UK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 29 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1534 times:
When I was about 11, we lived near Newcastle Airport (EGNT/NCL ). My mother used to take me there to watch the a/c from what used to be a good observation deck.
I seem to remember one day in particular, we must have been there at one of the busiest times of the week. Around the pier there was a good selection of aircraft, including an Odyessey Int'l 757-200, Britannia 737-200, Dan Air 737-200, British Airways BAC 1-11 500, TAT/Air France F28, Air Malta 737-200, and best of all, a Middle East Airlines Boeing 707! I believe this was operating for Paramount for some time, as I saw it passing over our house a number of times that summer.
Does anyone else remeber this a/c operating for Paramount? I remember it had something like 'New-Q' written on the forward fuselage. Does anyone have any idea which reg this a/c was? Or was it the case that they changed the NCL-based a/c a few times?
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1518 times:
I know MEA's 747s were used regularly by a British charter airline when fuelers in Cyprus went on strike. The MEA 747s (quite rare birds, of which more in a sec) could make Cyprus and back to northern England without refuelling. (Not the only time they were used as tankers - in the war they would fly to Cyprus from Beirut, a 20 minute hop, fill up, then fly back to BEY and the fuel would be pumped into the 707s).
The three MEA 747s were used by a dizzying variety of airlines, they were combis which made them quite unusual, and they had a few other performance related quirks that made them especially desirable, and as a result MEA could command astonishingly high rates on lease. This income basically paid the staff wages during the war when things were desperate in Lebanon (put it this way: most of the staff lived at the airport because commuting through Shia west Beirut, especially the southern suburbs thereof, was too dangerous). Shame to see those birds leave the airline.