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Most "obscure" Airline You've Been On?  
User currently offlineOzzie From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 338 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 10149 times:

Obviously, this question is open to debate in terms of how "obscure" something is, but for fun, name the strangest, least common, most foreign airline you've been on--to you, for example if you live in Helsinki than GOL might be your most obscure, but not if you live in Sao Paulo.

For example, since I live in Phoenix, my most obscure airline is Air Malta.

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User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10129 times:

For me it was TACA last summer, MIA-SJO-MGA and MGA-MIA.

User currently offlineDavidJ From Germany, joined May 2005, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 10125 times:

Either Pluna Uruguay or Air Austral.


User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10100 times:

Definitely Champion Air here, MSP-PVR r/t in March 2001. Everything else is a scheduled US-based carrier so they aren't that obscure, although a majority of people haven't heard of Sun Country either, my second most obscure airline.

User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 10086 times:

For me it was Vietnam Airlines a few weeks ago, SGN-BKK. Great airline with great service !

It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineTimology From Netherlands, joined Jan 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 10080 times:

Has to be Bouraq Surabaya - Den Pasar for me.
Worst airline experience ever too. They let us wait for over 8 hours for another plane to come, since our scheduled plane had a broken window in SIN (no idea how a window (passanger window that is) can be broken though)

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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3215 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10075 times:

Has to be Horizon Airlines in Australia; I flew this airline from Cooma to Sydney back in 2003.

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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 10071 times:

In 1973 I flew betwee ALB and Los Alamos, NM. I cannot remember the name of the airline. It was a small twin engine prop. Tikal Jets in the mid 90s in Guatemala from Guatemala City to Flores.

User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 10062 times:

Back in 1977...had to be Mackie Intrnational.....FLL to Freeport. Prop job at FL150 all the way. I don't think the airline even exists anymore.

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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4960 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 10062 times:

Tropic Air of Belize, flew Belize City to San Pedro and back in a Cessna Caravan  Smile

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineNateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 10054 times:

I suppose for me, China Northwest.

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User currently offlineLawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 10050 times:

I flew with Aviogenex (A Yugoslavian carrier) in the early 90's. Unfortunately Aviogenex aren't around anymore  Sad


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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 10025 times:

I know it might not fit into the real definition of "obscure", but for me it was EUJet... simply because it was from the fairly dead MSE !

User currently offlineFlyBoy84 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 394 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 10017 times:

PanAm III BLV-GYY over Christmas in 2000 or 2001. It was obscure because the airline only offered a couple of flights out of the St. Louis area. I wanted to experience the extra legroom and the hot bread and cookies for the in-flight service.

I wasn't disappointed on the first part as there was more room...OOPS...that's another airline altogether! Alas the only thing served was soft drinks, so I was disappointed on the service.

Weird deplaning by stairway in the bitter cold!

User currently offlineTR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 10013 times:

Incredibly, it's US Airways!!

It's the only airline that I've flown, that has never operated in Brazil!


User currently offlinePanamandy From Austria, joined Mar 2005, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10003 times:

for me it was

air culebra san juan-culebra / cessna

sahsa gua-sal-tgu-sap-la ceiba-roatan

sap-la ceiba-roatan was on dc 3 that was cool

vayudoot bom-pun-goi

in a hs748

indian airlines goi-bom in a ab3

air kariba victoria falls-kariba-harare dh something cant recall anymore

zimbabwe express airlines

jnb-victoria falls-hwange in a dc9 the leg to hwange was in a bus

air zimbabwe

harere-victoria falls in a b737-200


ewr-buf in a metroliner was a charter


sao-asu-scl in a b727-100

antofagasta-scl-puerto montt in a b737-200

puerto-montt-scl-sao-rio in a b737-200

lan chile

scl-easter island in a b707

kendell airlines

mel-burnie in a saab 340


bne-adl-mel-syd in a320

thats it

User currently offlineDc863 From Romania, joined Jun 1999, 1591 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 9988 times:

Somali Airlines 707 from Mogadishu to Rome in 1985.

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 9976 times:

Transavia, back in the day they codeshared with Continental at LGW for the short hop to AMS. Great little airline, but my traveling partner at the time kept insisting on calling it Transylvania Airlines.  silly 

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User currently offlineRIHNOSAUR From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 362 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9963 times:

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 1):
For me it was TACA last summer, MIA-SJO-MGA and MGA-MIA.

that is interesting.......being from Costa Rica that is so every day to me, but still that is what's so cool about this thread...

for me it has definitely been last Christmas


local airline inside Equatorial Guinea, flight was MALABO to BATA round trip,

try to find this on the map of the world and you get cheers from me!!!

 Big grin

particles and waves are the same thing, but who knows what that thing is...
User currently offlineSfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9949 times:

Air America, Sept, '66, Udorn - N. Laos & return.

