Impressions from first transatlantic flight

Finally I did it !!! I've just returned from my first transatlantic flight. I took 4 planes in overall with 6 takeoffs and landings. Well what I can say... that was great !!!! Its very strange for me to say such things about flying, but that was just great and I'd love to repeat that :)

Ok, now things I like on that flight:

1. British Airways. This airline is incredible. I don't know if others do the same, but on BA you can even find short film for fearful flyers in the entertainment system called "Fly with confidense". I was truly amazed to find that on the plane. Staff is also amazing and super friendly. Captain speaks with passengers from time to time which is also great.

2. Boeing 777. YES. That's the plane I LOVE TO FLY. Period.

3. Return flight was smooth and nice.

4. No fear because of being over water and because of flying at night. I believe this is big improvement in my fight with fear

Now, things I didn't like:

1. Still can't stand take off. Too much stress, too much fear. Need to improve here a lot. Now I've found that closing window during take off helps a lot. I think it's because you stop looking at the window and stop estimating plane speed which seems veeeeeery slow just after take off.

2. Can't sleep. No way. I sit with eyes closed and just before falling asleep I feel like there is no enough air, I feel like I can't breathe and then suddenly wake up. This makes more stress for me.

3. Turbulence. It was quite a turbulence from LGW to POS. There was no panic, but still felt really uncomfortable and stressed. repeating to myself that it is safe didn't help. Those big movements of the plane still scares me a lot.

So, I believe I've achieved something in my fight with fears, but I still can see long way to go. I don't know if I'm right, but I think now only one thing that can help me is flying, flying, flying. The more I fly the best I feel with it.

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Comment by Joyce on December 10, 2012 at 4:16pm

Well done, you!  Amazing success!

Comment by Darius R on November 9, 2012 at 1:38pm

Next ? Mhm, there is a possibility to repeat that trip :) If not, maybe I will organize some transatlantic holidays. Now I'm planning to visit London. Just because I want to fly again :)

And I can say for you, that you don't need to make bad thoughts about upcoming flight. Its just because when you are on board everything is different and way more easy then in your head before flight. So I always try not to think at all about upcoming flight except that it would be awesome :)

Comment by Jim on November 9, 2012 at 1:25pm

Congratulations Darius,

That is fantastic news, I'm really really pleased for you. Transatlantic is my goal!! I know its going to happen and just making sure I'm ready for it. 

Keep it up! Where next??


Comment by Darius R on November 8, 2012 at 6:54am

Thanks Captain, nice to hear that :)

Comment by Captain Keith on November 7, 2012 at 7:47pm





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