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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3957 times:

On another thread someone was talking about KLM serving MCO years ago, I recall other carriers serving MCO at one time or another too.


Currently MCO has

Virgin- multiple 747-400s and 200s (200s operated by Air Atlanta)
British- 777
Aer Lingus A330
LTU- A332
Condor- 763
Martinair- 763
Aero Mexico- 752, MD-80, 73G
Air Canada- A32X with occassional 762
Air Transat- A320, A310, occ. A332
COPA- 73G
Air Jamaica- A32X
Bahamas Air- Dash-8
CanJet- 735


During the 90s a lot of other carriers served MCO

I had heard Aeroflot, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, El Al, Saudi and Trans Brasil all served MCO.

Who else and what equipment did they use?

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User currently offlinePanam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Don't know much in regards to this subject, but I figured I'd chime in anyways. Saudia served MCO via JFK and IAD with a B747-400. Lufthansa, if I recall correctly, used a leased B767-300, non-stop from FRA. That's about all I know, sorry. Hope this helped.

User currently offlineJETSET From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 351 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3918 times:

TEA France A310's I flew the jumpseat YQX-MCO in 91 or 92 .
RGDS/JETSET


User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3920 times:

Back when MCO handled charter flights before they went to SFB Monarch would send in their A300-B4-605R, I know because I flew on it in 1993 MAN-BGR-MCO-MAN.

I think some other charter airlines went in there too before they kicked the charters out, maybe Air 2000 and Britannia - I'm not too sure if Airtours (My Travel) ever went there or just went to SFB as I can't remeber when the charters moved.

Phil
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3837 times:

Yes Britania used to serve here and Monarch, there are pics online of them. I forgot to mention the British charters since they still come to "Orlando" per se, but instead go to SFB.

User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3829 times:

BA also subs the 777 with a 744 several times a month. Aeroflot flew into MCO? That has got to one heck of a long flight esp. on an airline such as them.

User currently offlineKkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

I believe Varig may have served MCO as well. Off topic a bit, but pertenant is the number of US Carriers that once flew internationally from MCO. At one time AA flew MCO-GRU-GIG and also UA flew MCO-MEX for a number of years. During the summer of 1988 Pan Am flew MCO-FRA. From 1989-1991 PA flew MCO-MEX. Delta flew MCO-FRA from 1988 thru 1996 and MCO-ORY in 1992. DL also flew MCO-MEX at one time, and initially looked at offering its Latin American services from MCO and not ATL.

User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3806 times:

DL operated MCO-ORY because Disney contracted the flight with a 763 for the Euro-Disney opening. Disney promised the flight would make money, but ended up basically buying DL out of the subsidy because there was almost no traffic. Good post though Kkfla737!

User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

I know LAN has served MCO in the past, during southern hemisphere summer season, when economy down here was better. I hope we see LAN some day again at Orlando.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

IINM, TransBrazil used to fly from Orlando to Sao Paulo nonstop with 762ERs, and 1stop via Miami with 763ERs.

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User currently offlineMiamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3722 times:

Many many intl airlines served MCO during the 90s..

I don't have a list with me, but off the top of my head.. (none of these fly to MCO now and half don't even exist anymore). Airline & aircraft they broght in..

Aeroexo 727-200
Aeroflot IL-62
Air UK Leisure 767
Spanair 767-300
Taesa 727-100, 737-300
Airtours 767-300
Flying Colors 757
Canadian 767-300/737-200
Lan Chile 767-300
First Air 727-100
Air Europa 757
Aeropostal MD-83
TEA-Trans European A310
AeroCancun A310/A300
SAM-Servicios Aerolineas Mexicanas DC-9-30
La Tur MD-83
Lacsa 737-200/A320
Aero Costa Rica 737-200
VASP MD-11
Monarch 757, A300
Saudi Arabian 747-300/400
Varig DC-10, 767-200
Britannia 767-200/300
Caledonian L-1011/DC-10
Sobelair 767-300
Lauda Air 767-300
Allegro 727-200
LTU-Sud 767-300
CityBird MD-11/767-300
Canada 3000 A330-200, 757, A320
ROYAL A310,727-200
Zoom A320/767-300


Notice I'm not including many, many other airlines I only saw one time at MCO, even including some majors like Alitalia, Swissair, EL-AL etc. But those could have been only a one-time flight.


..Was the Laker of the 1990's American or British? That came to MCO too.


User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

LTU also brought in their L1011's in the early/mid 1990's. I also remember ANA having their own ticket counters at one time also.

