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First 747 flight

Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:49 pm

Since most airlines are phasing out their fleets of 747s, I thought it would be interesting for everyone to post the routing of their first flights on the Queen of the Skies.

Mine: Pan American TPA - IAD April, 1984
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:16 pm

KLM AMS-BKK 2007, somehow i never got to fly one before 2007.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:03 pm

I always loved the 747 when i was growing up.

Only ever flown on two though first one was in 2008 it was VS from LHR - SFO
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Re: First 747 flight

Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:23 pm

TWA JFK-FCO April 1971
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:08 am

A Delta 747-100 back in 1974 - the night coach from SFO-ATL. In those days the fare on night coach flights were 20% lower.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:50 am

ORD/LAX on CO in July 1973
The entire route of the flight was (I believe) EWR/ORD/LAX/HNL, although I am not 100% sure about the first leg
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:52 am

1998 KLM SYD-SIN-AMS PH-BFA
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:49 am

2011 - British Airways B744 JFK-LHR

And just three month ago I had my first flight in the upper deck of the B744 :D
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:31 am

Lufthansa B747-200 FRA-YYZ back in 1989
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:36 pm

TWA JFK-LAX August 1974

The return flight SFO-JFK was on an L-1011, my first trip on that aircraft too.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:39 pm

BA BOS-LHR in about 1982.

My father took me to Europe when I was 11. We were on economy tickets, but the flight was oversold, and we were bumped to business. Quite a way to travel fro my first oversees trip.

While business was on the lower level, I got to peek at the upper deck, which put me in heaven!
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:36 pm

Malaysia LHR-KUL in 1986.

Flew out on a 747-200, coming back on a Malaysian 747-300 combi. I can remember the flight stopping at Paris and Dubai enroute, with the journey being a lot longer than the non stop flight Malaysian 747-400 flight on the same sector that I took several times later in life as an adult.

Incidentally my first 747-400 flight though was SQ LHR-SIN sometime in the mid 1990's, which eventually became my preferred option to the Far East.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:38 pm

LAX HKG 2003 on CX. I was to young to remember the flight, though my parents tell me the flight was so empty that near everyone had a row to themselves (this was right after the SARS epidemic, when tourism in Hong Kong had really hit the skids). Sounded fun!
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:29 am

RJAA-RPLL Rwy 34L - Rwy 06 - AGE:11 Date: Sometime during November 2014 after my 11th Birthday. Airline: Delta Airlines and RPLL-RJAA Rwy 06 - Rwy 34R.
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:38 am

British Airways 747-100 IAD-LHR-IAD in early 1993 (can't remember the exact dates).
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:21 am

A lot later than most of you -- Lufthansa 747-400 SFO-FRA-BLR in January 2010. I got to travel to BLR for my job.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:25 am

August 1997 FRA-LAX, LH's 744
that trip also included UA's DC-10 LAX-HNL and 742 "William Patterson" in old UA colors on the way back.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:46 am

Delta DAL-SFO - early 70's (1971-72?) before DFW was opened.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:33 am

American ORD-DTW early 70s? Had the lounge with the piano. My father took my brother and me for a visit to the flight deck. The pilot was kind enough to open the hatch, and I got to stick my head out and look back to the tail.

Great memories. Other flights included NW DTW-MSP in 1989/90 time frame. BA 747 SEA-LHR several times, LHR-DEL in 2008.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:23 pm

LHR-YYZ AC 744M June 1999
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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:21 am

My first and only 747 flight. GA back in 1993, CGK-AUH-LGW.

I don't know the reg but it had this livery of the time on it. My seat was a window seat, just under where the G on the title is. I wish I could have taken more photos at the time (pre digital days). :boggled:

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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:37 am

Pan Am from LHR to JFK, April, 1972. I was astonished at the size of the cabin. Much later in life, my first 744 flight was on CX, in 2001 I think. I loved the J cabin upstairs--felt like private club!
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:53 am

HKG - LHR on CX in 2004, a 747-400. I was too young to get any of the classics, although I just missed a NZ 742 on a AKL-SYD flight in 1989 when it was replaced with a 767.

Subsequently the 744 has become my most flown airliner, although not for much longer I suspect.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:03 pm

My first 747 flight was TWA JFK-MAD roundtrip in March and April 1994 for a school trip.
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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:18 pm

AA 747-100 LAX-JFK in 1981. At JFK, we connected to an OA 747-200 JFK-ATH.
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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:31 pm

My first flight on the 747, was BA2037 LGW-MCO in May 1987, either a 741 or 742.
Journeys so far : LGW-MCOx10, LHR-LAX, LAX-HNL, HNL-SFO, SFO-EWR, EWR-LHRx2, LHR-ORD, ORD-YVR, YVR-YYFx3, YYF-YVRx3, YVR-YYZx2, LHR-YYZx2, YYZ-LHRx2, LHR-IAH, IAH-SAN, SAN-EWR, LHR-EWR, EWR-IAD, IAD-LHR, LHR-EDI, SEN-EDI, STN-EDI, EDI-LTN, EDI-LHRx3
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:46 am

Qantas 747-300 PER-SYD, sometime in 2003.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:46 am

UA 744, ORD-HKG, Nov 9, 2001.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:55 pm

QF 747-200 LHR - BKK (old) 28/12/1988 - co-incidentally just flew in to LHR from BKK this morning on a TG A380 - only my second visit to BKK, but this time through the 'new' airport.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:59 pm

February 19, 2010, LH 499 MEX-FRA. The aircraft was D-ABTK, aka Kiel. My first and only 747 flight so far.
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:14 pm

My only 747 flight:

United Airlines flight 863 San Francisco to Sydney on N121UA in August of 2013. I praying to catch one before they are retired in the nose and/or the hump. I actually considering that to be my graduation present to myself.
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:29 pm

CV990A wrote:
British Airways 747-100 IAD-LHR-IAD in early 1993 (can't remember the exact dates).

