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Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:06 pm

I should post this on Aviation Superstition or Stupid Questions Category... but, well, anyway:

Why Air Asia X decided to name its first Airbus A330 "Semangat Sir Freddie" ?

I know Freddie Laker was a pioneer with the Skytrain, and his name is associated with low cost international travel.
But, at the end, the airline failed.

It's great to remember Sir Freddie Laker for his vision and guts to create a revolutionary airline, competing with giants like Pan Am, British Airways and TWA. Skytrain was way ahead of its time, most LCC's are using the same model decades later.

But, knowing how it all ended, don't you think it can be a bad omen?

[Edited 2007-10-15 11:08:56]
 
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:07 pm

I'm sure VS also invoked Freddie Laker on one of their planes.
 
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:12 pm

Quoting David_itl (Reply 1):
I'm sure VS also invoked Freddie Laker on one of their planes.

Yes they did, on a 742 iirc.
 
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:13 pm

Laker was a pioneer in long haul low cost flights, a generally respected person with innovative ideas. He couldn't be fully blamed in the failure of Laker Airways, there were too many factors and Goliaths against this David back in 1982
Both Virgin And AirAsiaX can be seen as the Laker of the 1990s and the 2000s, and owe things to Laker. It's not more then fitting that they both saluted Laker with naming an aircraft.
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:15 pm

No harm in honoring one of the industries pioneers whom helped spur long haul low cost operations.


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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:19 pm

Although the Airline itself failed, the concept has proved successful. Just because an idea doesn't work the first doesn't mean it is not a valid concept that can be successful in a different environment at a later time.
 
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:09 pm

Oh, my... A.Net Gossip Column 2001:
G-VMIA - The Spirt Of Sir Freddie..... Or Not?!?! (by Djmatthews May 29 2001 in Civil Aviation)


I guess Sir Freddie's private life was very public!  Wink
 
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:25 pm

I think a lot of people haven't got the foggiest idea what Sir Freddie Laker contributed to the airline industry during his life!!!

From the Berlin air bridge to the Skytrain service across the Atlantic, Sir Freddie revolutionised air travel with no doubt.

The reason why he failed with Laker Airways was beyond his control and is only the responsibility of the old time government run european airlines and as far a I remember a lot of blackmail towards McDonnell Douglas and there DC10 program.

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I think it is an excellent idea to credit Sir Freddie Laker's achievment during his life!
 
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RE: Air AsiaX "Spirit Of Sir Freddie" A Bad Omen?

Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:06 am

Excellent idea. Berlin airlift, I believe he made the Carvair and Laker Airways. The other airlines fighting him ended up paying some monies, but the airline was gone. He did make some mistakes, DC10 for one. Bad news when your supplier is working with your enemies!!!

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