chasensfo, I found for you MIAT 1998 Timetable (in attach). Regards, Aleck
Funny how that schedule ends on 27SEP98 and my OAG starts 28SEP98, and that 1 day made the difference for the A310 being in the fleet! Very cool, had no idea this was the inaugural A310 schedule in these plans!
I will work the flight schedule into my plans. They also had a huge charter network and most of their domestic flights were charters, so I will keep what charters I can while making sure the scheduled flights are represented. Thank you so much, I even had a Mongolian flightsim enthusiast trying to help me find something this concrete with no luck!
Air Nippon ANK (1974-2012) IATA: EL ICAO: ANK CALLSIGN: ANK AIR
Air Nippon, better known as ANK, was more or less the domestic subsidiary of Japan's ANA. In 1974, JAL had absorbed TOA Airlines only ANA and JAL were left in the Japanese domestic market. For anti-trust reasons, JAL was forced to take some of it's assets to form TOA Domestic Airlines(which would later go on to become JAS), and shortly afterward, all 3 of the these airlines were forced to take assets to create a 4th domestic carrier, known as Nippon Kinkyori Airways. Despite the creation of this carrier, it was still for most intents and purposes a part of ANA, who transferred aircraft to and from the company as needed from it's own operation. In 1987, the airline was renamed Air Nippon, or Air Nippon Kabushiki kaisha, and began trading as ANK. The fleet was repainted into ANA's basic livery with ANK titles, and with the new livery, planes were more frequently swapped between ANA and ANK, with it being common for an ANA livery aircraft to fill in on an ANK flight or vice versa. In 1998, the ANK fleet was mostly made up of A320s, 737-500s, and 737-200s, the latter mostly having been added in large numbers recently as ANA totally retired the type. In addition to these aircraft, a few YS-11s, 2 DHC-6s, and a 767-300 were also in the fleet, all serving niche roles. A320s flew the longest domestic routes, but also did plenty of short flights under 1 hour in length. 737-200s and 737-500s were operated with the same seating configuration, and were swapped indiscriminately through the flight schedule with few exceptions. The YS-11s were close to retirement, and survived operated a severed route system with just 1 route out of FUK, 3 from HND, and a small hub operated in OKD, which did not allow jet operations at the time. The 2 DHC-6s were also segregated, with one based in HKD and one in WJK with one dedicated route each. One DHC-6 was operated in ANK colors, while the other was operated under the identity of Air Hokkaido, serving the small airport of Rebun Island(RBJ) built on the side of a cliff, which has since closed. The 767-300 was in the fleet solely due to restrictions imposed at the time of airlines operating into Mainland China serving Taiwan, and it only flew a 3x weekly FUK-TPE route while substituting for ANA flights as needed the rest of the week or sitting idle in FUK. As there were no extra ANA 767 flights to assign this aircraft, it preforms a few training flights to Shimojishima(SHI\RORS) which was a highly active Japanese training airport at the time South of Okinawa near Taiwan. Several other aircraft with very long idle ground times make trips to RORS flying practice approaches as well. Unsurprisingly with the way that ANA and ANK swapped aircraft, the flightplans called for several extra Airbus A320s. I have created another aircraft.cfg entry for Ranmori's ANA A320 repaint to give it the ANK codes and callsigns, and these flights will be operated by ANA A320s as was realistic at the time(you can just simply make them extra ANK aircraft if you wish). By 2008, every ANK flight, with the exception of the Taiwan flights which retained the "EL\ANK" code, began operating under mainline ANA's codes. In 2010, ANK was merged with Air Next and Air Central(formerly NAL) to form ANA Wings, and the remaining assets were merged into ANA entirely in 2012.
\\Japan Asia Airways JAA 1998 v2 (these have been totally re-done)
Japan Asia Airways JAA (1975-2008) IATA: EG ICAO: JAA CALLSIGN: ASIA
Japan Asia Airways (Nihon Asia Koku in Japanese), better known as JAA, was one of many spin-off subsidiaries that major airlines created in order to serve both Taiwan and mainland China. JAA was formed in 1975 in order to resume flights to Taiwan which had recently been suspended in order to appease China, and aircraft began to appear in the standard JAL livery but with JAA titles and logos. Initially, a DC-8-62 was used, but DC-10s and 747s joined soon afterwards. By the summer of 1998, the fleet was mostly operated by 747-200s and 767-300s, with just 1 DC-10-40 and 747-100 left along with a pair of 747-300s. Other aircraft were frequently leased back and forth between JAL and JAA as needed, but of course needed re-branding before flights to Taiwan would begin. A hub was established in TPE, and services were operated from TPE to several other airports in the region along with KHH and several daily flights on the high density TPE-HKG route. The DC-10-40 was no longer flying to Taiwan in 1998 and was instead used on a KIX-CGK-DPS-KIX route. The aircraft often had long ground times in TPE, and there will always be a few of them sitting around. In 1998, it was common for aircraft to do training flights to Shimojishima(SHI\RORS) where they would practice approaches, so 2 of the aircraft do this once weekly during periods of several days of ground time. The one remaining 747-100 wore a special "children's" livery at the time, most other aircraft wore the standard livery though some 747-200s had the tail number on the tail instead of the JAA logo. JAA would continue flying with 747-300s and 767s until 2008 when China relaxed it's agreement with JAL to allow for flights to Taiwan and there was no longer for JAA, which was merged back into JAL.
