jmc757
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The Changing Face Of The British Charter Market

Fri May 10, 2002 3:52 am

Over the last few months the British charter industry has gone through some huge changes. Who knows whether they are for better or worse, only time will tell that, but the recent changes have certainly seen the end of some much loved liveries and identities...


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BY became a more integrated part of TUI and we all had to say goodbye to britannia how we knew her. now under German management who can tell whether we will see her dissapear forever?? Thomson have already been renamed as "TUIuk", will BY follow Thomson? Whatever happens its a shame... Britannia seems to have lost "something". Sad to see the "Old britannia" dispappear after so long.


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Airtours became My travel, ridding us of the Airtours airline forever. I don't dislike the MYT c/s but i loved the AIH c/s and think it is a sad loss :'(


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A change i am pleased with!! I know the cheatline c/s was loved, and it did look good, but i think i take my hat off to Monarch here! they have come up with a stylish, sophisticated livery that maintains the high standard of Monarch, without cheapening the brand. well done!!


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Air 2000 was next in the firing line. First choice decided they wanted AMM to be closer, so this new, more subdued livery was rolled out. Again, i don't dislike it, but i did love the old scheme, and will sadly miss it.


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You either loved it or hated it, but JMC were next!! they are to become thomas cook, only 2 years after bursting onto the scene with all that green! I was one that loved this livery, and have flown with them. I liked the branding and the colour scheme, but oh well, another one bites the dust.

So there we have it, my little round up/tribute. All of the 5 big charter airlines have gone through some kind of change, some bigger than others.
I think we have lost some great colour schemes here, and i know there not everything there is about an airline, but i for one will be sad to see them be overpainted.

So what does everyone else think?? be interesting to hear your comments and views.

Andrew
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Rick767
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RE: The Changing Face Of The British Charter Market

Fri May 10, 2002 4:28 am

At the end of the day we all have to adapt to change. It remains a competitive marketplace for tour operators, and re-painting their planes is only the tip of the iceberg.

I always loved Air 2000's scheme, taxied behind the new one last week and was somewhat dissapointed.. and JMC grew on me. Other than that they're all a bit average really.. I will reserve comment on the Britannia livery... suffice to say that yes, when the last bird is painted I'm afraid young 'lady britannia' (or the old granny in her wheelchair) will be gone forever.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
 
englandair
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RE: The Changing Face Of The British Charter Market

Fri May 10, 2002 5:41 am

Personally, I hope that TUI do change the name of Brittania and so free up the name to oneday be bought by another airline that will proudly fly the name of this symbol of our nation, instead of disgracing it on some horrible blue and red cheap imitation of Korean!

End of rant. Big grin

As for the rest, with the exception of Mydelay, I think they're MASSIVE improovements!
 
BFS
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RE: The Changing Face Of The British Charter Market

Sat May 11, 2002 10:06 am

"Ain't broken - don't fix it"
A simple loeeson all our friends at the tour operators could easily have learned. 4 nice liveries (jmc should go back to Caledonian!) dead and buried, to be missed. Granted, Thomas Cook and Air2000 aren't THAT bad, although the old one was better in the latter case, but TUI is a sin, and MYT is totally unforgiaveble. What is worse though is their cruise ships - the dreadful Thomson rainbows on their Emerald, Topaz and soon to be Thomson Spirit have given way to the TUI smile on a blue funnel and blue strip at the water line. Airtours, the scum, have replaced their beautiful colour schemes with MyTravel on the funnel (looking like a retared Carnival funnel with graffiti!) and given them an orange cheatline.
A sin.
 
jmc757
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RE: The Changing Face Of The British Charter Market

Sat May 11, 2002 8:55 pm

Englandair i totally agree with what your saying, im not an out and out partriotist but really, an airline with the name Britannia should be flying the flag a little more. And the "Aint broken dont fix it" is another lesson, but as rick said, we cant do anything, just have to say goodbye to these schemes and airlines  Crying
At least Monarach are still a nice traditional charter carrier  Smile

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