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by Xcarrier
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11712

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

6 years working on an airline ticket desk at LHR taught me that one of the main purposes of a ticket desk was to ensure customers had someone to shout at, threaten, gesticulate at or plead with whenever something went wrong, regardless of reason or responsibility. Can't say that I miss it! Ever wat...

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by Xcarrier
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?
Replies: 75
Views: 11712

Re: Role of in-airport ticketing counters?

6 years working on an airline ticket desk at LHR taught me that one of the main purposes of a ticket desk was to ensure customers had someone to shout at, threaten, gesticulate at or plead with whenever something went wrong, regardless of reason or responsibility. Can't say that I miss it!

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by Xcarrier
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes
Replies: 171
Views: 28901

Re: History behind idiosyncratic IATA airline shortcodes

VTCIE wrote:
[*]OU: Croatia Airlines (they could have chosen HR, following Austrian’s lead in choosing OS)


OU having been used, until its collapse in 1974, by Luton UK based cOUrt line.

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by Xcarrier
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 24752

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

IIRC sometime mid to late 80's, Sabena found itself struggling to fill its 747 BRU-JFK-BRU services and so struck a deal to run it via LGW in order for BCal to market LGW-JFK-LGW. It was BRU-LGW-ATL and BA tried unsuccessfully to block it. During the 70's & 80's SN and EI were the transatlantic...

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by Xcarrier
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 24752

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

IIRC sometime mid to late 80's, Sabena found itself struggling to fill its 747 BRU-JFK-BRU services and so struck a deal to run it via LGW in order for BCal to market LGW-JFK-LGW. Early 80's QF London had a small department upstairs in its Bond Street/Piccadilly office dedicated to issuing (sometime...

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by Xcarrier
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline History @ KISP
Replies: 40
Views: 2433

Re: Airline History @ KISP

My memory is a little vague but in 1978, I think sometime around March or April, I flew on an Allegheny 1-11 ISP-ALB and also ISP-DCA which I think was on a DC9. Also, at an event to celebrate the ?? Years Anniversary of ISP, I took a ride from ISP over Manhattan and back on an AA 727.

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by Xcarrier
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B-747SP - Was it economically viable for their operators?
Replies: 85
Views: 13730

Re: B-747SP - Was it economically viable for their operators?

from memory QF used their SPs into WLG short runway & it allowed them to fly SYD/LAX/SYD nonstop for 1st time. Correct me if I'm wrong. QF did have some industrial problems with crews, as think at time, LAX/SYD was the longest sector QF flew. Yes, I recall the first SP operation into WLG featur...

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by Xcarrier
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LIS as intermediate stop in 60s, 70s, and 80s
Replies: 34
Views: 7723

Re: LIS as intermediate stop in 60s, 70s, and 80s

1980 or 81 I traveled GIG-LIS-LHR on a Varig DC10.

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by Xcarrier
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: QF offers RTW tickets?!
Replies: 12
Views: 2270

Re: QF offers RTW tickets?!

IIRC, QF was actually one of the first to offer RTWs when it teamed with TW around 1981/82. I was working in the QF LON ticket office at the time, but only ever saw a handful of customers travelling on such tickets. I don't think so. I flew RTW with BOAC ( later British) in 1968 using the same airl...

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by Xcarrier
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: QF offers RTW tickets?!
Replies: 12
Views: 2270

Re: QF offers RTW tickets?!

IIRC, QF was actually one of the first to offer RTWs when it teamed with TW around 1981/82. I was working in the QF LON ticket office at the time, but only ever saw a handful of customers travelling on such tickets.

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by Xcarrier
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas' ex European Network
Replies: 30
Views: 7582

Re: Qantas' ex European Network

1978-1982 I was a Res/Tkt Agt with QF London. My memory may be a little shot these days, but it's telling me this ..... QF2 ex LHR routed daily via BAH and SIN, but I also recall that for a while one per week was supposedly routed via DAM but never actually stopped there. It was something to do with...

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