All repaints are completed except for the 747-100 special livery:
Orient Thai was founded in 1995, and Kampuchea Airlines of Cambodia was founded in 1997 as the Cambodian sub-division of Orient Thai, both connecting Phenom Phen(PEN) with Bangkok(DMK) and Hong Kong(VHHX). The equipment swapped back and forth accordingly, but as the plans called for one L-1011 based in DMK and one in PNH, I split them accordingly. The Orient Thai L-1011 wore an early livery of which I do not know of any paints, the Kampuchea one was EI-CNN wearing ex-Aer Turas colors, which is on the HJG site for their L-1011 and accurate minus the titles.
Once HJG released the AI L-1011, the required liveries will be completed.
This one is a little puzzling. The OAG identifies "TI" as Angkor Airways, which flies an MD-90 daily between TPE and PNH. However, I could not find a single photo of it! Most information shows Angkor Airways, in a similar livery to Taiwain's FAT, starting in 2003. But several sources outside the OAG show this MD-90 operation existing. I do not have a single photo of the MD-90, only MD-80s and 757s in the 2003 livery. Any info is appreciated!
Pacific Airlines was Vietnam's "other" scheduled carrier which started with humble beginnings, a few 737s flying around Vietnam and occasionally being leased out to other carriers, notably Air Afrique and TEA Cyrpus. In 1998, during the Asian Economic Crisis, the airline was operating with MD-80s from Taiwanese LCC U-Land Airlines who had recently bought a controlling interest in the company and expanded it to compete with established Vietnam Airlines. A single aircraft wore the "Pacific Airlines" titles while the the rest of the flights were covered with planes in the standard U-Land livery. This is represented in these plans. U-Land was one of the first carriers to offer seat back LCD screens and the first to offer moving maps, which gave Pacific Airline an edge over Vietnam Airlines using the U-Land MD-80s. Despite the humble beginnings, this airline went on to become Jetstar Pacific though U-Land itself failed in early 2000.
The AIA MD-80 has been painted and is on Avsim as "pic28035.zip" while the U-Land livery may be found in 2 variations as "ula88899.zip" and "ula88989.zip".
President Airlines (1997-2007) IATA: TO ICAO: PSD "PRESIDENT"
President Airlines of Cambodia was founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of Filipino carrier Laoag International Airlines, and operated a 727 in full Delta colors with the logos painted over, and a single Fokker 27. The airline ran routes from Phenom Phen, Cambodia(PNH) to some large cities in the area without much competition from the region such as Hong Kong(VHHX) and Shanghai(SHA) and notably also flew a route to Taipei(TPE) via Laoag (LAO), which saw very little air service. The Fokker 27s did a domestic route to Siem Rep(REP). The 727 was only operated from about 1997-1998, then a Fokker 28 took over until a 737-200 in full President colors was added and remained the back bone of the fleet until the carrier failed in 2007.
I have still yet to find a picture of the Fokker 27, so any help is welcome!
Vietnam Airlines was the flagship carrier of Southeast Asia in 1998, offering the only longhaul flights in the Vietnam region as well as the only 1 of 2 carriers offering scheduled domestic flights. The airline is based in Ho Chi Minh City(SGN), but has a hub in Hanoi(HAN) and a focus city in Da Nang(DAD). The 767-300 was the flagship at the time, serving some major Asian cities as well as Europe, Australia and Dubai. A320s did most of the intra-Asia flying while the ATR-72s and Fokker 70s stayed within the Vietnam\Cambodia area. In 1998, the domestic market in Vietnam was small, so while HAN-SGN is a busy route, most of the other routes are only flown a few times daily, or a few times weekly. The modern green livery was introduced in 1998 on a 767-300, but the Airbus fleet did not get the new colors for a few more years. The airline would grow into a global carrier, adding modern aircraft like the 787-10 and A350. The flightplans called for 1 extra 767 and Fokker 70, and 2 extra ATR-72s which I have segregated in case you wish to delete them.
Royal Air Cambodge (1994-2001) IATA: VJ ICAO: RAC CALLSIGN: CAMBODIA
Royal Air Cambodge was the national airline of Cambodia, and was about halfway through it's life in 1998, having started in 1994 and closed in 2001. The airline was flying a pair of 737-400s to several of the major Asian port cities within 2-3 hours flying time, while the 3 ATR-72s did domestic flying and served the nearby Asian nations. Though I can not find record of more than 3 ATRs, but the flight schedule calls for 5 aircraft. There are quite a few flights that were unable to be covered by the 3 ATRs, so I wonder if some were leased at the time, but I am unable to confirm this. The planes are segregated, but again, they do represent a decent portion of the flights so I recommend keeping them.