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User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8521 times:

Before the flaming, I checked the archives and came to no avail on my question...

Does the TV series "Airport" have its own website or program overview on BBC's website? The information on "Discovery Wings" site, who airs the series in the US, leaves much to be desired with little information on the actual series.

Also, in archived posts, someone mentioned a series on Accra's airport. Does anyone have more information on this?

IMO, this is an excellent series and blows the US-styled version, Airline, away.

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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8365 times:

No it doesn't. It used to have one - www.bbc.co.uk/airport - but it just directs you to the BBCi homepage now. I prefer "Airport" to the "Airline" series - which focuses on easyJet here in the UK.

Mark



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User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8354 times:

I love the BBC "Airport" series. I agree, it runs circles around A&E "Airline", which I find always has the same story,(well the episodes I've seen) drunk passengers denied boarding, missed connections, and screwed up baggage, Plus, though I love seeing planes, every 2 minutes its seems they are cutting to those shots of a 737 landing, and they play that awful music.

"Airport" is more comprehensive look at day to day operations of an airport, from customs officers not letting people in the country, to airline catering, to following pilots on there routines, to paramedics doing their rounds, and airport police hauling off an F/A for immigration violations! Plus you get to see shots off all sort of planes at LHR!

Didn't PBS show "Airport" for a while?

[Edited 2004-03-03 17:57:23]


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8341 times:

As Demoose said, Airport used to have a website. However, it will probably be back online in a couple of months when the new series starts  Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineAwschucksflyer From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8312 times:

Airport now revolves aroudn Easyjet? That is a bit of a change since I last saw Airport. The shows airs on Discovery Wings in Canada but the seasons are usually a few behind where they still feature different airlines etc.
But, I agree, Airport is VASTLY superior to Airline. That show sucks!


User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8301 times:

I agree, it runs circles around A&E "Airline", which I find always has the same story,(well the episodes I've seen) drunk passengers denied boarding, missed connections, and screwed up baggage,

I couldn't agree more. I cringe when I watch "Airline" - it has to be the worst exercise in foreign relations and publicity of Americans.


User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8279 times:

Awschucksflyer, sorry if i caused any confusion - Airport focuses on LHR, whereas Airline UK focuses on easyJet.

Anyone know when the new series of Airport starts? I presume it'll be in the Autumn again like all the rest.

Mark



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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8255 times:

Early/mid 2004  Big thumbs up

Josh


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8191 times:

Do u remember the Qantas duty manager, cant recall his name.

Well, after watching the tv show, we were going to Australia and hoping to see him on duty,and guess what, he was there, but no TV Crew (damm)

Great bloke in real life, and works for a great airline


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17177 posts, RR: 66
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8170 times:

If you are in the UK and have cable, Airport runs every day at 2030 on UK Horizons.

Airport also did a few spinoffs:
- Lagos Airport. Loved this one.
- Hollywood's Airport (LAX).
- Miami Airport.

These were with the same crew and often same commentators.



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User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8171 times:

I love 'Airport', I tried to visit the wesite to see if I could buy the all the Series on DVD, but I couldn't get it - So I taped them all.

There is going to be a new series soon.



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8158 times:

I saw Jeremy Spake in T3 once  Smile

Incidentally does he still work for Aeroflot or did he quit to form a celebrity career - He currently advertises electronics shops!



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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8153 times:

Personally I thought Maria was very good to watch. Unfortunately she wasn't at the Cyprus Airways ticket desk when I was there last year!

Just to add a bit about Jeremy, I don't think he works at the airport anymore, instead making the most of his celebrity status. That electronics advert he does is quite funny when he's in his lounge with a model of a JMC A330 hangin from the ceiling!

Mark


[Edited 2004-03-03 18:27:42]


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User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8142 times:

Trekster, I think his name is John(?) I saw him in T2 once, It was really strange seeing him there but kinda cool when I realized who he was and where I had seen him before.

I can't wait for Airport to start again, as Airline drives me nuts!

LHR340



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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17177 posts, RR: 66
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8111 times:

Yes Maria is hot, but the ElAl lady with the BIG HAIR always made me laugh out loud.


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User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8099 times:

His name is John Cull. When I went to LHR I tried to find someone from 'Airport' but I couldn't.


