Lax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3 Posted (14 years 1 month 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1703 times:
Take a look at this unusual story I spied today........
"An Air 2000 flight from London Gatwick to Malaga was forced to divert to Tangiers, Morocco, because of fog in Malaga.
Six passengers on board ended up paying the fuel bill when Moroccan pump attendants refused to accept the pilot's company credit card.
According to an Air 2000 spokeswoman some of the passengers overheard the crew discussing the problem and offered to help out with cash. The pilot then asked if any other passengers could put their hands in their wallets.
When the plane finally completed its flight to Malaga - a journey which took 9 hours instead of the scheduled 3 - the passengers were paid back in travelers checks and, in one case, cash."
Never heard of this happening before! Quite unique. Seems odd that the pilot would have to personally shell out the cash for the fuel! I know it wasn't a scheduled stop....but still!
Tell me....Would YOU have dipped into your pockets to put that craft back in the air?
ViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1632 times:
I heard this story from a pal with A2000 connections and it`s all true..
I always thought that airlines had fuel carnets which would be accepted at any airport by the fuel companies.
There was a segment on UK TV some time ago about an easyJet flight en route LTN/NCE which had to divert to LYS and the same thing happened - it took a personal phone call between the LYS airport manager and the EZY financial director to sort things out.
Maybe at check in the agent should not only check baggage weights and contents, but also which credit cards pax are carrying
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6310 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1594 times:
If I would have been on that flight and I would have had the money I would have contributed (if it was necessary), everyone was already eager to get to Malaga and get out of Morroco . This reminds me of an incident that ocurred with Tower Air in SJU during Tower Air's final days, the daily flight was delayed in because the airline had no money for the fuel. The pax had to pay for the fuel for the flight to leave SJU. When I read the news in the newspaper about this incident I was shocked but after seeing this post I now see that its not that uncommon.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
Airlines will usually have contracts with airfields for fueldelivery. If Tangiers (or rather, the company/country running it) is not on the schedule for Air2000, they would not have had such a contract.
Credit cards are not all that widely accepted in Morocco (at least that was the case the last time I was there, only major hotels and restaurants accepted them and of course banks) so the airport may not have had the facilities to accept credit card payment, leaving cashj payment as the only option.
Another possibility is of course that there is a contract between the airline and the airport but the airline is so far behind on payments that the airport will not accept any form of credit from them.