Manyqb From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 48 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7271 times:
Ah... glory days. Remember being on the old terraces and changing positions to get up on the roof to see what was around the back. Spotting was great in those days... maybe not the destinations that we may always see now, but there was some variety. When I started going there were Caravelle's, SH-330's and 360's, HS748's, introduction of the ATP and Bae 146... now none of these may have been the A380 but as a kid I was wide eyed to see the 747's and Tristars up close along the piers. I think the variety of companies helped as well, Orion, Monarch, Britannia, Loganair, Manx, BA, Air France, TAP and quite a few others as well such as JAT and Aeroflot. Good days
That alone is quite a statement, although I counted four (Swissair had an A310).
Nostaglia - I remember the steady stream of BAC 1-11s, 727s, occasional L-1011 heavies and other classic airlines from Manchester (the Caravelle would have been long gone by 1990... not sure when the last scheduled Caravelle flights were to MAN but my guess is mid-1980s).
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4124 posts, RR: 37 Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6882 times:
Indeed 80% of the planes mentioned are withdrawn and replaced in the almost 20 years between 1990 and now. But of course comparing 1970 to 1990 would give the same huge differences. In 1970 there would still be passenger flights with DC-3s, DC-4s, Britannia's, Comets, Tridents, maybe even a Viking or a last Ambassador of Dan-Air. The Trident, 1-11 and Viscount would be the most dominating passenger aircraft in England then, in 1990 they were rare already.
Rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2037 posts, RR: 5 Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6824 times:
ABR502 VGF would have been be an Air Bridge Carriers V.952 Vanguard (Merchantman).
Also very interesting the level of Freight flights around Europe Domestic and the Emery Air freight Dc8, Also note the SABENA B737 flight being a Combi flight along with the Singapore B743 also being a Combi.
Nice number of Yugotours charters with Inex Adria. JAT (Air Yugoslavia -JR code)
Aviogenex, before the region blighted by the ethnic conflicts,and Balkan Holidays -Balkan and Tarom.
Most of these tourist were the very price conscious and are today probably going to Hisoronu, Bodrum or Orlando (with family) I suppose.
The BA Nice flight at that time only operated on summer Saturdays and used a B757 that arrived on the Friday evening shuttle.
Last regular AF Caravelle services were around 1987 after which the B727 took over and an extra M-F F28 (TAT) operated around lunch time.
Bewley747 - Dan-Air were largely a Charter carrier out of Manchester selling their services to the myriad independent and small IT tour companies that then existed.
On the scheduled side at various times they operated international schedules from Manchester to Zurich, Marseilles, Amsterdam, Bergen and Stavanger (via NCL) Heathrow Gatwick and Inverness, and a Series of cross country services
connecting Newcastle/Teeside/Cardiff/Bristol and Bournemouth.
Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6225 posts, RR: 11 Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 6444 times:
Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 9): On the scheduled side at various times they operated international schedules from Manchester to Zurich, Marseilles, Amsterdam, Bergen and Stavanger (via NCL) Heathrow Gatwick and Inverness,
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7168 posts, RR: 14 Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 5329 times:
Quoting Ei2ksea (Reply 14): This reminds me that at one point EI used to route a number of European flights via MAN. If I remember correctly CPH, AMS and ZRH were served via MAN. Im not sure what others.
HAM for a while, MXP (though they had to go to court for traffc rights), AMS = 3 daily weekday, as was CDG. Don't ask me what they did up to 1978 when some airline or other (have a guess) persuaded the UK government to withdraw permission for them to operate ex-MAN. Part of the marketing at the time was "Manchester's our second home".
David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7168 posts, RR: 14 Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 5 hours ago) and read 5299 times:
Back in the 1990s? N794AL/N795AL I think were the birds flown. Having rationalised all non-essentinal books, I'm trying to remember registrations as well as timeframes. The only other DC8s that we saw around hat decade were the Emery as outlined above and the Aer Turas DC8s (which were sometime UPS? operated).
Although some things never change. I've also a question for you with regards to the below.
Quoting Rutankrd (Reply 9): Bewley747 - Dan-Air were largely a Charter carrier out of Manchester selling their services to the myriad independent and small IT tour companies that then existed
See I flew on Dan Air in September 1992 from Athens to Manchester but I've no clue what I actually flew on. I don't suppose you have a Flight Check from then as well do you? I'd love to know what the heck I was on. I know I flew out on an Excalibur A320...
Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 13): DA2457 Corfu.............I flew on this flight in May 1990. This was to be my very first flight!
My first ever flight was in May 1990 too. How weird. I was on a BY 732 out of BHX to HER though.
Bewley747 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
Quoting Myt332 (Reply 21): See I flew on Dan Air in September 1992 from Athens to Manchester but I've no clue what I actually flew on. I don't suppose you have a Flight Check from then as well do you? I'd love to know what the heck I was on. I know I flew out on an Excalibur A320...
I have just had a look in the Flightcheck for SEP 92,
Dan Air - Corfu
Sat Dep 2215 DA2974 72A
Sun Arr 0545 DA2975 72A
Excalibur - Corfu
Mon Dep 2010 EXC115 320
Tue Arr 0400 EXC116 320
Fri Dep 2310 EXC131 320
Sat Arr 0640 EXC132 320
Sat Dep 2000 EXC135 320
Sun Arr 0350 EXC136 320
So, barring an aircraft change - Your DA flight was a 727.....