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Aviation Nostalgia Forum | Your most missed airline?
Which airline do you miss nowadays? Any airline, could be one that merged last year or went bust in the 1960s.
Mine is Dan-Air. Great firm to work for, and an interesting fleet created by the DA policy of never buying new. It's a shame their A300 fleet never really got going as well.
I used to love flying on board a flight of theres, it seemed more relaxing than on any other airline.
Lol. Thats all that mattered when you wanted to watch the in-flight film!
(I recall the meals being nice too)
Only Monarch Charter is anything close to that now with all the lowcost stuff seeping into the others, and horrible seat pitch.
Especially the first one
Agree, Britannia & Danair without a doubt
B-Caledonian (& them Girls ;-) )
Air UK (my old employer from eons ago, thanks to KLM to killing 'em off)
They provided an alternative to BA in a way that Virgin and BMI don't quite manage. Maybe if VS hadn't got the Bermuda 2 designation then BMI would have grown faster into longhaul, but BCal was a full network operation with both long and shorthaul service.
eeerrrmmm - air 2000 and the british charter airlines.... jmcair stuff like that!
British Airtours ...If I think of a 707 its always in Airtours livery, probably because I got the chance to fly to Australia in one (it was a VC10 coming back). Seems like a long time ago....err hang on, it was!! :-(
and here's one for you all....Spacegrand, based at Blackpool.
I'm so glad I didn't apply - I would have failed big time!
Also my last pre-9/11 flight was with Britannia, MAN to Palma in July 2001.
Why did I just KNOW you were going to say that! I don't think there is a US carrier that is as missed as Eastern is, although Braniff and Pan Am are also up there on the list.
One thing I liked about Eastern was innovation. They tried new planes, new services and new ideas seemingly before anyone else.
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My grandad says he misses BEA, B.O.A.C and Court Line..eh? anyone heard of Court Line???
Britannia did order in food that was worth eating. The late night chicken pie always seemed to go down well, and the overnight breakfasts for late departures arriving in the UK early morning.
The biggest factor is the service. BY crew were (and still are at TOM) some of the best.
BTW someone's uploaded an old episode of Airline on Youtube and it's one of the Britannia episodes!
The pilots didn't give a crap, good old volatile JP4....that memory always stuck with me. It was in the old arrow livery as well.
JMC - well that was Caledonian then Thomas Cook lol, i just loved their bright green DC10-30's
TWA aswell i miss, also Swissair, there are many that are in my old photos from 1994 thati would love to see back and take pics but oh well, the good things only last a short time they say, that means they were really that good.
As for favourites of the past, I used to love some of the old Spanish and other Europen carriers and it was always interesting to see their landings at LBA in bad weather! Remember Spantax? Hispania (nice colour scheme). Or JAT, Inex Adria etc.
As for British airlines (besides Britannia), I always missed Orion and Dan Air in particular (loved their 727-200's). But going further back I was brought up in the days of BKS and then Northeast Airlines, which had a base at LBA - I would give a lot to see a Viscount flying again. Finally anyone remember Capital Airlines? Can't say I miss their numerous Shorts 360's but the new 146-300's they had (G-OSKI and G-OSUN) were nice to see. It was a pity they went under due to their parent company going bust.
i thought tey were just great especially the inflight service
Mine would have to be Excalibur.
Now many of their a/c fly for BH Air I think.
CP Air were brilliant for spotters as they would operate DC-10s, DC8s in two or three different models, as well as the big Empresses (747s). Their stretched Super Sixty DC8s were stunning. Nowadays the family ties many people had to emigrants are not as strong which is why the Canada traffic has dropped.
the fares weren't cheap either. I recall CP charging over £400 in the 1980s for Vancouver, which today would easily be the equivalent of a few grand for just an economy class seat!
Wardair were famous for their inflight meal. A Filet Mignon steak served on real china plates for everyone on the aircraft.
Does any1 remember CalAir DC-10s? and Air Columbus 727 & 737s ?
And as I spent many years of my youth in Oz, Ansett & TAA
One of the most unreliable airlines going, but in fairness it was due to operating older aircraft in small numbers on a hardcore charter timetable. Their reliability was atrocious towards the end of charter operations.
UTA had a cracking scheme along with Air Afrique.
The airline I miss the most is Seaboard World because I never got to see one, thought their 747's looked pure class.
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