Chasensfo wrote:My friend recalls that the DC-10-10s, although not used on sectors much over 5 hours, had nice legroom decent seating while the DC-10-30 was packed in like sardines.
AtomicGarden wrote:LH506 wrote:Spantax a European Airline in the 70‘s/80‘s had a terrible reputation. I think they used DC9s
What a terrible name for an airline, in particular a Spanish one (it sounds too close to 'espantoso/a', like frightening, or hideous),
LH658 wrote:PIA and Air India. Back in the day they were known, now not so much.
Flew them PIT-BOS-PIT back when they existed, week before Easter 1999. Arrived at BOS at 5:30 AM for a 7:00 flight. No desk agent, line 30 people deep. We did eventually get service and left somewhat on time. Nice new 737 NG.
Return trip, Saturday night before Easter, no plane, no desk agent, no phone CSA, nothing. Seriously, nobody could tell me anything. Stayed with a friend overnight and flew US back to Boston on Easter. I believe they did refund the US ticket.
They were out of business 5 months later.
SCFlyer wrote:GA and PR had shocking reputations back in the 1990s.
Both may have improved since, but the legacy of those years still leave a sour taste in some travellers minds.
PatrickZ80 wrote:FlyingElvii wrote:VSMUT wrote:Sabena, Olympic and Alitalia. Epic examples of why airlines needed to be privatized.
Sabina was good, but fell apart when the colonies did.
That wasn't the reason for it, most of their destinations had nothing to do with Belgium anyway. But in Africa, the name Sabena actually meant something. In a way, it still does even though they're not called Sabena anymore but any travel agent will know what you mean when you name Sabena.
The reason they went bankrupt were their far too high costs. For example, they had hundreds of privileged people on their payroll who got paid large sums of money just for having their name connected to the Sabena brand. They didn't actually work for the airline, only in name they did. Also their staff was, compared to today, highly overpaid. This was all possible because the market was protected. Fares were high, but that was how it was in those days. What lead to their demise was the liberation of the market. Without protection, they weren't able to sustain their high fares but they were also not able to bring their costs down. In such a situation, bankruptcy was the only possible outcome. It was the only way to get rid of the highly overpaid staff, to get rid of the hundreds of people who kept demanding money from the airline for doing absolutely nothing.
By the way, watch how you spell the name of the airline. It's Sabena, not Sabina.
PANAMsterdam wrote:I heard from a friend that TWA was pretty bad near the end. Can anyone comment on that?
DarQuiet wrote:I'm curious to know why Trevor Noah (host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show) frequently roasts Spirit Airlines?
Not that I have experienced flying with them to wonder what's wrong...
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