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Title: Favorite airline
Post by: knutm1980 on April 21, 2012, 03:42:09 AM
Just curious with you plane junkies.

Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Q: When did you start flying?
Q:When were you born
Q: What is your least favorite airline

A: Haven't flown with them for years, but from what I remember when I flew frequently globally..Singapore Airlines. Their economy beats most business class's hands down..including cathay
A:I really don't know, early 80's..first flight I can remember was flying TAP from Oslo to Lisbon ca. '85..I was quickly educated by the old man TAP stood for Take Another Plane.
A: Probably LAM, Lineas Areas De Mozambique..or also known as 'Late And Maybe'. Waiting at the gate, we are duly informed, the plane has not actually left Maputo yet. This was in Copenhagen. Flew them quite abit in the mid 80's on their old 737-100's and their DC-10 which I've heard had a slight accident and was written off. Must be the closest to death I have ever been..  :-\
A: 1980

simples, see.

edit: Added a least favorite airline Q
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Jona L. on April 21, 2012, 10:34:51 AM
Just curious with you plane junkies.

Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Q: When did you start flying?
Q:When were you born

A: Haven't flown with them for years, but from what I remember when I flew frequently globally..Singapore Airlines. Their economy beats most business class's hands down..including cathay
A:I really don't know, early 80's..first flight I can remember was flying TAP from Oslo to Lisbon ca. '85..I was quickly educated by the old man TAP stood for Take Another Plane.
A: 1980

simples, see.

Lufthansa ;D though my first flights were on good old LTU, which has nowadays been rebranded into the AirBerlin company to which they belonged since ages.

AFAIK, and what my mom told me, 1996 to Menorca (LTU A320, she showed me a photograph of us standing infront of the plane taken by the stewardess ;D )

1993...June... but as per signature, flown a lot in those couple of years :)

Ryanair... crap seats (but you know that in advance), and s*** landings... my last 3 resulted in backbone pain, or at least made it worse...
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Benny_Ben1989 on April 21, 2012, 10:52:30 AM
1) By far and a way, the best airline I have flown with have been Qatar Airways  8) (Virgin Atlantic worst by more than a country mile  >:( )
2) I have been fortunate at my young age to have travelled to 30 countries (31 with Australia in June 8) ) due to relatives living abroad so I dont know when I started flying. First flight I remember was LHR - SVO via MXP with Alitalia in 1998. Mainly remember it as 9 of us were travelling to SVO for my uncles wedding and ALL baggage went missing  >:( ... I wonder if theyve found any of it yet??  :laugh:
3) 1989   8) best year for everything

Many Thanks,
Ben :)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: schro on April 21, 2012, 06:00:43 PM
Eastern
Piedmont (pre US merger)
Valujet

/thread
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Dave4468 on April 21, 2012, 11:19:25 PM
Emirates
Erm, 1996 I think. Not sure of the aircraft but my parents think it was British Midland/BMI
1991
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: ARASKA on April 22, 2012, 03:41:23 AM
Frontier (the only airline that I remember flying)
US Air (in 1999 so I don't remember)
1999
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: knutm1980 on April 22, 2012, 03:13:41 PM
1) By far and a way, the best airline I have flown with have been Qatar Airways  8) (Virgin Atlantic worst by more than a country mile  >:( )
2) I have been fortunate at my young age to have travelled to 30 countries (31 with Australia in June 8) ) due to relatives living abroad so I dont know when I started flying. First flight I remember was LHR - SVO via MXP with Alitalia in 1998. Mainly remember it as 9 of us were travelling to SVO for my uncles wedding and ALL baggage went missing  >:( ... I wonder if theyve found any of it yet??  :laugh:
3) 1989   8) best year for everything

Many Thanks,
Ben :)

Never flown either, but I have heard others share your sentiments on those two airlines. This thing with Virgin Atlantic though, is it relatively recent they started flopping? I seem to remember they used to get a lot of praise.

Been quite lucky with my old man working abroad when I was young, been to 38 countries, and I have most of Europe to do still which is weird, considering I am European.. :'(

Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Pilot Oatmeal on April 22, 2012, 03:27:53 PM
God so many to choose from... well I've been 48 countries and flown across the Atlantic 127 times in my life (discounting concorde...), mostly with Virgin/BA/American and U.S Airways.

1.  British Airways - well I flew on Concorde, gotta be there, plus they are the best to fly with transatlantic imo to Miami. imo.
2.  Air Canada - best Airbus I've flown on absolutely gorgeous, amazing leg room and IFE
3.  BMI - Not really flown lots of short haul but this was a great experience, as the captain let me turn off the APU when we arrived at the gate after a cockpit tour... 8)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: dave111 on April 22, 2012, 11:43:51 PM
Q: Favorite airline?
A: Well, I have not flown very many different airlines, so I'm not really in a position to make comparisons, but, I am from Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP / KMSP) so my favorite airline past or present is our hometown airline, Northwest. I always had good experiences when I flew with them. I was quite disappointed when they merged with Delta. This is only about the 13th largest metro area in the US, so having a major airline based here was a big deal. I worry that in the future MSP will no longer be an important hub, and our local economy could suffer as a result.

