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After a bunch of work travel last year that had me flying 737 after 737, I began to look forward to the few trips where I got to change things up a bit. Most notably, our return from Paris on Airbus’ biggest bird (SEE: Air France A380 Economy Review: Paris to San Francisco), followed by my first time in a true premium economy product aboard a Cathay Pacific 777-300ER (SEE: Cathay Pacific 777 Premium Economy Review: Beijing to Hong Kong). Both were very nice experiences.
Since then, I’ve been back to flying mostly regional jets and 737s again (I do have to admit that a Bombardier Q400 recently was a nice change-up). This has left me thinking about the aircraft I’m looking forward to flying, whenever I finally get around to it. Here are three that I have yet to fly, but am looking forward to flying.
This is one aircraft I would love to fly in the near future. As Airbus’ most advanced jet, it is the primary competitor to the Boeing 787 variants. The Airbus A350-900XWB (extra wide body) is flown by a number of top airlines, including Qatar, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, and Singapore.
However, I’m hoping my first time will be on one of Delta’s new flagship A350s. Doesn’t really matter to me if it is in DeltaOne Suites or Premium Select, I’d be glad to try either product. Not really a fan of flying coach for my first time on this new bird, unless I get a screaming good deal. We’ll see when and how a flight on an A350 happens.
Originally the Bombardier CSeries regional jet, the rechristened Airbus A220 is the small jet I am most interested in flying, primarily because it is so new. The Embraer E175 happens to be my favorite non-wide-body jet, but I do wonder if the new regional aircraft will turn out to be a step up. In general, I am not a fan of small planes, but the Embraer is an enjoyable enough experience that I even prefer it over either the 737 series or A319/320/321 aircraft.
The only thing I could do without are United’s slimline seats. I’m not sure what Delta has installed on the A220, but it has to be better. Instead of Delta, it might be cool to fly the A220 on AirBaltic, which is committed to using only this aircraft in their fleet long-term, which I find to be a unique and interesting strategy.
Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental
I’ve flown a few Boeing 747-400s, but I have yet to set foot on one the newest version of the Queen. I’ve no travel lined up on one, either, but I’m hopeful that I will be able to plan a trip in the next year or so that will have me flying on the 747-8. There are only a small number of carriers that fly the model, including
My wish list is to fly on the upper deck of in Lufthansa business class with either one of my kids or my wife. The seats aren’t the best for single travelers, but they are good for traveling with a +1, from everything I’ve seen and read. If it turns out to be a solo trip, I’d most likely turn to Korean Air business class on the upper deck. Of course, first class on any any of the three big carriers that use the plane, Lufthansa, Korean Air, and Air China, would also be just lovely.
So there you have my short list. I’ve yet to spend much time on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, only flying it once between San Francisco and Houston. But I know that I will have plenty of opportunity in the future, as so many carriers are picking up Boeing’s most advanced wide-body jet.
What about you? What aircraft are you most interested in flying? And does it need to be on a particular carrier?
Qatar A350 image courtesy of Kiefer via Flickr under CC BY 2.0 license. Air Baltic A220 image courtesy of Jevgenijs Slihto via Flickr under CC BY 2.0 license. Boeing 747-8 image courtesy of via Flickr under CC BY 2.0 license.