For me, travelling is not only about the destination. It’s also about the journey. Because the journey usually involves planes. And I like planes!
A few years ago, in 2010, Air France brought their A380 in Montreal for the first time. It was a pretty big deal at that time, and needless to say, one or two people showed up to watch that big bird land in Montreal for the first commercial flight!
I remember how excited I was before going to the airport. Since I am an airplane fan, and since I would sometimes go at the airport on a normal day just to watch and photograph planes land and depart (actually, around that time, I would go quite often), the fact that the A380 was starting its first commercial flight to Montreal was a big deal for me.
But I only thought it was a big deal for me.
When I got there, I was quite surprised that my usual spot was a little more crowded than usual! It’s not often that you see that many people lined up waiting for a plane to land. It was somewhat overwhelming!
So we waited patiently. Watching a few ordinary planes pass by. The Air Transat A310s, the Wetsjet B737s, the Continental, US Airways, Delta and American Airlines regional jets…
And then we saw it. Arriving from our left, heading west, to then make a U-turn and line up with runway 06L. Our eyes were glued to the aircraft.
Unfortunately, the flight is not operated by an A380 anymore. I hope we will see the A380 in Montreal someday in the future!
Have you ever been to an inaugural flight? How was your experience?