Q: When did you start flying?
A: I have been traveling by air since before I can remember, so I'm not really sure. People love to complain about flying, but it's my favorite way to travel. (Has anyone seen comedian Louis C.K.'s bit about people complaining instead of appreciating modern conveniences, particularly flying?) To me, it's one of the biggest miracles of modern technology. No other mode of transportation can take you to distant parts of the world in mere hours.

Q: Least favorite airline?
A: I shouldn't say this since I haven't flown with them, but, Southwest. For every person I've met who loves them, I've met two who regret flying Southwest. Plus, I hate their TV ads, I feel they cut corners on safety and ignore regulations, and that, because of the fare pressure they put on other carriers, they and other discount airlines are partly responsible for the problems with the US airline system. Sure, everyone wants flying to be affordable, but you get what you pay for. (I won't say more here, but see the PBS Frontline episode, "Flying Cheap")
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Zombie Slayer on April 23, 2012, 02:21:59 AM

Q: Least favorite airline?
A: I shouldn't say this since I haven't flown with them, but, Southwest. For every person I've met who loves them, I've met two who regret flying Southwest. Plus, I hate their TV ads, I feel they cut corners on safety and ignore regulations, and that, because of the fare pressure they put on other carriers, they and other discount airlines are partly responsible for the problems with the US airline system. Sure, everyone wants flying to be affordable, but you get what you pay for. (I won't say more here, but see the PBS Frontline episode, "Flying Cheap")

Short answer, you haven't flown them. Southwest has just about the best, if not the best, safety record of any airline in the world. In almost 41 years of operation, operating over 3400 flights a day, WN has had just 1 hull loss (BUR over run in 2000) and a single fatality (MDW over run in 2005). The 2 highly publicized decompression incidents have been traced back to a faulty Boeing manufacturing procedure, NOT faulty WN maintenance practices.

As for the second part of your statement, WN is not responsible for the financial state of US legacies, years of mismanagement is to blame. Adapt or die, plain and simple. Is flying the luxurious experience it was in the 50's? No, not for the majority (the premium classes have undergone vast improvements in recent years, IMHO) but it is safe and affordable. And lastly, "you get what you pay for," true. On WN you get no change fee, free checked and carry on bags, free refreshments, the most generous seat pitch in standard Y in the industry, and the lowest complaint ratio in the industry (.22 per 100,000 enplanements in Feb 2012).
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: dave111 on April 23, 2012, 04:45:38 AM
I knew saying anything bad about Southwest would get a response from someone - that's the way it is, you either love em or hate em. I don't want to start a flame war, in fact I wish I'd listened to my better judgment and left that part out of my post. I recognize I can't be impartial about it, and I'll leave it at that. (But when I say I can't be impartial, I don't mean that I'm conceding that you're right.)

 I don't mean to disparage anyone who works for them, I'm sure they're good at their jobs. I don't like the people in charge of the big legacy carriers either, in fact it's them I hate most of all. But if every airline was like Southwest, with its domestic-only point-to-point route system (in other words, Southwest only flies routes that are very profitable), who would provide service to small cities and regional airports, who would provide international service? Maybe you're right, maybe it's not fair to blame them for other airlines' problems, and really I'm just mad about the state of the airline industry in general, but I can't help but resent that Southwest feeds the general public's perception that the other guys are just out to gouge them.

I can't say much more without getting somewhat political about it, so this time I *will* use my better judgment and just not go there.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Zombie Slayer on April 23, 2012, 12:40:40 PM
Dave,

There was just one statement you made in your first post that set me off, and that was the claim of "cutting corners." You are 100% entitled to your opinion and I respect your opinion but your claims need to be based on facts and/or personal experiences. Saying "I feel they cut corners on safety" without ever having set foot onboard a Southwest flight, especially considering their safety record, is crazy. Other than that, I do not disagree with any part of your post  ;) And "flying cheap," saw it and yes, it is scary. Some of the regional flights I have been on (Mesa and Republic, mostly) had a cockpit crew that looked like they were were just out of High School (not judging their qualifications and I never felt unsafe, just an observation).

Don
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Lairyliam on April 23, 2012, 01:15:25 PM
Q: Virgin Atlantic
Q: April 1993
Q:1979
Q: British Airways
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Dave4468 on April 23, 2012, 07:20:39 PM
In addition to my last answer.

Ryanair. Despite flying on them twice in the last week and being perfectly good flights, in fact one flight had the best cabin crew ever, I hate that airline. I despise everything about it, how its run, how it treats passengers, the attitude of a certain leprechaun, just everything.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: alexgv1 on April 23, 2012, 07:50:51 PM
Ryanair. Despite flying on them twice in the last week and being perfectly good flights, in fact one flight had the best cabin crew ever, I hate that airline. I despise everything about it, how its run, how it treats passengers, the attitude of a certain leprechaun, just everything.

