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Aviation Nostalgia Forum | The Golden Lion
Callie were my favourite UK airline, probably because they were the less seen at MAN out of BA, Laker, Dan-air and Britannia.
Their DC-10's were spectacular and at the other end of the scale, their Piper Navajo crew transports were little gems.
Real sad day for me when they went.
In the end the went to the wall with many other airlines . british united operated at gatwick think it was there HQ. i assume they operated bristol britannias but think also DC7s as well think they operated jets maybe BAC 1 11 s didnot danair get them at some point???
BUA had a jet fleet that was rather tasty. Freddie Laker bought the One Eleven and VC-10 when he was their Managing Director. I think they did have Britannias as well as Viscounts alongside the DC-6 and other piston planes.
BCal took out orders for the A320 and MD11 when they were launched and I could see them being in for a launch order with Boeing. It really is such a shame BCal didn't prosper as we desperately need a quality second airline in Britain with both short and long haul routes. As BCal was close at one stage to SAS then I could see them being in Star Alliance instead of BMI.
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