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Memories of Airlines No Longer Flying

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I loved seeing the BKS and Northeast Tridents, both airlines being effectively based at LBA, although the Tridents never came here due to our rather short runway in those days. It is quite sad really to see all those airlines that have come and gone, and that list is only scratching the surface. There have been hundreds of airlines over the years that have disappeared, and just the list that have operated to Leeds and disappeared since, would be very long.

The VC10 was a fantastic aircraft and it was such as shame it was eclipsed in popularity by the 707, although that itself was also a fantastic aircraft. I find it hard to believe even now that the 707 first flew in July 1954, so it is the same age as me - in fact a few days older! I seem to recall that very few airlines ever bought the VC10 - BOAC, East African Airlines, and British Caledonian were the three that spring to mind, plus the RAF of course although I suspect most of theirs are ex BOAC/British Airways.

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#2
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Ghana International Airlines has gone bust. Yet another one bites the dust.
 

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#3
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Aviador said:
Ghana International Airlines has gone bust. Yet another one bites the dust.
Shame they not following their country football club, they doing well at the moment.
 
#4
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Image: luftfahrt.net

Eurocypria needs adding to the list of airlines no longer with us.
 
#5
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AIR ANGLIA IS ONE WHICH COMES TO MIND AND ALSO AIR UK - I REMEMBER WHEN AIR UK USED TO FLY LEEDS BRADFORD TO NORWICH.THEY WOULD OFTEN USE THE RAFs AREA RADAR SERVICE
 
#7
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i remember flying on British air tours, was a brilliant airline that one it a shame they went, infact it a shame they all went when you ask me
 
#8
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Air Southwest does of course need adding to the list. :sad:
 
#10
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Gatwick based airline Astraeus looks set to join the list as the administrators move in.
 
#11
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Aviador said:
Gatwick based airline Astraeus looks set to join the list as the administrators move in.
And thomas cook if they don't improve, lets hope they do i love that airline and tour operator them over Thomson.
 
#13
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Aviador it looks as though their website has shut-down as the link is no-longer working.

Here's another link I have found:
http://www.expatica.com/es/news/local_n ... 04351.html

I'm surprised the BBC News website has nothing on the story.

I will still have fond memories of the two MD80's that used to be in at LBA on a Saturday afternoon!
 
#14
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I could never tell the difference between the MD80 and the MD83. How can you tell the difference?
 
#15
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I don't think there is actually a variant called the MD80, I was just referring to the whole MD80 family, as I believe all the variants that Spanair operated; MD82's/83's and 88's, all visited LBA on separate occasions.

Basically the MD82/83 are identical apart from...
the MD83 is a longer range development of the basic MD-81/82 with higher weights, more powerful engines, increased fuel capacity and longer range
There is no visual difference between the MD82/83/88, all technical and 'non-visible' as far as I am aware. The MD87 on the other hand is shorter than all the other variants, of which Spanair also operated.

The MD-88 is, depending on specification, basically similar to the MD-82 or MD-83 except that it incorporates an EFIS cockpit instead of the more traditional analog flight deck of the other MD-80s. Other changes incorporated in the MD-88 include a windshear warning system and general updating of the cabin interior/trim, however these detail changes are relatively minor and were written back as standard on the MD-82/83.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonnell_Douglas_MD-80
 
#16
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Thanks for that tomleeds I wondered why I could never tell them apart.
 
#17
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According to "Air Portfolios 3 DC9 & MD80" The MD82 had upgraded engines for use from hot and high airfields. The MD83 had upgraded engines and a longer range.
 
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I remember last year in may coming back from Barcelona with Monarch, we were cruising at 32,000ft when a MD Aircraft of spanair shot past heading to spain, it seemed to slow down enough so you could just make out the titles, i bet there was only a 1,000ft apart.
 
#19
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It would appear that the Malev fleet has been grounded so it looks like it's going to be yet another airline to add to the list.
 

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