Haha funny, I love them for those same reasons.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Benny_Ben1989 on April 23, 2012, 08:30:28 PM
Never flown either, but I have heard others share your sentiments on those two airlines. This thing with Virgin Atlantic though, is it relatively recent they started flopping? I seem to remember they used to get a lot of praise.

I flew with them in 2007 to Hong Kong and then I thought they were awful. Flight was so un organised. I know it was 5 ish years ago now but I still remember the sense of irratic working environment the cabin crew seemed to create. I put that down to a one off :) However, in 2011 I flew with them to Tokyo and as a seasoned passenger, the atmosphere made me feel anxious. Service isnt what their marketing department make out.  :-\

It is a shame, because the cabin's are always well presented, great onboard colourscheme etc etc, and theres huge potential to upset some 5* airlines out there but I feel all their expeditions in the low cost markets (US and Oz) have kind of mingled in and they are very much an 'ordinary' carrier at best.

As I said, I then flew to Doha in Sept '11 and then Dec '11 and had highly professional cabin crew, this will sound cheesy but it did truly seem that it was Qatar Airways' privelege to have you on board. Small touches from check in to leaving Doha Airport dont go a miss and you cant help but put them first choice over any other airline.

I hope my opinion will change in June as im off to Australia with QANTAS :) hope they have a good service...a looong flight if not!!  :'(

Many Thanks,
Ben :)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: dave111 on April 23, 2012, 10:05:31 PM
Dave,

There was just one statement you made in your first post that set me off, and that was the claim of "cutting corners." You are 100% entitled to your opinion and I respect your opinion but your claims need to be based on facts and/or personal experiences. Saying "I feel they cut corners on safety" without ever having set foot onboard a Southwest flight, especially considering their safety record, is crazy. Other than that, I do not disagree with any part of your post  ;) And "flying cheap," saw it and yes, it is scary. Some of the regional flights I have been on (Mesa and Republic, mostly) had a cockpit crew that looked like they were were just out of High School (not judging their qualifications and I never felt unsafe, just an observation).

Don

I'm glad to hear you say that; after seeing in the "Your Day Job" thread that you actually do work for Southwest, I felt kinda bad, because I can imagine how I'd feel if someone said bad things about my employer. No hard feelings, I hope.

As for the "flying cheap" thing, I completely agree, I'm not judging the pilots, and I'm never really that worried. I think it's unfair to them, I want them to be paid a fair amount and to have the opportunity to get more flying experience before taking on the responsibility of flying airline passengers. The big airlines shouldn't be trying to save money by outsourcing their flying to regional carriers that pay their crews less.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Cardinal on April 23, 2012, 10:10:23 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
A: I flew Piedmont as a child all the time, always RIC-DEN. I have many happy memories of those flights. However, as a consumer paying for my own travel, my favorite airline by far has been AirTran. The true test of an airline is how they handle problems, and the few times I ever had a maintenance delay or weather cancellation, and the one (and only) time they misrouted my luggage, AirTran's customer service blew me away with their efficiency and response. I'm really going to miss them.

Q: When did you start flying?
A: The first flight I can remember specifically is in 1982, flying from RIC-DEN via CLT and (after a mx diversion to INT) BNA, and back home via DAY. I have vague memories of flying before then but I can't remember any details.

Q:When were you born
A: 1972.

Q: What is your least favorite airline
A: US Airways. They never fail to disappoint.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: knutm1980 on April 23, 2012, 10:59:07 PM
I flew with them in 2007 to Hong Kong and then I thought they were awful. Flight was so un organised. I know it was 5 ish years ago now but I still remember the sense of irratic working environment the cabin crew seemed to create. I put that down to a one off :) However, in 2011 I flew with them to Tokyo and as a seasoned passenger, the atmosphere made me feel anxious. Service isnt what their marketing department make out.  :-\

It is a shame, because the cabin's are always well presented, great onboard colourscheme etc etc, and theres huge potential to upset some 5* airlines out there but I feel all their expeditions in the low cost markets (US and Oz) have kind of mingled in and they are very much an 'ordinary' carrier at best.

As I said, I then flew to Doha in Sept '11 and then Dec '11 and had highly professional cabin crew, this will sound cheesy but it did truly seem that it was Qatar Airways' privelege to have you on board. Small touches from check in to leaving Doha Airport dont go a miss and you cant help but put them first choice over any other airline.

