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Remember To Carry Cash If Flying Air 2000  
User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1974 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?

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User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Wow....Look at all this interest in this topic!!

Very interesting topic = ZERO Replies!! Quite curious.  Crying

User currently offlineViveAF From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 198 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1903 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  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Strange but funny situation, paying money and receiving a delay of 6 hours. Quite strange only 6 passengers had to pay. I always thought fuel was expensive and rich people didn't fly Air 2000.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Well, I guess Air 2000 gave the pax the money back and also maybe a little bit more as well, as a gesture of thanks.

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1883 times:

I guess I'd have enjoyed Marocco !
Or maybe they could have swum over to Malaga.

 Big thumbs up

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1873 times:

This is not that large of a deal with charter airlines, when my mum worked for Laker on a couple occasion passengers had to dig in their pockets for the fuel bill.

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6383 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1865 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.
Puerto Rico

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1851 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.

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