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What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?  
User currently offlineAirways1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 560 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4131 times:

I flew from Dandong to Beijing once on a Sichuan Airlines EMB-145.

I also flew from London City to Münster/Osnabrück on an Augsburg Airways DHC-8 (although it was in Lufthansa Cityline colours).

All the others I've ever flown on have been the majors, such as British Airways, American Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Lufthansa, SAS, etc.

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User currently offlineJvW From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

I took a Malev TU134 from London Heathrow to Budapest in 1984...
Strange aircraft and flight back to behind the iron curtain!!!


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User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

I've flown on Saudi Arabian a few times, but probably the most unusual would be Liat.

I like flying on Liat...It means I'm going to St. Maarten  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6849 posts, RR: 75
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

Most unusual airlines?

Kartika Air B732 CGK-SRG-CGK as a guest of the airline. Pax came up to me thinking I was part of the management!

Flew CSA on a Tu134 in 1984, again, in the days of the iron curtain. Something unique for someone coming from a country where communism is banned till today.

The most unusual must be my mother's flight on an Interflug A310 in the last days of the iron curtain... The safety card says "please take home" !!!!!!!

Mandala499



When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1604 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

Nevis Express Islander from Nevis to St. Kitts. I even got a T-shirt!
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User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

For me its this ANK YS-11 (JA8722) from Haneda to Oshima and back in March 2000.


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Shame it now looks like this............


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

Interflug Il-62 and Tu-134

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Tarom Il-18 (we were quarantined on return to Schiphol because of an dysentery infection on board).

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Aeroflot An-24, Tu-134, Tu-154, Il-62, Il-86 (maybe not unusual, except the fact that I lived to tell the tale...)

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Scenic Airways Twin Otter

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I wish I were flying
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Although not an airline. When I was a kid I got to spend a five hour flight in the FAA's C-123 commissary aircraft.


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Sideways parachute seats along the wall. Cargo strapped to the floor in the middle. There was even a car in there.

It was great!!! Big thumbs up

One of my best memories as a kid.




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User currently offlineMcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3991 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."



User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3982 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.


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3951 times:


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User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 609 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

I know most europeans and specially french citizens will not find this airline unusual, but for me, living in Mexico, it is. I flew Corsair (737-400) from ORY-AGP in 1997. Nice flight and good crew.



User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Some of the more unusual (well, not in their part of the world i suppose, but to me they were!) airlines I've flown on:

Finnaviation (Saab340)
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Kar Air (ATR72)
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Air Zimababwe (707)
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Air Seychelles (763)
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Braathens (735)
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User currently offlineGo Canada! From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2955 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

European, Air Seychelles, Aer Arran(Irish) and Cyprus Airways(trust me it's a very strange and unusual experience)


It is amazing what can be accomplised when nobody takes the credit
User currently offlineReggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3865 times:


I've flown on:

Cubana (A320 and Yak42).

Sky Airline of Chile (737-200)

DrakAir - Helicopter service in the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa.

Skyjet (DC10)

Kampuchea Airlines (L1011)

VASP of Brasil (MD11)


User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3859 times:

One picture describes it for me:

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The plane was loud and the FA was clueless (it seemed) for the 35 minute flight. The crew in the cockpit was very rough on the controls. United express along with United is a very unusual airline IMO.



Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3851 times:

Aero Costa Rica from Atlanta-San Jose-Atlanta in a 732.

User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Cubana TU-154 and IL-62


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User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

... I forgot the most unusual one of all!!!!

Air Scandic (A300)
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User currently offlineBig777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

I flew twice on McClain Airlines back in 1985. From Chicago to Rockford then back to Chicago same day then I flew again other day same route. It was a B727-100. They were bankruptcy in 1986.

Big777jet



User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3764 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.

Trintocan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3813 posts, RR: 34
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

I guess the most unusual airline I've ever flown on would be Mid Pacific Airlines in 1984.


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It was definitely the oldest plane I ever had the opportunity to fly on.

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineFrequentflier From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 422 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3744 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.


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6216 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3730 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 .
Chepos



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User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3722 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.
DC-10's Forever



"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 Post contains images 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
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