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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Hello,

Here are some exotic airlines

BHT Bogazici
BHT Bogazici was a relatively short-lived charter airline from Turkey, operating a fleet of DC-10s, B707s and B727s.


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Aermediterranea
Aermediterranea was a charter subsidiary of Alitalia, operating a fleet of DC-9s with nice multi-colored cheatlines.


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Kampuchea Airlines


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Universair
Universair had its home base at Palma de Mallorca and operated three B737-300s until the above mentioned merger.


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Aeroconzumel
Small Mexican carrier.


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Paramout Airways


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Southeast Airlines


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AirCal


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Air Fleets


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Mackey International


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Air Illinois


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Empire Airlines


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Sun Land Airlines


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Any information about these airlines is greatly welcome!
Fleet, network, history, ...

Thank you,

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

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User currently offlineThai747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 1999, 814 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1723 times:

Kampuchea Airlines ....
flying a few ( not sure how many ) L-1011 from CX. Currently operated as Orient Thai Airlines but grounded by the Thai government a few years ago. Now their tristars are leased to Angel Airlines for their BKK - HKG operations

Hope this helps
Jak


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2713 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

Aerocozumel is practically the same as AeroCaribe. Both are subsidiaries of Mexicana.

Visit their website:

http://www.aerocaribe.com.mx


User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1708 times:

OK, hehe, here with your requested info, but these ar eonly on the last few, the US ones. From Deregualtiaon KNockouts

Southeast, i think the southeast you have there and the one in the book are two different one's, but here is the info anyways.
Started in 1959 as Cat Cay Airlines. By 1979 it had changed its name, to SE, and started flights to Puerto Rico. It lost its CAB fitness certificate and haulted operations, except for a few charters in Ocotber of 1979.
A few flights resumed in 1981 with a B-727 flying form Miami to Columbia on cargo runs. Fleet included B-727, B-707 and B-720 aircraft.

AirCal...ok this is a long one so i will shorten it hehe. Air California began flying intrastate flight sin 1967, from Orange County, with Lockheed Electras, followed by DC-9's and B-737's. In 1979 recieved CAB certificate and began flying its first interstate route to Reno. Name changed to AirCal in 1981. In 1986, Piedmont lost out in a merger discusssion and AirCal was sold to AMR Corp and dissapeared into American Airlines on July 1st 1987.

AirFleets was formed as a dometic and intl charter airline in 1980 with plans to fly form Florida to the carribean amnd Isreal. It began charters with DC-8's to Bermuda, Freeport and Orlando. The airline was grounded on July 22nd 1980 for non-payment of insurance and did not resume flying.


Hope this helps, i will list the rest later i have to go now.
sorry! maybe in about na hour i should be back on to finish the rest!
-Tony





User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

The (presumably) Angel Airways flight that took most of the Afghani citizens home from Stansted after the Ariana hijacking was on an L-1011 in Kampuchea colors...

Aaron G.


User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

Hello,

Lauda Italy
Lauda Air Italy is a subsidiary of the original Lauda Air AG (Aktien Gesellschaft) from Vienna.
The airline was originally formed as a charter operator to exotic destinations operating 2 or 3 Boeing 767-300ERs.
From 1997 they started to operate scheduled regular service from Milan to Kuala Lumpur, Cuba and some other Caribbean destinations in competition to Alitalia.

During 1999 started scheduled flights with a fleet of Candair RJ, first leased from the mother house and now their own.

They started to fly from the airports in North Italy to the European destination and start to code-share flights on behalf of Alitalia to feed MXP and some other thin routes (due to the fact AZ still have no RJ).
To distinguish its look from the Lauda Air AG they repainted their planes changing one of the two red lines (Austrian national flag) to green one (Italian national flag).

I think their RJ fleet was due to grow up to 7-10 units.

I think Mas777 will be able to tell us more about the KUL services.


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Air Charter International
"Air Charter International (ACI) was originally formed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France, but in 1977 Air Inter was allowed to take a 20% share, and this [was] reflected in the airline's livery. ACI [had] its own customer code (X3), and in 1980 it independently ordered two Advanced 727-200s to operate alongside a small, existing fleet of ex-Air France 727-228s."
Modern Civil Aircraft, Peter Gilchrist

The airline became 100%-owned again in 1997, as Air France fully merged with Air Inter. However, the airline employed Air France's pilots who were at the time too expansive for these kind of charter operations. On 11 November 1997, the President of Air Charter made a proposal for the shut down of the airline at the end of the 1998 summer season, and the airline eventually stopped is operations in November 1998, giving back leased aircraft, integrating those it owned to the Air France fleet, and the staff integrating Air France.

Type Registration First flight
-----------------------------------------
1727 22608 Boeing 727-2X3 F-GCMV 20 March 1981
… If anyone finds out the second one please…


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Cameroon Airlines
Once member of Air Afrique, Cameroon withdrew in 1971 and formed Cameroon Airlines, with the government and Air France holding 70 and 30 percent respectively. Air Cameroon which had been operating since the 1950s was absorbed.
Cameroon Airlines commenced operations in November 1971 with piston-engined DC-4s. These were replaced by 737s, and the airline also purchased one 707 which was replaced by a Boeing 747-200 Combi in 1982.