Not as easy as originally perceived
User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1595 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9945 times:

China Eastern, SHA-TSN. Rather fun flight, on a 738.

User currently offlineMarambio From Argentina, joined Oct 2004, 1172 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9945 times:

Precision Air Tanzania
Kilimanjaro - Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam -Kilimanjaro


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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1850 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9939 times:

TUNINTER (Tunisair subsidiary) TUN-DJE on a ATR-72

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User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2723 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9929 times:

My choice would be :
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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4536 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9927 times:

Hmm...I haven't been on too many obscure airlines, I guess the most obscure would be Olympic Aviation, flights around the Greek islands in the late 80s with the flying box car.

25 LoungeLover : Adria Airways on LJU-VIE leaving LJU in the snow, just after de-icing...very obscure...
26 Cedars747 : WOW,trés original Alex!!!
27 AirCop : TransAir of Canada - YAM to YYZ in 1978 on a yellow/brown F-28 Harbor Air - SEA to ODW Skystream - MQT-TVC-LAN-DTW in 1974 on a Metro Ansett New Zeala
28 NorthstarBoy : i'm not sure about obscure, the two most exotic airlines i've flown have been CAAC (before they subdivided into all those different airlines) in China
29 Post contains links Soups : AeroGaviota Havana-Cayo Largo. No safety demo, no departure time. Baracoa-Cayo Largo (dom Cuba) AN26 AeroGaviota (by Soups Feb 24 2006 in Trip Reports
30 Post contains links and images Ptrjong : Denpasar to Ende in Indonesia on this old Pelita Air Fokker F28. View Large View MediumPhoto © Peter de Jong Peter
31 MEA-707 : Defunct: National I, Frontier I, Dan-Air, Air Alfa, Sabena, Istanbul Air, Reeve Aleutian, TWA, Muk Air, Crossair, Swissair, Vanguard Airlines, Aerolin
32 Mrcraigdav : Royal Air Cambodge from PNH to KUL - was less hideous than it could have been and was actually a code-share with Malaysian.
33 Post contains links and images Debonair : Most obscure View Large View MediumPhoto © Tero Yli-Somero Two weeks ago, FlyMe-flight, operated by MAP-Jet, colours of the MD80 from AUA, BUT Er
34 Post contains images FXramper : Sun Country, IAH-MSP, when I volunteered for Camp Victory on Lake Minnetonka.
35 UpperDeck79 : Air Koryo Pyongyang-Beijing on Il-62M...
36 Jeremy : Iran Air 747SP GVA-ORY in October 1995. I don't think too many Americans choose this carrier unless they have to. Not that it's a bad carrier.
37 Post contains links and images Fanofjets : Mine would have to be Sun Jet International, Newark to Long Beach, via Dallas: Rich International Airways, LGW to JFK View Large View MediumPhoto &cop
38 VirginAbby : Istanbul Airlines Heathrow-Istanbul-Ercan, North Cyprus
39 LTBEWR : Global International Airways/Airlines - A charter Airline JFK-LGW in 1983 (707) Transamerica Airlines - A charter Airline - JFK-Shannon-JFK in 1984 (D
40 NoelG : For me it is Origin Pacific AKL-NSN in Jan this year (although hopefully not too obscure soon...), I also flew an Airtran 717 in the USA, and a Malays
41 SW733 : Hewa Bora Airways from Johannesburg-Kinshasa and than from Kinshasa-Lubumbashi
42 Post contains images Komododx : Most obscure would be Air UK (considering at the time [1992] I lived in South America). The next ones would be FlyMe, Fly Nordic, and Blue 1 (coming u
43 Rmcf : For me probably Coastal Aviation, a charter airline that deserves several tourist destinations in Tanzania. Had some great rides in a Caravan and a Pi
44 RoseFlyer : For me it would be TAME which is a division of the Ecuador Air Force on a 727. Others would be RenoAir, Air Tahiti and probably some others I can't th
45 TERRA : Atlant Hungary Airlines Il76.........................
46 Wrighbrothers : Probably America west ,WN or UA doing SFO/LAX-LAS. And, not all that far away, but so far my only propeller flight and my first trip more North that E
47 Post contains links and images Vatveng : Eastwind View Large View MediumPhoto © Mark Durbin
48 DavidT : Live in England. Most obscure in terms of being foreign - America West probably! Although obscure in the usual sense - probably Aero Airlines, a partn
49 Loadsheet : Iran Aseman Fokker 100: Asayoleh-Teheran Caspian Air TU-154: Teheran-Kish Island-Teheran Saha Airlines B707: Teheran-Asayoleh, Teheran-Kish-Teheran
50 Spottingpete93 : My most obscure is probably Air Wisconsin CRJ from YYZ to IAD and then IAD to JFK (both operating under UA express banner in full UA colours - everyth
51 Vhqpa : I may sound very obscure myself for saying this but - Silkair the only non Australian airline I have flown. Jason
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