CF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1047 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4508 times:
In a brief but very interesting period, Carnival flew A300s from FLL to LAX using A300s. To my knowledge, they offered both First and economy, but I have heard almost nothing about the configuration of their aircraft, quality of the meals, or the design of the cabin.
Based on registrations, they got A300s from a number of different sources (CO, PA). Did they manage to clean them up and configure all of them the same (same seats, cabin, etc.) or was it a hodge-podge?
I can find out very little about them, but this mystery gives it some charm!
CF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1047 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4479 times:
Quoting ADXMatt (Reply 1): Were they flown as Carnival metal or were they from Pan Am 2 when they merged?
They were flown as Carnival metal in the mid-90s. There are several pages devoted to them in the photo database (the color scheme resembled the Carnival cruise ships). I think the Pan Am 2 tie-in came later.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6207 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4110 times:
I flew on a Carnival A300 back in 1997 right after the merger with PA2 between PSE and JFK via BQN, the aircraft was in an all coach layout. The food in coach was OK (typical airplane food), the outbound was delayed and the cabin crew was just there. On the return flight the crew ran out of food, the back couple of rows did not get food, in my opinion that aircraft was way too big equipment for the PSE to JFK roundtrip.
This was my one and only time to fly on Carnival.
Qqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2266 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3818 times:
When I was an agent for QQ, I sold a round trip ticket to a customer from RNO to LAX, connecting to Carnival to MIA or FLL, can't remember which. It was basically a walk-up fare since the ticket was for the next day. Grand total? $350. Not bad at all... never flew them though but the prices, in my one experience, were really good.
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MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6523 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3239 times:
I flew them once in 1997, although I didn't intend to fly them. I had bought a ticket on PA2 from MDW to MIA roundtrip for the sole purpose of flying on a PA jet (granted, not the original) for the first time. A week before my trip I got a letter from PA in the mail stating "Your flight will be operated by our partner, Carnival Air. We ensure you you'll receive the same great service you'd expect from Pan Am."
MDW-MIA was indeed a Carnival 72S in a high density layout of around Y175. The flight was delayed about two hours, and there were about 80 passengers on board. A full lunch service was offered and I saved the plastic container which housed the meal since it was engraved with the words "Pan Am". I took a bunch of napkins too which had the blue globe on them. Overall it was a nice flight.
On the way back, it was the Carnival 72S painted in the "Miami Heat" color scheme. Again, about two hours late...full lunch service...and about a half-full airplane.
The flights were routed MDW-MIA-SJU and return.
It was quite a thrill taking off/landing in MDW in a 72S.
Tu154 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 375 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2693 times:
We flew quite a few configurations of the A300 at KW. The first one was from EA and was used primarily on the MIA-LAX-MIA run with an IB code share. The had the original brown interior and brown seats for a while before the KW red and blue seat covers were installed.
The next few came from PA and CO in the same 24f 230y configuration. A few came later from Malaysian Airlines and an all y configuration was used for charters and sent to Turkey for a Pegasus lease. One was also painted in LADECO colours and used as a code share on the MIA-JFK-MIA run.
Our service from MIA-LAX was for the most part an IB service. Choice of hot meals in both cabins, dinner to the west coast and breakfast back. On the FLL-LAX-FLL trip was breakfast to the west coast and a redeye back. When we first started the service, we offered a choice of two hot entrees in Y as well as hot bagles or croissants. When the flight switched to a B737-400, the service was simplified. On MIA/FLL-JFK we offered a box meal. It was a hot meal in a plastic box, or a sandwich in a plastic box. We also did an ala carte service for a while, consisting of carrot stick, chips, candy etc. From what I remember it didnt last long.
The all Y configuration was high density, 3-3-3 with little legroom. We used the alot for LAS charters, they were miserable. The EA birds had no meal carts and only tea carts for beverage carts. The PA and CO birds were much nicer with original blue interiors and modern service carts.
Quoting Chepos (Reply 9): I was under the impression Carnival had a deal with Ladeco and not Lan Chile
We had codeshares with LADECO on MIA-JFK-MIA on a KW A300 painted in LADECO colours. Lan Chile was an interchange with KW. LAN flew the B767 from Chile and KW crews took it from MIA-JFK and back. IB was from MIA-LAX and back on a kw A300.
FIRST ON THE ATLANTIC.....FIRST ON THE PACIFIC.....FIRST IN LATIN AMERICA...FIRST 'ROUND THE WORLD.....PAN AM!!
Contrails15 From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2016 times:
Used to take Carnival out of ISP down to PBI and FLL. Wasn't a bad airline although how bad can it be when your flying out of ISP. Its pretty black and white when you fly out of ISP, just the way I like it.