I did that, June that year, very young man then.
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:34 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
My only 747 flight:

United Airlines flight 863 San Francisco to Sydney on N121UA in August of 2013. I praying to catch one before they are retired in the nose and/or the hump. I actually considering that to be my graduation present to myself.

Managed to get a nose all to myself many many years ago on Virgin MCO-LGW after a tec and passengers took another flight.Having the whole cabin and service to yourself is just the best, like a HUGE private jet. Good luck with your payer.
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:35 pm

readytotaxi wrote:
I did that, June that year, very young man then.


Same - I was in middle school back then.

I went in the January-February time frame. My dad had a pair of round-trip vouchers on BA that were about to expire, so it was 'screw it, we're going to London - I don't want to waste these tickets.'
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:44 am

My first 747 flight was on Apr. 8, 1998 aboard an EL AL 742 to start my first trip to Israel along with my dad. The route was YYZ-YUL-TLV because the flight was picking up more passengers in Montreal. I can remember sitting just behind the right wing, staring out at the aircraft's iconic wingtip and was briefly listening to some music while waiting to take off on a cold, rainy morning. By the time the flight stopped in Montreal the weather had improved considerably and the trend continued while heading to Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv itself was cloudy until about an hour after landing.

Since that time I've flown on two more 747s (a 744M with KL and a 744 with BA), but this was the only time I flew on an earlier model.
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:08 am

United Airlines #114 LAX-DEN July 9, 1977. 747-122 N4723U William A. Patterson. My first aerial view of the Grand Canyon in the quickly fading evening light.
AA AC AS BA BD BF BN BY B6 CO CZ DG DL EA EI EN FL FT F9 HA HP ICX JI J7 KE KS LH MC NW OC OO OZ(1) OZ(2) PA PI PT QQ RM RO RV(1) RV(2) RW SK SM SQ S4 TI TS TW UA UK US VS VX WA WN WS W7 XV YV YX(2) ZZ 9K
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:50 am

KLM, AMS-ORD, 744M (PH-BFF), July 2015, Upper deck (77A)
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:33 pm

Lufthansa FRA - MIA - 2004,

Returning from 1st European trip, did not get back on 747 till 2016 with delta. Oddly enough, I have an abundance of 747 flights this year, BA, DL, and LH
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:37 pm

Tower Air JFK-MIA 1995
Was a very early build former PA bird.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:41 pm

Aerolineas Argentinas 747-200 LV-OEP routing LHR-ORY-GIG-EZE as AR131 on 14/12/1981 and then back on LV-OOZ: routing EZE-COR-MAD-LHR as AR128 on 06/01/1982. Fabulous.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:34 pm

My first 747 flight was back in August 1979. It was a NW 747-200, then Northwest Orient, from CPH to JFK. It was back when 9 abreast was used on 747's
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:50 pm

1972, American, ORD-PHX
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Re: First 747 flight

Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:20 am

For me, I did a lot of years of flying before my first Queen:

1. UA 744 SFO-PEK, Sept. 2012
2. UA 744 PEK-SFO, Dec. 2012
3. (and likely last...) CA 748 SHA-PEK, Oct. 2015
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:54 am

August 5, 1991. Lufthansa 747-400 LAX-FRA

I was part of a group of students from the University of California, flying to Germany for our exchange year at the University of Goettingen.

It was not only my first 747 flight, but the group of us who flew from LAX got to fly the new 400 series, whereas the students who flew from SFO flew a 747-200 series.

Considering I never flew a "Classic 747", in hindsight I wasn't as lucky to fly the 400 series as I thought at the time.

My next 747 flight is April 9, 2017 ICN-SFO. I specifically booked this flight so that I could fly a 747, even though it meant changing planes in SFO on my way back to LAX. They are being retired so quickly, it could very well be my last 747 flight.
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:33 am

CO 742 AKL-HNL September 1987.

Could have been a 741 on 1 of the legs as I believe they had a couple of 741's aswell as a few 742's. Didn't fly on any other 741's/742's.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:52 pm

B-HUA CX 744 on CX729 on 31/12/2013 only a few months before it was retired. Very lucky it was not subbed. Don't think I'll have a ride on one in the future.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:38 pm

January 1999

Air India. LHR-JFK

As for the only time I sat upstairs: (still economy, but a thrill to walk up the staircase none the less)

October 2005.

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Re: First 747 flight

Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:25 pm

My one and only is:

Air New Zealand flight 007
SFO-AKL on October 13th 2012
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The young aviation enthusiast in me slept well that night having finally flown a 747. The 18 year old backpacker did not...

Still a memorable flight however!
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Re: First 747 flight

Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:13 pm

June 6, 1971, Love Field to Honolulu, on a honeymoon. The big Orange Pumpkin, or Fat Albert, it lasted longer than the relationship. Watching the wings rise and the engines flexing was something.
 
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Re: First 747 flight

Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:21 am

BA16, SYD-SIN June 26 2003... unfortunately only managed 4 flights on it since then.

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