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Crossing the Atlantic

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Published 08 March 2013

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?

Have you ever been in a prop plane?

flight: vuelo
rates: precios
book: reservar
non-stop: directo
itself: en sí
spring: primavera
most likely: probably
boarding gate: puerta de embarque
glance: echar un vistazo

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Comments (13)
Javier (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Iberia's airplanes aren't the newest in the world: You haven't "your own little built-in entertainment center". And the tripulation is not very nice, because they have a large number o f hours. But, the flight is non-stop

David Pérez Alonso (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Some of my best friends worked at CASA-Airbus in the Airbus 380 designing. I´m not sure if I want to fly there!

Elena (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I used to love to fly. Sometimes I used to plan a trip for the pleasure of flying. But last time I had a very bad experience (the plane lost pressure and we had ear problems). Now I need a few time to forget it.

B1_T4M_Irene He... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I think that is much better to take a direct flight, especially if it’s a long trip such as New York. I travelled to New York two summers ago and I take an Iberia’s direct flight that it was a little more expensive but worth it. Taking a flight with layover has its advantages like to know another country, well, you’ll only know the airport but you can say that you have been in other country. Despite all this, I think it’s much more comfortable a direct flight because you spend less time and you don’t have to put up with delays. Moreover, it’s less likely to loose the suitcase or the flight.

B2. T52 Rafael (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

As some of this guys said before me, you really don´t need to fly in the last generation airplane, what I think we really need are good pilots, and i don´t want to be arrogant, but in my opinion Iberia had an open-minded way to manage their company and they brought pilots the most important work tool for pilots: experience. Maybe we haven´t got the best airplanes, but we have the best workers.

Manolo Conradi ... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I think that the best option to travel to another place and if you have to cross the Atlantic, for example, New York in this case, is to take a direct flight to these destination because if you go via another European city,you will lose many time and you´ll need more hours to arrive to your destination. Actually it's sometimes better not to take the best plane with the best equipment because there´re many companies with cheaper flights than others companies.

valeriaB1 (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I would like to go to New York, but I'm scared of the plne and it is a very long flight. At the end I think it could be an incredible travel.

Javier Tello Pachón (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Last time I travel to NY I went in Air Europa and it was an awful trip. The plane was very old and you couldn't even hear the TV because the earphone was broken. I think the plane was "moving" too much as well and it seemed like 20 hours of trip instead of 7. I didn't have anything to entertain myself with!

Miguel Ayoso (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I think New York is a beautiful city to visit, but the main disadvantage is the price it costs so expensive to go. I could only travel in an airplane low cost.

Cristian Varas ... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

The technology advanced day by day, in my opinion the planes are awesome machines, you can go to the other part of the world in a few hours. The wide range of airlines allow everyone can fly and see all countries of the world. I hope to go this summer to NY, the information in the small screen in the plane just can say me that I'm already arriving.

Sara Paz Gonzál... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I really love to fly. It's an unforgettable experience but sometimes can become unbearable. Last year some friends and I went to Las Vegas so we had to take a very long flight to arrive. We had to make two stops and, in one of them, my friend's suitcase was lost. Fortunately, two days after arriving, her suitcase appeared but we had to spend two days sharing our clothes. It was very fun for us but very unpleasant for her.

Carmen Loredo B... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I love travel by plane, it's a great experience but one year I went with my parents to Sweden and I had a bad experience because of the turbulences and I had an ear problem due to the pressure.

FI B2.1 DM (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

When I travel abroad I use to take a plane. I think it's a safe transport but as you can see at last dates, it could be mortal absolutely.

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