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For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 2:08 pm

Last month the 747 completed 35 years of service , during this time, it flew 3.6 billion passengers and 64.8 billion kilometers (74000 times to the moon and back) and 1341 units were delivered to airlines worldwide.

Just to celebrate this, I would like to know what was your best and/or more exciting 747 flight .

My best was FRA-HKG on CX, the most exciting was 3 turnarounds under a snow storm in Zurich before the KE SP landed.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 3:31 pm

I love the 747 because since that one of my only long range aircaft I have flown on besides the MD11 and LT1011. The 747-200 and 400's are my favorites.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 4:18 pm

During 1988 through 1991 I traveled from DFW to GUM (Guam) about 12 times. I flew the AA 747SP to AA), Japan">NRT and connected to a NW 747-200 for the continuation to GUM. My company was very nice in allowing me to fly 1st class. I really miss the SP's today.

In 2000, I flew MIA-JFK-MIA on Tower Air's old 747's (went both directions on the same day, just for the 747 experience). One was ex-PA and the other was ex-TW. As I was sitting in the upper deck, I chatted with the pilot for a few minutes before departure from MIA. He joked that "this old bird has about 10 more segments left in her, if she makes it that long ... ".

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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:08 pm

I love that beast. Best flight was with 747-400 of LH from YYZ to FRA in April last year. We departed at the evening, but I have not slept over the night. I love traveling via a/c and so I try to enjoy every detail.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:24 pm

QANTAS 747 400 from SING to LHR

Great airline, great plane, great service

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Photo © Garry Lewis - AirTeamImages

I was in this baby 4 days later flying to LHR

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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:29 pm

My first ever 747 flight was on March 10th 2003. It was on NW73 from GUM-NRT. The particular aircraft we were on had 12/18/400 configuration, however there were only 124 passengers on board total. It was very great flight and we arrived in NRT 35 minutes early. Oh I should mention it was a 747-200 series. I love the classic 747s more than the -400 version.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 13, 2004 11:42 pm

B747-400 is my favorite aircraft.
As I frequently fly between Rome (FCO) and New York (JFK) on KLM, I always book the 747-400-operated flights (KL 643/644) so that I can enjoy the coziness of the upper deck.
My first 747 flight was with Singapore Airlines, back in 1979), between Rome and Bangkok and back.
I was also one of the first Italians to become a member of the Pan Am frequent flyer program as I used to commute between Milan (MXP) and New York (JFK) with Pan Am.
Most of the times the flight between JFK and MXP was operating via Nice, France (NCE) and very often, the short 45-minute flight between NCE and MXP was quite empty (I remember a JFK to MXP flight on board a 747 with only 11 pax (1 F, 2C, 8Y).
Two weeks back I flew to Seoul, South Korea and to New York, JFK on the same trip (KLM B747-400 via Amsterdam).
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 1:39 am

What a surprise ! I thought the big bird had a lot more fans !

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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:51 pm

Oh it does sir. Problem is that you posted this very close to another very similar post on the 747.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 2:55 pm

My only 747 flights have been with United.

Flew on a 744 SYD to LAX in 1991 - that was the best one ever. The moon was out, shining on the wings - and it looked magnificent (cloud layer far under us too). Wish I got that on camera!!

Apart from that, I disliked a lot of things on that flight, but this isn't the time to go into it.

Only other 747 flight was on a United classic HNL - Auckland - Sydney. I slept for almost all of it.


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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:32 pm

As you can see. I still prefer the 747SP. What other plane will cruise 43,000ft and above all day long beside the Concorde.
I like the way they look in the old Quantas and China Air color scheme.
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Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:50 pm

On a BA 742 in 1986 YYZ-LHR-YYZ. Smooth, long and quiet takeoff, somewhat eerie. Rough landing in London, with pilot apology. I just located the pics yesterday and should put them in the pictures section.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 3:58 pm

Gotta love the 742...

Fav flight...NW056 MSP-AMS.... that what i did my initial operating experience on when i was hired by NWA
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 4:00 pm

Ahhhh QF9 SYD-MEL-SIN-LHR in a three class B744 (QF1 was full).

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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 7:41 pm

I flew with the 747 on 2 vacations with my parents. In the summer of 1992, we flew YYZ-LHR and CDG-Montreal-YYZ on Air Canada 747-100/200s. The view above London in the morning and the subsequent descent were just grand.

In 1998, we flew to Amsterdam and back on KLM 747-400s. Great service, nice quiet flight, lovely sunset on the way back.

I wouldn't bother going into which was better. Both sets of 747 flights hold a special place in my heart.