I hope my opinion will change in June as im off to Australia with QANTAS :) hope they have a good service...a looong flight if not!!  :'(

Many Thanks,
Ben :)

doha airport..ugh. heh..Hope their new airport improves the shambles that place currently is. Spent a few days there in and around Doha..biggest building site I ever been to. Did not fly Qatar though..but know people in the UAE who prefer them over Emirates who I haven't tried either.  :-[

I haven't flown Qantas since about 1990 or so. Roundtrip Harare-Perth-Sydney-Singapore-London. We ended up having the same stewardess on every single flight. I remember the service being good, but I was only about 10 or so, so my judgement might have been impeded by colouring books and cookies I think.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Benny_Ben1989 on April 24, 2012, 09:55:37 AM
I agree about the feeling with Doha Airport however I dont think even they expected the rapid success and expansion that Qatar Airways was to enjoy  :-\

Doha itself is absolutely lovely now though and when the time comes I will beg, steal, borrow and slaughter for tickets to the 2022 world cup there..so a little time to prepare :)

With regards to QANTAS, under more careful inspection, apparently my LHR - BKK and HKG - LHR legs are operated by BA 747's. BKK - SYD is a 747 and BNE - HKG is an A330 :)

Many Thanks,
Ben :)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: knutm1980 on April 24, 2012, 02:07:11 PM
Doha itself is absolutely lovely now though and when the time comes I will beg, steal, borrow and slaughter for tickets to the 2022 world cup there..so a little time to prepare :)

Really? I was there in December 2010 and possibly the most boring place on earth. I did enjoy some succulent baby camel in the souk though..but the rest of the city..ugh. Know some people working there, if it wasn't for the money, they'd be gone. Heard some horror stories about football games there..authorities filling up stadiums with labourers to make it seem full.  :-\ Much prefer Bahrain..although I left before the troubles luckily. Not so built up, a bit dirtier and grittier, but quite entertaining and some real seedy bars and a relatively decent local music scene. Bahraini's seemed like the friendliest in the gulf too..never experienced generosity like I did there..strangers inviting you home for dinner and serving up a feast. Also more history and culture to experience. But each to their own.

But the projects in Doha are quite radical..though they never admit to it, clearly trying to replicate Dubai..but the Qatari's seemed alot more conservative than Emirati's.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: NovemberCharlie on April 27, 2012, 05:51:08 PM
Well:

Q1: My favorite airline is KLM. By far
Q2: My first ever flight was in 1999 Amsterdam to Dar-Es-Salaam on a KLM 767-300ER
Q3: I was born in 1994
Q5: I think I haven't flown with enough airlines to judge about this.

Regards,

NC
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Tujue on April 27, 2012, 06:32:47 PM
1. Based on service, it's Turkish Airlines and Dutchbird (bankrupt in 2005)
2. My first flight use to be early 1990s, I only know it was an Istanbul Airlines 727-200Adv (from a very old picture)
3: 12-12-1989
4: Fly Air (bankrupt); the only time I felt uncomfortable in a plane (http://www.airliners.net/photo/FLY-Air/Airbus-A300B4-203/0272188/L/)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: NovemberCharlie on April 29, 2012, 04:42:17 PM
1. Based on service, it's Turkish Airlines and Dutchbird (bankrupt in 2005)

Loved the Dutchbird livery!
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Tujue on April 29, 2012, 09:16:51 PM
Loved the Dutchbird livery!
Yes indeed (of course, since it is "made in Holland"), the Dutchbird plane was a very warm welcomed change of aircraft for me (and I bet for most of the passengers too)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: lunchbox on May 03, 2012, 11:44:49 PM
My favorite airline would have to be Continental, before they merged of course.  I will have to give my props to AirTran.  My wife and I flew to the Bahamas last year with them, and it was a very pleasant experience.

I think my first flight was in the late 80's, can't remember which airline though.  I do remember flying Continental and Southwest a lot as a child.

5-18-86

I think the worst airline I've flown on was Delta, nothing but delays.  Northwest came in at second as they couldn't decide what airport to fly into. I flew once from IAH to LGA via DTW, and they couldn't decide if they wanted to route through MSP, MEM, or DTW, we didn't find out until we got to the airport lol  :P
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: ucfknightryan on May 04, 2012, 02:25:27 AM
1.  My favorite airline would have to be AirTran.  I'm going to miss my hometown airline when the merger with SWA finishes.  The cheap upgrades to business class are so nice :)

2. I don't know exactly when, probably 1983 or 1984 as it was before my memories begin.

3. I was born in December, 1982

4. My least favorite airline....hmmm...I'm gonna have to go with American Airlines, because MD-80s suck, and ORD sucks, and the combination of the two is unforgivable.

-Ryan
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: JumboShrimp on May 04, 2012, 03:30:16 AM
Sorry to rain on this particular parade (thread), but I don't think the differences between major airlines are really huge.  I was partial to the stewardesses on Singapore Airlines, that was about it.  I fall asleep when the aircraft takes off and I only wake up when there is some cart activity around me to get a drink, or when the aircraft lands....

