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My Name Is John...and I'm An Avianca-holic...  
User currently offlineAvianca707359B From Colombia, joined Oct 2005, 206 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2368 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.

Have a nice flight…..

[Edited 2006-01-13 04:30:51]


In Memory of HK-1402 "Sucre" & HK-1410 "Bolivar"
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User currently offlineEALflyer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 34 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

Welcome! Can't wait to see old pix!

User currently offlineFLAIRPORT From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

"Hi John!"

 Wink


The first step towards recovery is admitting the problem  Wink


User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Wow...that has to be the biggest introduction from a newbie I have ever seen here at A.net. Welcome aboard, and kiss your life good bye. It's an addicting place.

-SOAC



Non Illegitimi Carborundum
User currently offline777jaah From Colombia, joined Jan 2006, 1403 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2324 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.


Suerte.



Next flights: AV BOG-ADZ-BOG, AV-UA BOG-IAD-ORD-IAD-BOG, BOG-FLL-BOG, LA BOG-MIA-BOG J
User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

Welcome John... please share those pics ASAP  Smile


I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

Welcome John! Man, I think a.net's Colombian population has almost doubled in the past 30 days! Lots of new Colombian a.netters, it great to see that.

Any memories of flights from Colombia to Venezuela that you could share with us?

Saludos desde Caracas,
Luis


User currently offlineAtnight From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2280 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...

Welcome on board!



B707 B727 B733/5/7/8/9 B742/4 B752/3 B763/4 B772 A310 A318/319/320 A332 A343 MD80 DC9/10 CRJ200 ERJ145 ERJ-170 Be1900 Da
User currently offlineMATURRO727 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

Hey John.


WELCOME ! to this addicting site,


seat back, relax and the most important thing, ENJOY.


Cheers.


MATURRO727


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 3):
Welcome aboard, and kiss your life good bye. It's an addicting place.

It is addicting indeed. Big grin

Welcome to A.net, John!  Smile I hope you'll enjoy your very long layover here on this site.  Smile

- Richie


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

Quoting Avianca707359B (Thread starter):
a virtual airline that I planned when I was bored ("Colombiana de Aviacion") and much more.

I would like to hear more about that!

WELCOME to airliners.net John..... This is probably one of your most important discoveries !! Congradulations!


User currently offlineAA B777-200 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 505 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Bienvenidos, John!
I'm Robin and KLM-aholic and having an affair with the AA silverbirds!
And YES, this is an addiction!!!


User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

welcome, and its very interresting that you have flown so much, but think this belongs to the non av, otherwise we would have had lots of introduction topics on the Aviation forum each day

User currently offlineABfemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Welcome from across the pond !!

Hope you enjoy your time with us. Enjoy

Regards

Claire  wave 


User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Hi John  wave 

Welcome aboard, please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!  biggrin 

Noel


User currently offlineAirEuropeUK733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Hi John

Welcome aboard - now you're in there is no escape!!

Enjoy

AE733



It's nice to fly with friends
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2059 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 6):
I think a.net's Colombian population has almost doubled in the past 30 days! Lots of new Colombian a.netters, it great to see that.

Does this mean the percentage of a.netters posting while high or otherwise intoxicated will double as well?

Chris



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1940 times:

Quoting Avianca707359B (Thread starter):

 eyepopping 

I'm surprised you didn't mention long walks on the beach and the occasional romantic novel.  crazy 



Crye me a river
User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1926 times:

Bienvenido! One more to the nut house!! Big grin

Mike



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Hey Avinaca  Smile, hope you enjoy your time here, just remember, there's no turning back now  mischievous  Welcome, to the A.Net house...  Wink.

Wrighbrothers



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

Welcome, My name is Zippy and I have seen the light of aviation paradise

IHAP



Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19233 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Hello and welcome to this intoxicating mad house.  Smile


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1876 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.


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