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Surprised At The Gate - Equipment Changes

Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:35 pm

This topic likely been done before but wondering how often the aircraft you thought you were flying was changed within say the past few hours and you got quite a surprise when you arrived at your departure gate.

Most likely due to mechanical issues. I was booked on a AC A319 but ended up on a A320.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:46 pm

Feb 2007, KOA-LAX , the AA 752 was replaced by a 762. I suspect it was due to a blizzard on the US east coast, because the aircraft was only 60% full.

While checking in, I noticed that our seat assignments had changed, to a higher number than I'd expect on a 752 and also higher in the alphabet...I asked the agent "767?" she replied "yep" and gave me a high five  
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:48 pm

Worst thing that happened to me was the change from a MD-11 to go tech and getting a 74M (747-400 Combi) when flying AMS - YUL on KL. While the Combi was a rare catch, too, I had only booked the trip to catch the MD-11.

Well, at least I got the DC-10 a year later...
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:49 pm

My brother was on a DFW-LAX connection and got swapped from a 75 to a 777 at the gate. Really caught him off guard.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:54 pm

For those of you who do not like equipment surprises, ETIHAD would like you to know that they plan to substitute A340-600's for A332s on the following days on AUH-AMS-AUH:

AUH-AMS-AUH - A332 replaced by A340-600:

- 01-nov-2015
- 19-dec-2015
- 02-jan-2016
- 09-jan-2016
- 16-jan-2016
- 23-jan-2016
- 30-jan-2016


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Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:56 pm

MSP-GFK 2008, booked a DC 9-30, subbed an A320. Apparently rare enough for GFK the ground crew was out taking pictures when we pulled in.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:01 pm

Years back I had booked a Turkish Airlines flight, which was operated by an A310-200. I get then a B727-200 [never flown on an A310 eighter...]. Or a flight operated by an A320-200 of Tango was changed to an Air Canada B767-200 or a flight with Conviasa DHC-7 endet with a Conviasa B737-200 or a Air Rarotonga Banderante was changed to the Saab 340.
 
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RE: Surprised At The Gate - Equipment Changes

Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:03 pm

Quoting bmacleod (Thread starter):
This topic likely been done before but wondering how often the aircraft you thought you were flying was changed within say the past few hours and you got quite a surprise when you arrived at your departure gate.

I've fly around 20-30 segments per year on average - not "a lot" compared to some folks - but generally spread across short, medium and long haul flights. In all my flights, I can only think of one equipment change at the gate. That was in 1997 SFO-JFK on United ([email protected]JFK) and the equipment was upguaged from a B763 (per my printed ticket information) to a B772. The Boeing 777s were quite new at that time and the plane I flew was only a few weeks old. Not the first or last time I have flown on a baby of an aircraft, but this was very memorable as it was also my first flight on a B777. I think UA was, and is, pretty well know for equipment swaps to/from their hubs, although my gut feeling is it less common of a practice these days.

Maybe my sample size and variety isnt very strong but out of hundreds of flights, this is the only time I can recall an equipment swap resulting in a different aircraft type. There have been several times I have to wait at the gate for equipment swaps to the same type of aircraft though.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:03 pm

I was flying AA from MIA to ORD, having used miles to get seats in F. I thought it was weird that our boarding passes had seats H and J, rather than E and F. Turns out that because of college football charters over the weekend, the 752 was swapped for a 763.

Then, after leaving the gate, the plane went tech, and we went back to the gate. It took 45 minutes just to get a mechanic on board, and after an hour, he was still trouble-shooting the problem. My wife and I rebooked onto another MIA-ORD flight with a 752.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:04 pm

December 2006, US 767-200 SJU-CLT downgraded to a 757 apparently due to a light load.

May 2014, DL 737-700 CMH-ATL "upgraded" to an MD-88 due to an oversale on the 73G.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:04 pm

My biggest surpise at the gate occurred as a young lad. I was booked on an Aeroflot IL-62 SVO-SNN-YUL. It was replaced with a TU-114 and flew non-stop SVO-YUL.

I am certain I was the only one in the departure lounge that cheered when they rolled up the old turboprop instead of the (then) new IL-62!

