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Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 3:17 am

As you know Caledonian will cease operations by the end of October being the A320's integrated in the new JMC Airlines. The leased tristars will be returned to Air Atlanta and the own ones parked.
Today I went to FAO and could see the last, I repeat, the last Tristar flight from Caledonian. It was a sad feeling because I just love to see the landings of this aircraft with that great angle of attack.

I'll miss those Tristars  

Luis, Faro, Portugal
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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 3:57 am

Rest In Peace.

Does anyone have any idea as to where Caledonian's Lockheeds will be parked, then...? I have to agree with Mirage in that not only does the aircraft look great, but Caledonian's livery is pretty good-looking, too.

What a shame, really.

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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 4:29 am

Well - I never knew that. Caledonian will be missed. Just this year in fact members of my family flew Caledonian from Gatwick to Paphos (Cyprus) and Athens (Greece) respectively. I agree with you Luis, I too will miss those Tistars. It's a shame.  

RE: Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 5:55 am

Why is Caledonian shutting down? They are British Airways' holiday carrier correct? Lemme see if i have the history right...British Airways' holiday carrier was originally called British Airtours. After BA's merger and integration of BCal, British Airtours was renamed Caledonian and the planes were repainted, flight attendantants were given new uniforms etc...all very much like the old BCal.

Did BA dispose of Caledonian to another company like a tour operator? Tell me if you would, thanks

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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian/DC-10

Sun Oct 31, 1999 6:39 am

I think BAW holiday carrier is Go Fly. Caledonian and Flying Colours are the airline subsidiaries of tour operator Thomas Cook now JMC Holidays.
There will be some kind of merge with a new corporate identity coming out (JMC Airlines)

Luis, Faro, Portugal
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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian/DC-10

Sun Oct 31, 1999 6:57 am

Go is British Airways' low-cost sceduled subsidiary (but run entirely independant of BA, or so they say). BA hasn't got a charter subsidiary at the moment. It used to be Caledonian but they have been on their own for quite some time now.

Now Caledonian and Flying Colours (which already absorbed Air World last year) will merge into one company, called JMC Airlines. Both companies now belong to the Thomas Cook concern and JMC are the initials of the son of good'ol Thomas himself. In other words, they will forsake two well-respected names in the UK charter world for a new name that hasn't got any familiarity with anybody yet, and frankly doesn't sound too hot. I suppose daddy really likes his little boy.
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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian/DC-10

Sun Oct 31, 1999 9:15 am

And the livery's nothing to write home about - a pretty uninspiring green affair.

As far as I'm concerned, Caledonian died when BA bought them. I flew them once, a Bristol Britannia from Kai Tak to London Gatwick in about 1965. Having spent my childhood mainly among English children, I didn't appreciate the Scottish identity of the airline then but it's a bit depressing now to think Scotland once had a great airline and now has nothing to speak of.

What with that and BAe's production at Prestwick ending, we're doomed I tell you, doomed.
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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 9:49 am


It's a shame that Caledonian are ceasing operations. I agree that their livery is good looking. Although i never flew with them I have seen plenty of their aircraft around. Only this week I saw a L1011 Tristar, A320 and an A300 (I think it was Caledonian).

There was talk at one time that Flying Colours and Caledonian were going to merge and keep one of the names. I think this would have been better.

I have seen the JMC advert where they unwrap a plane. In the advert it shows the interior of a plane with a horrible green decor.

I wonder if JMC will knock Britannia of the top charter spot, I don't think so.


Craig Stewart
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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 9:56 am

Another problem with the green and white livery is that it will immediately alienate half the soccer fans in both of Scotland's two largest cities, given that each has a green and white team and a bitter rival. Mind you, it'll probably encourage the rival fans!
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RE: Bye Bye Caledonian

Sun Oct 31, 1999 10:05 am

I meant it'll encourage the fans of the green and white teams, of course... oh, it's time I got some sleep.
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Caledonian First And Than Air Lanka

Sun Oct 31, 1999 5:05 pm

After Caledonian finished their Tristar. I think Air Lanka should be the next.Yes, both Caledonian and Air Lanka have operated L1011 for a long long time and the printing is much more better than JMC and SriLankaian.
I is too sad for me, and It is too hard to see such nice printing Tristar in the sky.

Bye!Bye!Tristar! and Thank You

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