Best Airline Experience

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 12, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    One of my most favorite, was in 1996. My mom accompanied me on that trip. We flew Swissair roundtrip from Chicago-Zurich-Budapest. On the transatlantic leg we were in Business Class on the 747 upper deck. From Zurich-Budapest we had Business/First seats. The service in both directions was fantastic! On the intra-European leg, the flight time was only about 1hr 43 minutes, but a full hot meal was served in both directions. Outstanding cabin crew both ways.
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    Jun 12, 2015 2:55 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidOne of my most favorite, was in 1996. My mom accompanied me on that trip. We flew Swissair roundtrip from Chicago-Zurich-Budapest. On the transatlantic leg we were in Business Class on the 747 upper deck. From Zurich-Budapest we had Business/First seats. The service in both directions was fantastic! On the intra-European leg, the flight time was only about 1hr 43 minutes, but a full hot meal was served in both directions. Outstanding cabin crew both ways.

    1996 was approximately 20 years ago. Almost all airlines then had great service when compared to the almost universal awful service today. Business class on trans-atlantic and trans-pacific flights is still good. Today there is hardly any difference at all in seating on an inter-european flight between economy and business class.
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    Jun 12, 2015 3:02 AM GMT
    I love the original Pan-Am in the 1970s'
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    Jun 12, 2015 3:05 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidBest Airline Experience
    Deboarding
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    Jun 12, 2015 3:06 AM GMT
    JAL 2 weeks ago. LA to Osaka and return on 787 in business was wonderful. Food and hospitality were flawless.
    Once they have true lie-flat seats it will be perfect.
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    Jun 12, 2015 4:27 AM GMT
    I took some LSD on a cross country trip from LA to Virginia back in the early 70s. Don't remember a thing which is good because it's a boring flight. I just remember the airplane being virtually empty.
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    Jun 12, 2015 5:00 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI took some LSD ...
    Yeah...we can tell icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 12, 2015 5:51 AM GMT
    Frankfurt to Philadelphia via TWA in the late 60s. Flew over Ireland..."It's SO green!" Mom asked, "How do you like your filet mignon?" I said, "It tastes like beef."

  • Noeton

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    Jun 13, 2015 12:37 PM GMT
    JAL followed by Korean Air and Malaysian Air. Tokyo to New York in business class was perfect in every way.

    Worst: RyanAir Dublin to Brussels... ugghhh... The cabin air pressure left me partially deaf for days.
  • venue35

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    Jun 13, 2015 2:14 PM GMT
    A friend of mine flew with easyjet recently and told me it was horrible in everyway
  • Svnw688

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    Jun 13, 2015 3:30 PM GMT
    My b/f is a pilot and there's a pic framed that says "the only thrill better than flying is landing." And he's known to say "any landing you can walk away from is a good landing." (also, everytime I freak out about a court case or something silly, he always says "it could be worse, you could be on fire"....it's some famous pilot saying I think).

    Anyway, I'd vote for Emirates or Lufthansa (service, not safety).
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    Jun 13, 2015 4:32 PM GMT
    UAL Business Class, LA to Sydney and back, 1988. Great service on the upper deck of a 747. TWA used to do a good job in First on the SFO-JFK/IAD routes, too, but "that was a very long time ago." icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 13, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    Best airline experience:

    - My return flight from Paris, Charles deGaule to Munich Germany (Lufthansa light, short layover) then back to LAX. Back in 2006. It was a pretty big plane, they served really good food ( I had pasta meatballs I think) and the crew seem very nice. Direct flight like 11-13 hrs from Germany to California. Like a breeze.

    - British Airways from San Francisco (SFO) to London Heathrow flight back in 2010. They were pretty polite and serve really good food.

    - Best domestic flight - San Francisco SFO to Las Vegas (Jet Blue Airline) First class with my ex back in 2009 for my bday.

    Worst experience:

    London Heathrow back to SFO (British Airways) - delayed for 3 hrs, I was stuck in a freaking seat, couldn't use the restroom until we were up in the air. (2010)

    Los Angeles LAX - NYC / JFK (2005) - we were supposed to land at 6 pm or something, the (United Airlines) was circling Queens NYC for like 1 hr because of fog, snows storm or something, it could not land. And I got to my hotel at 11 pm at night. Freaking tired.

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 13, 2015 9:51 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidUAL Business Class, LA to Sydney and back, 1988. Great service on the upper deck of a 747. TWA used to do a good job in First on the SFO-JFK/IAD routes, too, but "that was a very long time ago." icon_sad.gif

    Before I switched to flying American exclusively, I used to fly frequently on United from ORD-SFO roundtrip. This was back in the 90s, but I remember UA having a very good Business Class product back then. I used to always book the flight that left SFO around 130pm, because that flight used 747 equipment that came from Seoul, and I always liked the upper deck seating. UA back then had great food service and wine selection.
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    Jun 13, 2015 11:11 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    MGINSD saidUAL Business Class, LA to Sydney and back, 1988. Great service on the upper deck of a 747. TWA used to do a good job in First on the SFO-JFK/IAD routes, too, but "that was a very long time ago." icon_sad.gif

    Before I switched to flying American exclusively, I used to fly frequently on United from ORD-SFO roundtrip. This was back in the 90s,
    UA back then had great food service and wine selection.

    that was before UAL was taken over, and morphed into Continental.

    As it says as a tagline on a lot of posts on Flyertalk.com:
    "Jeff Smisek says this is a change you will like."
  • bobbobbob

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    Jun 14, 2015 1:10 AM GMT
    Svnw688 saidI like all men if I'm attracted to them (there are no race/height/income/etc) criteria with me.

