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11. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

The only thing I fear is the leg space. Mostly it just s*cks, but sometimes it is ok. Especially on longer flights, say 6/7 hours or more. Other than that, no, I don't fear flying at all, I like it as a matter of fact, and give me some good music and books and keep on flying..

12. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

I'm with Marlis - "I love flying because it means I'm going to a new (or known) destination."

Perhaps I know a tad more about airlines than the average Joe? (I used to work for Pan American). When I travel I weigh the options, and always opt for safety and comfort. Why do so many people go with lowest price? These days it's very easy to check out these factors when selecting an airline, but many out there think they're all the same. There are airlines based in my own country that I won't fly, and will gladly add a stop or connection if I can fly with a really good one. My feeling is that if you fly any old line, then you should be afraid of flying (beware of Indonesian, Russian or Peruvian carriers!)

13. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

I'm with Marlis - "I love flying because it means I'm going to a new (or known) destination."

Perhaps I know a tad more about airlines than the average Joe? (I used to work for Pan American). When I travel I weigh the options, and always opt for safety and comfort. Why do so many people go with lowest price? These days it's very easy to check out these factors when selecting an airline, but many out there think they're all the same. There are airlines based in my own country that I won't fly, and will gladly add a stop or connection if I can fly with a really good one. My feeling is that if you fly any old line, then you should be afraid of flying (beware of Indonesian, Russian or Peruvian carriers!)

And let's not forget Venezuelan domestic services and many airlines in (mostly) Central African countries like the Congos and Equatorial Guinea

14. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Does anyone have comments about budget airlines? Do you think they are safe enough?

The pessimist in me forbids me to take budget airlines because I'm afraid maintenance won't be top-notch and in order to stay 'budget', certain things have to be sacrificed. You gain some, you lose some.

What do you think?

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

As most budget airlines are within or between European and several other western countries, which have agreements regarding maintenance, I don't fear budget airlines more than regular ones. In fact, when was the last time a budget airline had a major crash? Maybe I overlook something totally, but can't think of any.

16. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Congratulations to Utrecht on your 3000th post in this thread! :)

17. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Quoting Daawgon

My feeling is that if you fly any old line, then you should be afraid of flying (beware of Indonesian, Russian or Peruvian carriers!)

You can safely add Iranian carriers to that list. Mahan Air anyone?

In fact, when was the last time a budget airline had a major crash? Maybe I overlook something totally, but can't think of any.

That is because almost all budget carriers have fairly new aircraft. New aircraft keeps cost of maintenance low, makes the planes more reliable and thus keeps the profits stable. Air Berlin's planes for example are on average about 7 years younger than the Lufthansa fleet.

[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2008, at 3:52 AM by t_maia ]

18. Posted by Kiowa (Inactive 62 posts) 8y

I love flying and when a 747 long distance takes of I just think, oh God - I wish my car would have that power

And whenever you have the chance - take helicopter flights ! ;)

19. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting Kiowa

And whenever you have the chance - take helicopter flights ! ;)

Speaking of which, anyone opposed to taking propeller planes? Are they exceptionally risky and particularly vulnerable to strong wind conditions?

20. Posted by Kiowa (Inactive 62 posts) 8y

I see, we have a person full of fear here