OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27695 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 10565 times:
Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 6): I'm amazed they didn't get any hotel rooms. When I passed through Gander they seemed to have several large hotels all built back in the jetset heyday of the 50's when Gander was a busy place.
According to the guy being interviewed they were on the aircraft for nearly two hours before being told to take their blankets with them into the terminal. The crew were bused to a hotel.
dergay From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8633 times:
Had a similar experience at Gander a number of years ago - thankfully the airline were very professional and had accommodation arranged within the hour. After a number of hours sleep, a good (Canadian) breakfast, we were collected from the hotel, brought to the airport and continued on our way to MGA. Thanks to SU, and the staff at Gander for their very helpful and professional staff for a bad night handled well.
Flown on A300,A310,A318,A319,A320,A321,A330,B707,B720,B727,B737,B747,B757,B767,L382,L1011,C5,DC-3,DC8,
roseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10060 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
Quoting spinkid (Reply 18): Wouldn't it have been faster to charter a Canadian carrier, or even U.S. like World to finish out the Gander-JFK run. Wouldn't they be able to get their faster?
First off extremely expensive. Second off, the chance of using a carrier like world is next to impossible on that short of notice.
Delta is the biggest charter carrier and probably could have come up with something, but between all the ad hoc NFL charters along with MLB charters using up planes and crew and it being summer season, DL would have struggled to come up with something quickly.
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