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What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?  
User currently offlineND From Belgium, joined Feb 2004, 280 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3079 times:

I was recently reading a thread discussing how the A345 is flagship of Emirates. That got me thinking... how is "the flagship of an airline" determined? Do they even exist?

As I was going through the airlines like BA, it is tough to decide whether the 744 or the 772 is their flagship, in EK, why isn't the 773 the flagship?

IF anyone knows the flagships for airlines, please post them and why they chose those planes as the flagship!

ND - Hated By Many, Confronted By None
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User currently offlineEI A330-200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2001, 411 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

I'm pretty sure that the flagship designation is given by the individual airline. EK probably chose the A345 because of the extravagance of the plane. Take a look at the first class of the A345 compared to the 773. For the longest time AA used the 763 for their flagship service. Pretty much, its up to the individual airline!

User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 509 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

B767-200 Ansett's flagship. The reason being that when it was introduced in Australia, it was delivered to Ansett. The Aircraft was better than what the competition used A300. Ansett was its first Australian user.

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User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

British Airways had Concorde as their flagship for 27 years. As far I can see they no longer have a flagship - no aircraft has anything to make it special or set it apart from the rest of the fleet.

User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Qantas's current flagship is their new B747-438ER VH-OEG

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User currently offlineAV757 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 667 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2960 times:
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The flagship at Avianca Colombia has always been the newest airplane family with the latest technology introduced into the fleet.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5877 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

I think AA would consider the 777 as the flagship of the fleet. On the other hand, Flagship Service refers to it highest level of inflight service. Generally, this was on widebody aircraft that had First, Business, and Coach cabins, usually on international and transcon routes.

The 777s, 767s, and some DC-10s were flown with Flagship Service.

User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

LanChile (LAN)'s flagship is the A340, maybe because it is the largest aircraft in the fleet and also the one that goes to the most distant destinations (AKL/SYD and MAD/FRA). It is also the only aircraft that appears in their new TV spots.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2821 times:

Either the newest and/or the largest aircraft in the fleet. Flown on the airline's prestige routes.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
User currently offlineTravisNC From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

I would consider an airline's largest plane to be the flagship. It's kind of hard to say what the flagship for Delta is. One would think the 777 is, but the 764 has more seats (277 vs 287).

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4963 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2758 times:

The flagship for Qantas isn't that one!

It's the British Aerospace 146 in operation with its subsidiaries! Best aircraft ever - should be everyone's flagship!!

Trent Big grin

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
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