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Grand Airlines Of Manila  
User currently offline747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2535 times:

Many years ago we flew onboard a GREAT DC-8 out of Manila... Called Grand Airlines...Truly a blast from the past, and as we were first class and the drinks were free, got totally wrecked, it was really great. Anyone know who was behind this short lived venture? Any pix of the planes? Thanks!

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User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 2521 times:

There's a 732 at TPE in "Grand Airlines" livery ... blue and yellow IIRC ... always wondered what was up with that one.


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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 2509 times:

I seem to remember seeing an outfit called Grand Air International based at MNL operating DC-8's but not sure what happened to them  Sad


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User currently offline747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

All the F/A's were female, and had "full figures" no accident they were hired for being so stacked. Captain was a tiny chinese kid who had a hard time with english. Plane had oil leaking from every engine, but when it rotated it went up like an f-16, pure power. Sad this funky airline bit the dust. Give me a creaking old greaser everytime! Tired of these sterle cookie cutter clones.

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2440 times:

They had an A300 as well, though i think it was only painted in their colors and never flew for them commerically.


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User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2424 times:

Oh, those A300s flew, alright

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0162390/M

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?airlinesearch=GrandAir

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It was a short-lived venture. I remember being shocked at another Filipino airline operating internationally. PAL used to have a monopoly over the entire aviation scene, and then liberalization came. There were so many new startups, but of the new carriers, only Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines survived.


User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

747hogg...Were you so "wrecked" that you may have mistaked Manila for Las Vegas???  Smile I honestly only remember the Philippine carrier operating 737-200's and A300's, but I could be wrong. The other Grand Air that at first was associated with the Las Vegas MGM Hotel flew luxury class DC-8-62's between LAX, LAS and JFK with similar colors to that of the airline in the Philippines.

User currently offlineJimyvr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

They had A300 and B737s.

1 737-200 still sitting in Taipei after court ruling after bankruptcy of the airline.


User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1619 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

Another 737-200 Siting at Clark... Ground Equipment still sitting at the GrandAir Terminal at the Philippine Village Hotel (Also abandoned) at MNL Tugs and all Rusting away along with the 2 737-200's TPE and CRK the A300 went someplace

User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4804 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2228 times:

Quoting 747hogg (Thread starter):
Anyone know who was behind this short lived venture?

If memory serves correctly, the same people behind Cebu Pacific.



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User currently offline747hogg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2216 times:

Nope.... This was a DC-8 !!! The "coke nose" vents gave it away. Plus I was on one of the first DC-8 flights out of LAX back in 1958. From the Philippine Village flop house you could see her sitting next to a Connie! Stunned to learn this was a Philippine A/L!! IMO the best and warmest F/A's are Filipino crews... Just a real pleasure to feel appreciated.

User currently offlineLurveBus From Philippines, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Err, PAL was the only Filipino airline to make a transpac ever . And they did operate the DC-8 once upon a time.


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