icanfly From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 84 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2784 times:
This month it is 25 years since British Caledonian Airways (BR) ceased to exist in April 1988, after it was taken over by British Airways.
Although I never had the chance to fly BR, I've long been fascinated by it. I love its distinctive purple and gold livery featuring a lion on the tail. For me, it's one of the iconic airlines of the 1970s and 1980s. Based in London Gatwick, its fleet included DC-10s, A310s and B747-200s and served an impressive set of destinations, including Dubai, New York and Hong Kong.
Have you flown BR? What was its service like? I'm interested in hearing about your experiences.
SpaceshipDC10 From Canada, joined Jan 2013, 1662 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
I haven't flown with BCal, but during the '80s I've heard some pretty positive comments from people who had traveled with BR. I remember they said the quality of service was quite better compared to Bloody Awful.
n729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2390 times:
Quoting icanfly (Thread starter): Based in London Gatwick, its fleet included DC-10s, A310s and B747-200s
Don't forget the BAC 1-11s too.
I agree with what you've said 110%, I was mortified when BA took over them. From what I recall they did have a very good reputation, having flown on BMA in the early 80s I think they were the same....service was their strong point. I think pre-privatisation BA were a bit how do you put it, typical of a national carrier "take it or leave it" attitude. (Bloody Awful ......says it all!)
But BCal were a bit special I think. I always thought UTA were the same to Air France, as BCal were to BA.
They ordered the original A320s too that BA took over the G-BUSB range - did any of them appear in BCal colours?
BCal also used to operate a helicopter system to/from LHR from LGW....(showing my age now)...before the M25 was finished.
Then there was the adverts on TV....based on the Californian Girls theme aka Caledonian Girls
I wonder what BCal would be doing now if they were still going? Probably much the same, A330s and A340s, some B744s and the A320s. Not sure Virgin would be the carrier it is today, had BCal still be around. Too much home ground competition.