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Old Documentary On BA Taking Delivery Of A 747-400  
User currently offlineCricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2993 posts, RR: 7
Posted (3 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8744 times:

I found this while roaming around YouTube, a very old BBC2 documentary on BA. You want to know how old this? This is when BA and AA were at each others necks, Air Europe was BA's biggest competitor, Concorde still flew and Boeing was weighed down by safety issues on a new jet.

Well, at least some things don't change   Sorry about that, am a huge 747 but...


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User currently offline26point2 From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 963 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8492 times:

Good video. Fun to go back and hear 1980's rhetoric about the airline industry.

I laughed when the narrator referred to young Richard Branson and Virgin as a "...cheeky British small-fry".

User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 8439 times:

Nice find, thanks for sharing!!

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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8507 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 8334 times:

Quoting 26point2 (Reply 1):
I laughed when the narrator referred to young Richard Branson and Virgin as a "...cheeky British small-fry".

The media nearly always get it wrong. Near the end of Part 4 of these videos the commentator says

"Although British Airways say they welcome the freedom 1992 [European deregulation] will bring they know it will favour Harry Goodman's airline [Air Europe] that has been astutely tailored for the new Europe."

Here they were simply repeating what Harry Goodman had told them although this is not evident from the video.

The four videos revolve around the acceptance flight and delivery of BA's 744, G-BNLC . That delivery was made on 21 July 1989. By then Harry Goodman's International Leisure Group (ILG) that owned Air Europe was already in financial trouble. Air Europe filed for bankruptcy and ceased all operations on 8 March 1991:


User currently offlinecloudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 days ago) and read 7987 times:

Was this narrated by the same person who narrated the Hitchiker's Guide?

What a difference a couple of decades make. Makes me wonder what the airline industry is going to be like in ten to twenty years from now, and how many things will have changed.

"Six becoming three doesn't create more Americans that want to fly." -Adam Pilarski
User currently offlineviscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7388 times:
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Quoting cloudboy (Reply 4):
Was this narrated by the same person who narrated the Hitchiker's Guide?

Depends if you mean the original radio show, tv programme or film........ It certainly was NOT the original "Voice of the Book", veteran, and much missed, comedy actor, Peter Jones.

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User currently offlinewellies From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

Wow, I remember watching this as an excited teenager! I even hummed along to he theme tune, so I must've watched it over and over! If my memory serves me correctly this was a series of three or four shows, although this may just be down to me watching the same one hundreds of times   I should still have them on VHS somewhere, I'll have to dig them out. Although they're probably not in as good condition as this one. Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlinesteve6666 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 513 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

It was a series of four shows - someone must have uploaded to youtube recently as I spent an enjoyable weekend a few weeks ago watching them. Very interesting - going from profiling the chairman to the flight deck and a fair spread of everything in between.

Mild bit of continuity error geekery in episode one, where they show one B742 taking off for Bangkok, and a different one landing there.

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User currently offlineLofty From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 493 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 hours ago) and read 3746 times:

Would love to show this back to the CEO's who were in it and see what they would say now. I know Colin is no longer with us.

User currently offlinewellies From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 hours ago) and read 3599 times:

It takes so much longer to watch now that I have the ability to Wikipedia every person interviewed and google every airliner's registration number!   Very interesting though, hours of time wasting... I mean 'researching'.

User currently offlinestandby87 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2001, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 hours ago) and read 3380 times:

Haven't seen this for years - was working for BA then and I think I converted the videos to digital! Great stuff

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