I pick an airline based on the alliance (Star alliance), so that I have the best choices where to use my frequent flyer miles.  That decides the US airline (United, now Continental as well).  That decide the mileage credit card to get for business (United MileagePlus card).  Nw to make things even better, there is a Chase Ink Bold card that gives you 5x miles on purchases of certain products for first $50,000 spent.  So I will have 250,000 miles on first $50,000 spent plus regular miles for anything over that.

250,000 miles gives me a free flight from the US to Europe for a family of 4...
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: brique on June 11, 2012, 03:32:24 AM
Airlines are all a bit faceless and alike nowadays to me but I always enjoyed flying with SAS, nothing ever seemed to be too much trouble, even when the trouble was my fault, not theirs... ahem, gotta love them when they hold the plane while you run across the tarmac cos you caught the wrong bus and got lost on the way there... ahem... :-[

Earliest commercial flight was Heathrow to Belfast, about 1967-8, with BEA on an extremely noisy Brittania, like being inside a cement mixer when it took off but I loved it ...but as a kid, we would always go to the open day at Hatfield, which was the de Havilland plant, but by then it was Hawker-Siddeley, then later BAe, where we would be given free rides on whatever aircraft was doing circuits and bumps, sadly, dont recall exact types but I was only little then...

born 1957

Airline I dislike most... mmm... RyanAir by a long way : okay, headline price is cheap, and frequency is good and so I'll put up with a bit of discomfort for that... but its the long tally of extra charges/fees that slowly accumulate until you end up paying what would be std fare on a mainstream carrier but still get low-cost service, that and the cynical naming policy of its destination airports which end up being somewhere else entirely and far far away from where you thought you were going... meh, you've all heard the horror stories so leave it there...

EDIT: I would also like to suggest another category : your favourite 'historic' airline : one gone but fondly remembered : mine would be the lovably eccentric British United Air Ferries, which ran scheduled car ferry services to Europe using Bristol Superfreighters and such. Yep, a car ferry service. If you want a glimpse of what it was like, the Bond movie 'Goldfinger' has a scene showing his Roller being unloaded from one of their planes.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: stevecree on June 11, 2012, 12:18:17 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?

Virgin Atlantic - my usual host for my regular MAN - MCO trips

Q: When did you start flying ?

First flight was when I was 18 months old on a Dan Air BAC1-11 from MAN - ALC

Q:When were you born ?

Too long ago...in the days when 1-11's, 732's, DC8's and 707's were still common sights !

Q: What is your least favorite airline ?

Ryanair  >:(
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: slither360 on June 11, 2012, 02:59:07 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Q: When did you start flying?
Q: What is your least favorite airline
1) Air India
2) 1997
3) Pakistan International Airlines (long story, but yes I have flown with them - never again!)
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: mtnlion on June 12, 2012, 04:43:29 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Q: When did you start flying?
Q:When were you born
Q: What is your least favorite airline

1. Maybe ANA, but my only flight with them was on B787. Thai Airways has also always been a pleasant flight provider. From Europe it would be Finnair.
2. 1991 Finnair from Helsinki to Beijing on DC10
3. 1991
4. Possibly Air Baltic from all of the airlines I've flown, but Ryanair from those that I haven't flown.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: mgamb094 on June 12, 2012, 06:00:59 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Q: When did you start flying?
Q:When were you born
Q: What is your least favorite airline

1. Maybe ANA, but my only flight with them was on B787. Thai Airways has also always been a pleasant flight provider. From Europe it would be Finnair.
2. 1991 Finnair from Helsinki to Beijing on DC10
3. 1991
4. Possibly Air Baltic from all of the airlines I've flown, but Ryanair from those that I haven't flown.

What did you think of the B787? I will be on one next month and I just wondering if the hype is true.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: mtnlion on June 12, 2012, 07:45:23 PM
It was a nice experience but honestly the biggest difference I noticed was the windows. The flight was short domestic hop so maybe in longer flight passengers notice the much hyped air pressure difference etc. The engines were surprisingly loud, definitely louder than the A380.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: broadbander on June 12, 2012, 10:11:58 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
A: SAS is my favourite "legacy" - I flew with them several times MAN-CPH-SEA before they ceased flying to SEA. Of the low costs, Air Asia impressed me the most. Of the charter carriers, Flying Colours Airline (now Thomas Cook) was the best I've flown with.
Q: When did you start flying?
A: 1987, Britannia Airways B762 from Manchester to Corfu.
Q: When were you born
1980
Q: What is your least favorite airline
Trying to decide between Transwede (MAN-GRO in 1995/1996) and Delta (SEA-AMS in 2010). Each had similarly poor levels of service and surly crew. The Delta B763 was in better condition than the Transwede MD87, but I expected more of Delta than I did of Transwede.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Jona L. on June 13, 2012, 10:56:57 AM
The Delta B763 was in better condition than the Transwede MD87, but I expected more of Delta than I did of Transwede.

We recently had a DL 763 standing around in DUS at their gate (C05) over 1h longer because they had technical issues (took 20 minutes to solve, but took the pilots 40 minutes to accept flying the plane, because not all issues were fixed, as my colleague who was Ramping the plane told me).

