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User currently offlineUSAirBWI From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 97 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Hey, this has probably been discussed before but, who cares? What is your favorite non-major airline, not Delta, United, American, Air France, British Airways ect...... and why? (pictures would be nice!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

Transavia.
Good service, good aircraft, nice network.
Fought their way up from a startup charter company to a full airline before having KLM take a majority share in them...


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I wish I were flying
User currently offlineROSWELL41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 778 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

Midwest Express would be my pick for best non major airline. They have great service and good food on every flight, however their destinations are limited. Southwest Airlines is also a great non major carrier. Their prices are competitive and they use mostly newer 737-3,4,5,6,7,8.

User currently offlineDrgreen757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

National Airlines all the way!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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I love my airline!



Save the grey ghosts.
User currently offlinePolAir From United States of America, joined May 2001, 893 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

In USA defenately Midwest Express!
In Europe- Crossair


User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

roswell41...Southwest IS a major airline. They're just low fare, but they board more domestic passengers than any other (I think...Delta may board more).

User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2848 times:

...and they (Southwest) fly more nonstop, point-to-point routes than -->any<-- airline ever has.



User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3402 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

also, WN doesn't use the -400, -600, or -800


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User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2832 times:

Jetblue!


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User currently offlineIFlyMidwExprss From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 160 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2824 times:

In the USA: My username says it all!  Big grin

In Asia: China Southwest has really incredible service (great meals, new a/c, fun crew), and JAS (Japan Air Service) is awesome--they even have English newspapers on tiny little commuter flights!

In Europe: I'm a big fan of easyJet--it's a lot like a European version of Southwest, with really good fares and a lighthearted attitude.


User currently offlineBonanza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

This is the best small airline in the world. Its a reginal carrier from New Zealand. Its called origin pacific

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User currently offlineLan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

In Latin America, definitely LanChile

Lan_Fanatic


User currently offlineAdy From Panama, joined Nov 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

In my opinion,
COPA Airlines
With only a fleet of 737s it covers 2 continents and the Caribbean.


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User currently offlineIronchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Definitely Midwest Express.



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User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 988 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

My vote would be for Hawaiian Airlines.

12th largest airline in the US, 13 717s, soon to be 16 767s (with delays due to the economy) One of the few large airlines still flying the DC-10. Unique, far reaching destinations (LAS in the East to Tahiti in the South to Alaska in the North).

Excellent food, great service, one of the lowest FFP award (5000 miles for a one way trip) of any airline, ontime, low fares (5000 miles or $73.00...hmmmm).

May not be 2 abreast seating in coach..but we can't be everything to everyone.

Gotta love da hawaiian spirit.


User currently offlineVegas456 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

It's gotta be National Airlines. They have great food, low prices, and excellent crew members. If your going to vegas anytime soon, I would highly recommend them.


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User currently offlineCO777-200ER From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 333 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2696 times:

MIdwest Express- "BEST CARE IN THE AIR"

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Sun Country- #2

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User currently offlineN521NA From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 516 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2685 times:

National Airlines!


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Their livery is outstanding and they have really good service. If I don't choose Southwest I choose them  Big grin


User currently offlineSouthernCRJ From Argentina, joined Sep 2001, 180 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2677 times:

Southern Winds

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And yes...with the old Bombardier scheme!!!


User currently offlineCraigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Two nice small airlines I flew with......
Crossair (ZRH - BHX) - business
Meridiana (LGW - OLB - LGW) - holiday

Regards,
Craig.


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

I too cast my ballot for Midwest Express. First class service throughout at fares that are usually comparable to, sometimes less than, coach on the "full-service" majors.

User currently offlineOriginpacific From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

If you have tell me what you thought of the service and quality of plane

User currently offlineHagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

What do you mean by non-major?

Evidently, worldwide, all airlines with say 100+ fleet are major, right? Even 50+?

Can we then conclude that non-major means something like not the flag carrier / dominator in the market?

So, what about really small flag carriers? Like Estonian Air or LAB? Are those non-major even though they are major in their specific (national) market areas?

