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Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:07 pm

Hey all-

As I was sorting through old pictures of mine, I came across two rolls of film taken on two different Carnival Airlines 737-400s a few years back from EWR-FLL-EWR.

Reflecting back on it, I remember that the flight was great with really motivated crews and the like. Much like the cruise line.

I was curious- did any of you ever fly Carnival Airlines? If so, did you like them? Just asking because I like to remember older flights and defunct airlines, so maybe we can have a "Kumbaya Thread" for Carnival!

Happy Tuesday (Almost Friday... I can make this, I can make this...)
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:28 pm

Of all of the airlines I worked for, next to Air Florida, Carnival was probably the most fun. We had a great group of flight crews (few whiny pilots - a real rarity) and some great F/A's and ground people. That place was like a family (a little dysfunctional at times, but what family isn't). The mechanics at ISP, EWR, JFK, FLL, PSE, BQN and LAX were all top-notch and, for the most part, took great pride in their work and were great troubleshooters!

We also had some of the most caring people to work with. One of our mechanics came down with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and everyone pitched in to help this guy nightly (he showed up at work some nights almost unable to walk, but came in every night anyway) and we even et-up, through our VP of Maintenance's help, to transfer our banked sick time to him so that he wouldn't have to worry about bills while he was getting treatments! I'm sure that other places have these things but that was the first time I had been introduced to it at an airline.

It was a great place to work but then the blue ball came and Uncle Marty screwed it all up. Alas, another notch on the socket wrench!  Sad

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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:28 pm

Of all of the airlines I worked for, next to Air Florida, Carnival was probably the most fun. We had a great group of flight crews (few whiny pilots - a real rarity) and some great F/A's and ground people. That place was like a family (a little dysfunctional at times, but what family isn't). The mechanics at ISP, EWR, JFK, FLL, PSE, BQN and LAX were all top-notch and, for the most part, took great pride in their work and were great troubleshooters!

We also had some of the most caring people to work with. One of our mechanics came down with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and everyone pitched in to help this guys nightly (he showed up at work some nights almost unable to walk, but came in every night anyway) and we even et-up, through our VP of Maintenance's help, to transfer our banked sick time to him so that he wouldn't have to worry about bills while he was getting treatments! I'm sure that other places have these things but that was the first time I had been introduced to it at an airline.

It was a great place to work but then the blue ball came and Uncle Marty screwed it all up. Alas, another notch on the socket wrench!  Sad

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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:33 pm

Any of the old gang there when you were? I recall hearing that Warner was there, but that's all I remember.
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:37 pm

OPNL, yes, Julie was there and so was Tom Kapps, the Reverend Father Frank Murphy  Innocent and Bob Mencell. It was like old home week! I understand that Kapps is working for Charter America in MIA now. Don't know about everyone else - Julie and the Reverend Father Frank  Innocent are both probably retired by now....

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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 12:44 pm

>>>the Reverend Father Frank Murphy

After seeing this name here and elsewhere, it just dawned on me who this was. The fellow with the "monkey" sidekick, right?

I seem to remember a certain hailstorm near TLH too....
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:02 pm

I flew with PA2 right after they purchased Carnival- I flew the PSE-BQN-JFK-BQN-PSE route, it was a Carnival A300 and a Canival crew. Needless to say it was one of my worst flights- going to JFK we had a delay both in BQN and PSE total delay time was close to 3 1/2 hours, some of the passengers had to get up and start screaming at the crew to see if the airplane would get back up in the air. It was one of the worst seat pitches I have ever encountered and the airplane felt like a jail cell . Coming back down to PSE the flight left on time and the crew was much better- the only negative part of the flgiht was that half of the plane was left without food because apparently they didn't have enough food for the passengers. Maybe flying on Carnival before they were purchased by Pan Am was a different experience.
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:19 pm

Never flew with them altough friends and family have, I miss seeing their aircraft at EWR which were a fixture in the '90s.
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 1:59 pm

My father and I booked two tickets on Pan Am 2 for my high school graduation in June 97, from MDW to MIA and back. I have always loved Pan Am, and it was to be my first flight on a Clipper. Needless to say, I was just ecstatic. A week before our trip, we got a letter in the mail (which I still have) that stated : "Your flight will be operated by our partner, Carnival Air." I was stunned...but we still took the flights. Both flights had Pan Am crews, lengthy delays, above average meal service (especially the return MIA-MDW flight which had a delicious chicken dish with cuban rice), and cramped pitch....I loved every minute of it! We actually got on the "Miami Heat" 727 back up to Chicago. Even though we didn't get on Pan Am aircraft, I will always have fond memories of my flight with Carnival.


