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Goodbye GB Airways  
User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1784 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6734 times:

So, today brings to a close 77 years of operation for GB Airways. Formed in 1931 as Gibraltar Airways, GB Airways has served the Med and North Africa bringing a touch of class to the sky in those parts of the world.

I am operating the second EZY flight ex MAN. I'm looking forward to the move to Easyjet and the great things that this will bring, particularly at MAN. I would however like to mark the passing of GB Airways with several youtube video's...the first three of which were produced by myself.

I have loved my 2 and half years with the airline and for GB Airways, this really is the final destination. Goodbye!


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=69i7fMMZV9k


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=E8YrOuVVqQM


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vhvFT0MT5V4


Video's by other contributors....

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=y0QmssV1tc4

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=lgn530F-w8k

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqvmw20uqAE


Proud to fly from Manchester!
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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6715 times:

Seriously, as an outsider, would one even know that there is no GB?


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When did they lose their identity?

What exactly is happening now?


Enlighten those (like me) that are in the dark.  Confused  no 



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6688 times:

Just got back from FAO to watch BA (GT) 6881 depart for the last time. She left a little late at 11.40. Retiring too in about a months time after a smooth handover to BA mainline is Diamantino Ventura, GB (and formerly BA when they flew here many years ago) station manager of 30+ years, a really nice guy, hugely helpful to us travel agents and passengers alike.

As cliché as it sounds, I think it is the end of an era. I understand the new reality is that the EZY's and FR's of this world have deep pockets, but its still one less quality airline out there to chose from.

Good luck to all GB staff whether you're moving over to EZY or starting something totally new. And thank you.



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Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1784 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6624 times:



Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 2):
Good luck to all GB staff whether you're moving over to EZY or starting something totally new. And thank you.

Thankyou too!

It is a shame to see GB Airways go but it is the right thing to do as the airline was being squeezed by BA and it's competitors.

Like i say, I am looking forward to my first U2 flight tomorrow and I think the takeover will bring great things. I believe Easyjet have a quality onboard service and quite frankly, is the way forward in point to point short haul air travel. Plus, U2 (and FR etc) have put money into the UK regions, something BA hasn't done recently. GB have tried the regions but, like so many things, BA held them back.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 1):
Seriously, as an outsider, would one even know that there is no GB?

GB crews are usually fiercely proud of the airline and GB Airways is used frequently throughout PA's and the service. To regular passengers we are recognised as GB Airways and not BA and they often distinguish the difference...(I won't go any further with that one) Finally, to the many airports that gained BA service through us will notice the difference.



Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineNEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 715 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6586 times:



Quoting GT4EZY (Thread starter):
So, today brings to a close 77 years of operation for GB Airways

I find its always sad to see the end of an era and not least this operation however, being a BA subsidery and having EZY as a replacement means that all is not lost.

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 1):
Seriously, as an outsider, would one even know that there is no GB?

Of course not but that is not the issue nor the story here is it.



There isnt really a dark side to the moon, as a matter of fact its all dark!
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6554 times:

Good luck in your new career with U2! "The future's bright....the future is orange."

Just wondering as and from tomorrow I assume all flight numbers, PA announcements, etc will be "easyJet" but will the service change too? I know the BAConnect services had BOB anyway, but will this change to easyJet BOB standards as and from tomorrow?

Have you guys been given any extra instructions how to handle PA announcements, etc in the easyJet style, and been given new easyJet uniforms already/

Best of luck, and remember "C'mon, lets fly!"

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1784 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6497 times:



Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 5):
Good luck in your new career with U2! "The future's bright....the future is orange."

Just wondering as and from tomorrow I assume all flight numbers, PA announcements, etc will be "easyJet" but will the service change too? I know the BAConnect services had BOB anyway, but will this change to easyJet BOB standards as and from tomorrow?

Have you guys been given any extra instructions how to handle PA announcements, etc in the easyJet style, and been given new easyJet uniforms already/

Best of luck, and remember "C'mon, lets fly!"

To the passenger, apart from a hybrid livery and interior, everything will be Easyjet. Service etc etc. EZY BOB service will be operating and 70 EZY crew members have come to GB to help out at LGW. MAN crews are very familiar with BOB and so we will be ok. PA's, i assume, will be EZY style and this shouldn't be a problem as GB crews tend to put personality into PA's anyway, something that made us stand out as the "leisure arm" of BA.

Uniforms were distributed 6 weeks ago and everyone is good to go.



Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineScottieDog From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

GT4EZY - Thank you for sharing your video links and your feelings for the future.

To you and all of the GB Airways crews and staff I wish the very best for the future.

Think positive and the world looks brighter......

ScottieDog


User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6369 times:

GT4EZY, Its good to see you are embracing your future with us at easyJet. I was wondering how you will all adapt to the new easyJet operating procedures, rostering and so on. Obviously if all the crew are as accepting as you, it bodes well. However I do feel there must be others who understandably will not like the change or have already decided its not for them. Good luck

User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6368 times:

Sad to see GB go, flew with them to Malta at Christmas and they were excellent. Hopefully the staff will keep up their fantastic service at EZY.

User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6315 times:

Sad to see GB go, probably one of the most identifiable BA franchises.
I wish the all crews and employees the best of luck with the future and may this be the start of a great future at MAN for Easyjet!



