ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 674 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
Does anyone have info on Orion, I know they were attached to Horizon Holidays who were bought by Thomson in the late 80's and their fleet of 737-300 were integrated into Britannia for a short while, but does anyone know where the fleet is now and also what te flight codes were or even what the servicer and crew were like.
Manairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1954 times:
The flight code was KG. They operated at various times 732s, 733s and A300s. Indeed I remember that the very first visit of a B737-300 to MAN was a Boeing demonstrator in the early 80s painted in Orion colours. Don't know where their fleet is now though.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1937 times:
I don't know where the fleet is now, but didn't Ryanair buy some of Britannia's 732's a few years ago (which may have included some originally built for Orion Airways).
I also know that one of Orion's 732's was the 737th B737 built as it had a plaque at the front of the cabin to commemorate (I remember flying on this aircraft as a child).
I always enjoyed Orion's service, crew were always friendly and they even used to come around ASKING passengers if they would like to visit the cockpit during the flight!
Always remember the boiled sweets they handed out in the little wicker basket before take-off which none of the other charter airlines I had flown at the time had ever done (these things were important as a child!)
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1913 times:
I remember one of the first ( if not actually the first ) flights to LIS. The plane was a 737-200 with a very beautifull livery. I was working at that time in a catering company and had the chance to visit the airplane. This was in the summer of 1980 or 1981 I'm not sure.
By738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2154 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
Dont think Britannia got any 737-200's when Orion was integrated. Think it was just the 5 737-300's. The A300's I think were used only for that summer and then disposed of. think they were ex German, Hapag Lloyd perhaps. thats a bit ironic isnt it. Think the 737-300's were used mainly on Britannias then Scheduled service network including East Midlands. Orion had some scheduled services from East Midlands and Gatwick I think. I charter guise Orion could be seen at most UK airports. Mainly Manchester, Brimingham, East Midlands, Gatwick and sometimes Glasgow.
ACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 674 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
Thanks for all the info it has been very uselful. I do like to look back at airlines that were around in the 80's especially charters. It seemed that as we moved towards the 90's we lost more and more airlines. I never flew Orion. If they were around now I suspect their fleet would be A320/A321 and painted a boring white.