Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3263 times:
When Air Ontario's fleet was grounded in 1997 due to a flight attendant strike, we were put on board a chartered Voyageur Airways Dash-7 for the Toronto-Sudbury-North Bay trip.
During de-icing in Toronto, a little after 9 p.m. on a winter's night, they had to shut down the two engines while each wing was sprayed. When the engine powering the cabin lights was shut down, with no backup source, we were all left sitting in the dark.
In Sudbury, we were told to remain seated with our seatbelts fastened during refuelling. Somebody (not me!) wisecracked: "Yeah, in case the plane blows up, they'll be able to identify us by which seat we're strapped in to."
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 47 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3254 times:
Kiwi International Airlines EWR-ATL-PIE and return at Christmas 1992. The people were weird, the planes were dirty on the outside and inside, and they broke I don't know how many FAA safety rules in flight (the attendants weren't seated when we landed in Newark!) I swore I would never fly them again and made my father promise he wouldn't fly on them again, either. Kiwi International went under after the FAA grounded them for maintenance violations. Thank God.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3211 posts, RR: 4 Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3036 times:
I have been on LIAT too, from POS to BGI and back. Each way the Dash 8 stopped twice (outwards, in TAB and GND; on return, in SVD and GND). Yet for the islanders LIAT is an essential service rather than an exotic. The most exotic plane I have been on would be the YS11, which I flew on POS-TAB domestic flights 9 times with Air Caribbean. C2 went broke 2 years ago and the fleet of 6, save 1, was scrapped. The one survivor was flown to Southend last year for sale to a Burundi carrier but met a fiery death there.
Frequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3016 times:
Executive Airlines (American Eagle) ATR 42
St. Thomas-San Juan
It was an entirely new experience for me boarding on the ramp! Not only this, but there were no assigned seats, and the flight attendant was wearing cargo shorts and a golf shirt. The a/c, which bounced around during the 35 minute flight or so, cruised at 2500 feet. Very interesting experience, very informal.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6097 posts, RR: 11 Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3002 times:
For me it's not an unusual or exotic airline but maybe for alot of people here it is.
Copa Airlines-732 flight- SJU-PTY-CUN-PTY-SJU.
The service was very Americanized, the only thing Latin on Copa is that the f/a's and pilots are Latinos .
CMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 4 Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2994 times:
Air Botswana ATR-42 from JHB-Maun, Botswana then a Fokker-28 back.
This airline has a very interesting history:
They had a fleet of i belive 4 ATR-42's before one of their pilots sabatoged them. he had been fired after testing HIV positive and he stole a plane and after threatening to kill his girl friend, then the president, he smashed the plane into the other 3 which were parked on the ground. Air Bots now rents from Air Litoral and SAS.
"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
25 Airplanetire: I haven't really flown any really strange airlines. I've flown Pan Am, Piedmont, Delta, Usair (wasn't USairways at the time), American, American Eagle
26 Sccutler: 1. SAN, Ecuador, Guayaquil to Quito, December 24, 1977; bought ticket on SAN, they did not have a plane which would fly, so they borrowed (their words
27 AA767400: turkmenistan airlines in march 2001 istanbul to ashgabat. they boarded a car bumper in the cabin. it sat over the last couple of rows wrapped in bubbl