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The Highs And Lows Of Aviation In The Year 2000  
User currently offlineTeahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5446 posts, RR: 58
Posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 823 times:

What were your personal highs   and lows   of aviation in the year 2000?

My highs:

1) Launch of the A380  
2) Qantas Order  
3) The B757 300  

My Lows:

1) The last MD11  
2) The Concorde Crash  
3) Aer Lingus leaving Kerry Airport  
4) The Crossair Crash  

What were yours?  

Kind Regards,
Jeremiah Teahan

Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
39 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1008 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 734 times:


AF 773ER order
CO 753 order


Qantas ordering 330s
SIA 744 crash
Concorde crash
SAS 330/ 340/ 321 order

merry christmas and happy new year

Stick & Rudder
User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 720 times:

The highs for me are:
Iberia putting the A-340 in the SJU-Madrid route
The launch of the A-380
US Airways introducing the A-330-300 and the Airbus A-319
Jet Blue
The lows were:
Legend Failing
National in Bankaruptcy
The crash of Singapore Airlines(and so many others)
Brithis Airways dicontinuing the world images
Mexicana and BA leaving the SJU market

Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlineYXDFan From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 708 times:

My absolute high:

My absolute low:

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User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 701 times:

AirTran starting Int'l service.
National/ATA/Midway/AirTran expanding at PHL
Air France starting service to PHL

Five bancruptcies
US/UA merger

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 690 times:

-A380 launch
-777s racking up sales
-Startups in Canada

-Proposed UA-US merger. I don't trust UA to handle all that traffic- they can barely handle their existing schedule.
-Recent announcement by Air Canada on 3,500 job cuts.

User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 691 times:

- A380 launch
- AF propose YUL as one of it's A380 destinations
- Canjet to YUL
- Royal preparing to kick AC butt
- First photos of the A340-600

- AC/CP merger
- Concorde crash
- SIA crash
- Like watertate I find disgusting that AC will be cuting 3,500 jobs
- UA/US merger
- No order for Boeing 747X


User currently offlineUSAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 684 times:

My high: Flying on an Airbus for the first time (an A319).

My low: US being sold to UA.

User currently offlineIshky15 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 717 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 678 times:

Continental orders 753, recieves first 767-400 and 767-200
UA/US Merger(pretty unlikely, but if happens, many airlines will gain flights, such as DCA, etc)
Continental anounces New York-Hong Kong
TWA pulls out of some New York markets
American supends JFK-FRA
UA pulls out of JFK-CCS and MIA-LIM

Continental reluctant to order more widebodies
United anounces New York-Hong Kong
No new international flights out of Newark  

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2898 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 668 times:

Delta begins 764 service
Delta announces LAX-NGO and JFK-NRT
American increases legroom

Concorde crash
SQ006 crash
National, Legend file chapter 11

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 654 times:


Working at Air New Zealand for a week


Concorde Crash

"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 647 times:


- Cheap airfares in Australia and more interest for
spotters with the arrival of Impulse 717s and Virgin
Blue 737-400s (especially the BNE-ADL route!)
- Launch of A380
- Qantas ordering Airbus
- Kendell's introduction of CRJs on Canberra services
- The go-ahead for the new Adelaide Airport combined
Domestic/International Terminal - about time!


- Crashes, especially the possible demise of the
- Ansett's 100% sale to AirNZ. They should have let
SIA have the stake rather than the current
arrangement via Air NZ
- KLM, AOM, Alitalia pulling out of Australia
- reduction of services on ADL-SIN by Qantas
- Demise of airlines such as Virgin Express (partial
demise), Lan Peru and some US carriers.

User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (15 years 5 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 650 times:


First B764 delivered
First A346 & 739 off the line
US introducing A330 service
More Legroom in Coach


AF 4590 Concorde Crash
SQ 006
Legend Airlines bankruptcy
Alaska MD-80 Crash

User currently offlineN960AS From Switzerland, joined Apr 2000, 467 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 624 times:

Thank you T154

While this year has seemed to have it's ups and downs I would have to say the downs were quite large.

The Alaska MD-80 crash. I've never been so effected by a plane crash before. I know it's sort of wrong to say, but I think it because this one hit so close to home. The crash took place Monday 31 Jan. That Saturday I flew Alaska to PDX on a MD-83 and back to LA on Sunday, but on a 734. It was a combination of things I think. Not only is Alaska the airline I usually fly, MD-80 the plane I usually fly (and my favorite) or maybe the fact that I flew the airline the day before. I'm not sure what exactly it was but that one really got to me. Maybe it was the thought that what if I was on that plane on Saturday and it happened then. I wish I knew, but oh well. I'm not going to see a therapist or anything.

