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Sir Freddie Laker  
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

I have been trying to find an autobiography/biography and cant believe he hasnt written one. I have always admired the man and his determination and the impact he had on air travel in the UK.

How old is he today? Is he in reasonable health? I understand he lives somewhere in the Carribbean. I would love him to make a return to long haul operations and move home to the UK.

He was never afraid to speak his mind but unlike O'Leary he was also a gentleman and cared about people.

I know his short lived transatlantic charters in the 90s were short lived but how I would love to see those black and red DC10s again grace the UK.

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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Thread starter):
I have been trying to find an autobiography/biography and cant believe he hasnt written one

A biography of Freddie Laker was written some years ago - it was titled "Fly Me I'm Freddie". I know I have it on my bookshelf, and you should be able to find it second hand even now I'd have thought.

It covered the period up to the collapse of Laker Airways (UK) and the fall out from that, but doesn't touch his more recent Caribbean venture.

Andy


User currently offlineVS74741R From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

Quoting Orion737 (Thread starter):
I know his short lived transatlantic charters in the 90s were short lived but how I would love to see those black and red DC10s again grace the UK.

They were in the 80s, not the 90s



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User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Quoting VS74741R (Reply 2):
They were in the 80s, not the 90s

He also flew charters in the 90's but changed his market strategy offering a full frills service instead of a low cost one, it failed miserably.



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User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2932 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Quoting VS74741R (Reply 2):
They were in the 80s, not the 90s

To be absolutely accurate, Laker DID return to the transatlantic market with Gatwick and Manchester charter flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the 90s using his Laker Bahamas outfit and DC10s.

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Shamu, Laker Liker  thumbsup 



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 4):
To be absolutely accurate, Laker DID return to the transatlantic market with Gatwick and Manchester charter flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the 90s using his Laker Bahamas outfit and DC10s.

And to be even more accurate  Wink They also had flights from Prestwick in the 90s  Wink



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User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Yep, they did do the charters in the early 1990's, my parents flew MAN-MCO with Laker at that time and were very impressed by the full-service operation. Leather seats throughout and seatback TV's were still quite a novelty for Y-class back then. They also had proper cups and cutlery (not plastic). Not bad for a charter airline! Shame it lost a packet.  frown 


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User currently offlineTimRees From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

Born 6th August 1922 = 82 years old now.

Found on google search. Quite a bit came up...try it out.


User currently offlineLakerLiker From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

I flew MAN-MCO in the 90's, hence my username, still the most enjoyable flight I've ever had. As mentioned earlier the gave a very high class service for very little money, such a shame they couldn't make it last.

There was a very interesting documentary by the BBC when Sir Freddie was restarting his transatlantic routes in the 90's, not sure how you'd get hold of that now but it's worth looking into, his enthusiasm for aviation and customer satisfaction was amazing.


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

MAN-MCO-MAN 1997 - soured a little by the 9 hour delay on the return. MCO closed after about 5 hours, so we had nothing to do, and no information.

But PTVs and sweets for landing (to a 10 year old!) were amazing. Shame they went bust again  Sad



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User currently offlineMaddy From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1705 times:

Virgin Atlantic honored him by naming a plane after him. Unfortunately it was scrapped a few years ago.


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