Good thread and some good info - here's a couple of corrections and some additional information...
Matt D... the Air Europe DC-10 (OO JOT) shouldn't really be there with the rest of the Air Europe pics as it operated for Air Europe Italy, who as VCE said, became part of the Volare group - great pic all the same, I didn't know there had ever been a DC-10 in Air Europe c/s and I thought it was a fake when I first saw it. (Similar sort of comment for the B767 too, not really the same airline)
DavidITL.. the 747 was leased from Tower Air (so probably a classy a/c!), Air Europe terminated the lease agreement early I believe due to some cracks being found on the a/c.. not sure where though.
Capital146.. the Orion A300's were ex Lufthansa (Dan Air had the ex Hapag Lloyd a/c), when they first flew with Orion they were still in LH
c/s with Orion titles
Also the ex Orion B737-300s, although they didn't stay with Britannia for long, some (all?) were repainted into BY
I can remember both Air Europe and Orion operating through CWL
- Air Europe was one of the main operators with intensive summer programmes featuring over the years 200/300/400 series 737 and occasional 757 flights (often on services to Florida). I remember the 747 visiting on a diversion to CWL
too not long before the lease was ended
Orion were less frequent vistors to Cardiff, operating on W patterns, though I think they had a small based programme in the late 80s operating for a tour operator during the winter
Britannia of course are still operating through CWL
, with an all year round programme of flights
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