But back to your instance, I think you would be surprised the number of times a day equipment is switched at AC. Some flights are designated "priority" flights, and System Operations Control can be brutal in protecting them.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:07 pm

Delta tried to switch me to economy because of an equipment change once, when I had a purchased 1st class ticket that wasn't miles or an upgrade. They insisted I wasn't due any compensation because of the change. That little stunt cost them my business and the business of my company for good.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:23 pm

Can work both ways. I booked FRA ZRH ATH on Swiss once, C class and the 321 went tech at ZRH. The replacement was a 332 and I got seat 1A, a first class throne. I didn't complain, not for the seat Change and noot for the delay.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:26 pm

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 11):
Delta tried to switch me to economy because of an equipment change once, when I had a purchased 1st class ticket that wasn't miles or an upgrade. They insisted I wasn't due any compensation because of the change. That little stunt cost them my business and the business of my company for good.

I had a similar experience. I was going from OMA to DTW on what was supposed to be a CR9, but got switched down to a CR7. The flight was already an hour late. I had booked a F ticket, but got downgraded to Economy Plus. Luckily they had a no show in First so I got what I paid for.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:32 pm

A couple of days after the San Francisco earthquake in 1989, our SFO-ORD flight had a 74L at the gate instead of the usual DC-10. My only time aboard a 747-SP.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:49 pm

VCE-DXB on EK. At the gate a sleek 77W was waiting... But it was supposed to be an A345    
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:52 pm

Flying in and out of JNU. A change from a Combi is not all uncommon on AS61 and AS66, when this happens an upgrade to First is usually in the cards. The other side of it is the occasional change to a Combi.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:55 pm

My very first flight, a 15 min sightseeing over Riga, An24 was replaced with An2. A 10 years old, I was quite disappointed, but eventually I've flown on An24 8 times, while that one was my only experience on An2, or any piston engine / single engine / biplane. Now, how many people can say, "I've flown on everything from An2 to Concorde"  ...

UA777 was replaced with 747 on IAD-LAX in 2008. Was a nice surprise, as I was in Business and got an upper deck seat.

BA 747 was replaced with 777 on LHR-JFK in 2009. That one was a bit disappointing as we were in First and specially booked outbound from EWR to get both 777 and 747. Instead, had to switch seats to be next to each other, as 747 nose cabin had different layout than 777 forward one.

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 11):
Delta tried to switch me to economy because of an equipment change... That little stunt cost them my business...

- very similar thing happened to me on AA (still a 757 but with different cabin). With same outcome for them regarding my business.

Probably the worst one ever happened to anybody (other than tragic consequenses, of course) would be emergency replacement of already taxiing BA Concorde right after they suspended the CoA, some 3 weeks after AF disaster...
 
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RE: Surprised At The Gate - Equipment Changes

Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:09 pm

It wasn't exactly at the gate, but when I checked in 24 hours ahead of time on AC, my A333 from YYZ to LHR was changed to a 763. We asked the gate agent about changing seats, and he said he was amazed that we actually still had seats together after the change, and we should be happy with them. Rather disappointed with the AC cust service.

Funny thing was, even after we had checked in and could clearly see a 763 seat map, the whole day the flight status page still said A333.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:11 pm

In 1996 our Qantas 747-200 was tech at Brisbane, we had a 3hr delay, our 747-200 was towed away from the gate and replaced with a 747SP, at the time I wasnt aware at how rare the 747SP was.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:18 pm

AC switched me from a Q400 to a CR2. I deliberately booked the flight I did to AVOID the CR2, but was stuck on it anyway.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:32 pm

Booked on CX HKG - SIN, last minute swap from B772 to A343 couple years back
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:38 pm

From my observations, DL is more willing to swap aircraft, if conditions merit a change. My in-laws were once flying ATL-ORD. Because of the weather in Chicago, DL was canceling flights. So, an MD-88 flight was canceled, and the following flight, also an MD-88, was swapped for a 763.

