9th Sep 2009, 18:17
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Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: the lonely desert
Airlines You'd Like to Bring Back
After some discussion of airlines which have disappeared from UK skies on the forum recently (Gill, Caledonian etc), thought, just for fun to see which airlines you'd like to resurrect?
I'm a fan of the old fashioned charter scene, so here goes:
Caledonian - the uniform, the traditional service and the tartan!
Ambassador - could have been a decent niche carrier?
Air Scandic - variety.....
plus a few others:
Gill Airways - nice to see a proper independant regional
Brymon Airways - reputable, reliable and served a good selection of routes.
9th Sep 2009, 18:23
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Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Under the flight path
Miniskirted hosties, early mornings at Luton, those colours!
9th Sep 2009, 18:49
( 3 )
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Leeds Yorkshire England
Must be Dan-Air !!! A great Airline as far as I am concerned.
9th Sep 2009, 18:51
( 4 )
Join Date: Mar 2009
caledonian. nothing more to be said
9th Sep 2009, 18:52
( 5 )
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: St. Helier, Jersey, CI
Ansett and Swissair!
9th Sep 2009, 19:01
( 6 )
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Various at the moment
Ryanair......think about it.
When they started out, they had crews who spoke English
9th Sep 2009, 19:31
( 7 )
Join Date: Jul 2001
BIA First Job
Night shifts, who had that British Airtours Flag i wonder.
£10 to the States, on the Hadj "bombing" Idi Amin in the Sands Hotel Pool
Great Cabin Crew, Jumpseats on the DC10
BCAL (only for the cabin crew the job was crap)
The Flying Club. Everything
Al Ramli doing a 0600 PMI then 2300 PMI. 737 G-NAFH (Not A F...ing Hope of getting it flying in time post AE collapse)
A320 G-HAGT Hit And Gone Tech on it's first flight. Getting out before the DC10 arrived maybe
AIRTOURS the old - Hard work Great memories
9th Sep 2009, 19:34
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Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Wherever my current employers wish to send me !!
9th Sep 2009, 19:36
( 9 )
Join Date: Nov 2006
Britannia! IMO Best Charter Airline in History!
9th Sep 2009, 19:49
( 10 )
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Wherever Carmen says...
i'll second that!
9th Sep 2009, 20:12
( 11 )
Join Date: Aug 2004
AirUK ! great crews, great fun!
9th Sep 2009, 20:15
( 12 )
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: SOUTH EAST
Air Scandic Transjet Old Airtours Air Ops
I'm too an old fashion charter boy despite still be young (30), whilst some of the above were shite, my god, a day never went by without something happening. The excitment and shear hard work of everyone working together (15hr shifts and not moaning) all because they loved what they did despite the crap they put up with. Interesting flights, relaxed atmosphere and a time when i actually felt appreciated.
Nowdays, unions, laws, low morale, uninterested staff, lack of service and boring days. God i sometimes prayed that something would go wrong, purely to make the day interesting. Nothing like a touch and go tech delay, re-arranging loads of stuff, aircraft changes etc. By far the most enjoyable time working within the airlines and feeling proud to wear the uniform.
9th Sep 2009, 21:32
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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: 1 mile north of 26
British Eagle. The old airlines are the best
9th Sep 2009, 21:36
( 14 )
Join Date: Sep 2007
9th Sep 2009, 21:58
( 15 )
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: west of LTN
Absolutey normal to go off-duty in Jersey straight to the flying club bar for a cool libation without changing clothes.
9th Sep 2009, 22:28
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Paramount, flew them twice during the short history and they were very good...... and Dan Air, Air Europe and Air UK Leisure for charters.
Sabena and Eastern (USA) scheduled carriers.
9th Sep 2009, 22:30
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A Runyonesque Character
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: The Big E
Well, if it would make me 15 again (so that I could do things over again a little differently - but not much)
BKS (Ambassadors) Silver City (Daks and Bristol 170s) Dan-Air (Daks and Doves) Starways (Daks) Mercury Airlines (Herons) Skyways (not Coach Air but the Connie operator) and our local outfit, Tyne Tees Airways (Daks and a Rapide)
Ahh - nostalgia !
9th Sep 2009, 22:34
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I Have Control
Join Date: May 2004
---the Big Orange....LGW-DFW...multi-coloured planes and some lovely Texan hosties...and even the Concorde---flew on her twice DFW-BWI...outstanding
9th Sep 2009, 22:35
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Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Northern Ireland
I would agree, Danair and AirUk. I liked Danair is was an interesting airline, interesting aircraft and good little network.
AirUK was one of my favourites especially the network from STN!
I also liked Manx Airlines and what about British Airways Regional!!!! Ie BA presence back in the regions!!! Now that comment could cause a stir on here.
9th Sep 2009, 22:40
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Darkest Surrey
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