Avianca707359B From Colombia, joined Oct 2005, 206 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
Greetings to all. This is my first post and I’m really excited about discovering Airliners.net. I am passionate about commercial aviation and although at times I have become obsessed with certain aspects of my “hobby”, I’ve always enjoyed everything about it. I hope to learn as much as possible from what goes on in these forums, even from the infamous A-vs-B discussions.
I was born in Medellin, Colombia (100% paisa and proud to be Colombian), raised in New York City, spent a lot of time in London, and now live in a small town in rural Connecticut, USA.
I have travelled extensively throughout the world and during my “peak” I routinely reached British Airways Gold and American Airlines Platinum. I have flown on many airlines, in all classes, on many types of aircraft, and all at my expense (no business travel)! I have survived 456 takeoffs & 456 landings, flown almost a million miles, and spent almost 2,000 hours in the air. My trip log includes the following roundtrips from my “base” in New York: Trans-Atlantic: 37x, South America-Mexico-Caribbean including Colombia: 36x, Transcontinental USA: 31x, Trans-Pacific & Hawaii: 9x, Round-The-World: 2x, as well as many shorter domestic roundtrips within North America.
Why username “Avianca707359B”? Some of my earliest childhood memories are of travelling to Colombia to visit relatives during the summer. The joy that I felt boarding that white-and-blue or red-and-silver Avianca 707 as a kid and as a teenager was indescribable. I have many snapshots of “my” jets at the PanAm Worldport, at Eldorado, and of me in front of the plane on the tarmac at Olaya Herrera in Medellin. Almost all those early flights were on Avianca 707’s, and many of those were on their flagship 707-359B’s: HK-1402 named “Sucre” and HK-1410 named “Bolivar”. Even though 747’s and other wide-body jets were already in service, to me my –359’s were really special, as if they were my very own Air Force One's.
Throughout my “career” I’ve flown on many interesting “classic” aircraft, including most of BA’s 747-136’s, almost all of Avianca’s 707’s, 720B’s, and 727-100’s, PanAm’s 747-SP21 “Clipper Lindbergh”, Eastern L-1011’s, a Varig Electra-188A from Rio-Santos Dumont to Sao Paulo-Congonhas, most of American’s DC-10-10’s, numerous DC-9’s, a United DC-8-71, an Air Tahiti ATR42 to Bora Bora, and on tons of current airliners as well. My two biggest regrets: giving up a trip on a DC-3 to a small town in the “llanos” or flatlands of Colombia because I wanted to go to a party with my cool cousins in Bogota (what a fool!) and using my British Airways miles for First class flights to Europe instead of on Concorde (what an even bigger fool!)
I have a bunch of memorabilia including old boarding passes, timetables, 35mm slides and snapshots, trip reports (JFK-MDE in a 707 from 1980), mileage runs, a virtual airline that I planned when I was bored ("Colombiana de Aviacion") and much more. In time I’ll scan and upload whatever I think might be appropriate throughout these forums. Anyway, that’s it for now; I have to get busy posting.
777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
Welcome. Nice intro, and just as SonOfACaptain said, kiss your old life goodbye. This life now will take over your brain.
By the way, I remember flying BOG-NYC-BOG on those AV's 707 too. I was only 11, but they were fun to fly. Now I'm sitting in AV's VIP lounge, waiting for a 767 to takeoff on that same route. I'll tell you later how it was.
One thing for your memorabilia: I happen to own a ticket from 1931 Puerto Colombia-Medellin. Guess the airline? SCADTA. It was a ticket used by a relative who knew about my hobby and sold it to me, by a few pesos. Also I happen to have a coffe jar with AV name on it, used in their old Super Constellations, which my dad flew from BOG to MAD, when he was around 5 years old, somewhere 1950 I guess.
Well, I'm glad to see another colombian here on a.net, I'm pretty new also, but 100% addicted.
Next flights: AV BOG-ADZ-BOG, AV-UA BOG-IAD-ORD-IAD-BOG, BOG-FLL-BOG, LA BOG-MIA-BOG J
Atnight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 605 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2204 times:
Welcome John... (or is it really Juan??) I also joined a.net recently, and like you, I'm exited about aviation, though I never seen any one having such unique introduction about themselves and their hobby...
Hope you enjoy your new life, as you will quickly learn that not everything here is peaches and cream (can't have life without its bumps)... nevertheless, great to see another Colombian, I 2nd to Luisde8dc comment, the cafeteros population on a.net seems to grow really fast...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
Welcome to the jungle, Avianca707.
I haven't actually flown Avianca yet, but I am a fan - went out to Bogota to see them in December for work, and the Avianca people we met were great, really friendly, welcoming, and very switched on about their business. I really hope we get to do some business with them.