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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
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Hey all-

As I was sorting through old pictures of mine, I came across two rolls of film taken on two different Carnival Airlines 737-400s a few years back from EWR-FLL-EWR.

Reflecting back on it, I remember that the flight was great with really motivated crews and the like. Much like the cruise line.

I was curious- did any of you ever fly Carnival Airlines? If so, did you like them? Just asking because I like to remember older flights and defunct airlines, so maybe we can have a "Kumbaya Thread" for Carnival!

Happy Tuesday (Almost Friday... I can make this, I can make this...)
JBLU

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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Of all of the airlines I worked for, next to Air Florida, Carnival was probably the most fun. We had a great group of flight crews (few whiny pilots - a real rarity) and some great F/A's and ground people. That place was like a family (a little dysfunctional at times, but what family isn't). The mechanics at ISP, EWR, JFK, FLL, PSE, BQN and LAX were all top-notch and, for the most part, took great pride in their work and were great troubleshooters!

We also had some of the most caring people to work with. One of our mechanics came down with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and everyone pitched in to help this guy nightly (he showed up at work some nights almost unable to walk, but came in every night anyway) and we even et-up, through our VP of Maintenance's help, to transfer our banked sick time to him so that he wouldn't have to worry about bills while he was getting treatments! I'm sure that other places have these things but that was the first time I had been introduced to it at an airline.

It was a great place to work but then the blue ball came and Uncle Marty screwed it all up. Alas, another notch on the socket wrench!  Sad

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool


[Edited 2003-03-19 04:30:25]


DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Of all of the airlines I worked for, next to Air Florida, Carnival was probably the most fun. We had a great group of flight crews (few whiny pilots - a real rarity) and some great F/A's and ground people. That place was like a family (a little dysfunctional at times, but what family isn't). The mechanics at ISP, EWR, JFK, FLL, PSE, BQN and LAX were all top-notch and, for the most part, took great pride in their work and were great troubleshooters!

We also had some of the most caring people to work with. One of our mechanics came down with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and everyone pitched in to help this guys nightly (he showed up at work some nights almost unable to walk, but came in every night anyway) and we even et-up, through our VP of Maintenance's help, to transfer our banked sick time to him so that he wouldn't have to worry about bills while he was getting treatments! I'm sure that other places have these things but that was the first time I had been introduced to it at an airline.

It was a great place to work but then the blue ball came and Uncle Marty screwed it all up. Alas, another notch on the socket wrench!  Sad

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Any of the old gang there when you were? I recall hearing that Warner was there, but that's all I remember.

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2123 times:

OPNL, yes, Julie was there and so was Tom Kapps, the Reverend Father Frank Murphy  Innocent and Bob Mencell. It was like old home week! I understand that Kapps is working for Charter America in MIA now. Don't know about everyone else - Julie and the Reverend Father Frank  Innocent are both probably retired by now....

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

>>>the Reverend Father Frank Murphy

After seeing this name here and elsewhere, it just dawned on me who this was. The fellow with the "monkey" sidekick, right?

I seem to remember a certain hailstorm near TLH too....


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6213 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

I flew with PA2 right after they purchased Carnival- I flew the PSE-BQN-JFK-BQN-PSE route, it was a Carnival A300 and a Canival crew. Needless to say it was one of my worst flights- going to JFK we had a delay both in BQN and PSE total delay time was close to 3 1/2 hours, some of the passengers had to get up and start screaming at the crew to see if the airplane would get back up in the air. It was one of the worst seat pitches I have ever encountered and the airplane felt like a jail cell . Coming back down to PSE the flight left on time and the crew was much better- the only negative part of the flgiht was that half of the plane was left without food because apparently they didn't have enough food for the passengers. Maybe flying on Carnival before they were purchased by Pan Am was a different experience.
Chepos



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User currently onlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16856 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Never flew with them altough friends and family have, I miss seeing their aircraft at EWR which were a fixture in the '90s.


Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

My father and I booked two tickets on Pan Am 2 for my high school graduation in June 97, from MDW to MIA and back. I have always loved Pan Am, and it was to be my first flight on a Clipper. Needless to say, I was just ecstatic. A week before our trip, we got a letter in the mail (which I still have) that stated : "Your flight will be operated by our partner, Carnival Air." I was stunned...but we still took the flights. Both flights had Pan Am crews, lengthy delays, above average meal service (especially the return MIA-MDW flight which had a delicious chicken dish with cuban rice), and cramped pitch....I loved every minute of it! We actually got on the "Miami Heat" 727 back up to Chicago. Even though we didn't get on Pan Am aircraft, I will always have fond memories of my flight with Carnival.