Years ago, my father was supposed to fly an L-1011 on ATL-ORD. The Tri-Star went tech, but the flight was only about half full. So, DL found a 757 as a replacement.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:38 pm

My best was on SEA-ATL about 10 years ago - went from a domestic 757 to an international 767-300ER. Since my upgrade had already cleared, went from having a domestic First Class seat to having a BusinessElite seat for the transcon!
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:41 pm

There was a recent thread on this topic that got a lot of replies in the Travel forum:
Your Most Disappointing Equipment Change. (by Yflyer Jul 25 2015 in Aviation Polls)

I haven't had many equipment swaps, but my most disappointing was getting an E90 in place of the expected F70 about 2 years ago on AMS-EDI. I'm still chasing the F70.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 3:45 pm

I flew PER-FRA on SQ (quite) a few years back as an unaccompanied minor, but we were late with our A310 into SIN. I missed the connecting flt to FRA. SQ were really kind & stuck me on a Lufty 744 to FRA instead, but I only worked that out once escorted to the gate !
BUT, in those days - Service Levels on SQ in Y were hugely different to those on LH ! On my 5 hour SQ flight, I got a menu & choice of meals, when I hit Lufty , it was like ´heres your chow & coke, now be nice & quiet!...´ . this was many moons ago, Service Levels were vastly different in those days between SQ and LH and I was dissapointed as a teen up n comming av geek!

[Edited 2015-10-30 08:47:00]
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:31 pm

8 years ago I had a terrible experience with Conviasa. I was flying from Barinas to Caracas on an ATR72 and they changed it to an ATR42 without further notice. Since I was one of the last to check in, I missed the flight. The problem was that it was the last flight of the weekend.. so they worked it out and sent me to Caracas on a cab ride (6 hour ride)

So i went from an ATR to a Kia Sportage
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:34 pm

Quoting redzeppelin (Reply 24):
There was a recent thread on this topic that got a lot of replies in the Travel forum:
Your Most Disappointing Equipment Change. (by Yflyer Jul 25 2015 in Aviation Polls)

I had quite the opposite - a rewarding one in fact back 20 years ago on AC YHZ-YYZ. My initial 7:20 DC-9 flight was overbooked so I had to wait 3 1/2 hours for a 767-200 departure at 11:05, but at the gate the agent said "we have empty business seats up front - free of extra charge"...

That was worth the wait!!!

[Edited 2015-10-30 09:36:17]
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:35 pm

A few years ago, was flying DEN-LAX-FAT. Missed my first flight because security lines were insane. Next flight (from back when I was booking) was to be a 737 flavor. I get to the gate, it's a 777. Needless to say I had plenty of elbow room.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 4:59 pm

2007 UA LAX-IAD. Was supposed to be 777, up to a 747 at the gate.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:05 pm

I suppose Southwest 733/73G swaps don't count. Have seen lots of those and I don't even fly Southwest that often.

It hasn't happened to me too often. I've had one Alaska 739A turn into a 738 and one United 738 turn into a 752. But I think over 90% of the aircraft subs I've experienced when flying have been to the same type originally scheduled.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:07 pm

My wife and I were booked on an AA 772 MIA-LAX back in May. After a 3 hour delay, the plane was switched out. I was really disappointed because I booked the flight just to fly the 772. Got to the new gate, boarded and settled into my seat....on a 772. Best swap (only swap) for me.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:35 pm

2011ish, best use of upgrade segments I ever did. Did AA STX-MIA-LGA and used the segments to sit up front. Roll up to Gate 42 at the MIA and the 752 grew into a 763. Bring on the angle lie flat for a domestic leg. Add to that, landing at LGA and feeling like the plane was too big to move around taxiing to the gate!
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:45 pm

On the old state-owned Olympic Airways, scheduled for an A343 on ATH-LHR (not at all unusual) but replaced at the last minute by a 734. At least I wasn't bumped.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:51 pm

Thai Airways, is at least in my book, the undisputed king of air craft changes. In my 50 or so flights with TG 20 of them was not flown with the assigned equipment. Most of them has been good changes, but some not so good.

All though TG is better now its still a bit like Forrest Gump; "life is like a box of chocolate, you never now what your going to get"  
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:57 pm

last year in late march i was due to fly LHR-DFW on an AA 77W and was changed to a 772 that was ment to go to ORD the 77W then operated to LAX as the original aircraft went tech at LHR
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:01 pm

I've been swapped from a 763 to 752 from JFK to LHR before & also been on a few HP flights that swapped from 752s to A320s and in-between a320s/319s, happened every so often & loads were usually ok.

