Vfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 5 Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
Not a totally unexpected development. You cannot beat public perception, even if it is hystery-driven:
... Helios Airlines suspended all its flights Friday five days after one of its 737's crashed outside Athens killing the 121 people onboard, Cypriot radio reported Friday. The Cyprus-based charter airline confirmed its decision to the government in Nicosia and has agreed to allow independent experts to examine its remaining three aircraft. The decision to halt all flights comes after a Helios plane was forced to divert from London's Luton airport to Stansted Friday morning with landing gear problems.....
Source: dpa (German press agency)
In other news, it is said that they are sending their Boeing 737-800s to Sweden for inspection. Not sure if "suspending" just means their "own" flights or also includes flights with wet-leased aircraft.
Gkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24981 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3868 times:
I understand that the Helios 737 that diverted to STN had flap problems, and decided to divert to STN due to it's longer runway. It's believed that this same plane also had flap problems flying into Birmingham a few weeks ago.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3341 times:
I think the accident and the surrounding publicity has done irrepareable damage to Helios. I cant see many German and Dutch tour operators giving them much business, condisering the hard time they gave Onur, and that airline hadnt even had an accident.
British holidaymakers and tour operators seem less willingly and not as quick to 'brand' an airline because of an incident/accident. Onur, for instance, was still operating to UK for British tour companies while German companies had washed their hands of them and were shifting to home airlines.