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What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:12 pm

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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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:17 pm

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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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:19 pm

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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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:45 pm

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" !!!!!!!

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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:51 pm

Nevis Express Islander from Nevis to St. Kitts. I even got a T-shirt!
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 9:52 pm

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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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 10:45 pm

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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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 10:49 pm

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

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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 11:18 pm

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."

 
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Thu May 30, 2002 11:26 pm

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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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 3:01 am

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.

 
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown O

Fri May 31, 2002 3:36 am

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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Air Seychelles (763)
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Braathens (735)
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 3:59 am

European, Air Seychelles, Aer Arran(Irish) and Cyprus Airways(trust me it's a very strange and unusual experience)
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 4:14 am


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)
 
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 4:20 am

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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.
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 4:36 am

Aero Costa Rica from Atlanta-San Jose-Atlanta in a 732.
 
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 4:49 am

Cubana TU-154 and IL-62


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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown O

Fri May 31, 2002 5:59 am

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

Air Scandic (A300)
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 8:05 am

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.

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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 8:37 am

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.

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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 9:06 am

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


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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 9:09 am

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.
 
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 9:54 am

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 .
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 10:01 am

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.
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 10:26 am

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, Swissair, and Airtran. None of those are really that strange. Interesting that three out of the seven I've flown are no longer around in any form. Maybe Piedmont is the strangest. It was a 737-200 I think. It was one of my first flights and I was only 4 or 8 (my mom can't remember) weeks old, so obviously I don't remember and it didn't matter to my mom or dad to check.
 
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 10:54 am

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, not mine) one from SAETA- it was an ex-Alitalia Caravelle, very old and tired, but very clean, and the FAs were most helpful; they passed around a glass dish with an array of homemade candy on a doily.

One of the pax had a carry-on turkey. Really. In a burlap bag with a hole cut out for the head to stick out (it was alive). Very well-behaved fowl, as I recall.

I was thrilled- even then- to get to fly on a Caravelle. Some day, I'll find the pics I took and see whether any of them are adequate for upload (I doubt it).

2. Tropic Air, Belize City to San Pedro, on a Cessna Caravan. We stopped on the way at Caye Caulker, where stops are made "as requested." The sole deplaning passenger was greeted by a couple of naked people who emerged from the jungle, then all three disappeared back into the jungle. The runway (unpaved) ran from sea to sea, the full width of the island. Good fun, but not at all frightening. The pilot was clearly very skilled.

3. By far the worst "airline" flight ever: Allegheny Commuter (USAir) Shorts 360 JFK-PHL; loud, dirty, loud, smelly, loud, bumpy, loud, surly service, and did I mention it was loud? I kept waiting for someone to hold up the "tie your seat ropes" sign, like on Jethro Bodine Airlines.
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RE: What's The Most Unusual Airline You've Flown On?

Fri May 31, 2002 11:12 am

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 bubble wrap. flight attendants were pretty cool though. it was a morning flight, but dinner was served.  Smile
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