I saw anothe VS 747 and took pictures of it. It was really one of the happiest moments of my life. But then, after deplaning and sitting in the hotel with the freshly developped (1-hour-photo) pictures, I realized I had no clue which plane it was, and where it was flying to. It kept nagging me for quite a while.

Anyway, after I returned, while brosing the web, I found the home page of a VS 747 First Officer, which happened to have forums dedicated to cars and planes. I asked in those forums whether he had by any chance heard anything of the mid-air-encounter, and unfortunately, he hadn't. Out of gratitude that he actually bothered to reply at all, I sent him one of the scanned images as JPG.

I also contacted Virgin directly through their website, asking about what plane it could have been. They sent me a reply covering their 747 classics in old livery.

And finally, I also entered into correspondance with an forum member working for VS who read my trip report.

Now suddenly, I got infromation from all sides: The forum member (JDB) sent me information on all North America-bound flights of that day with their departure times. Thereby I narrowed it down to one or two possibilities (with a clear tendency towards VS17, the eventually correct flight). The First officer I had contacted earlier replied telling me that the aircraft had P&W engines, and thereby he narrowed it down to four planes, only two of which flew across the Atlantic on that day. And finally, as great finale, the captain of the flight that I had been in contacted me via e-mail, telling me all details about the encounter. Later he even sent me some of his own photos. He had met the First Officer, and they had talked about my odd quest for information.

Well - this kind of dedication and helpfulness truely impressed me, and I simply cannot imiagine this happening in a huge airline with 100s of planes - there the pilots would probably rarely meet each other.

Even the relatively modest help I received from VS via their homepage was more than I had expected, and they had evidently invested some effort.

This was my most positive airline experience so far.


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RE: Best Airline Experience

Sat Apr 21, 2001 6:37 am

I saw the concorde taking off back in 1994 at JFK when we were taxiing to the gate on a TW Express flight. That was cool because I had never seen the Concorde before (except for on TV).

On 4-25-00, I went to see the Atlantis Space Shuttel Launch. We left CMH on Delta Express flight 2537 bound for MCO. The flight attendants were really kind and polite, and the service was very good. During the flight, we passed a US Airways 757 going in the opposite direction. Our flight path took us over the Florida coast. We could see all the sail boats in the dark blue water. As we approached MCO, everyone was looking out the left side of the plane trying to find the Kennedy Space Center. We saw the VAB building with the large American flag on the side of it. It was a really fun and interesting flight.
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RE: Best Airline Experience

Sat Apr 21, 2001 12:40 pm


It was an excellent flight. Food was plentiful, movies were amazing and I really enjoyed myself!
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RE: Best Airline Experience

Sat Apr 21, 2001 1:02 pm

Air New Zealand NZ14 (747-400), SYD-LAX.

Departing at 5 PM, December (I forget the year.. but from what I can see, one of the last times this plane wore it's old livery).

My first time crossing the pacific, I was excited, yet nervous of taking a sea route. I got talkin' to flight attendants who were very friendly, bringing around pre-flight snacks (in Pacific Cabin).

The food throughout the flight was great, I managed to sleep. The movies inflight was Men in Black, which was still fairly recent, and not released in Australia at that time.

Best Airline, Best Experience.. Sure do miss the old NZ livery.

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