2 thoughts on “Tip for troublemakers”

  1. A quarter century ago I was very intrigued to meet a Lockheed L1011 TriStar pilot for Tradewinds international, who was stationed in London as a ‘short notice wet lease’ pilot. He found himself frequently flying at short notice as the all-inclusive tour companies and airlines found it cheaper to do a short-notice return-flight lease than to do the refunds/rebookings and loss-of-goodwill from cancellations. By then the L1011 was uneconomical to fly as a freighter or in regular revenue service, but cheap enough to own to be profitable for such irregular use and annual pilgrimage flights to Mecca
    As an L1011 had more seats than any common narrowbody jet, it could substitute for just about anything other than Boeing 747 or Airbus A330/340 at the time.

    I had the displeasure of flying Austrian when they brought out a substitute jet from their own fleet, I saw that our seets didn’t exist on the substitute aircraft model but the gate crew didn’t want to deal with it. The cabin crew initially seated us in unused seats, but then threatened to kick us off when late-arriving passengers caused the door to be re-opened to the jetway. We did get


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