I am proud to be passing on Lufthansa’s New First Class, adding 6 hours to my journey, and risking a possible missed connection and this is why.
Folks whose home airport is one of the large international gateways like JFK, LAX or SFO probably get used to seeing exotic foreign wide bodies circling the aerodrome but for the rest of us spotting a ‘cool’ flight at our local airports is an exciting experience.
In the past few years my home airport has been Chicago Midway, Atlanta Hartsfield, Baltimore Washington International and now Denver International Airport. While these are some of the nation’s busiest airports, none have a whole lot of ‘cool’ foreign widebody traffic on a regular basis except for Atlanta but even Atlanta is pretty dull compared to other US gateways.
A quick rundown of my previous home airport’s ‘cool’ traffic
Chicago Midway simply cannot support any large aircraft based on its size so the ‘cool’ flight I keep my eye out for is one of the Southwest’s painted airplanes like Penguin One. Exciting huh?!
Atlanta Hartsfield is the busiest airport in the world but doesn’t currently support A380 traffic. I believe Korean Air should have the first service scheduled soon this year but in the meantime the flights I keep an eye out for are the not so exciting British Airways 777 or the occasional Korean Air 747 (currently operated by 777).
Baltimore Washington International is the busiest airport in the DC metro area yet the international options are pretty pathetic. I see a United Charter 747 on occasion that gets my heart going but as far as regular service the only cool flight is a British Airways 767. Meh.
My home airport’s lone cool flight
Denver International is the fifth busiest airport in the US and has a significant amount of domestic traffic but the international options are very limited. As my new home airport, I spend way too much time at DIA and as a result am always excited to be there in the evening to possibly catch a glimpse of Lufthansa’s 747 service to Frankfurt. With so few wide bodies roaming around, the 747 is easy to spot and the only flight I have yearned to be on. It always taunts me as I walk through the A concourse..
My dumb idea
I am headed to Budapest this week for the Formula One race and still hadn’t solidified my flight plans. There were two seats in New First Class on the 747-8i out of Washington Dulles where I currently am but……there were also two seats in “Retro” First Class on my home airport’s coolest flight! It is easy to tell myself I will get on this Denver to Frankfurt flight later but there are no guarantees with mileage currencies so now seems the best time to seize the award.
What is your home airport’s coolest flight? Would you go out of your way to fly on it?