Does anyone else have a crash that effected them like that? Am I the only one?

Anyway RIP Flight 261 passengers.

I've been quite a downer so I'll add that I'm so happy the 717 is out and about flying!


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 628 times:

Highs for me were:
A380 launch
SIA's 25% stake in Air NZ
SIA testing inflight e=mali and internet
British Airways grounding their Concordes
Vietnam Airlines buying 777s
SIA buying A380
SIA being the first one going to fly the A380

Lows   were

SIA 006 crashing (RIP)
Air France Concorde Crash
SIA wanting to buy in Air India
SIA not being voted best Business Airline by Condé Nast
British Airways staying in Oneworld

Oh well - an average year.

Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineZanadou From South Korea, joined Nov 2000, 342 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 623 times:

High: In-flight service on Garuda on my way to NRT. Who would have guessed? 

Low: In-flight service on Qantarse (QF) on my way to SYD. Who would have guessed?  


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 616 times:

Highs :

- Flying aboard the 777 for the first time on Monday night
- Having my longest flight ever aboard that 777 flight (13.35h)
- Jumpseat landings/take-offs aboard A321s/A310
- Lufthansa announcing PHX and DEN as new US destinations

Lows :

- Concorde crash
- See Canada 300 leaving STR
- SIA crash


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 607 times:


The Reeve near bankruptcy and ceasing schedualed operations.


Everytime a DC-6 takes off from 6R when I am at work.

User currently offlineTWA From Iran, joined Sep 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 581 times:

My Highs:

My First flight on a Delta Air Lines 767-400

My First Flight on a 737-800

My First Flight on TWA

My MD-80 Opinion changing Flight

My First time connnecting Thru STL

MCO opens New Terminal

IAH to begin construction on new Terminal

My Lows:

Concorde Crash

TWA Buying Airbus Aircraft

Cancelled Flight to PHX VIA LAS resulting in a day less vacation

My First Flight on an Airbus 320



User currently offlineTWA From Iran, joined Sep 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 575 times:


Continental Ordering more Wide-Bodies

Delta & Continental going to be 100% Boeing



First trip to LAS

First trip to PHX in 4 years

First Flight in an Air-Cam

SKYTEAM Alliance Formed


Dissappearing L-1011's!!!!!!!!!!

Delta not sticking with the 1997 color scheme

Untied buying US Airways

America West nearly grounded



User currently offlineGibberish From Switzerland, joined Sep 2000, 424 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 571 times:


- flying my best flight ever (Swissair GVA - ZRH; A320) the pilot had announced we couldn't land immediately in ZRH due to very high traffic and runway constructions, so he takes us on a scenic tour of the beautiful Swiss alps

- flying a very nice longhaul flight (Swissair ZRH - ATL; MD11) great service and comfort!

- A340-600

- A380


- SQ006 crash; it struck one of the world's best airlines

- a horrible flight (Delta ATL - ZRH; B767-300) uncomfortble seats, unfriendly and lazy flight-attendandts, I had to fly Delta although I booked SR (I'm glad their partnershiphas ended)

- Unprofitable Sabena

- SAirGroup having talks with Alitalia over alliance

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11584 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 565 times:

The aviation highs in 2000 for me were:

-Flying with Cathay Pacific for the first time (and it was on the Millenium plane 747-400, B-HOX!)
-the Launch of the A380
-The A380/B747-400 orders of Qantas and Virgin Atlantic

The sad news:
-The Air France Concorde crash and the Singapore Airlines B747 accident
-The Alitalia order for 777s (instead of 747-400s)
-No good news about the chances of the B747X
-The new livery of Delta

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (15 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 549 times:

I think 2000 was not a very good year for aviation. More delays, more accidents, more labor problems and more financial hardships (higher fuel prices) than the year before. The lauch of the A380 seems like one of the very few brightspots.

I have to agree that all the airplane crashes were depressing, espescially AS261. Firstly, I'm also a big MD-80 fan, and I certainly didn't want to see them classified as "unsafe," because I know that's not true. Secondly, I was dreading what was going to happen to AS after the crash (esp. in terms of reputation and financial situation). I was worried that the maintenance investigation from late 98/early 99 would be exposed again. And...the concern was justified. Also, the accident occurred by the media capital of the world, and the wall-to-wall coverage it received was very disturbing. No other accident this year received so much TV coverage. Obviously, I feel sorry for the passengers in any aviation crash, but this was certainly the toughest on me from an emotional standpoint.