Blocked the gate for my AerLingus A320, which was On-Blocks 12 minutes late due to them!!
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: knutm1980 on June 14, 2012, 08:38:28 AM
EDIT: I would also like to suggest another category : your favourite 'historic' airline : one gone but fondly remembered : mine would be the lovably eccentric British United Air Ferries, which ran scheduled car ferry services to Europe using Bristol Superfreighters and such. Yep, a car ferry service. If you want a glimpse of what it was like, the Bond movie 'Goldfinger' has a scene showing his Roller being unloaded from one of their planes.

Good call, although I can't really provide much of an answer. Perhaps the old SAA or Varig, but being born in '80..I don't really consider myself to have grown old enough yet to consider much of my life experience to fall into this category.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: socceroos28 on June 14, 2012, 11:36:09 AM
Qantas rules
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: foxbox on June 14, 2012, 09:28:47 PM
@ Doha. I second your feelings. Been there twice for connecting flights to/from Dubai with Qatar Airways.
Nothing to do in the airport itself, less to do than in Brisbane. Their free wireless sucked, that is, when it worked. Only ONE restaurant, and the food was nothing to write about.

Anyway... :)

Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
A: Etihad, flew with one of their A330's from Singapore to Brisbane. Their service was fantastic and plenty of space.

Q: When did you start flying?
A: 1998, a chartered Premiair flight - a DC10 if i remember correctly.

Q: When were you born
A: 1988, in Denmark.

Q: What is your least favorite airline
A: Virgin Blue, flew with one of their B737's between Brisbane and Christchurch. Horribel service, no space and old annoying crew.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Troxartas86 on June 30, 2012, 03:06:05 AM
Q1. My favorite airline to fly was always Continental. Even as everyone else in America started going to low cost models, nickle and diming passengers however they could, Continental still seemed to believe in classic service. I think they were the last to ever offer me something resembling a complimentary meal. I flew my first post-merger flight with United a couple of months ago. Something was definitely missing but it was still a good experience, especially considering that someone was in my seat so I got to sit in "premium economy" instead right across from the door. Had to buy it but the snack box was still better than anything the budget carriers offer.

People will probably call me crazy but I'm also a big fan of Spirit. Since I'm usually flying between Florida and New Jersey, I am most often flying them from Tampa to Atlantic City these days. Usually you get one of just two A-321s they operate on that flight which is comfortable enough for short haul. The staff is always friendly, you don't need to pay the carry-on fee, microwaved cup noodles passes for awesome airline food these days and whenever they've screwed up, I always get a meal voucher and at least $100 towards my next ticket. I just flew on one of their newest A-320s and while the seats infamously don't recline on those, I don't sleep on planes anyway and it wasn't uncomfortable. I also enjoyed how talkative the captain was on my last flight, giving frequent updates of what was going on and even providing a lengthy travelogue about the history of Florida and Tampa at the halfway point. I think he's flown me at least once before and I'm probably going to remember his name from now on.

Q2. I probably first flew as a baby but my first memories are flying 727s to Florida and something gigantic to California on two occasions. One of those flights was with United in the old days so they gave me pilot wings to pin to my shirt, showed me the cockpit mid-flight and even gave me a nice toy 747 to keep.

Q3. September 16, 1986. In New Jersey.

Q4. US Airways. I don't mind the planes, I don't mind the crews (one guy actually gave a hilarious apology over the gate intercom before boarding once about how if the plane was full of trash, we should blame the disembarking passengers from the city they just flew in from) and I'm fine with the amenities such as they are. However, their customer service in a crisis will leave them forever on my black list. They let hundreds of passengers fly from Tampa to Philadelphia without informing them that their connecting flights were most likely already cancelled at the other end. About three agents were left to deal with all of us and it took about three hours on line before I was able to even attempt to speak with one of them. (in the mean time I watched rats crawling around in the open under the waiting area seats but that's on the filthy airport, not the airline) All they were giving anyone was $10 vouchers for dinner and breakfast, keeping in mind that it was late at night so most places to get dinner were already closed. I lucked out and managed to get a sandwich right before the doors closed.

Since I had somewhere to be the next day, specifically a wedding where the rest of my family had already arrived, I had to change my final destination to an even closer airport with a better timed flight very early the next morning. I go to the baggage office which is now over-flowing with the luggage of my fellow stranded passengers but under no circumstances were we allowed to claim our bags. I could see my own bag and explained that I was now going to a different city but without the least bit of sympathy or apology, they informed me that policy dictated my bag go to where it was originally intended whether I was going to be on the flight or not. I had to buy new clothes at my own expense and have the bag shipped back to Florida after it was needlessly flown to the wrong city.

