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Crossing the Atlantic
You've decided to go to New York. Unless you're planning to swim or take a cruise ship, the best way to get there is by plane. You can take a direct flight, Mad-JFK, or go via another European city. You'll check out the rates for all the airlines, select your dates and book your flights. Iberia, Delta, Air Europa, American, British, Air France? Which one will be the cheapest? Which one will be non-stop?
You probably don't think about the airplane itself? You assume it's reasonably new and in good condition. This spring you'd most likely be getting on an Airbus 340 or a Boeing 767. Or maybe you wouldn't.
If you flew Madrid-Paris-New York right now on Air France you'd be in for a surprise. You'd take an Airbus 320 to Paris, and then you'd go in search of your connecting flight. As you approached the Boarding Gate and glanced out the window, you'd see a huge airplane, one you'd only heard about, an Airbus 380.
Before you knew it, you'd be on board, on the lower deck with a whole floor of passengers above you. You'd be offered a meal and a free drink. You'd fall asleep watching a film on your own little built-in entertainment center. And hours later, as the plane approached the runway, you could watch the landing itself on your little screen. What? There's crosswind. We're coming in at an angle ! Maybe it's sometimes better not to have all the latest equipment!
Good evening, New York.
2 previous posts on related topics: Would you like to fly in this plane?
itself: en sí
most likely: probably
boarding gate: puerta de embarque
glance: echar un vistazo