    I'd never had a thing FOR or AGAINST tall guys. My current b/f is 6'7, which is I think awkwardly tall. He was an Air Force pilot, and his legs are so big, that he said if he had to eject he'd probably lose his legs. That sucks.

    I don't really think about his height, except when OTHER people in public mention it (or rarely when he mentions it). The other week we got on the apartment elevator, and this family of 4 had 2 little boys, and the 6 year old said "Can a person be too big for the elevator?" (we were all clearly slim/fit people, so the 'big' reference was not to weight).

    I gave him shit for 30 seconds when the family got off before us. But it's really a non-issue (once you work out the sexual positions).


    strongbull said The height restriction on Air Force pilots is 6'5". This is a strict requirement. You need to get your facts straight when telling stories.
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    Jun 14, 2015 9:10 PM GMT
    1970s flying with my puppy dog. Had a Weimar back then. Got to the airport but the crate on order was busted. So they tried to talk me into using a smaller one. I refused--refused hell, I was just a kid, I think I recall making a scene--because it didn't look comfy.

    So by then the plane is already delayed. They send someone into the cabin to ask passengers if anyone minded flying with a Weimaraner. This was pre-Wegman so probably most or no one knew what a Weimar was because by the look of their surprised faces when we came aboard, they seemed somewhat taken aback by her size. Just 70 lbs svelte but stood tall on those webbed feet.

    Puppy dog got herself her own first class window seat and just hopped on like she owned it. That made me happy to fly with puppy. She slept most of the way but for showing some interest in the chicken cordon bleu.

    The airline had fucked up but they treated us very nicely in making amends. If that was today, I'm pretty sure the airline would have just told us to go fuck ourselves.
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    Jun 16, 2015 4:51 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    MGINSD saidUAL Business Class, LA to Sydney and back, 1988. Great service on the upper deck of a 747. TWA used to do a good job in First on the SFO-JFK/IAD routes, too, but "that was a very long time ago." icon_sad.gif

    Before I switched to flying American exclusively, I used to fly frequently on United from ORD-SFO roundtrip. This was back in the 90s, but I remember UA having a very good Business Class product back then. I used to always book the flight that left SFO around 130pm, because that flight used 747 equipment that came from Seoul, and I always liked the upper deck seating. UA back then had great food service and wine selection.


    Right you are, CS! That was my preferred flight, too.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 16, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    MGINSD said
    ChicagoSteve said
    MGINSD saidUAL Business Class, LA to Sydney and back, 1988. Great service on the upper deck of a 747. TWA used to do a good job in First on the SFO-JFK/IAD routes, too, but "that was a very long time ago." icon_sad.gif

    Before I switched to flying American exclusively, I used to fly frequently on United from ORD-SFO roundtrip. This was back in the 90s, but I remember UA having a very good Business Class product back then. I used to always book the flight that left SFO around 130pm, because that flight used 747 equipment that came from Seoul, and I always liked the upper deck seating. UA back then had great food service and wine selection.


    Right you are, CS! That was my preferred flight, too.


    For some strange reason I can't explain, I even remember the flight number, UA 808.
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    Jun 17, 2015 5:21 PM GMT
    Taking it home one Xmas, I sat next to a lady who'd gone to New Trier West, where "Uncle Buck" was filmed. The inflight movie? "Uncle Buck!" She and I laughed all the way home!
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    MGINSD saidTaking it home one Xmas, I sat next to a lady who'd gone to New Trier West, where "Uncle Buck" was filmed. The inflight movie? "Uncle Buck!" She and I laughed all the way home!
    Classic! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 18, 2015 5:41 AM GMT
    I dunno... here's one: Several times, I was on the 1 am delta flight into the dry shitties. They didn't make any money on that flight, but they needed to position the aircraft for the 6 am flight the next morning. There were usually four or five... sometimes only one... passengers. You could take a whole row and actually sleep.

    Another time: I was working on a field project in NM, when the equipment broke down. Parts were days away. The project budget was crashing. icon_cry.gif Suddenly, somebody said, "You know, if we could get to ABQ in two hours, we could go home for the weekend." Well, two of us made it, barely. And I had an upgrade. Stomped on to the plane in my steel-toed boots and hardhat. Dirty. Smelly. Sat down in first class next to some fat perfumed drone in a clown suit. Pulled a few free drink coupons out of my pocket. Stretched out... Ahhhh....icon_wink.gif

    Another time: I worked 48 hours straight to prepare for a European project. Got on the transcontinental leg and passed out in an aisle seat. I only woke up when the drinks cart tried to get past and they had to push my shoulder back into my seat. Oh, and I think I woke myself up once by snoring too loud icon_redface.gif I don't know if the flight crew called ahead, or what, but for no apparent reason, I got bumped up to business class on the transatlantic leg. I wasn't aware of any of the amenities... just laid flat and passed out. icon_razz.gif

    Oh... and the next-to last time that I took a vacation, 23 years ago, I tried to book a flight to the caribbean with FF miles. There was just no way... everything was full. The next day, I was at wurk, in my office and the phone rang. "Hello, is this Mr. Mindgarden? Well, I'm Ms X, a supervisor at Delta. I was just reviewing our records and I see that you were attempting to book a flight to St. Croix? Oh, well, those flights are always overbooked and you have more FF miles than anyone else on the flight. We'lll just bump some other Schmoe. Enjoy your vacation." icon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gificon_razz.gif
  • SilverRRCloud

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    Jun 18, 2015 11:44 AM GMT
    In the good, ole days of my childhood, Swissair First Class was an act difficult to beat. Real cashmere blankets, amazing food, service, space. I was commuting ZRHBOS once every three weeks. I loved it.

    These days Singapore First. Only a private jet is better. Life as it should beicon_smile.gif. Nuff said.

    SC