panpan From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 103 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
I was reading the thread about the Air France flight that landed in Damascus where the passengers had to cough up gas money for it to leave. That's happened before a bunch of times before and I thought that documenting those occurrences should warrant it's own thread.
I found this Comtel Air flight in 2011 whose passengers were forced to cough up $37,000 to refuel in Zurich:
SA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3128 posts, RR: 26 Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3768 times:
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The user would like to discuss similar occurrences of the same situation, which is not confined to the Air France flight which was diverted to Damascus. This warrants its own thread as such a discussion would hijack the current "Air France to Damascus" thread.
Thanks for your understanding in this matter.
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OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1923 posts, RR: 34 Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3628 times:
Right after the colapse of teh Soviet Union, this became routine practice and I remember pilots used to carry cash and paid for fuel at the spot. The situation at the time was chaotic and probably the airport gas providers didn't trust the owners of the newly born airlines which were so many and in the hundreds. Some of the new airlines didn't even have real owners. Pilots and individuals chartered the planes and started operating them on several routes.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 6846 posts, RR: 29 Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3131 times:
The times that I've seen reported aircraft unable to fly because the airline credit / credit card was not accepted for fuel purchase is almost always a relatively small airline flying charter or leisure type flights.
Usually because the airline is behind in payments to the fuel supplier at the airport.
I've only heard of a couple instances where passengers actually raised the money to pay for fuel - in both cases it was because the pax were trapped without alternate airlines with routes to get home.
Raising money to pay for fuel was much cheaper than booking alternate travel arrangements.
ChinaClipper40 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 152 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3121 times:
Slightly off-topic but related. When I was a U.S. Air Force officer during the 1960s, a neighbor of mine in the officers' housing area on base was senior officer and aircraft commander aboard a U.S.A.F. transport plane that landed at an African airport for fuel. He had all the paperwork for billing the U.S. government for the fuel, but the local airport authorities refused to accept the paperwork and refused to allow the plane to depart without payment. My neighbor noticed that the company logo on the fuel truck was one for which he had a personal credit card (I think Texaco, but my memory may be playing me false on that). So he took out the gasoline credit card from his wallet, and asked the airport authorities if he could pay with it. The airport authorities became all smiles and cordiality, and said "certainly." So he arrived back in the States with an utterly enormous charge on his personal gasoline credit card - wondering how he could get reimbursed for it. He did get reimbursed, but was a bit anxious for a few days.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 6846 posts, RR: 29 Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
Sorry - I mixed up my dates slightly - it was late October 1973.
The story we got was that two outstanding bills at the airport the US government had not yet paid, and they were not willing to accept any more. The pilot - a 22 year LCDR - called American Express and then told them to put the bill for fuel and oil (a Connie needs 40-60 gallons of oil at a fuel stop) on his card.
alggag From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 98 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2982 times:
I don't recall the airline but my dad mentioned that back in the 70s or early 80s one of the carriers that flew into IAH when he was there had such bad credit the pilot had to carry a briefcase full of cash as the fuelers were instructed not to accept their credit accounts.
RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2582 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2624 times:
Quoting type-rated (Reply 3): Didn't Kenya Airways (or other African airline) have a situation at LHR where the fueling company demanded cash to fuel the plane some years ago? I believe the aircraft was a DC-10
Quoting panpan (Thread starter): Also, haven't we heard of food service refusing to stock an aircraft because of the insolvency or the perceived insolvency of an airline? We should talk about that too.
I was a fledgling travel agent working at a bucket shop, we sold a lot of tickets on Zambia Airways, and I guess their last few flights operated out of JFK were w/o drinks and other cabin amenities because of local currency issues, so passengers ponied up the money to purchase items needed for the flight. Mid to late 80's?
Tristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3855 posts, RR: 34 Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2008 times:
When the Iranian revolution happened at the end of 1978, Gulf Air was chartered by the Shell company to fly out all their staff. We flew them on B732 to Bahrain or Dubai, then on a Tristar to Larnaca.
I was a flying spanner/dogsbody on the B737 and made 3 visits to Abadan. The first on 1 Jan 1979.
The first visit we called the tower for landing, but no response, so we circled round and landed. We didn't need fuel, we had built in airstairs, and the APU was working (or we would not have landed). The FO and I loaded the baggage, and the passengers got on. Then a man from the ministry arrived demanding cash for our landing fees!! The Capt had a GF wallet, and together with the cash in the rest of the crew's wallets, we had enough.
When we lifted off for Bahrain, I have never seen so many happy passengers.
We returned to Abadan in the afternoon, but the Capt had got more money from Ops, and all was well. Shell had a lot of staff, and the operation went on for 2 weeks. On my final trip to Shiraz on 16 Jan 1979 we could hear gun fire in the town.
Nearest I ever got to a war.