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Boeing 737-200 'Holiday Jets'

Old 23rd May 2021, 20:27
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Air Belgium, of course. OO-PLH, sometimes wore her own livery, sometimes that of America West. Sometimes she even flew for Air Belgium rather than subbing for somebody else.

I think Sabre and Peach Air were both post-1990. I'm not sure about Ambassador but I think G-BFVA and VB were common factors here! Might have been BECG and CH. All Britannia cast-offs anyways.

What an incredibly successful aeroplane it was. Interesting that Britannia didn't go for the -300 (and -500) until much later, the Orion aircraft notwithstanding.
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Old 23rd May 2021, 21:45
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Braathens was another pioneer with the 737, which was used on a mixture of Norwegian trunk domestics and runs to the Mediterranean, taking over from a DC-6B fleet. I think at one stage they had the highest hourly utilisation of any 737 operator.
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Old 23rd May 2021, 22:39
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Lauda Air operated briefly one 737-200, leased from Transavia. OE-ILE.
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Old 24th May 2021, 03:22
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Old 24th May 2021, 06:26
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European Aviation operated a -200 on behalf of Bournemouth based Palmair

The Braathens -200's mentioned by WHBM and those of Busy Bee mentioned by adjm, were both regulars at STN in the late 70's on the Sunday morning/evening Scandi charters
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Old 24th May 2021, 07:22
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Did the British Airways 200s make it to the Med resorts.

There was also about three or four French 200s F-GCSL being one that changed company's for various reasons. One being Euralair.

And more company's in Spain.
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Old 24th May 2021, 10:22
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Originally Posted by N707ZS View Post
Did the British Airways 200s make it to the Med resorts.

There was also about three or four French 200s F-GCSL being one that changed company's for various reasons. One being Euralair.

And more company's in Spain.
yes for a number of years the BA737 that night stopped in NCl went to PMI, ibZ and Gro over the weekend. I think the 757ís at BFS, GLA and MAN may have done the same.
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Old 24th May 2021, 10:57
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Originally Posted by GBYAJ View Post
yes for a number of years the BA737 that night stopped in NCL went to PMI, IBZ and GRO over the weekend.
This was a longstanding hangover from the days when BKS/Northeast was a (semi) independent carrier, and had contracts with Airways Holidays, who were the principal regional tour company in Newcastle. The Northeast Tridents there were used in the same way, scheduled trunk runs to London, along with night/weekend holiday charters.

In recent times BA Cityflyer have got into a similar market with their Embraers; returning from Palma a few years ago to London City it was quite a surprise to find no less than four of the BA E190s lined up together on the remote stands there, holiday charters to Glasgow/Edinburgh etc.
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Old 24th May 2021, 11:53
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I remember BA 757's at weekends in summer at NCL used to do charters to Spain overnight, but i don't remember any BA 737-200's doing the same. DAN had one 737-200 based at NCL flying charters for many years on behalf of Intasun ,until 1990 when two DAN 737-400's took over.
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Old 24th May 2021, 12:23
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Originally Posted by GBLDE View Post
I remember BA 757's at weekends in summer at NCL used to do charters to Spain overnight, but i don't remember any BA 737-200's doing the same. DAN had one 737-200 based at NCL flying charters for many years on behalf of Intasun ,until 1990 when two DAN 737-400's took over.
G-BLDE the NCL based DA 737, itís the identity I always wanted!! 1990 remained G-BLDE and a 737-400, 1991 2x 737-400 and a 727-200 and then 2.5 737-400ís in 1992.

the BA 737ís did do this 86, 87 at least and then perhaps not after the recession of 88 when loads of lights were cut back. Not sure when they started. The 757 didnít night stop until the end of the 80ís.
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Old 24th May 2021, 12:42
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I recall the BA 757s doing a lot of overnight charters (mostly for Intasun) as the British Midland DC9 did at Teesside and the Dan-Air 146s also did at Newcastle. However I can't remember any BA 737-200 overnight charter operations at Newcastle or anywhere else.

The ex-Britannia Ambassador / Sabre / Peach duo were G-BAZH and G-BFVB which were both later re-registered as they moved through life.

Amber Air / Paramount had ex-Britannia G-BOSA (which was G-BAZI with Airways Cymru in a previous life) and G-BKMS which was an Orion aircraft.