Meanwhile it's now after midnight and I'm stuck in an unfamiliar city with nowhere to go. I managed to grab the very last room in one of the few hotels still running shuttles at 2AM, again all at my own expense. I had not budgeted for a hotel stay so my credit card was declined but thankfully the clerk gave me the room anyway in the end by forcing an overdraft with my permission saying he could not in good conscience let me wander around Philly alone at 3AM.

I'm normally very patient and understanding towards airlines but US Air never even apologized for the inconvenience and their agents were rude and completely unsympathetic to all the people they stranded that day. They basically just wanted to get rid of us and go home.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: LemonButt on June 30, 2012, 05:05:13 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Believe it or not, I'd have to say Allegiant.  They are innovators in that they can offer rock bottom fares to leisure travelers that no one else can touch.  It is definitely no frills, but I am more than happy to pay a few extra dollars for value-added services versus flying with a legacy carrier and paying out the nose for non-value added services I don't want.  Charging extra for those services also ensures that they are available.  Many people don't pay extra for the seats with extra legroom because it isn't value-added.  For someone who is tall like myself, it is value-added so I am more than happy to pay a little extra for the service because I get bang for my buck.  I've flown them probably 8 flights now with 3 of them being this year.  I flew from Knoxville (KTYS) to Las Vegas (KLAS) on a B757-200 for $80 each way and I flew one-way from Greenville-Spartanburg (KGSP) to Fort Lauderdale (KFLL) for $90 to go on a trans-Atlantic cruise earlier this year.

Q: When did you start flying?
1988.  My first flight was when I was 4 years old on a Delta 747-400 from Cincinnati (KCVG) to Washington DC (don't remember if it was Dulles or Reagan) to visit the grandparents.  This was back in the day when you got free decks of cards, drinks, snacks, etc. and it was amazing.  I remember it rather vividly.

Q: When were you born
1984

Q: What is your least favorite airline
American Eagle.  My mom has been married a few times and 2 of my stepfathers worked for the airline--one of them American, the other Comair (Delta), so we flew for free on standby most of my childhood.  Living in Cincinnati, we had Delta's 2nd largest hub until the Great Recession so we always flew out of Cincinnati non-stop.  However, when we flew on American we had to connect in O'Hare or DFW, which meant we had to take 20-30 seat Jetscreams a couple hours to get to American's hub, which was on American Eagle--no flight attendants, no bathrooms, and a bumpy ride.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: lunchbox on June 30, 2012, 08:35:06 PM
Q1. My favorite airline to fly was always Continental. Even as everyone else in America started going to low cost models, nickle and diming passengers however they could, Continental still seemed to believe in classic service. I think they were the last to ever offer me something resembling a complimentary meal. I flew my first post-merger flight with United a couple of months ago. Something was definitely missing but it was still a good experience, especially considering that someone was in my seat so I got to sit in "premium economy" instead right across from the door. Had to buy it but the snack box was still better than anything the budget carriers offer.



Continental was great, my sister worked for them.  So, my parents and I always flew standby for very cheap or free 8)



Q4. US Airways. I don't mind the planes, I don't mind the crews (one guy actually gave a hilarious apology over the gate intercom before boarding once about how if the plane was full of trash, we should blame the disembarking passengers from the city they just flew in from) and I'm fine with the amenities such as they are. However, their customer service in a crisis will leave them forever on my black list. They let hundreds of passengers fly from Tampa to Philadelphia without informing them that their connecting flights were most likely already cancelled at the other end. About three agents were left to deal with all of us and it took about three hours on line before I was able to even attempt to speak with one of them. (in the mean time I watched rats crawling around in the open under the waiting area seats but that's on the filthy airport, not the airline) All they were giving anyone was $10 vouchers for dinner and breakfast, keeping in mind that it was late at night so most places to get dinner were already closed. I lucked out and managed to get a sandwich right before the doors closed.



Yeah, PHL really needs to update their airport, very dated and worn
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Kadachiman on July 24, 2012, 11:03:36 AM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
TAA (Trans Australian Airlines)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_Australia_Airlines
Why?
Until recently we only had 2 choices for Domestic travel within Australia - TAA Govt owned & Ansett ANA privately owned, and one carrier being Qantas for International travel

Q: When did you start flying?
1976 - Royal Australian Airforce Hercules

Q: When were you born
TAA were taking ownership of brand new Boeing 727-100 and Douglas DC-9 aircraft

Q: What is your least favorite airline
Royal Australian Airforce (Hercules)
Seats are worse than HD - slung hammock style seats
No inflight entertainment
Ni inflight service
No Cabin Crew except for a grumpy old Flight Sergeant
And you had to carry your own weapon :-)

And this is even though I had a few flights on the famed "Gooney Bird'
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Boten on July 26, 2012, 09:45:46 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?
Cathay Pacific... Finnair... oneworld in general maybe  :P

Q: When did you start flying?
Middle 90's, Finnair DC-10 to India or Dominican Republic, can't remember

Q:When were you born
Middle 90's  :P

Q: What is your least favorite airline
Dont really have one, but if I have to say something, I'd say Finnair's leisure flights with 227pax B757-200  :P
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: schweizer on August 02, 2012, 12:26:05 PM
1) Cathay Pacific, Only downside with CX is their prices are outrages especially compared to airlines such as Emirates. I would live of CX food if I could! The only airline I have experienced where I would always order more food, wether in business or economy.
2)Got a picture of me as a baby sitting in the cockpit :D
3) 89
4) KLM or Qantas... hate them so much im undecided which is worst... I'd rather take my chances long haul on jet2 then either of those two airlines!

