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What Were Dan Air (London) Really Like?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 6:42 am

Although they disappeared in 1992, I've noticed that Dan Air have managed to raise a few mentions here again recently.

I personally was very sorry to see them disappear as they had always conjoured an image of the 'holiday spirit' with their comprehensive charter flights, whilst they had also built up a comprehensive domestic/european scheduled network.

What are people's opinions on Dan Air? Some people thought they were a bit dodgy (unfair media hype?) but others cannot speak highly enough of them.

Always enjoyed seeing their aircraft!


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RE: What Were Dan Air (London) Really Like?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 6:53 am

I remember flying out of LGW as an early teen, and my neighbor commenting on the Dan Air we saw out of the window as a "Dan Dare" - they had to dare you to fly on them!

This was just one strangers opinion, and probably worthless, but I remember having a smile on my face when she said it!

I particularly liked the Comet's in the Dan Air livery.
 
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RE: What Were Dan Air (London) Really Like?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 7:21 am

They had a weird reputation - a friend of mine was a flight engineer with them (727s; and loadmaster on the old Hs 748s) and I finally got the courage to ask him why they were such a laughing stock and he said he didn't know, but when he told people who he flew for, they did indeed laugh in his face.

Their safety record was pretty OK, I think they lost a 727 in Tenerife in 1980 (ish) but they at one point had a fleet of 44 Comets, they did RTW charters with their 707s, and were Britain's first low-cost airline, paving the way for easyJet and Ryanair, and provided significantly better service than either do today. Pretty cool stuff. I don't know why the British public gave them such a hard time, they were a great meat-and-potatoes flying outfit, very dedicated and pro team. I also don't know why Dan Air didn't dump the name and shitty livery and rebrand themselves Britworld or something. When they tried to build up a sked operation in the late 80s and 90s, they just couldn't get the yield, they were still Dan Dare.


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PS The (London) was so people didn't think they were Danish, Dan stood for Davies And Newman. Truth is they weren't really (London), they had planes and crews based all over the British Isles and indeed Germany. So the name was a complete mess. It's hard to miss an airline so unable to save itself, they persisted and everyone always knew it wasn't going to work out.
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RE: What Were Dan Air (London) Really Like?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:00 am

The last flight I believe was a Bac1-11 from NCL - LGW. I remember seeing it on the local news. I never flew on Dan Air but it always seemed that there was one of their aircraft on the ground at NCL whenever I visited. Fond memories.
 
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RE: What Were Dan Air (London) Really Like?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 2:30 pm

My only recollection of Dan Air is Comets flying out of Teesside in the early 70s. Never flew with them though.


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