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Old 24th May 2021, 13:56
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I recall multiple Pan Am 737s at Palma from Berlin on a Saturday as well. The internal German flights reduced notably at weekends and having the aircraft to hand at Berlin slotted in nicely. For some reason the German market never went for the UK tradition of fully overnight flights (depart 11pm, Med destination in the small hours, back at 6am), and so they did mass departures on the nose of 6am when their airports opened (of course, by the time the UK 8am departures were coached to the beach, all the sunbeds were gone ... )..
The ever logical thinking Teutons knew that some sleep was worth more than as good as no sleep when heading off on a beach holiday, so would never entertain a short/middle haul overnight flight. By doing so you effectively 'lose' the first day as you're so shattered to only want to sleep in your hotel, though some hardy youngsters could do it on the beach. No, the Germans prefer to go to bed early, get up early, catch a 6am flight (when most German airports allow flights due to noise) and arrive in the Med 2+hrs later ready to enjoy that all important first day. The way home is less important, just an easy day to re-acquaint oneself with home and shopping for provisions before heading back to work the next morning, early of course ;-)

I think it's almost impossible to add any more 737-200's to the list outside of main airline aircraft doing charters at the weekend or ad-hoc. Did anyone mention Aer Lingus's 732's doing charters to the near Med or religious pilgramage sites ?
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Old 24th May 2021, 15:40
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I recall the BA 757s doing a lot of overnight charters (mostly for Intasun)
Wonder if these were British Airtours 757s, same livery, just different titles. Although Intasun had ownership of Air Europe, they were also British Airtours' largest charterer, and owner Harry Goodman was known for waiting until after the prime rotations were sold, then picking up all the residue at lower prices, particularly the overnights. There was quite some cross-relationship between Air Europe and British Airtours (and mainline BA), with aircraft going back and forth.
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I believe Air Europe also had a brief aircraft sharing arrangement with Air Florida. I've a vague recollection of being mildly surprised at seeing a B737-200 in Air Florida colours at Gatwick in the early 1980s.
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Old 24th May 2021, 19:40
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I believe Air Europe also had a brief aircraft sharing arrangement with Air Florida. I've a vague recollection of being mildly surprised at seeing a B737-200 in Air Florida colours at Gatwick in the early 1980s.
These arrangements have long been extensive with US and Canadian operators, and indeed continue to quite an extent, but started with the 737-200. basically, holiday flights from the north to Florida/Caribbean etc peak in the winter; in the summer they tend to go to their cabin in the woods closer to home. This is opposite seasonality to the European operators, of course, so various leasing deals have been arranged over time, back and forth, some quite extensive involving multiple aircraft. The Americans think the Brits going on holiday to Florida in the August heat are mad !

Even Court Line did it in the early 1970s with their One-Eleven 500s, sending a couple over to Caribbean operator LIAT, which they had a part ownership of, in the winter.
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Old 24th May 2021, 20:58
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Looking at logbook , BA mainline did 732 charters from Berlin TXL to Med destinations over w/es when IGS business routes less busy . BA Airtours could be backed up at w/es with extra 732s popped over from LHR to LGW [ Friday night special , pop one over at end of a tour , MT back ].
Whilst Airtours LGW posted , we had BHX or Leeds tours , occaisionally MAN [ mainly covered by MAN based crews ] .
Night charters from shuttle destinations went from T3s to 75s. 732s not normally on Shuttle dest. night stops , as bigger capacities needed .
Some early BA 75s got sold on to Air Europe [ with some crews volunteered for some months ], and leased back when charters less busy . Into '90s we had some 75 tours ex LGW. don't think they were charters .
Caledonian [ YDA Yellow Dog Airways , and succesor to BA airtours ] had up to 6 75s in their own colours .

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Old 24th May 2021, 21:03
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SpringheeledJack. Yes, I mentioned the Aer Lingus 737s in my opening post. I gather they also used to send their 707s and 747s to the Mediterranean when they weren't crossing the Atlantic or flying for another airline, as they often were. I don't know if their 1-11s got a slice of the Mediterranean market; Autair, BUA-Caledonian, Airways Cymru and others did.

Which reminds me, although the 732 was clearly the king of the Med thirty-plus years ago, let us not forget the other aeroplanes that were heavily involved too. The Viscount and Britannia, the DC6, the 707/720 and 727, the BAC1-11, the DC8, DC9 and DC10 and the TU134 and TU154. Lockheed TriStar. Then came the later marks of the 737, the 757 and 767 and Airbuses of many kinds. And the MD80 series.
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Old 25th May 2021, 07:31
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Originally Posted by spekesoftly View Post
I believe Air Europe also had a brief aircraft sharing arrangement with Air Florida. I've a vague recollection of being mildly surprised at seeing a B737-200 in Air Florida colours at Gatwick in the early 1980s.
In 1981 we had one Air Florida B737 on loan from Air Florida flown by AE crews, which was N54AF. I think they had two of our 737s for two winters. Regarding the B757s,, we had one AE aircraft, GBKRM and a leased BA 757, GBPGW, for the first summer. BA also provided 6 crews who were integrated with AE crews for the first two summers of 83 & 84. I don't have a photos of the Air Florida 737, but her are some others.




  1. for the first two summers of 83 & 84. I don't have a photos of the Air Florida 737, but her are some others.

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Old 25th May 2021, 08:38
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In 1981 we had one Air Florida B737 on loan from Air Florida flown by AE crews, which was N54AF.
Can I ask how that works, with an N-reg aircraft operating with UK crews. It appears to have operated in 1981 under an N-reg, when it came back for summer 1982 it was re-reg in the UK for the duration as G-BJXM.

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