My experience is more limited than I'd like, but based on that, I'll pick British Midland. This from a four-year old experience (I doubt they've deteriorated during these years - being accepted to Star and all  Big grin). They're a prime example of how to fight the lazy big guy. In Europe, I'd also love to try Air Botnia, Crossair and Lauda Air.

- Hagi


User currently offlineDrgreen757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

Vegas456 & N521NA, you guys rock!  Big grin

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National Airlines Baby!



Save the grey ghosts.
User currently offlineOneworldboy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

Dragonair

25 Post contains links and images Originpacific : This is the best small airline in the world. Its a reginal carrier from New Zealand Click for large versionPhoto © Glenn Alderton
26 Post contains images N521NA : Hehe well I also like National Airlines cause I live in Las Vegas.
27 Post contains links and images Airlinelover : Yup, you guessed it!!! Click for large versionPhoto © James Reppucci Click for large versionPhoto © Jay Davis Chris
28 Post contains links and images Vegas456 : Hey, me too N521NA, I live in vegas and like them alot. I hope they survive the bankruptcy and become profitable again. They give a nice boost to the
29 Post contains links and images Lan_Fanatic : I definitely believe LanChile could be one of them: -They have a fleet of near 50 aircraft. -Great network, from Punta Arenas in the south to New York
30 Post contains images 9v-spk : Hey Lan_Fanatic, I have something to say. I reckon that Lan Chile should be a good MAJOR airline, not NON-MAJOR!!!(Just my comments) Best Regards
31 Ironchain15 : National comes in second to me. I really enjoyed their first class service, but they do not serve MCI, so I cannot fly them very often.
32 Post contains links and images Bonanza : This is the best small airline in the world. Its a reginal carrier from New Zealand Click for large versionPhoto © Glenn Alderton
33 Post contains links and images CO 757 200 : Click for large versionPhoto © Joe Pries !
34 Originpacific : where can I download planes for FS98 that is free. Cheers
35 Post contains links Air Orange : The best and most profitable airline of Belgium; VLM Airlines. Look at http://www.vlm-airlines.com/
36 Post contains links and images Originpacific : This is the best small airline in the world. Its a reginal carrier from New Zealand Click for large versionPhoto © Glenn Alderton
37 Post contains links and images Originpacific : This is the best small airline in the world. Its a reginal carrier from New Zealand Click for large versionPhoto © Glenn Alderton
38 YXDfan : WESTJET, BAR NONE, THAT IS ALL
39 Post contains links and images Originpacific : This is the best small airline in the world. Its a reginal carrier from New Zealand Click for large versionPhoto © Glenn Alderton
40 Airplanelover : What about Vanguard? I fly them next week, are they good?
41 Post contains links and images NG737PSR : Excel Airways, the UK's newest and most punctual charter airline with the most modern charter fleet. Leather seats, good food with a choice of menu, e
42 L.1011 : Originpacific and Bonanza: We get the point! you gave us exactly the same post 8 times! And even if Origin pacific is the worlds best small airline, m
43 Post contains links and images Nfx : Click for large versionPhoto © Chris Sheldon Click for large versionPhoto © Tom Hildreth Click for large versionPhoto © Alastair T. Gar
44 Post contains links and images IMissPiedmont : Click for large versionPhoto © Glenn Alderton
45 Post contains links and images CPH-R : Ok, I think we got it regarding Origion Pacific.. Anyway, my fav. would be Premiar, a charter company that I've flown on a couple of times. Click for
46 Lan_Fanatic : hey 9v-spk: you cannot put in the same bag LanChile with BA,Delta or AA...because of their size and the amount of passengers they carry... Lan_Fanatic
47 Post contains images RayChuang : I think for non-major airline that has good financial footing, I'll go with JetBlue (B6). Think of them as a classier WN.
48 Originpacific : I have a copied version of FS98 and I can't add downloaded aircraft. It says That the disk is full. Is there anything I can do to fix this. Am I doing
49 Lubcha132 : Jetblue
50 Bonanza : I have just brought Fs2002 and when I'm installing it it stops at chicago.cab. Please help
51 Originpacific : Hi
52 Funny : My favourite airline is Martinair.
53 Post contains links and images Treg : Maybe I am too patriotic, but Estonian Air rocks. Nice planes and great service (both on-board and off-board) And the planes look good as well Click f
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