I'd say my favorite 747 SIGHTING was the my first confirmed 747SP - a more or less all white one (presumably TF-ABN of Air Atlanta Icelandic, now scrapped, which was @ YYZ for maintenance that day) on 10 August 1997.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 8:01 pm

Flown 747 with UA (MAny times) , BA, SQ, VS, AF, LH, ANA, NW

Ranking... (Top to bottom)

VS -- Inflight video choices and service just does it (SFO-LHR)
SQ -- As good as VS but slightly less choice (LHR-SIN-HKG)
AF -- French Flair (SFO-CDG)
LH -- Really good (MUN-DXB-FRA)
ANA -- Really Good (NRT-HKG)
UA -- Well it's United just a bigger plane. (SFO-HKG/NRT/TPE/PVG/LHR/DEN/HNL/LAX !!, BEI-NRT/LAX-LHR)
BA -- Cattle Class cattle price, cattle service, all cheesey british. (LHR-JFK/MAN-JFK/LHR-BKK)
NW --First Class and this was just ugly, inflight TV didnt work the blind didnt pull down or the seat recline. Not going this again. (747-200 SFO-DTW)
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:34 pm

I loved the Saudia (now Saudi Arabian) 747-300's from Jeddah to New York when I was growing up. The flight to JFK was about 14 hours, the flight from JFK about 10 hours. One time, there was only 15 or so passengers. I think there was more crew than us, and it was a while ago so they let me tour the flight deck and gave me a little model of the plane.

It was also when most of Saudia's pilots were British or American.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Wed Mar 17, 2004 12:12 am

Not many 747 flights but both were memorable - first was returning from UN Tour in Cyprus last leg from AMS to YYZ(KL-300), and other was from one favourite place (Disneyland - well LAX, actually) to another(HNL-Hawaii) on my honeymoon(CO-200)...
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Wed Mar 17, 2004 3:06 am

Gee, I wonder if it's obvious what my favorite plane (with matching airline insignia) is...

As a very young child in the 1970's growing up in the biggest-small-town-in-West-Texas-in-California (Bakersfield - BFL), we always had to travel to Los Angeles to pick up people coming to visit. Arriving at LAX in my dad's camper sometimes made me feel like the Beverly Hillbillies, but I didn't care - the excitement of seeing SO many planes arriving from and departing to so many different destinations made me feel connected to the world.

Back then, the name Pan Am was synonymous with glamour. There simply was no name that conjured up as many images of elegant travel and exotic destinations, as well as cutting edge technology (i.e., the 747). And for a 7 year old actually seeing a Pan Am 747 taking off? I couldn't believe anything that big could actually get airborne - but it did!! I spent the rest of the time at the airport in a daze - where was it departing to? Japan? Hawai'i? Brazil? Europe? Who was on the plane? And what would it be like on such a massive aircraft?

I never have forgotten that day. To this day, seeing a 747 still inspires the awe in me that it did to that seven year old boy.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:18 am

I love the 747-400 and will always select flights on one before any other plane. The upper deck is special, first is unreal and even cattle car can be OK if the plane is not too crowded.

With 50+ business trips to Australia, in the last few years on RTW tickets in order to keep flying east to west, I have flown 747s on QF, CX and BA and enjoyed every flight - except for the time I sat next to a guy who took a bath on the first of every month if he needed it or not - and we were flying on the 17th . . .

Best flight: CX 747-400 SYD-HKG the month before the old HKG airport closed. Got to sit in the jump seat behind the captain for a night landing. No flight will ever beat that one! Took 50 years off my life - turned me into a little kid again.
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Fri Mar 19, 2004 2:16 pm

first time I ever saw one was in hong kong in 1971 while was on R/R from duty in Vietnam, Next one I saw flew me home from SEA to LAX! and I was free!
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Fri Mar 19, 2004 2:48 pm

The 747 is my favourite of all time, I have flown on 200, 300, 400 and SP and they are all great! There's something special about hurtling down the runway in an ancient 200 and everything is rattling and shaking, and that feeling of pure power when she eventually gets airborne....wonderful!!

My first 747 flight was SAA in November 1972, Salisbury-Luanda-London, I was 11 at the time and I remember seeing a 747 in the air for the first time over London, wondering how it stayed in the air!
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RE: For 747 Lovers

Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:31 am

I remember a special flight in a AF 747 200 series, from MEX to CDG via MIA in 1988. At that time we were allowed to fly in the upper deck. First class was in the front section. Quite an experience, with visit to the cockpit and all!!! Unforgettable

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