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User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8078 times:

Haha, that ELAL woman has to be one of my favourite people in the show, i'd love to see what she's like these days. When I was in high school me and my mate would laugh about it in our French class because our teacher was the exact double of her, the hair, the voice, the attitude, everything! What was her name, I know her colleague that she always bossed around was called Peter, I felt sorry for him at times!

Edit: Was she called Sara or something like that?

Mark

[Edited 2004-03-03 18:36:46]


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17177 posts, RR: 66
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8077 times:

I can't believe no one has mentioned my hero from the series:

Shaker Mayo, the Gulf Air customer service manager. Always smiling and happy, in spite of all the crap he puts up with all day long.



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User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8061 times:

Starlionblue,

Airport also did a spin-off at Prestwick or Glasgow airport.

I liked Shaker, he was always rubbing his worry beads.


[Edited 2004-03-03 18:42:06]


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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8018 times:

it was glasgow airport i think

Im looking forward to the new series.

Airline was on on monday night, but it was a episode ihad already seen.

When im watching that show i always end up shouting at the people on there to shut up and face they aint gettin on that plane casue they are late.

AHHHHH SHUT UP U STUPID PEOPLE, U ARE LATE, FACE IT


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8014 times:

One of my high school teachers were just like Shaker - I mean, you could do almost anything to him, yet he would still smile and remain calm.

Except once, where a guy from my class (disliked by most, if not all), decided to be very late for a bus - which almost left us stranded on an island. He was then threatened to be put on the next flight out of Australia (we were on a 5 month study trip back then) Big grin


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7908 times:

They are rerunning the Easyjet version of "Airline" on Planete in France, its amazing how every episode some nana misses check in by 1 minute and screams the place down when told they have to take a later plane - "But the plane hasn't left", "I missed the train", "Your clock is fast" - shame, one poor woman lost it completely and nearly had a breakdown, because she'd miss an appointment in Barcelona.

Pax - always good for a larf.


User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1301 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7842 times:

Airport is really good, looking forward to its return! Think we've done quite well in the UK for these kind of shows:


BBC:
Airport
Airport USA
Airport Glasgow

ITV
Airline (Series1 - Britannia)
Airline (All other - easyJet)
Holiday Airline - Monarch
Holiday Airport - Arrecife, also one on Palma

Then the Lagos Airport. I may be going mad, but I am sure this was a one off series Channel 4 did?? Maybe I'm wrong and it was BBC?


User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7773 times:

Did ITV show the complete series of Airline - Monarch? I remember ITV had just started showing it when 9/11 occurred and pulled the plug on it. When did Airport do Glasgow, I missed that, damn. I love it when Horizons have Airport weekend, nothing but the show for 2 solid days. Even you've seen then time and time again, it doesn't get boring. I remember Horizons showing Lagos, but haven't seen it on terrestrial. What was the show on C5 called? I think it was LAX or somewhere like that.

User currently offlineFlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2104 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 7768 times:

Think I prefer Airport to Airline because it doesn't get too personal, i.e. I don't really want to see the easyJet staff party, marriage proposals etc. Guess "Human Interest" stories sell though. Airport seems to take a step back though and focus on the airport and operations as a whole. Plus, no matter what is going on you have John Nettles calmly giving the voice over, whether it's a head of state arriving at the royal suite, the press guys chasing someone or an endangered animal in a shoebox! Hope it is back on soon.


