Orion737
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Sir Freddie Laker

Fri May 13, 2005 11:47 pm

I have been trying to find an autobiography/biography and cant believe he hasnt written one. I have always admired the man and his determination and the impact he had on air travel in the UK.

How old is he today? Is he in reasonable health? I understand he lives somewhere in the Carribbean. I would love him to make a return to long haul operations and move home to the UK.

He was never afraid to speak his mind but unlike O'Leary he was also a gentleman and cared about people.

I know his short lived transatlantic charters in the 90s were short lived but how I would love to see those black and red DC10s again grace the UK.
 
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Fri May 13, 2005 11:53 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Thread starter):
I have been trying to find an autobiography/biography and cant believe he hasnt written one

A biography of Freddie Laker was written some years ago - it was titled "Fly Me I'm Freddie". I know I have it on my bookshelf, and you should be able to find it second hand even now I'd have thought.

It covered the period up to the collapse of Laker Airways (UK) and the fall out from that, but doesn't touch his more recent Caribbean venture.

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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Fri May 13, 2005 11:59 pm

Quoting Orion737 (Thread starter):
I know his short lived transatlantic charters in the 90s were short lived but how I would love to see those black and red DC10s again grace the UK.

They were in the 80s, not the 90s
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 12:02 am

Quoting VS74741R (Reply 2):
They were in the 80s, not the 90s

He also flew charters in the 90's but changed his market strategy offering a full frills service instead of a low cost one, it failed miserably.
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 12:10 am

Quoting VS74741R (Reply 2):
They were in the 80s, not the 90s

To be absolutely accurate, Laker DID return to the transatlantic market with Gatwick and Manchester charter flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the 90s using his Laker Bahamas outfit and DC10s.

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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 12:17 am

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 4):
To be absolutely accurate, Laker DID return to the transatlantic market with Gatwick and Manchester charter flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in the 90s using his Laker Bahamas outfit and DC10s.

And to be even more accurate  Wink They also had flights from Prestwick in the 90s  Wink
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 3:33 am

Yep, they did do the charters in the early 1990's, my parents flew MAN-MCO with Laker at that time and were very impressed by the full-service operation. Leather seats throughout and seatback TV's were still quite a novelty for Y-class back then. They also had proper cups and cutlery (not plastic). Not bad for a charter airline! Shame it lost a packet.  frown 
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 4:20 am

Born 6th August 1922 = 82 years old now.

Found on google search. Quite a bit came up...try it out.
 
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 4:22 am

I flew MAN-MCO in the 90's, hence my username, still the most enjoyable flight I've ever had. As mentioned earlier the gave a very high class service for very little money, such a shame they couldn't make it last.

There was a very interesting documentary by the BBC when Sir Freddie was restarting his transatlantic routes in the 90's, not sure how you'd get hold of that now but it's worth looking into, his enthusiasm for aviation and customer satisfaction was amazing.
 
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 7:17 am

MAN-MCO-MAN 1997 - soured a little by the 9 hour delay on the return. MCO closed after about 5 hours, so we had nothing to do, and no information.

But PTVs and sweets for landing (to a 10 year old!) were amazing. Shame they went bust again  Sad
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RE: Sir Freddie Laker

Sat May 14, 2005 4:59 pm

Virgin Atlantic honored him by naming a plane after him. Unfortunately it was scrapped a few years ago.


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