User currently offlineTW741 From Liechtenstein, joined Sep 2004, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

Lauda Air NG was flying regularely VIE-MCO with 763s up to late 1999 - was changed to VIE-MUC-MIA joint ops NG/LH



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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

Up until recently the MCO website showed ANA as one of the airlines there, but I figured it was a codeshare with United.

User currently offlineKkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3542 times:

In the early 90s, ANA had a codeshare with US Air where US flew paasengers from MCO to IAD and JFK. They were special US Air flights timed specifically for the ANA connection to NRT.

User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

Small British charter airline Excalibur flew there for a very brief period in 1996. Used a leased Skyjet DC10 which was an absolute shed! Was such a fiasco that the whole MCO operation killed the company!


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User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32183 posts, RR: 72
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

BA also subs the 777 with a 744 several times a month.

No they don't. All of BA's 744s are based out of Heathrow, not Gatwick.

Aeroflot flew into MCO? That has got to one heck of a long flight esp. on an airline such as them.

It wasn't non-stop.

As mentioned, LAN did fly to Orlando as well. For a very short time in 1999 via Miami.



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User currently offlineMiamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

had heard Aeroflot, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, El Al, Saudi and Trans Brasil all served MCO.

I had never heard of Air France at MCO, but I did see EL AL here once and the Lufthansa 747 at least twice.. even Iberia twice, DC-10 and 747.

Small British charter airline Excalibur flew there for a very brief period in 1996. Used a leased Skyjet DC10 which was an absolute shed! Was such a fiasco that the whole MCO operation killed the company!

I remember seeing that Skyjet DC-10 at MCO, but I would've never known they were flying for Excalibur!


Britannia flew to MCO then they switched over to SFB to eventually move back to MCO. I remember how MCO was very happy they lured Britannia back. Guess what? Britannia left once again to SFB for good.

Another regular charter in the early 90's I used to see, INTAIR with F-100s.


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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

i lived by MCO for a while and I only seen BA fly the 747-400 in once and that was for that special flight for British Handicap kids going to Disney World. I forgot what it is called, but its like America's "Make a Wish" Foundation. They even have a plane painted up.

I don't think BA has had a regular 744 at MCO since June 02.


User currently offlineBGIplanefreak From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

Some others that haven't been mentioned about yet:

Air Aruba - Aruba
Mexicana - Cancun
Cayman Airways - Grand Cayman
Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires



User currently offlineAkjetblue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3363 times:

Who wants to venture a guess as to the next Intl carrier to fly into MCO?

I'd like to see AF or LH but with all the airlines code sharing it's not likely...




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User currently offlineMiamix707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

Wow that's right, I remember Air Aruba at MCO, they used to bring a 767-200 in full colors. Short lived service. I also saw the Aerolineas Argentinas 747 here once; I thought it had been a special flight and not a scheduled service.

Seems as if many airlines gave MCO a try during the 1990s but only for a short period.


BTW If you go to the "live flight information" page on the MCO website, you'll see Cathay, Turkish Airlines, TAM, IBERIA, etc but it doesn't specify they're code share flights.


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

BA don't sub there 772's with 744's to MCO at all i thought. They do not have any 744's based at LGW anymore and they do not fly to MCO from LHR! MY girlfriends dad works for BA on their 772's at LGW and he has not seen a 744 there for a good 2-3 years!

Chris



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User currently offlineAkjetblue From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 790 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3286 times:

I've seen a few BA 744s in the past year, don't know if they were subs or charters tho... I remember seeing a 744 along with a 777 in the same day...

cheers



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User currently offlineFlynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

Condor (Thomas Cook) also does seasonal FRA-MCO-FRA service. The source I am viewing right now shows it started on 09APR04 and ended on 29OCT04 and was a Friday only flight.

http://www.sunshineparadise.com/air/condorschedule.html

Chris
Hampton, VA


25 Post contains images Flynavy : Ah, nevermind. Caught my err, and I stand corrected.
26 Dazed767 : Yeah the LGW flight has been 777's for awhile now, no 747s. We had the BA "Dream Flight" a few months back with 747's from LHR.
27 Miamix707 : Cayman Airways - Grand Cayman They operated here recently, I didn't notice they had quit MCO.. Maybe they will operate this summer again who knows. Me
28 MAH4546 : Cayman Airways - Grand Cayman They operated here recently, I didn't notice they had quit MCO.. Maybe they will operate this summer again who knows. Th
29 Miamix707 : -Mexicana still flies to MCO on Sat using 757s with increased service during the summer- Mexicana has not flown scheduled service to Orlando in nearly
30 FutureFO : Someone left off Westjet which operates to YYZ from MCO on a 73G. Do not recall SU operating to MCO, LH,IB were generally diversions from MIA. BA has
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