Good to hear from a professional, Standby87
Yes, I agree, but only a very small amount from the PNL
From memory, only Reservations 4 APFAX were transfered to the PNL - normal 3 GENFAX did not get transfered to the Passenger Name List.
After a number of years, I've just borrowed 'Dirty Tricks' where a lot of the 'allegations' come from, but, quite honestly, I still not convinced that the so called dirty tricks were as bad as made out! It's all very well telling a few VS
pax that their flight is cancelled, but to accept VS
coupons at BA
check-in would require that they were first endorsed to British Airways (otherwise they would not be honoured by the carrier on the coupon - IATA regs) so until some airline professional tells me otherwise, I still find the story hard to believe.
Yes, I believe you saw the 'telephone numbers of VS
top pax' in DCS, but in all honesty they were not a normal requirement of the VS
information to be passed to the BA
DCS (that VS
was using). If the information was passed to BA
DCS it was because VS
wanted it to be available for their check-in staff - in my humble opinion, it would have easier for VS
not to have passed it through as it is not a necessary item for DCS check-in!
Interesting one on the 90+ row VS
747, which really was a VS
fault in that they had not advised BA
of their 'different' large configuration. If they had have done, it would have been a relatively easy task to create another seat plan 'map' that could be used in DCS whever that particular configuration was operating.
Although not in Operations at the time, I used to look at the VS
DCS loads, just for personal curiosity. Similarly, I remember having a look at the BCAL figures that BA
took over when the airline merged with BA
. In the extreme I also found out how to access Cunard's QE2, and other ships, bookings for a while, when even Cunard Line used BABS for their bookings!
As a matter of interest I still have a copy of the PNL of the first Concorde departure on 21/1/76 (? date), and perhaps may be able to get a printout of the last one - BA002/25OCT JFKLHR (I think) to complete the history books!
Good to read your posting - great stuff!
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!