Goodbye To Britannia Airways
Thomson were taken over by TUI a few years ago, and since then have performed a certain amount of rebranding. This meant that Britannia became Thomsonfly (and Lunn Poly travel agents (Thomson’s inhouse travel agent) became Thomson).All in the name of vertical integration!Britannia hasn’t ceased trading, been taken over etc., just been rebranded and had the name changed.BY, BAL was a very special airline to me. It was the first Airline I ever stepped foot on, It was the first time I had ever experienced a take off and it was from then I knew my passion. I owe them more then they think.It had to end one day, All charters these days are solely re branding for the common chav and common Family.Don’t way goodbye to «BY» to soon, It will still be used by staff, don’t you worryAlso, I suppose that this is good in a sense. BY 9TOM) will now allow 10kg hand luggage. But Excess charges have now gone up.6 per Kg on excess luggage on short holeAnd 9 per kg on long haul.Bye Bye Brittania, Thanks for the starter!Sad to see Britannia go, but all good things must come to an end. To be honest if they had kept the Britannia name on that tui blue livery it just wouldn’t ever be what the Britannia that the British people know. I flew them a few times when I was a little boy, my 737 200 trips to the Greek Islands!I am flying with Thomsonfly in June and originally my booking had BY flight codes, a few weeks ago these were changed to TOM codes. This is Thomsonfly’s first summer season then, hope all goes well with the mix between low cost airline and charter. It’s bound to cause confusion. Along with the likes of Dan Air, Orion, etc they haven’t just been rebranded.But Dan Air and Orion don’t exist anymore. Dan Air got swallowed up by BA and Orion. well it’s gone! Britannia/Thompsonfly is still the same company, but instead of having «in house» airlines and travel agents it’s now all under the same name.On the flip side of the coin, there’s currently a rumour in PPRUNE that T Fly will be rebranding the airline as «BritanniaFly» but take that with a pinch of salt.Quoting GatwickA320 (Reply 11):But Dan Air and Orion don’t exist anymore. Dan Air got swallowed up by BA and Orion. well it’s gone!Exactly, You’ve just gone and settled my point. Orion airways were originally part of Horizon Travel. Thomson purchased them both in the same way TUI have done Thomson and Britannia. Following the point that these airlines have just been rebranded, then Orion still grace our skies. Flying rebranded as Britannina and now as Thomsonfly!Just like many on this forum my first flight was on a Britannia 732, from LTN to PMI. Little did I know then that I would end up working for them, leaving them and returning to the old 732 with easyJet. The 80’s/90’s colour scheme was superb, so classy. The new one is horrible and I think it is better that it doesn’t say Britannia on the side as it would be a travesty to a great name. However, Britannia/Thomsonfly are slipping behind the competition. The on board service is really poor compared to First Choice and the Cabin Crew are as snooty as they ever were. BY were often known as the Luton RAF and the Luton base often referred to as Jurassic Park because of the age and ferocity of the crew based there.