I have also tried the following airlines:

-Air france: great food, crap service.
-emirates: Didn't live up to expectation
-Singapore: Inconvenient except for travelling to and from Singapore based on my personal experience.
-BA: sigh?
-Japan Airlines: Lack of excitement.
-Thai: Cabin interrior looked and felt old on my few flights with them.
-Thai orient: Only good thing was low LF!
-Dragonair: great to hop around asia, not a large destination choice
-Lux Air: Only had 4 flights with them, nothing exceptional
-Jet2: Cattle class feels like luxary compared to EZ and Ryan...
-Kenyan airlines: First time I had actually feared for my safety on a flight!
-Air Laos: First time on a turbo prop, fun experienced, transfered to Thai on return leg due to their only aircraft in fleet broken down.... which happened on the outgoing leg!
-Flybe: Cant complain but cant praise.
-Qantas: All flights to my chosen destination full for months apart from Qantas, I even looked at flying to Europe (from Hong Kong) to then fly to Australia on a seperate airline... On arrival I changed my return leg to another Airline before collecting my luggage!! (That was 2nd flight with them, first one was what put me off in the first place!)
-KLM: Only flew them because my AF flight was cancelled due to snow, was put in a 5 star hotel and quickest way back was with KLM, I felt so ripped off after paying the AF price that I managed to claim my money back! (Pre-AF/KLM merger)

Emirates could have easily been my favourite but I think the dissapointement was the fact that its so well spoken of that you end up with an unrealistic expectation and
it leaves you disappointed.... Had I not chosen Emirates for what people have said about them, im sure they would be very close contenders to CX.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Andre on August 10, 2012, 05:50:42 PM
Q: Scandinavian Airlines
Q: 1981
Q: 1981
Q: Norwegian
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: NightKnight on August 28, 2012, 09:59:25 PM
1)Emirates Airlines
2)1994
3)1992
4)Air Canada
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: ban2 on September 10, 2012, 02:27:34 PM
Q: What is your favorite airline of all time?

Singapore airlines, economy seats are supurb and service is 2nd to none IMO.

Q: When did you start flying?

1979 on Air Rhodesian 707

Q:When were you born

'73

Q: What is your least favorite airline

The now defunct cattle truck service offered by Brittania, 4.5hrs of hell from Bournemouth to Cyprus
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Aerlingus1916 on November 04, 2012, 09:22:51 AM
 :o :o This brings back memories........LOL

FAVORITE AIRLINE: AERLINGUS They have lovely flight attendants and pilots and they always speak a little Irish! Im fluent in irish but its nice to hear people speak it :)

WHEN I STARTED FLYING WITH THEM: Early 90's...

MY LEAST FAVORITE AIRLINE: ONURAIR. My family and I were coming back from an amazing holiday in athens. Upon takeoff the "Safety Lights" to help illuminate the cabin in an emergency fell off the roof. Smoke started rising BETWEEN the triple/double glazed windows. And to top it all off my fruit that I got to nibble on had FUNGUS yes thats right FUNGUS on it!! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:   I am scarred for life.....
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: LemonButt on November 04, 2012, 12:26:01 PM
FAVORITE AIRLINE: AERLINGUS They have lovely flight attendants and pilots and they always speak a little Irish! Im fluent in irish but its nice to hear people speak it :)

I flew from Rome to Dublin to JFK to Charlotte earlier this year.  Rome to Dublin to JFK was Aer Lingus and the flight attendants were gorgeous and all dolled up.  I joked with my wife that I thought I needed one of them to help me with my seatbelt :)  It was like old school 1950's flight attendants when flying was a luxury.  Even the 60 year old flight attendant was tastefully put together.  From JFK to Charlotte I flew on jetBlue and our flight attendant was a frumpy overweight woman wearing a sweater and slacks.  I think our flight attendants in the US hate flying as much as the passengers do.  I hear people in Ireland think Aer Lingus is overpriced and expensive though.  I know they are no RyanAir, but I flew from Rome to JFK for less than $500 booking several months ahead.
Title: Re: Favorite airline
Post by: Aerlingus1916 on November 04, 2012, 02:31:34 PM
Hahaha thats great to here that people are flying with them! ;D

Yes I do also love ryanair I got a flight from Dublin to Rome for 20euros only!! There CEO micheal O Leary should be president for Ireland!

Aerlingus is 5 times as expensive as an average ryanair ticket but they offer a luxury service :)