Aircraft: Boeing 747-2H7B
C/n: 22378/508
First flight: 6 February 1981
Registration: TJ-CAB
Delivery: 26 February 1981


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Air Gabon
Transgabon, the predecessor of Air Gabon, was formed in 1951 to serve local routes and transport air cargo to remote locations. The present name was assumed in 1974.
Following its independence from France in 1961, Gabon joined Air Afrique. It left the consortium in 1977, and Air Gabon became an independent national airline flying international routes. One Boeing 747-200 Combi was purchased to be put on European routes. Fort short-range services, 737s and F-28s were used.

AFAIK Air Gabon later operated some more Boeing 747s. Don’t know if they still do.


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Best regards,
Alain Mengus



User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Hello

Iraqi Airways
Organized in December 1945 as a division of Iraqi National Railways, Iraqi Airways became an independent company in 1960. In the 1980s, the airline operated three Boeing 747-200Cs and one SP. Its fleet included also some 707s, 727s and 737s.


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Syrian Arab Airways
Formed in December 1946, Syrian Airways depended, like many latecomers, on a leading airline (in this case, Pan Am) for technological advice and the loan of flight crews. It began operations in June 1947, using DC-3s, but suffered management problems and suspended activities the following year, when Pan Am withdrew.

Syrian Airways resumed operation in 1951 with Government support, but with no success in sight the Government ordered dissolution of the company. In 1954 a fresh start was made as a national company assuming the same name, which was eventually merged with Misair of Egypt to form United Arab Airlines. It became independent again in September 1961, following Syria's separation from Egypt.

The company gradually expanded and although quite a few aircraft were lost in the Middle East wars of 1967 and 1973, it kept up its network serving Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia.

In the mid-1980s, Syrian Arab Airlines owned two Boeing 747SPs.


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Best regards,
Alain Mengus


User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1622 times:

Hello,

Pride Air
Pride Air was one of the many new upstarts during the 1980s. It was formed by ex-Continental Airlines employees in 1985. These people took their retirements accounts and life savings and used them to invest in Pride Air. Most lost everything in their attempt to show Frank Lorenzo "a lesson": all seniority (and many their careers), and in addition, ruined their individual (and maybe their families') finances.

They were just your every day run of the mill low cost/full service scheduled airlines. They flew a fleet of 727-100s and -200s from the MSY hub to points in Florida, the Midwest and the West, although initial plans were to base the airline in Orlando (MCI).

The airline ceased operations after only three months of service.


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Süd Aviation Gesellschaft
The airline was started in 1980 in Munich (Germany) as a leasing company under the name of "BN Rent a plan".
Some charter operations were conducted with Beech 90s and the airline was renamed as Süd Avia on 19 July 1984. Some Beech 200s and later, in 1987, some Dornier Dp-228s were added to the fleet.

The most important routes were these to Saarbruck, Pisa and Elba.

But as the Do-228s couldn't operate over the Alps, some pressurized aircraft had to be found. Süd Avia met its requirements with the Beech 1900's offer. Other aircraft like the Embraer Brasilia were leased from DLT in order to operate them on the airline's busiest route to Saarbruck.

Along with the strong growth, deep financial troubles quickly came and a investment fund took a 43,9% stake in the airline in 1989. The first Saab 340s were then introduced. But as the losses were so huge, the Federal Ministry of transport withdraw its license to the airline on 2 April 1990. This was the end of the Southern German airline.




Air Madagascar
Located East of the African continent, Madagascar had long been under French administration before its independence in 1960.
Air Madagascar began as TIA, formed in 1947 to serve the local network. TIA became Madair in 1960 with the government holding 20 percent of the shares, Air France 44 percent, and Air Madagascar 36 percent. In October 1961 Madair leased a DC-7 to open its Paris route. Madair was then renamed Air Madagascar, with 80 percent under government control.

Initially serving the island, Air Madagascar's international services were restricted to the adjacent islands, East African countries, Paris and Rome.


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Best regards,
Alain Mengus


User currently offlineTWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

Nice piece on Ethiopian Airlines in this month's eddition of Airways magazine. The magazine rated it highly claiming it was one of the two first rate airlines in Africa. After reading the article I wanted to go to Addis to fly it! Anyway an interesting piece of fact was that at its inception TWA provided aircraft, crews, maintanance, and money to the fledgling carrier after BOAC refused to do so. TWA also had 2 board seats. Anyone flown Ethiopian on here to Addis Ababa or anywhere else on here?

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

My mother flew on Ethiopian 4 years ago to go to Addis Ababa from LHR. She commented that the airline was very professional in its approach and that the service was excellent. Now for a non-aviation enthusiast who flies as much as she does, that sort of commendation speaks very highly for the airline, said to be one of Africa's best.

TWANeedsNOHelp, do give it a try when you can. It flies from several points in Europe to Addis and to several other African cities plus several Asian destinations. Its inflight magazine is also first-rate.

 
Trintocan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineTP343 From Brazil, joined May 1999, 312 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Hello!