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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:13 pm

I have fond memories of Carnival. I flew them a few times from HPN and SWF non stop to FLL. Great prices and very convenient for me living in Fairfield County, CT.

Always great service.

The one memory that stands out the most was my HPN-FLL flight being cancelled due to weather. I called the reservation agent (stationed in Florida) who tried to convice me that I should take a flight from ISP the following day, that it wasn't that far of a drive for me. It's got to be a good 2 hours plus from my house. I settled on a JFK-MIA flight instead. It was great, I had no idea it would be operated by a Lan Chile 767 on that leg of the flight. For $99 one way ticket I got in flight entertainment and a hot meal. very nice indeed.

I was sad to see Carnival leave and still sad to not see any non stops to FLL from SWF and HPN since they left.
 
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 3:15 pm

I seem to recall Carnival operating FLL-LAX with the 737-400 for awhile...does that ring a bell?
 
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Wed Mar 19, 2003 4:06 pm

In case anyone might be interested in Carnival's fleet, they had...

7 737-200s
10 737-400s
1 727-100
10 727-200s
8 A300B4s

Not all of these aircrafts were operated at the same time. Regards.
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sat Mar 22, 2003 2:43 pm

Nice to see so many positive memories.

I wonder, if we ever recover from this slump, if Carnival would consider re-doing Carnival Airlines.....

Man, I miss that airline A LOT. I have Flight in the Cockpit Volume 1 playing right now, its a Carnival 727 FLL-EWR... Man, really makes me remember the flight.

Too bad.. but I guess all good things have to end. I just wish that I could have another opportunity now, so I coudl savor the moment more.

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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sat Mar 22, 2003 2:53 pm

I flew Carnival (Code KW?? I forgot it) back in July 1996 on FLL-SJU and SJU-BQN-FLL. The route was originally supposed to be flown on a 734 but it was upgraded to an A300, which probably came in from LAX early that morning (a significant surprise). My mother would constantly comment on the "Pan Am" seatbelts on that flight. On the return, we were on a 732, but we made a stop in BQN to pick up 4 passengers.

 
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sat Mar 22, 2003 2:58 pm

I remember seeing a Carnival A300 on occasion at Stapleton Int'l before they closed down.

Back in October 1998, while departing FLL on a Bahamasair 732, I looked over and saw an engine-less Carnival 732 next to some hangers. . .sad.

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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sat Mar 22, 2003 11:45 pm

Without trying to get off track of this discussion and have a lot of people raving and ranting at me, I still need to make one point.

MSYTristar(by the way, love your name)-I am glad that you enjoyed your flight, but please don't think that if you had been on a PA2 plane you would have been on a Clipper. They may have bought the name, but in reality, the only true Clippers were from the original Pan American World Airways.
 
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sun Mar 23, 2003 12:32 am

Skyhawk (great name as well),

I know the real Clippers belonged to the original Pan Am, but I guess this was the next best thing. Just being on an aircraft bearing that grand logo would have at least partially satisfied me. Of course, I tried and tried to fly on a Pan American flight from MSY to DFW back in 1990, when they were advertising $100 roundtrip, but to no avail. When I saw the airline (in name only of course) was coming back, I jumped all over it. Too bad it didn't work out, but like you said, it wouldn't have been a "true" Clipper flight, and Carnival really impressed me...and my dad, who I really have to thank for putting up with my obsession with everything Pan Am since I was a kid.

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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sun Mar 23, 2003 12:42 am

I remember seeing Carnival fly the A300s up to DTW in the early 90s. At that time it was the only A300s you would see at DTW before Fed Ex later started flying them here.
 
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RE: Carnival Air Lines Memories

Sun Mar 23, 2003 12:50 am

Phatfarmlines, you were likely on one of the two of Carnival's A300's that were original Pan Am I A300's:

N222KW (was N207PA, "Clipper Los Angeles" and "Clipper Panama"),
N223KW (was N203PA, "Clipper New York").
 
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RE: Carnival Airlines Memories

Sun Mar 23, 2003 2:04 am

OPNLGuy

>>>the Reverend Father Frank Murphy

After seeing this name here and elsewhere, it just dawned on me who this was. The fellow with the "monkey" sidekick, right?


The Reverend Father Frank Murphy was the one with "Pecker the Parrot" on every flight (either the real Pecker or the original plastic "Pecker"). He was also the host of the annual Air Florida Halloween Party at his house on Miami Beach.

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