Only 2 weeks until biggest event in my life - transatlantic flight

It's been a while since I was last time here. Was quite busy these days. So... Time is running very fast. Now I need to book some tickets and I have choise of traveling from 23 hours to 53 hours. The choice is big. I just wanted to share my fears with you about this situation. I have one possibility to fly to London, take nice sleep in hotel and next day fly to port of Spain with BA. Other possibility is to change 3 planes, no hotel minimum 23:50 hours of flight. So the first option seems to be perfect, but flying to London is with airlines which has big financial problems and it seems that they will start bankrupt procedures. Now I think that safety can be poor because of that. So it hold me from booking tickets. Maybe I'm worng, maybe security is the same regardless of financial state of a company ?

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Comment by Captain Keith on September 13, 2012 at 7:53pm

No I didn't fly the 777 I flew the 757 and 767 before I retired.


Comment by Darius R on September 13, 2012 at 8:59am

This is a very good suggestion to split flight into 2 hour chunks ! Time should go faster. My goal is to lower level of my fear drastically. Also I want to teach myself to sleep in flight and also try to set my heart rate to normal <80. That would be great achievement. As long as flight is quite long I'll have good time for practice. Also, BA is good because I can imagine that you're flying the plane :)

By the way, did you fly 777 ?

Comment by Captain Keith on September 13, 2012 at 8:52am

Great news and well done.

Now is the time to set your aims for the flight. Ask yourself what you want to achieve. What will be a good outcome? How much anxiety will be acceptable? How much fear will you allow yourself to take with you? What plasns do you have if you start to get anxious? What books and magazines will you take with you?

Why not break the flights into two hour chunks and occupy  yourself  by doing the same things for the next two hours and so on

Most of all HAVE A PLAN.


Comment by Darius R on September 13, 2012 at 7:41am

Ok, just got my tickets. Its Airbaltic to London and the hotel for one night and then.... British Airways with 777 :)))))))) Feel happy.

Comment by Darius R on September 13, 2012 at 7:33am

Wow, didn't know that. Quite impressive :) Very strange that this airline have problems with money.

Comment by Captain Keith on September 13, 2012 at 7:15am

Since February, 2011, airBaltic Training is also proud to wear the name of “IATA Regional Training Center”, the only one in European Union.


From their website


Comment by Darius R on September 13, 2012 at 6:44am

Well anyway, this airline is not closed yet and maybe it wont. I just found some topics in newspaper that some people wants to go to court to start its bankrupt procedures, but airline authorities tells that they're searching for some big investment. So who knows.

I had flown with this airline before and was quite happy.

Comment by Darius R on September 13, 2012 at 6:39am


Comment by Sarah on September 12, 2012 at 8:24pm

Hi Darius :)

It really depends on you. If you take the longer option, with a sleep in the middle, will you be able to relax and sleep well that night? If you will, I'd go for that option. But if you're not going to be able to rest, maybe you'd be better resigning yourself to 24 hours without sleep and get the journey over with.

As for the airline's financial situation, why would it affect safety or security on the plane? The crew of the plane aren't going to fly it any differently. The only thing I can think the might happen is what happened to me a few years ago. I flew with Sky Europe about 2 weeks before they closed down completely and they used a plane that wasn't one of theirs (and was quite old) but it did the job. The only reason I can think for avoiding an airline that's in financial difficulties is that if they suddenly go bust, your flight might be cancelled or changed.

Comment by Captain Keith on September 12, 2012 at 8:23pm

Which airline to London?



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