mail: Colin Cohen, 21 Oakdean Park, Finchley N3 1EU, UK
ARTICLE NO. 44
note my new address as above. As the move has taken lots of my time and in line
with the anniversary theme, Doug has assembled a few extracts from my old
articles from the 1990s.
some long-forgotten reason the 1993 Christmas issue appeared in April 1994 and
contained Article 4 which in turn included “Cyprus Airways have cards of their
A310 and A320 but not yet one of their BAC1-11 which I noted is now painted
in their new livery when I visited Larnaca airport recently. I have been
informed that the TAME (Ecuador) 727 which I am still hunting has in fact been
issued twice by the airline. The two cards are very similar and differ only in
that one has the background mountain more prominent and the aircraft is slightly
closer and in darker colouring”
back these were both among the last cards to be issued of these types by
passenger carriers. The BAC1-11 has now almost vanished completely and the 727
was retired by the US majors in 2003. Cyprus did produce their 1-11 card and it
became as common as most cards from this carrier. By contrast TAME 727 cards
remain rare to this day.
7 came out in January 1994 and listed many new issues of the time. Again many
became common but one listed as TACA 767 take off
remains virtually unknown. MD-11s appeared on new cards from both
Alitalia and VASP. 10 years on the MD-11 is also on the way out as a passenger
carrier but has been re-invented as a freighter. Crossair also featured a new
livery on B.Ae146 and SAAB 340 – 10 years later Crossair had absorbed Swissair
and been rebranded as Swiss but remained in financial intensive care.
Meanwhile it had given us the flight attendant recruiting card featuring
the SAAB2000 shown.
Article 11 April 1995 the computer generated card had arrived with the first of
the huge output by Frontier of different tail designs on their 737s , initially
–200 later –300. This series continues to be updated with the most recent set now
featuring the A.319.
I guess thats enough looking back. Looking forward to resuming normal
service in 2004. Meanwhile happy Christmas and happy collecting for 2004.
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