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Goodbye To Britannia Airways  
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24899 posts, RR: 56
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12343 times:

Just read on Pprune, that Sunday will be te last day that the Britannia flight codes and callsign is used.
Last Britannia departure from the UK is a NCL-MIR flight.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13004 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12339 times:

Are they just going out of business, changing their name, or did they merge with another airline?

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12339 times:

Bloody Thompsons...  Sad

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineTimboflier215 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1322 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12339 times:

they were taken over by the thompson tui group i think.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12311 times:

Quoting Timboflier215 (Reply 3):
they were taken over by the thompson tui group i think.

It's actually Thomson.  Wink Anyway, I thought that BY would still exist as a code for a long time to come, but it seems TUI doesn't really care about brand recognition.


User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12282 times:

Quoting Timboflier215 (Reply 3):
they were taken over by the thompson tui group i think.

Britannia have always been part of the Thomson group of holiday companies and have acted as their in house airline for many years.

Thomson were taken over by TUI a few years ago, and since then have performed a certain amount of rebranding. This meant that Britannia became Thomsonfly (and Lunn Poly travel agents (Thomson's inhouse travel agent) became Thomson).

All in the name of vertical integration!

Britannia hasn't ceased trading, been taken over etc., just been rebranded and had the name changed.



I don't like signatures...
User currently offlineBA1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 12232 times:

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 5):
Britannia hasn't ceased trading, been taken over etc., just been rebranded and had the name changed.

I tend to disagree, Britannia is no more. Along with the likes of Dan-Air, Orion, etc they haven't just been rebranded.



There are other ways and there's British Airways
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12188 times:

At first they got rebranded to the TUI colours and logo, but with Britannia down the side of the aircraft. Next they renamed to Thomsonfly, with 'operated by Britannia' stickers under the cockpit windows. I think last year even those were removed, so you'd never really know you were on a Britannia aircraft.


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User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12172 times:

Well What Can I say?

BY, BAL was a very special airline to me... It was the first Airline I ever stepped foot on, It was the first time I had ever experienced a take off and it was from then I knew my passion. I owe them more then they think...

It had to end one day, All charters these days are solely re-branding for the common chav and common Family..

Don't way goodbye to 'BY' to soon, It will still be used by staff, don't you worry  Wink

Also, I suppose that this is good in a sense. BY 9TOM) will now allow 10kg hand luggage. But Excess charges have now gone up.

£6 per Kg on excess luggage on short hole
And £9 per kg on long haul.

Bye Bye Brittania, Thanks for the starter! Smile

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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12157 times:

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 8):
BY, BAL was a very special airline to me... It was the first Airline I ever stepped foot on, It was the first time I had ever experienced a take off and it was from then I knew my passion. I owe them more then they think...

Britannia were the first airline I flew on too. Really sad to see them fizzle out like that. The airline looked (and was) very professional.

Bye Britannia!


User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12114 times:

Sad to see Britannia go, but all good things must come to an end. To be honest if they had kept the Britannia name on that tui blue livery it just wouldn't ever be what the Britannia that the British people know. I flew them a few times when I was a little boy, my 737-200 trips to the Greek Islands!

I am flying with Thomsonfly in June and originally my booking had BY flight codes, a few weeks ago these were changed to TOM codes. This is Thomsonfly's first summer season then, hope all goes well with the mix between low cost airline and charter. It's bound to cause confusion.

Mark



Take a ride...fly across the sky
User currently offlineGatwickA320 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12039 times:

From BA1978

Quote:
I tend to disagree, Britannia is no more. Along with the likes of Dan-Air, Orion, etc they haven't just been rebranded.

But Dan-Air and Orion don't exist anymore. Dan Air got swallowed up by BA and Orion..... well it's gone! Britannia/Thompsonfly is still the same company, but instead of having "in house" airlines and travel agents it's now all under the same name.

On the flip side of the coin, there's currently a rumour in PPRUNE that T-Fly will be rebranding the airline as "BritanniaFly" but take that with a pinch of salt.


User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12015 times:

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 8):
BY, BAL was a very special airline to me... It was the first Airline I ever stepped foot on, It was the first time I had ever experienced a take off and it was from then I knew my passion. I owe them more then they think...

Same here. They will always be Britannia Airways in my eyes.



Formerly alcregular, Why drive when you can fly?
User currently offlineBA1978 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 11993 times:

Quoting GatwickA320 (Reply 11):
But Dan-Air and Orion don't exist anymore. Dan Air got swallowed up by BA and Orion..... well it's gone!

Exactly, You've just gone and settled my point. Orion airways were originally part of Horizon Travel. Thomson purchased them both in the same way TUI have done Thomson and Britannia. Following the point that these airlines have just been rebranded, then Orion still grace our skies. Flying rebranded as Britannina and now as Thomsonfly!



