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Most Obscure International Carrier You Have Flown?  
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6152 times:

After a recent flight, it had me thinking what was the most obscure airline people on here have flown on.

Now I realise that many of us will have flown on some small prop operation where they just carry a few tourists into the desert or bush or island hopping(such as Isles of Scilly Skybus for example between NQY and ISC in my case), but I thought what about those airlines that fly larger aircraft, better still international services.

The reason I was thinking this is that a couple of weeks ago flying back from Mumbai to Delhi what should have been an Indian Airlines flight ended up being operated by what must be one of the world's most obscure flag carriers:



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Druk Air - Royal Bhutan Airlines (on this very aircraft too).


And have to say that it was a very good flight, and more comfortable than some European carriers on their short haul services too.

So how about everyone else ??


Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
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User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6152 times:

They're just charter, but mine is MG - Champion Air, who operates a fleet of 727s. I've flown them to Mexico.

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1964 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

I flew on the short-lived Sun Jet International, though I still wonder where the "International" fits in.

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I also had the displeasure of flying Rich International on a charter, LGW-JFK

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(Yes, this was the former Braniff Calder DC-9-62.)



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineZE701 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 6057 times:

Flew Kabul to Dubai and back this winter with Kam air and Ariana, national flag carrier of Afghanistan. Scary stuff, (On both), no wonder Ariana is referred to as "Scary Anna".

Both Ariana and Kam "store" obsolete aircraft (or surplus ones) near to the main apron at Kabul, so you're never sure what aircraft you're actually getting on until you're on the steps! I saw a Kam 727 sat back on it's tail (nose right up in the air) due to weight of snow this winter.... the answer was to push it upright again then put some old car tyres under the tail in case it happened again. Scary thing was that I then saw same 727 on the ramp at Dubai 6 weeks later meaning some crazy monkey flew it!

Never again for this callsign.


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6306 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6053 times:

AIR NAMIBIA!  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineSpyderz From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

Air Seychelles

Flew both the 73G (now no longer in service) and 1 of their 763's. At the time I flew on 2/3rds of their jet fleet.


User currently offlineRmcf From Spain, joined Oct 2005, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6024 times:

I flew on a Air Tanzania 737-200. Was a good flight, better than some european ones, and on a fantastic plane!
bye! rmcf


User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 711 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6000 times:

I flew on a Tupolev 134a from Nottingham East Midlands to Pula (Yugoslavia) back in 1981. The Airline was Aviogenix, was glad to get back on terra firma.


There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
User currently offlineSQNo1 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 687 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6000 times:

Air Europa on their now defunct service between LGW & MAD and also on a flight between LPA & MAD.

With Regards,
Alex.B


User currently offlineRen41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

I flew on a Sky King 732 from BOS-JAX on a charter for Super Bowl XXXIX.

They sure packed us in for that flight. I'm 5'10'' and my knees were firmly planted into the seat in front of me and the top of the seat barely reached my neck. It was all good in the end because the Pats won  Smile


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User currently offlineLa Carlota From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

I once flew from Skopje to Zurich with this obscure airlne, Avioimpex. Even the livery looks like nobody there cared to get something nice...


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[Edited 2006-05-17 05:45:38]


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User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 710 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5938 times:

Pulkovo Airlines from Moscow to St. Petersburg and back. Once on a Tu-134 and the return on a Tu-154.. fun times.

User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5871 times:

AeroMexico.....even though it's not obscure. It's the most distant airline I've been on. On a 737-700 from CUN-ATL.  Yeah sure


Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlineFeroze From India, joined Dec 2004, 794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5857 times:

In the late 80s one of my regular IC flights between Delhi and Calcutta (as was) was operated by a Royal Nepal Airlines Bae 146

Tu-154 from SVO-SHJ-CCU in 1991 (Bloody noisy take-off roll)

Britten-Norman Islander JER-GCI in 1987


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5848 times:

I have flown DC 8-50 and 60 and also DC 9 with PY. On the DC8-50 i flew PBM-MIA-PBM, on the -60 PBM-AMS-PBM, and on the DC9 CAY-PBM-CAY.

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And also ALM DC9. Unfortunately, ALM does not exist anymore. I flew CUR-PBM-CUR with them.

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L1011,733,734,73G,738,743,744,752,763,772,77W,DC855,DC863,DC930,DC950,MD11,MD88,306,319,320,321,343,346,ARJ85,CR7,E195
User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5843 times:

Mackey International Airlines back in 1974, on a DC-6 from FLL-FPO to get a connecting flight on (then) BOAC from FPO to BDA on a VC-10.