Steve in New Orleans


User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

I have fond memories of Carnival. I flew them a few times from HPN and SWF non stop to FLL. Great prices and very convenient for me living in Fairfield County, CT.

Always great service.

The one memory that stands out the most was my HPN-FLL flight being cancelled due to weather. I called the reservation agent (stationed in Florida) who tried to convice me that I should take a flight from ISP the following day, that it wasn't that far of a drive for me. It's got to be a good 2 hours plus from my house. I settled on a JFK-MIA flight instead. It was great, I had no idea it would be operated by a Lan Chile 767 on that leg of the flight. For $99 one way ticket I got in flight entertainment and a hot meal. very nice indeed.

I was sad to see Carnival leave and still sad to not see any non stops to FLL from SWF and HPN since they left.


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

I seem to recall Carnival operating FLL-LAX with the 737-400 for awhile...does that ring a bell?

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

In case anyone might be interested in Carnival's fleet, they had...

7 737-200s
10 737-400s
1 727-100
10 727-200s
8 A300B4s

Not all of these aircrafts were operated at the same time. Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
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Nice to see so many positive memories.

I wonder, if we ever recover from this slump, if Carnival would consider re-doing Carnival Airlines.....

Man, I miss that airline A LOT. I have Flight in the Cockpit Volume 1 playing right now, its a Carnival 727 FLL-EWR... Man, really makes me remember the flight.

Too bad.. but I guess all good things have to end. I just wish that I could have another opportunity now, so I coudl savor the moment more.

JBLU


User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1353 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

I flew Carnival (Code KW?? I forgot it) back in July 1996 on FLL-SJU and SJU-BQN-FLL. The route was originally supposed to be flown on a 734 but it was upgraded to an A300, which probably came in from LAX early that morning (a significant surprise). My mother would constantly comment on the "Pan Am" seatbelts on that flight. On the return, we were on a 732, but we made a stop in BQN to pick up 4 passengers.



User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

I remember seeing a Carnival A300 on occasion at Stapleton Int'l before they closed down.

Back in October 1998, while departing FLL on a Bahamasair 732, I looked over and saw an engine-less Carnival 732 next to some hangers. . .sad.

DIA



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User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

Without trying to get off track of this discussion and have a lot of people raving and ranting at me, I still need to make one point.

MSYTristar(by the way, love your name)-I am glad that you enjoyed your flight, but please don't think that if you had been on a PA2 plane you would have been on a Clipper. They may have bought the name, but in reality, the only true Clippers were from the original Pan American World Airways.


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6552 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

Skyhawk (great name as well),

I know the real Clippers belonged to the original Pan Am, but I guess this was the next best thing. Just being on an aircraft bearing that grand logo would have at least partially satisfied me. Of course, I tried and tried to fly on a Pan American flight from MSY to DFW back in 1990, when they were advertising $100 roundtrip, but to no avail. When I saw the airline (in name only of course) was coming back, I jumped all over it. Too bad it didn't work out, but like you said, it wouldn't have been a "true" Clipper flight, and Carnival really impressed me...and my dad, who I really have to thank for putting up with my obsession with everything Pan Am since I was a kid.

Steve in New Orleans


User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

I remember seeing Carnival fly the A300s up to DTW in the early 90s. At that time it was the only A300s you would see at DTW before Fed Ex later started flying them here.

User currently offlineClipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1826 times:
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Phatfarmlines, you were likely on one of the two of Carnival's A300's that were original Pan Am I A300's:

N222KW (was N207PA, "Clipper Los Angeles" and "Clipper Panama"),
N223KW (was N203PA, "Clipper New York").


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1808 times:

OPNLGuy

>>>the Reverend Father Frank Murphy

After seeing this name here and elsewhere, it just dawned on me who this was. The fellow with the "monkey" sidekick, right?


The Reverend Father Frank Murphy was the one with "Pecker the Parrot" on every flight (either the real Pecker or the original plastic "Pecker"). He was also the host of the annual Air Florida Halloween Party at his house on Miami Beach.

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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