Airchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 866 times:
Nice to see a Dan-Air question on here! I worked for them in Operations towards the end and I'm sure we knew 'DA as 'Ducks A*se'! I don't remember the name Dirty Albert but it could very well have been a nickname based on the registration (obviously) and the fact that the 727-100's had seen better days.
Snoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 788 times:
Thanks guys. My parents had a friend who was a DA captain and I remember spending a week with him in Bristol doing flights on a Comet. It was great sitting in the the cockpit (so dark...it was like a cave) and getting soaked by the melting ice on the cockpit roof when the plane descended!
A few years later I did a flight with him on a 727 out of Manchester to somewhere in Spain. On the way back, probably about 10pm at Manchester, the gear indicators weren't what they should have been and we did a low pass for the tower to check. Everything seemed OK and we landed uneventfully.
I really enjoyed those trips, they were good fun and the crew were great.
Kestrel From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2002, 93 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 781 times:
Dan-Air will always be sadly missed, and fondly remembered as the airline that flew so many British people on their very first foreign holidays. It was a real shame that as the British tour operators increasingly started their own 'in house' airlines that left Dan-Air somewhat isolated - coupled with quite a large fleet of fuel thirsty aircraft (BAC1-11/727-100/727-200/737-200). If only the 737-300/400's had been introduced sooner this may have helped, along with the move away from charter and towards scheduled flying.
Many of my colleagues now are ex - Dan-Air (their crews were invariably the most friendly, genuine & down to earth around) and every flight I took with them was always excellent - I loved flying on the 727 and wish I'd had the chance to fly on the Comet 4!
It will 10 years exactly (November 1992) since Dan-Air ceased to exist, ironically in their 40th year of flying. A small part of their operation (short haul operations at LGW and the 737-300's & 400's) were purchased by British Airways for the token amount of £1, as they took over DA's debts. Sadly, the majority of the Dan-Air staff were not needed for the new 'EOG' operation at LGW.
I wonder if any special events are being planned to mark the 10th anniversary?