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User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2103 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.

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User currently offlineManairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2096 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.

User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2079 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!)



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2055 times:


Hi!

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.
Regards


User currently offlineBy738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2431 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2048 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.

User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1639 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

ACERegular asked where the fleet was...

I found this information on the excellent AeroTransport.org

Reg'n Type msn s/n last status
G-BGTV B.737-2T5 22024 641 [Zip Air]
G-BGTW B.737-2T5 22023 636 [Ryan Air]
G-BGTY B.737-2Q8 21960 642 [Aero Asia Int'l]
G-BHCL B.737-2M8 21955 659 [WestJet]
G-BHVG B.737-2T5 22395 729 [TACA Int'l AL] Stored

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G-BHVH B.737-2T5 22396 730 [Ryan Air]
G-BHVI B.737-2T5 22397 737 [Batavia Air]
G-BJBJ B.737-2T5 22632 847 [Aero Asia Int'l]

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G-BKAP B.737-2L9 21685 549 [Mandala AL]

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G-BKHO B.737-2T5 22979 950 [Vanguard AL] Stored
G-BKMS B.737-2Q8 22453 748 [Air Kazakhstan]
G-BLKB B.737-3T5 23060 1069 [Southwest AL] Destroyed

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G-BLKC B.737-3T5 23061 1080 [Southwest AL] Stored
G-BLKD B.737-3T5 23062 1083 [Ryan Int'l AL]

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G-BLKE B.737-3T5 23063 1092 [Southwest AL] Stored
G-BNRT B.737-3T5 23064 1527 [Southwest AL] Stored
G-BOLM B.737-3T0 23942 1522 [Continental AL]
G-BOWR B.737-3Q8 23401 1209 [Southwest AL]
G-GPAB B.737-2L9 22071 620 [LACSA]

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G-BMZK A300B4-203 76 76 [Iberia] Stored

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G-BMZL A300B4-203 77 77 [Iberia] Scrapped

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There was also at least one crew aircraft
G BKWA Cessna 404 Titan

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User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1939 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.

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