There are other ways and there's British Airways
User currently offlineIDAWA From Italy, joined Aug 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11819 times:

They may put all the Thomson titles they want, but as long as I see a G-BYA* aircraft it will be Britannia for me!

I-DAWA



Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.
User currently offlineMalb777 From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11772 times:

This is sad, my first flight was with Britannia back in November 1973 LGW to Palma, I will always remember the thrill of my first takeoff in a 737-200. It was this flight that got me hooked on flight and flying . As the old song goes .Rule Britannia Britannia all the way we shall never ever ever go away .
( or something like that)

Good bye and thank you

malb777



thank god i was not born a bird. this type of flying is much better
User currently offlineVivaGunners From Italy, joined Oct 2000, 363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11750 times:

Goodbye good old Britannia, I will miss you so much!
Thanks a lot for the great memories, they will last forever...
Hopefully Thomsonfly will be as good as you...



Any ideas for a signature?
User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11734 times:

Just remembered, when I flew Britannia to Rhodes in 1992 it was my first and last inflight cockpit visit. I loved it when the air stewardess invited me up to the front of the plane and getting to go into the cockpit. The flight crew told me all about the controls and gave me a postcard of a Britannia 737-200 flying over Mount Everest lol.

Nice memories, shame that those days are over!

Mark



Take a ride...fly across the sky
User currently offline7LBAC111 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 2566 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11734 times:

Quoting BA1978 (Reply 6):
Orion, etc they haven't just been rebranded.

The real Orion deleted himself! Maybe he has rebranded as.....

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 8):
It had to end one day, All charters these days are solely re-branding for the common chav and common Family..

Is Kazzie really the rebranded Orion737, and not Pilot Kaz after all???

Spooky.

7L



Debate is what you put on de hook when you want to catch de fish.
User currently offlineJetset7E7 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 1090 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 11734 times:

They will always be Britannia to me, no matter what livery they wear. The Callsign is still Britannia, so it will still be heard over the airwaves.

mark



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User currently offlineRB211LTN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11687 times:

Just like many on this forum my first flight was on a Britannia 732, from LTN to PMI. Little did I know then that I would end up working for them, leaving them and returning to the old 732 with easyJet. The 80's/90's colour scheme was superb, so classy. The new one is horrible and I think it is better that it doesn't say Britannia on the side as it would be a travesty to a great name. However, Britannia/Thomsonfly are slipping behind the competition. The on-board service is really poor compared to First Choice and the Cabin Crew are as snooty as they ever were. BY were often known as the Luton RAF and the Luton base often referred to as Jurassic Park because of the age and ferocity of the crew based there.


The customer is always right.....unless he is a passenger!
User currently offlineJetCaptain From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 236 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11660 times:

Could anyone please summarize all the changes/rebranding that has taken place with the UK charter carriers over the last few years, it's hard to keep up.

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11660 times:

In the 80's, Thursday night was actually called "The Brittania Night" at Luqa Airport (the predecessor of Malta International Airport) with no less than 14 B737-200 flights in one single night. Those were the days. And speaking of Orion, the first B737-300 I saw was an Orion one in Malta. Sad to see all those classics fade away.

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 11637 times:

Quoting JetCaptain (Reply 21):
Could anyone please summarize all the changes/rebranding that has taken place with the UK charter carriers over the last few years, it's hard to keep up.

Airtours > MyTravel
Leisure > First Choice
Flying Colours > JMC > Thomas Cook
Britannia > Thomsonfly (Orion also merged into Britannia)
Sabre > Excel
Monarch are still Monarch!

I think thats most of the obvious changed, there are probably a lot more merges and takeovers in there!



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User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11549 times:

Here is a brief history of Britannia and their a/c types and liveries :-


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Goodbye Britannia you will be missed.