From my time at the airport, MQ used to occasionally downgrade CR7 flghts to ERJs if they went tech.
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:01 pm

My first international premium cabin flight was on Alitalia from JFK to FCO (June 1997). The flight was supposed to be a 767-300ER, but was changed to a MD-11 Combi.

Owing to the "unique" design of the old JFK IAB/East/West Wing Departures building, there were no windows in the terminal and, as such, no way to see that aircraft prior to boarding. I first noticed something odd when, on the jetway, we were boarding through a mid cabin door (I did not think AZ's 763s had such a door). The second indication was the 2x2x2 seating and the very wide cabin. It was not until I walked up to peer in the cockpit and saw the instrument panel that I realized were on an MD-11.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:22 pm

Earlier this year I was booked on a Virgin Atlantic 787-9 LHR-JFK. I intentionally picked that flight for the equipment, but showed up at the gate to be greeted by an A330. Nothing against the A330, but what a let down.... I assume it was related to delivery delays, but don't know for sure.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:51 pm

2004, a charter flight on My Travel from Ibiza to Manchester. We'd flown out on a 752 so we're expecting the same back but stepped off the bus to be greeted by a DC10-30, G-BYDA. I was over the moon and there was so many spare seats we could pretty much sit where we wanted.

Unfortunately she was scrapped at Kemble about 12months later  
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:57 pm

My first 777 flight from SFO to ORD was replaced with a 744 in 1997 or 1998.

The only time I was ever sad to see a 744 at the gate.

That said...the winds were strange that day, so we took off on 19R. The captain set the brakes and then spooled up. He had said it would be "full power" and that we'd be climbing quickly and then making a sharp right turn for noise reduction. Man, he wasn't kidding. There were maybe 12 pax on the whole 744, which was lightly fueled for the short 3+ hour trip to ORD.

At 19R the captain set the brakes and began the spool-up. As soon as the engines stabilized, he released the brakes and the engines continued to spool up. I was THROWN back into my seat. I had trouble sticking my head forward enough to see out the window thanks to the acceleration. We LEAPED off the ground and then my wingtip seemed to be pointed straight down (it was probably a 45 degree bank angle). I'd never appreciated that a 747 could move so quickly.

So I might not have gotten my 777 ride (I had to wait 18 months for that) but I sure got a ride!

The flight back was a jammed-full 752.  
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:08 pm

In 1975 I was supposed to be on a Trans International DC-10CF charter flight from FRA-JFK but due to MX our group ended up on two DC-8-63s instead.

In 1979 I was booked an EA flight from EWR-PHL thinking I'd be on a DC-9-30 and ended up on a Tristar. Always pleased to fly on the L-1011.

In 2009 I was supposed to be on an OO EMB-120 from MRY-SFO that was changed to a 752. The previous day both SFO and MRY had extensive delays and cancellations due to heavy fog and UA brought in the 752 early the next day to clear out some of the backlog of stranded passengers. This was also the shortest flight I've ever experienced on a mainline jet aircraft. Wheels up at MRY to positive contact at SFO I clocked at 22 minutes. I am surprised they even bothered to retract the gear for that one!

In 2011 CO substituted a 764 for the 752 that was originally scheduled for my IAH-SEA flight and to date has been my only flight on this version of the 767.

And in 2013 DL substituted a 753 for the usual 752 on my flight from SEA-MSP which, again, has been my only flight to date on this version.

I'd say overall I've been pretty lucky when it came to substitutions   
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:09 pm

On a UA SEA-ANC flight that was supposed to be a 733, was nicely surprised that at the gate was a DC-10. This was not long before UA ended SEA-ANC, and do not know why, perhaps a heavy cargo load
back to SEA. Wasn't much going up to ANC. Even had it been the 737, was not nearly full, so on the -10, was really spacious.  
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:19 pm

Few years back I was flying on an Etihad flight from BOM-AUH-YYZ......the BOM-AUH sector was supposed to be an A330-200....I had blocked a seat right in the last row for myself.....

On boarding the plane (at night) at BOM, I was surprised when my row # appeared hardly halfway down the economy cabin......took my seat, a bit confused......as it was night time and I was behind the wing, couldn't see the engines.....on getting off at AUH, I finally realised that they had switched equipment to an A340-600  
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:32 pm

Yesterdays (29OCT) BA099 LHR-YZZ was changed at very short notice to a B787-9 from a 772 and oddly enough many of those in Y where none too happy about having the newest plane under their bums!
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:58 pm

Quoting stxbohn (Reply 32):
2011ish, best use of upgrade segments I ever did. Did AA STX-MIA-LGA and used the segments to sit up front. Roll up to Gate 42 at the MIA and the 752 grew into a 763.

