What is sad is that even the most diehard OA
supporters know that the OA
must now die.
Having been booked to fly with OA
last week, I would agree. If I were a potential OA
investor I would allow OA
to die, and then start afresh with a new carrier, buying the valuable OA
assets, such as LHR
slots. Everything else can be consigned to the wastebasket.
It seems that a considerable amount of OA
flying is now sub chartered out to less than respectible airlines, resulting in aircraft being impounded in CDG
due to unairworthyness.
I flew with Air Finland on a clapped out piece of 752 junk and a comfortable Blue Panorama 763. OA
handling and flight management was apalling. The outbound 752 was a free seating nightmare (having downsized from an A340). The return 763 was boarded using a seatmap from an OA
A300 - resulting in a 45 minute delay in departure, and everyone screaming at the poor cabin crew.
At checkin for both flights the airline could not tell me who the operator for the flight was. On top of this, OA
have used an Air Holland Excel 763 and an Aerolineas Argentinas 742 on their Heathrow route in the last two weeks.
You are 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a flight than an average person!