 Sad



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
25 Diesel1 : Almost, not quite.. Should be Air 2000 > First Choice (Leisure also merged into Air 2000) No, there is a difference. Britannia took over the Horizon
26 Post contains images Mhodgson : Who is right? Please tell me Britannia won't disappear forever!
27 BY738 : Few rumours that the name will be changed again to BritanniaFly. Watch this space........
28 BA1978 : But that's the point, it's the loss of an airline in the way that most people are able to relate to it, through it's name.
29 Post contains images Leezyjet : Britannia was around as an airline before the merger took place.
30 A342 : Have they done the same mistake as Thomas Cook, changing the name Condor to Thomas Cook and then back to Condor again as they had lost many cutomers
31 Gkirk : After Sunday, Callsign should be Thomson
32 Post contains links and images Diesel1 : Nice set of pics from Leezyjet, here's another... View Large View MediumPhoto © Pedro Aragão
33 BA1978 : Diesel1, nice pic. Would have looked even better in full livery don't yer think?
34 Post contains links and images Diesel1 : Don't think any of the Translift A320s ever got the full colourscheme. You got the 707 above, but not the B720 they leased... View Large View MediumP
35 Post contains links and images Gkirk : Don't forget this one View Large View MediumPhoto © Aidan Williamson
36 NEMA : Yep, very sad to see Britannia go. Simply due to the name its like a flag carrier for us. My first ever flight like so many here was on a Britannia Ai
37 GatwickA320 : The 1980's/1990's striped colour scheme was always and always will be my favourite. BY will be sadly missed. The first ever aeroplane I set foot on wa
38 Post contains images Bh4007 : (Just to clarify it's Britannia and Thomson[fly]!) Anyways, it's such a shame to see them go, TUI/Thomson obviosly did not realise what a respected na
39 Post contains images Legacy135 : Such a shame, Britannia's livery was always one of my favourite..... All that reminds of a proud airline, is this awful TUI-livery. If all airplanes w
40 Post contains images Leezyjet : Thanks, I just picked a/c that BY operated themselves, (not the leased in ones or hybrids) in all the colour schemes, although I missed the origional
41 ReverseThrust : The "TOM" Code, which is replacing the well known "BY" has been on BAA's website under charter timetables for some time now. I loved the original Blue
42 Post contains images Capital146 : You and me both Kaz, and my first ever flight was before you were even a twinkle in your parents eyes! And yes, it was from LBA! (1978! ) As a fellow
43 Post contains images Kazzie : Nah I was an Accident
44 Drinkstrolley : If it weren't for the said "Common Family" increasing traffic you probably wouldn't have a job.
45 Kazzie : Whoa whoa hang on.. I was making a point, not moaning or having a rant...
46 Post contains images Leezyjet : That's the one I meant. Although the pre-1984 livery was very nice too, and will always be one of my favourites as it was the one on the a/c when I u
47 Post contains images Lindy :
48 Mowtoib : Yeaaaah, another great name to go... That's really SAD...
49 Post contains images Capital146 : Wow, what a great response. As you'll see from the photo caption on one of the photo's, nobody was killed from this accident, testament to the expert
50 Post contains images Lindy : I know a lot about this accident. As you might know or not, I have set of chairs from this aircraft in the living room
51 Vsa340 : Well i only had one flight with BY. Edinburgh - Alicante on their 360 Service. BY, for what i saw was an excellent airline with a brilliant reputation
52 Neilfking : Are you sure about that? Does the average punter who books a holiday in a travel agent or on the net REALLY care which airline they fly on? I know I
53 Post contains images Demoose : Here's why I loved Britannia so much, this is me aged 2 with my mum in Corfu in 1986 just about to board 737-200 G-BADP bound for Manchester! Goodbye
54 Balboy : Well I go to sleep with a tear in my eye tonight.. I've just got home from work. It was , what I consider my last Britannia flight, even thought weve
55 Scott0305 : Goodbye Britannia. I have fond memories of my first Britannia flight - flying on a 767-200 (G-BKBW, The Earl, Mountbatten of Burma) from Manchester to
56 Post contains links and images Bh4007 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Andy Graf - VAP Goodbye.
57 Scott0305 : Got the reg wrong - The Earl Mountbatten was G-BKPW
58 Post contains images RJ111 : I flew on many of their 757 and 767 flights as a young lad. Their livery was absolutely gorgeous. It's a shame i'll never see it in the flesh again. I
59 Post contains links and images Cosmic : Well at least Thomsonfly are a decent airline, it's not as if thieve changed and its all gone down hill is it? Changing the callsign to 'thomson' appa
60 Post contains links and images Diesel1 : My first BY flight was to CFU too... only it didn't quite turn out as I expected. View Large View MediumPhoto © Derek Ferguson Although with Tra
61 Post contains images RobTrent : Goodbye Britannia    I have fond memories of Britannia since I visitied a good friend in Birmingham a few years back. Summer evenings in the garden
62 NG737PSR : I got my first cabin crew job at Britannia in 1986 on the B737-200s and B767-200s, later went on to fly on the B737-300, B757-200s and B767-300s. Sad
63 Rdwootty : I am sure the accountants think it is right BUT have they thought of the large amount of third party flying the Britfly did? If I was a tour operator
64 Speedmarque : Me Too!!!!! In 1993 though. 737-200, 757 and 762s. Then it was THE charter airline to fly and work for. They flew to 8 cities in Australia (Sydney, P
65 Post contains images NG737PSR : Totally agree Speedmarque, many happy memories - I have a copy of their 25th anniversary book "Flying To The Sun". Who would have thought then that Br
66 Demoose : Flight BY521B from Cancun to London Gatwick appears to be the last flight to use the BY callsign/code, lands tomorrow morning at 08:15. Flights from m
67 Post contains images Jetset7E7 : I thought from 00.01 everything would change to Thomson, could have a callsign change inflight. Mark
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