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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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#48
Laker Airways was a great thrill for me too. I was 10 years old and we were flying out to visit relatives in Philadelphia (we flew LGW - JFK and then got a train to Philadelphia).
A Laker B720 and DC-10-10 were both nose in at the end of the pier at LGW and both were boarding at the same time. It wasn't until we showed our boarding passes that we were directed to DC-10 G-AZZD 'Western Belle' (I even remeber the date - 12 April 1974. We returned 2 weeks later). The excitement was almost unbearable, especially when I was allowed a flightdeck visit. I also remember having a very delicious steak dinner on the flight.
The cabin and flight crew were all wonderful and the 7 hour flight seemed to pass in no time.
Happy memories.

Kevin
 
#49
A resurrected thread but it's just as relevent today as it was back in 2010 when it was created. Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air is the most recent airline to add. More have no doubt slipped by without a mention.
 
#50
I miss Dan Air, i liked all their liveries and had an interesting network, mainly ex LGW but they took over BAs LHR-INV which was unusual to see Dan Air at Heathrow, they improved that route which BA were doing their best to destroy.

When I worked in travel i distinctly remember making many reservations on their LGW-JER, which competed with BCAL, both with 1-11s. In my first job I also booked Jersey European from Shoreham to Jersey a route not available today.

My first flight ever was on a Dan Air Comet 4 LGW to PMI.

Another few interesting routes I did when I was a lad was from Lydd once to Ostend then Beauvais then Le Touquet. They were on Viscounts and Handley Page Heralds. On an airline called Janus Airways.
 
#51
This is jogging my memory now....I flew Heathrow to Split and back with JAT, out on a Caravelle which ive always thought a beautiful looking aircraft, with fantastic triagular windows, and back on a 727-200, which was at the time the biggest plane i'd been on and thought it huge !
 
#52
Miss Dan Air, also remember British Eagle who had a great red and black colour scheme and I well remember them operating a weekly one eleven service from Birmingham to Newquay of all places in the 1960s, they went bust.
Also well recall Laker we were actually booked to fly with them fro MAN TO MIA for our first transatlantic flight (DC10 ) in 1982 and then they went belly up also so we ended up with BA from Heathrow on a 747-100

Seen a lot of airlines come and go over the years.
 
#54
Miss Dan Air, also remember British Eagle who had a great red and black colour scheme and I well remember them operating a weekly one eleven service from Birmingham to Newquay of all places in the 1960s, they went bust.
Also well recall Laker we were actually booked to fly with them fro MAN TO MIA for our first transatlantic flight (DC10 ) in 1982 and then they went belly up also so we ended up with BA from Heathrow on a 747-100

Seen a lot of airlines come and go over the years.
Dan Air had an amazing network in its day, I was actually hesitating about buying an old Timetable to reminisce over . When I was a young travel agent clients would often turn their noses up if their charter fight was Dan Air which was a pity I thought.

They did operate from Lydd Airport to Jersey and across the channel at one time and being Kent is my home county I have a soft spot for that airport.
 
#55
Air UK is another lost airline with extensive domestic routes. As well as Manx Airlines who when I moved to the Northwest was a frequent site at Liverpool with SD360 APT and BAe 146.
 

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