'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 5826 times:

Aviateca (Guatemala). Flew GUA-Tikal-GUA on a 737-300 when I was 4 years old.

DeltaRules



Let's Kick the Tires & Light the Fires!!
User currently offlineBoeinglover24 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 305 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5823 times:


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just last year.....some small carrier in the Philippines



Uhhh What?
User currently offlineN49WA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5794 times:

1971, Overseas National DC-8-63; 1977, Balair DC-8-63. No movies, no IFE but, like all flying, great fun.

User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5792 times:

I have flown on Venezuela´s (a few years back) on Avensa and Servivensa domestice service Boeing 727. Pretty obscure... Oil leaking from the wings, weird engine sounds, F/A was nuts, etc


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Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineSvenskpilot From United States of America, joined May 2006, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5785 times:

Here are my propositions:

Avia Air - AUA to CUR and back


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Air Rarotonga - RAR to AIT and back


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ERA Aviation - ANC to FAI


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These are all international carriers although the first one mentioned was the only int'l service I've had the pleasure to be on.


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2011 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

Aero Continente, dodgy ex Peruvian airline with drug money links!
Lima to Arequipa in nice old 727-100.

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TANS, another Peruvian carrier
Cusco to Lima in a 737-200

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it's the bus to stansted (now renamed national express a4 to ruin my username)
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1574 posts, RR: 23
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5752 times:

Air Seychelles was pretty "obscure"

mark



All my life, I've been kissing, your top lip 'cause your bottom one's missing
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5698 times:

Transair in Canada. Brown and yellow planes which was a F-28. Flew them from YAM to YYZ.

User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5690 times:

- Air Zimbabwe
- Zambia Airways (R.I.P.)
- Air Malawi
- LAM (Flag carrier of Mozambique)
- Air Sahara


25 HBIHLtoEZE : Oh Yes, Aerocontinente as well... I am not surprised that they are gone now... Cheers
26 Highpeaklad : Pelangi airlines from Singapore (seletar) to Tioman in Malaysia (the island where they filmed South Pacific). Didn't actually fly the route - we all g
27 Babybus : I've been on a Venezuelan carrier called Aerotuy around Venezuela and to Tobago. I'm having problems uploading my photo of it here but I'll keep tryin
28 Post contains images AzoresLover : Boeinglover24 beat me to it! Probably the most obscure airline I've flown was a domestic Philippine carrier called Asian Spirit. I flew it between Man
29 WorldXplorer : For me, Air Tahiti on a ATR-42 to the Marquesas. Where is AirPacific747? He has a few... WorldXplorer
30 JJJ : I wouldn't say Air Europa are any more obscure than BMI or LTU! Anyway, mine should be: Ghana Air or how to get from Lagos to Niamey via KIA (on a LH
31 Post contains links and images NateDAL : Yangon Airways, a domestic airline in Myanmar. A good airline. View Large View MediumPhoto © M Radzi Desa
32 JGPH1A : Lots of fairly obscure ones Royal Swazi National Airways Air Caledonie International Flitestar (defunct SA domestic carrier) Air Zimbabwe Safair (SA c
33 Myt332 : I'm going to have to say Petroleum Air Services. I had to endure a 1.5 hour Egyptian internal on a Dash7 with them a few years back. I believe they do
34 DFWMzuri : Agreed: I flew Ariana from Tehran to Kandahar to Kabul once, not because I wanted to, but had to. It was the only flight out after I had been strande
35 Post contains links and images FlySSC : Back in the mid-90s, I was booked on a charter flight nonstop JMK-CDG. The flight was finally cancelled by the airline for technical reasons and the T
36 DENplanenut : Big Sky Airlines takes the cake for me... flew from Denver (DEN) to Billings, MT (BIL) for over 2 agonizing hours on a Metro III... scary and loud...
37 Post contains images Burnsie28 : Because Big Sky is an international carrier I've only flown one international carrier, and that was Philippines Air LAS-YVR-LAS
38 Post contains links and images Crjflyer35 : Did SEA to RKSO (Osan AFB) on a military charter back in May of '05. Definitly interesting riding the "Freedom Bird" of World Airways. >View Large Vie
39 Post contains links and images Don81603 : In 2004 I flew MH from LAX to BNE via TPE and KUL View Large View MediumPhoto © JKSC Later theis year, QF will take the reins for me.
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