Let's Go British Caledonian!
25 LTBEWR : Is or has the UK/BBC "Airport" series been shown on US TV other than the Discovery Wings channel? While I have a wide range of channels available to m
26 EGFFbmi : On the local ITV (HTV)... they did a show on Cardiff Airport.. was real funny..! Anyways.. Regards, Milo
27 Canoecarrier : I did a search on Amazon.com and the BBC homepage, I guess you can't buy any of those series on video or DVD, or at least you can't thru those compani
28 Jmy007 : I think PBS in Colorado played BBC's"Airport" about a year ago or so. They only played a few episodes, I beleive it was for a pledge drive.
29 Roberta : i didn't really enjoy airport that much. i would have enjoyed it if they had shown interesting planes taking off and landing, and told me where they w
30 Mhodgson : The Scottish "airport" was Edinburgh - as they made the Airport an extra 'venue' for the fringe festival.
31 Arsenal@LHR : 'Airport' was great, specially the first episodes in the series, it got worser with the Animal reception centre stuff, who the f**k wants to see Iguan
32 767er : We had both 'Airport' and 'Airline' here on Oz. I preferred 'Airport' by far and away though that snotty sheila, Sarah, who ran the VIP lounge was ver
33 FlyCaledonian : One thing I've just recalled from one of the early Airports concerned an RAF flight out of LHR carrying Tony Blair. When the aircraft (A VC10!) came i
34 Canuckpaxguy : Thanks for the update...I too have been trying to find ways to purchase BBCs Airport for some time. I didn't realize the series continues today. I'm s
35 BA747400 : Oh how I do love that show! Every Tuesday night at 8, Discovery Wings: LHR! It reminds me being back in England. I love LHR, its crowded, sometimes me
36 Dmerinop : Airport, what a great TV serie. I used to watch "Airport" here in Spain on a channel called "Viajar", does any of you or any spanish folk know if this
37 Caravelle : Airport was great! It was shown on satellite channel TV Norge, and now they've made their own series (now showing), very much based on the British con
38 Funny : I went to heathrow from madrid once and while i was waiting to pick up my baggage i saw the duty manager of ELAL. I dont know his name but i talked to
39 BigMac : My view on Airport is that it isn't all that great. I haven't seen any new "Airport" series on the Discovery Wings channel lately. Also the last few "
40 Post contains images Dazultra : who the f**k wants to see Iguana lizards from Venezuela? More airside action please! haha, agreed! Daz.
41 A3204eva : Mhodgson, that's the one (Edinburgh airport). I taped that one-good episode.
42 Starlionblue : Come on. The animal parts rock. Those guys are cool, especially when they have to chase cats around the ramp.
43 Arsenal@LHR : The animal part make the show more interesting, agreed. But on some episodes half the show was about cows and insects. I remember one episode where th
44 Legacyins : I also liked "Airport" when I lived in the UK. Recently, I tried looking it up on Discovery Wings on Tuesday nights but could not find it. Is Discover
45 Post contains links Starlionblue : Discovery Wings is affiliated with the Discovery Channel, like: Discovery Civilization Discovery Sci-Trek Animal Planet Discovery Health Discovery Hom
46 Mhodgson : In the UK, Airport is on UK Horizons every weeknight at 8:30pm, repeated at 9:30 on UK Horizons +1. Not sure of the weekend timings
47 A3204eva : There is an 'Airport' weekend, Saturday 7th Feb on UK Horizons.
48 Mhodgson : 7th FEB??? I hope you mean March!
49 Post contains links Speedbirdheavy : The Qantas Duty Manager is John Cull. He has his own UK TV/Radio website. http://www.waveguide.co.uk/
50 Post contains images A3204eva : I did mean 7th March. Sorry.
51 Djdiffusion : The "marathon run" on Horizons was great at the weekend. I think all the characters are great and do a splendid job. I like the one showing Jeremy Spa
52 DC-10 Levo : I did watch Airport quite a bit on UK Horizons over the weekend. I went through the program listings and couldn't see Airport listed at all over the n
53 Post contains images A3204eva : I like the one where Jeremy Spake flys a 747 sim and almost crashes into another plane
54 LatinAviation : Does anyone know how to contact the producers of this show? Would a letter to the BBC do?
55 Jaspike : LatinAviation, on John Cull's website he says that the producers of that series aren't planning on doing another one, so it might be someone else. But
56 Post contains images KaiGywer : caravelle, could you email me please? I'd like to see the show at TVN, but I can't tune it in over here (strange, huh?) And my mom never remembers to
57 AlitaliaORD : ive got a question for all who live in the U.K. im visiting london soon, the channel that shows Airport, do you know if that channel is usually featur
58 Shamrock_747 : The new series will be on BBC1 which you should be able to get on any TV. Repeats are on UKTV Horizons which you're unlikely to get in a hotel.
59 Post contains links Demoose : UK Horizons has recently been renamed UKTV People to clear up any confusion. Their website has a page about Airport, nothing we didn't already know bu
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