About 15 years ago I used the old AA sticker upgrades to upgrade MIA-BOS onward from an international connection. Landed at MIA in the early hours, coach from Sao Paulo. Headed to gate for the 757 MIA-BOS to find a 777 instead. Flew up to Boston on the old but huge "coffin" F seats AA had in the 777s at the time.
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RE: Surprised At The Gate - Equipment Changes

Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:07 pm

On one of my many LHR-YYZ jumps with BA the scheduled 767 on a Sunday got swapped for a 744. I love the 767, but I was quite pleased with the change.
 
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RE: Surprised At The Gate - Equipment Changes

Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:27 pm

When I was a kid in the 80s and somewhat in the 90s as well, I remember equipment changes at the gate being quite regular. I was often on EA, DL, UA or AA and the equipment changes were often quite different...wide body to narrow body - MD-80 to 727 - DC-10 to 757... often resulting in people being bumped. Oversold flights also seemed to be quite a bit more often, but that is a different topic.

These days I primarily fly UA and I don't remember having an equipment change at the gate in the last 15 years. If we did, it was minor and did not affect much. It seems like the fleets are more rational now and the worst might be a 738 substituting for an A320 but not sure any seat assignments would change in that case.
 
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Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:13 pm

This has happened to me many times, and not usually for the better. From memory, they are:

1991 Northwest DC-9-50. MEM-ATL I booked the flight for that plane, it went tech and they rolled up a -30 instead. They had to ask for volunteers to take a later flight, on another -30. I eventually got the -50, on both NW and DL.

1989 USAir BAC 1-11. CLT-PIT Again, booked for the 1-11, but a shiny new F-100 was parked at the gate. Never got the 1-11.

1995 TWA 727-200. STL-PHX The Boeing tri motor went tech, and they sent us to a gate where an MD-80 was parked. The plane was scheduled to go elsewhere, but I guess they used another plane, or cancelled.

1997 Delta MD-11. ATL-LAX booked for the Mad dog, but she let us down and we were put on a 767-300 instead. I never had another opportunity to fly on the Mad Dog

2005 United Express 146. ORD-MKE Agian, booked for the 146 experience, had to fly on a CRJ-200 instead. Still chasing the 146.

2008 USAirways 767-200 CLT-SJU. I wanted to get one last flight on the -200, but Murphy's law was applied, and we were put on a 757.

2008 Qantas A380. LAX-SYD These were bad days for the mega bus, a 747-400 was used for the flight. I really wanted the A380, thankfully, I was blessed with the A380 experience on my return trip to the US about a week later.

2012 United 787-8. ORD-IAH Bad days again for the Dream liner. A 767-300 was at the gate. I missed the Dream liner experience that day, but my next attempt was a success.

2012 Usairways A330-200. CLT-PHL I wanted to fly on one of the new -200's in the fleet. When I showed up for the flight, a -300 was there. When I inquired about the change, the gate agents didn't even know the plane had been switched. About a half hour later, after boarding, the Captain informed us the -300 we were on was scheduled for an overseas flight. But there had been some maintenance performed on the plane, and it would need to be flown domestically first, to ensure the problem was solved, before it could be taken across the ocean. We were about an hour late departing because the plane had been catered for an international flight, they had to remove everything and re stock for a domestic flight.
"Well, we barely made the airport, for the last plane out, as we taxied down the runway, I could hear the people shout"
 
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RE: Surprised At The Gate - Equipment Changes

Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:26 pm

Just a few weeks ago flying CPH to ORD. SAS had it listed as an A340 and my family and I had bad seat assignments spread out among the last few rows. As we present our boarding passes to head into the lounge area we are issued new seat assignments all together in SAS Plus. Upon boarding we see that it is one of the A330s with the upgrade cabins (or their new A330, did not find out which aircraft it was). Anyway we had a very nice ride to ORD in the new SAS plus as opposed the being spread out in the back of the old SAS GO cabin.

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