Aerocozumel was established in 1978, and in 1996 it transported 140,000 passengers, had 40 employes and a fleet composed by one Fairchild F-27 (the one on the photo above, I presume) and two very exotic Pilatus BN-2AMkIII-2 Trislander (I have never seen any other airline operating this aircraft model). It ceased operations in 1997.

Source: Flap Internacional, no. 301, pages 138-9, October 1997.

Hope to have helped; maybe a Mexican could add some more details I unknow.

Regards,


TP343, São Paulo, Brazil.


User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I flew Ethiopian from Lagos to Adis Ababa on a 767-200.
The service and flight were excellent. I was expecting some good spicy Ethiopian food, but the choices were restricted to a western entree and an indian style chicken biryani which went very well with a chardonnay. I remember this meal because the elegant and beautiful Flight attendant suggested I try the dry chardonnay with the biryani, and it was an excellent one ! How often do the cabin crew interact with a passenger in Economy in that fashion?
The airport in Adis Ababa was excellent too, especially after the chaos of Lagos. I waited at the airport for 4 hours - saw another Ethiopian 767, an Alitalia MD-11 and a Saudia freighter. Not much action on the tarmac.
Then boarded another flight for the short leg to Nairobi.


User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1579 times:

Hello,

LAB
The Brazilian airline operates some Boeing 727s on La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra from Sao Paulo.


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Lineas Aereas Canarias
The local charter airline in the Canary Islands before it merged with Universair into Meridiana in 1990 was LAC Lineas Aereas Canarias with a handful of MD-83s. EC-EFU is taking off from runway 10 at Zurich with a heavy load in this shot.


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Oasis
The airline was started in 1986 as Andalusair. The hotel group “Oasis” took the airline over n early 1988 and renamed it “Oasis” and picked up a new livery for the airline.
Until the first MD-83s entered the fleet, the airline leased a Douglas DC-9-15 from North African, which was given back to the airline in January 1995, as more MD-83s entered in service.
Through the stronger and stronger competition on the Spanish charter market, the airline was baldy hurt with overcapacities. Therefore many of the aircraft were leased for one or two years and then given back to leasers.

Alongside the MD-83s, the airline introduce four Airbus A310s from 1992 on, but only two of them actually ever flew for the airline. The A310s mainly flew from Madrid and Barcelona to Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.


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The financial troubles quickly came with the low load factors and the airline had to shut down in early 1997.


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Southeast Airlines
The charter airline based in Florida operates a fleet of four Douglas DC-9s.


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Best regards,
Alain Mengus


User currently offlineTP343 From Brazil, joined May 1999, 312 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

Salut Alain!

LAB, one of the eldest Latin American airlines (established in 1925 by Guillermo Kyllman, in association with Syndicato Condor and Lufthansa), is an abreviation for Lloyd Aereo Boliviano. Headquartered in Cochabamba, its first plane was a 4-seat Junkers F-13.

During the II WW (1941), LAB was nationalised, breaking its links with the nazi Germany (and the implications came from this relationship). From the 1950's until the 1980's, very little changed in the airline's route and fleet structure: a few lines across South America and Mexico, eventually links to Miami and a practically monopolist domestic market.

During the last decade, however, competition increased (both inside and outside Bolivia) and LAB had its ownership redefined: in 1993, the Bolivian Government started a plan for privatizing the airline. American Airlines bought 4% of the stock-papers while the gov't and the employes kept 96%. Then, in the following year, VASP bought 50% (paying US$47mi) and the 50% left were kept by AA, the gov't and the employes.

Since then, LAB's life is dictated by VASP's rhythm, which means that the airline has a big indefined future! Today, LAB operates 1 A310-300, 3 B727-100, 5 B727-200, 1 B707C, 1 B737-300 and 2 Fokker F-27 and keeps flying within Bolivia (facing strong competition from Aerosur), to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. Since a long time ago they talk about getting a new fleet, expanding routes and reinforcing the existing ones and starting European routes. But, since the parent airline (VASP) hasn't money not even for paying its pilots and airport taxes and is told to be for sale (and the interested in buying is an evangelic church... without resources as well!), it's totally unpredictable if and when will LAB grow/modernise/join any alliance, etc.

Sources: Flap Internacional no. 222 (August 1990), 279 (October 1995), 290 (October 1996) and 325 (November 1999).

Hope to have helped  ,

Regards,


TP343, São Paulo, Brazil.


User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (13 years 11 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

Hello TP343!

Thank you for your very interesting comments!

Alliance Air
Alliance Air is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indian Airlines. They operate a fleet of Boeing 737-200s on domestic routes.


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Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM)
They used a DC-10 registered F-GDJK, which was delivered to Air New Zealand in 1975, and owned by ILFC. The aircraft was later leased to LAM.
Later they have used L-1011 and Boeing 737-200s.


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Airways Cymru
The airline operates (ed?) some 737-300s


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British Island Airways (BIA)
BIA was started in 1982 and based at Gatwick (LGW). The airline operated both regular and charter flights but was shut down in 1990.


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Best regards,
Alain Mengus


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