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What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:31 am

I was recently reading a thread discussing how the A345 is flagship of Emirates. That got me thinking... how is "the flagship of an airline" determined? Do they even exist?

As I was going through the airlines like BA, it is tough to decide whether the 744 or the 772 is their flagship, in EK, why isn't the 773 the flagship?

IF anyone knows the flagships for airlines, please post them and why they chose those planes as the flagship!
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:37 am

I'm pretty sure that the flagship designation is given by the individual airline. EK probably chose the A345 because of the extravagance of the plane. Take a look at the first class of the A345 compared to the 773. For the longest time AA used the 763 for their flagship service. Pretty much, its up to the individual airline!
 
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:40 am

B767-200 Ansett's flagship. The reason being that when it was introduced in Australia, it was delivered to Ansett. The Aircraft was better than what the competition used A300. Ansett was its first Australian user.
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:43 am

British Airways had Concorde as their flagship for 27 years. As far I can see they no longer have a flagship - no aircraft has anything to make it special or set it apart from the rest of the fleet.
 
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 7:44 am

Qantas's current flagship is their new B747-438ER VH-OEG


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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 8:13 am

The flagship at Avianca Colombia has always been the newest airplane family with the latest technology introduced into the fleet.
 
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:07 pm

I think AA would consider the 777 as the flagship of the fleet. On the other hand, Flagship Service refers to it highest level of inflight service. Generally, this was on widebody aircraft that had First, Business, and Coach cabins, usually on international and transcon routes.

The 777s, 767s, and some DC-10s were flown with Flagship Service.

 
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:14 pm

LanChile (LAN)'s flagship is the A340, maybe because it is the largest aircraft in the fleet and also the one that goes to the most distant destinations (AKL/SYD and MAD/FRA). It is also the only aircraft that appears in their new TV spots.
 
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:24 pm

Either the newest and/or the largest aircraft in the fleet. Flown on the airline's prestige routes.
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:10 pm

I would consider an airline's largest plane to be the flagship. It's kind of hard to say what the flagship for Delta is. One would think the 777 is, but the 764 has more seats (277 vs 287).
 
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RE: What Constitutes The Flagship Of Airlines?

Wed Apr 21, 2004 2:13 pm

The flagship for Qantas isn't that one!

It's the British Aerospace 146 in operation with its subsidiaries! Best aircraft ever - should be everyone's flagship!!

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