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What Happened To Family Airlines/Fortunair Canada?  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9169 posts, RR: 15
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2143 times:

As you may know, both Family Airlines and Fortunair Canada have never taken off. They were both intended to be B 747 Operators but they both went bankrupt before they started any revenue flight.

But why?



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User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

Family Airlines, as far as I recall, had an ex Pan Am 747-100 painted up but they never received their operating certificate - I think I'm correct in saying that questions were raised about the source of their funding.

Fortunair operated - again using B747s - mainly on charter flights to Europe. It was set up by former Nationair personnel, and apparently they were fronting for Nationair's CEO, Robert Obadiah. Can't remember if they ran out of cash or if Transport Canada closed them down...


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9169 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Any Airline which has NEVER taken off before?

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

Loads - of every 100 that are seriously planned, probably only 10 get as far as actually applying for an operating certificate and raising finance. Of those, probably 10% make it into the air - so you have a 99% failure rate even before you start to operate!!

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9169 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Cool!

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

Now now, B747-437B ... or we'll start talking about take-over bids that fail as well! Big grin Big grin Big grin

User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Didn't they worry that the name "Family Airlines" might raise a few eyebrows? To me its an instant give away that the airlines was gonna be run by the Italian mafia.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Ceilidh - 'tis better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all. Ain't that the story of this industry?  Smile

User currently offlineFreeboot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Hmmm, so ceilidh would you put "CalWings" in the 10% that apply for finance and never get airborne then? BTW how much money have you raised? Big grin Big grin

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

B747-437B - quite right! ... and that's what a lot of people round here don't realise/recognise.

User currently offlineNicolaki From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2070 times:

I'm sure you could get some fake Operating Cetificates in some African countires, that's the way some people get their Pilot Licenses, right Ceilidh? Big grin

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2050 times:

I see you're talking about my erstwhile partners (MS and AL) again, and their Microsoft Publisher Sierra Leone licences, Brissie!

User currently offlineFreeboot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

How about your Nigerian (falsely issued) ALTP and your Kiribati (forged) ALTP. And what about your Burundi (doesn't exist) ALTP?

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Unless I'm mistaken, Family Airlines had an ex-BA 747-136 (not a Pan Am -121). This aircraft was actually painted in a red-white-and-blue Family Airlines scheme. In that guise, the poor airplane never carried a fare-paying passenger and was flown to a desert boneyard, where she was subsequently scrapped.


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