Phoning it in from a place with no phones.
User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1784 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6296 times:



Quoting ACEregular (Reply 8):
GT4EZY, Its good to see you are embracing your future with us at easyJet. I was wondering how you will all adapt to the new easyJet operating procedures, rostering and so on. Obviously if all the crew are as accepting as you, it bodes well. However I do feel there must be others who understandably will not like the change or have already decided its not for them. Good luck

There are some crews, mainly in LHR and LGW that didn't like the idea of the takeover. Pure BA snobbery when at the end of the day, EZY crews are finanically better off, but each to their own. However, most have now left. Crews at MAN are probably the most positive given that the GB base here has been on the edge of existence almost from day one and there is a general feeling that it wouldn't have seen Winter 2008/09. The takeover therefore is good for the base, good for Easyjet and ultimately for Manchester Airport.



Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6259 times:

Excellent, I only wish I was based at MAN to take advantage of your routes for my own greed (staff travel) a perk am sure you will see is a fairly good one here at EZY.

User currently offlineAF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1040 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6167 times:
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Ia Orana all !

I worked for GB Airways for 6 months from may 1995 and then had to go to easyJet in october 1995. I was part of the very first crew members that started easyJet back then.
GB Airways was my first airline and I will always remember the people I worked with, the 737-200 and 737-400, the GIB nightstops, the CMN ones etc...

Best of luck to everyone at GB Airways, particularly the ones in LGW where I was based.

Happy Flying,

AF Cabin Crew, ex-GB Airways crew



Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
User currently offlineBY188B From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6115 times:

So what is the last GB flight to land back in the UK tonight then?


next flights : BD LHR-TXL J, FR SXF-STN Y, SN BRU-LHR Y, MA LHR-BUD Y, BA BUD-LHR J, BA LCY-SNN-JFK J, BA JFK-LHR J, BA
User currently offlineJetcontrails From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6066 times:

Enjoyed the videos. Good luck at Easy Jet. Nice Airline

User currently offlineRevo From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 393 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

This is also the last day for Mytravel who used to be Airtours with all their hybrid liveries in between.

User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1784 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6025 times:



Quoting BY188B (Reply 14):
So what is the last GB flight to land back in the UK tonight then?

I believe it is a PFO or a TFS into LGW around 0400 although don't quote me on that.

The last flight into MAN is a PFO BA6827 arriving around 0100.



Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineRobKemp From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5931 times:

The Last flight is on Monday 31st March into LGW

User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1784 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5879 times:



Quoting RobKemp (Reply 18):
The Last flight is on Monday 31st March into LGW

How come. All GT flights become U2 from tomorrow.



Proud to fly from Manchester!
User currently offlineCallumm92 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5873 times:



Quoting RobKemp (Reply 18):
The Last flight is on Monday 31st March into LGW

No, the flights on the 31st are all EZY flights. The last flight will be BA 6931, TFS-LGW at 0630, unless BA 6845, PFO-LGW at 0615 is late.

GB Airways were a great airline, unfortunately I never had the pleasure of flying them. And good luck to everybody on the orange side of life!


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8673 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

How much seniority does one retain while working at U2?

King



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineAIR MALTA From Malta, joined Sep 2001, 2499 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4572 times:

Sad to GT disappear and become orange. I was a regular GT passenger. I first flew them on the TUN-LGW on board a 732 in 1992. It was a great experience. I have then flown them under BA Club and economy on the TUN-LGW and MLA-LGW routes... They were great and you felt it was different airline than BA.

Good luck to all ex GT staff and thanks for the good job.



Next flights : BRU-ZRH-CAI (LX)/ BRU-FCO-TLV (AZ)
User currently offlineRoyalAirMaroc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

A sad moment to see yet another franchise bite the dust.....very dissapointing to that BA have not chosen to restore any mainline service to Morocco.


Life is a Journey, One Which I hope will include alot of Flights !! =]
User currently offlineSimong From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4057 times:

Hi There,
Just wanted to say *good Luck* and safe flying with Easyjet. No comments, opinions or thoughts on what is right or wrong concerning the BA to Easyjet issue. Only time will tell. I can say that I flew GB for the first time in January LGW-ALC-LGW and the flights were supremely professional. The stafff were all friendly, happy and competent. It doesn't matter which company you fly for ..... your inflight staff will remain true pro's. I went from Nordair to Canair to Royal to Canada 3000 ..... we seem to always remain true to the latest buyer. Our roots and memories will always stay with us.... but change is inevitable. Happy flying to you and your co-workers and let positive GB thoughts stay in many folks minds for years to come.

Cheers
Simon



BA all the way !!!
25 GT4EZY : Thankyou guys for all the nice comments. The final GB flight into MAN is touching down as we speak having approached over my house 3 minutes ago.
26 Geo772 : Having done the LGW-AGP route as a passenger many times over the last few years I have come to rather like GB. However on many of these flights there
27 Orion737 : I cared so much for GT, so much so i wont be flying EZY. they couldnt hold a candle to GT service.
28 BestWestern : I always found that the BA service offered by GB airways and CityFlyerexpress was always superior to the BA onboard service offered by BA mainline. It
29 Pe@rson : Did they offer boiled sweets?
30 Post contains images BestWestern : Soft haribo ones
31 Post contains images Pe@rson : Surprised, then, that Orion "cared so much for GT."
32 Orion737 : I cared for them for providing a quality package alongside Cadogan, for serving Gibs residents loyally for many years etc.
33 Post contains images BestWestern : Well I loved ripping the heads of the gummi bears
34 Orion737 : Fiend! Well I remember GT providing the GIB-TNG service for years and always hope they would re-start it, no chance of EZy doing that.
35 BA787 : Shame to see GT go. They were a good airline, and recognised well as the more fun side of BA. And let's be honest, BA could do with being a bit more f
36 Post contains images Vasu : I'm sad to see them go, too... had a really nice pair of flights to/from PFO with them last Christmas When will we see the first aircraft in orange co
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