ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2630 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8740 times:
He was an interesting character who lived his life to the fullest. People either loved him or hated him, sometimes wavering between the two, but no one could ever say he let any grass grow on his racetrack.
Aviation was in his blood and he certainly left his mark.
He had a great run.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 12191 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8724 times:
Quoting L-188 (Reply 1): One of the pioneers of the cheap seat.
Yes, he sold one way tickets on Laker DC-10-10s from London to the US west coast (refueling stop in BGR) for under $100 US in the 1970s. Later he eliminated the BGR fuel stop when he got the DC-10-30. IIRC he flew into LAX on the west coast, BGR, BOS and JFK on the east coast.
But, I believe that Laker Airways went bankrupt around 1980. Is that correct?
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 13254 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8701 times:
One of the 1st European pioneers of LCC's. He was able to get the low cost airline slot between JFK and LGW, later between EWR and LGW, later used by BCal and Virgin. I remember the ads (print and radio) for his 'Laker Airways' for about $99-149/one way with round trip. It also triggred a price war with all of the other airlines serving between the NYC area and UK market to also offer similarly cheap fares, something we still see today.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8504 times:
Thanks Sir Freddie. You were my airline hero..rocking the industy with the cheap across the pond fares on the DC-10. TW and BA, your main competition at that time went bonkers and lowered their fares to retain the business. Then it spread all over the world....cheap tickets to anywhere....you are the man and will not be equaled by anyone as an airline pioneer....and that includes for Mr. Branson.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
Malaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8406 times:
Yes one of my role models in Commercial Aviation, he never got what he deserved, those with great plans and dreams for the general public to fly more often usually get burnt by SUITS from legacy and cold blooded for profit carriers.
I always blame BA and VS for the demise of Laker Airways.
Wish we had a chance to see the GLOBETRAIN operation, where he would have flown the jets to Asia and other Continents at cheap fares.
May he rest in peace.
There Are Those Who Believe That There May Yet Be Other Airlines Who Even Now Fight To Survive Beyond The Heavens
Airways45 From United Kingdom, joined May 2000, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8388 times:
Quoting Malaysia (Reply 19): I always blame BA and VS for the demise of Laker Airways.
Don't blame Virgin! Surely you mean TWA etc? Virgin didn't start until a couple of years after Laker Airways failed. Laker was a friend of Virgin Atlantic (and Virgin renamed G-VMIA the Spirit of Sir Freddie in grateful homage to a real aviation pioneer).
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 48
Reply 24, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8285 times:
Sad to see him leave this Earth for his final flight to the great beyond, Sir Freddie your flight is now available for boarding, please watch you step and enjoy your adventure. God bless and God speed on your final journey. You will be missed, though always remembered.
You can cut the irony with a knife
: In the later days I mean after 1984 VS startup, the later Laker Airways to Florida, VS now came into the fold to compete against the later LAKER AIRWA
: Very bad news indeed. I really respected the guy, unlike Virgin's Branson (my opinion flame me if you want). LPLAspotter
: This is sad news indeed. Sir Freddie's story featured prominently in one of my favorite computer games, Airbucs (look in the manual). From there I fou
: Rest in peace S.ir Freddie Laker. Thank you for skytrain! May your memory live long in the hearts of the aviation community
: I am sure Sir Freddie took the Skytrain to the promise land. May he RIP.
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: Hip, hip, hooray! Hip. hip. hooray! Hip, hip, hooray!!!!!! Indeed. Farewell Sir Fredde. We need more of you in this industry.
: Thank you for posting the links. It is sad to see one of the good ones finally go. I heard him speak at a few industry conferences and he was always a
: Truely an aviation pioneer. It's also a fact that nobody has yet attempted to emulate Laker's SkyTrain, i.e. longhaul low cost carrier. All said and d
: Skylink Airways was originally going to do it, but instead they changed name to MAXJET and offered business class instead of being a low-cost long ha
: When I was little, I remember seeing Sir Freddie's Laker Airways ticket counter at OAK, but never saw the airplane.
: I think we should organsise a STATE FUNERAL!!!! I think the Queen should come, and of course Margaret thatcher should speak, plus richard branson, and
: I flew a Laker Air B727-200 from BWI-FPT for New Year's 2002; it was tired but got us to and fro. Arguably the smoothest landing ever (in FPT).
: I have very fond memories of my Laker B707 flights YUL-LGW-YUL in 1976..... RIP A great loss to the industry.