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 (reordered aircraft for better AI parking)
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, 767 still needed on a modern model:
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.
Angkor Airways (1998-??) IATA: TI ICAO: AKW CALLSIGN: ANGKORAIRWAYS
This one is a little puzzling. The OAG identifies "TI" as Cambodian carrier 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 Taiwan's FAT, starting in 2003. But several sources outside the OAG show this MD-90 operation existing in the late 1990s. I do not have a single photo of the MD-90, only MD-80s and 757s in the 2003 livery. Any info is appreciated! For now, my educated guess is this flight must have been operated by Uni Air's MD-90s, assumingly in their full colors. So for now, just use a Uni Air MD-90 to cover this flight.
The AIA MD-90 Uni Air repaint may be found On Flightsim.com as "aim90uia.zip".
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 CALLSIGN: 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.
Lao Aviation was the predecessor to Laos' national airline, Lao Airlines, based in Vientiane(VTE). The carrier was founded in 1976 with the merger of Laos 2 commercial carriers, Royal Air Lao and Lao Air Lines. Initially, the carrier operated mostly domestic and regional flights operating Soviet equipment like the An-24. The carrier operated as a private company during this time, and did not add aircraft or routes until 737s arrived in 1992, at which point regional international flights were added. A total of 3 737-200s were operated between 1992 and 1998, but on short term leases. By 1998, Lao Aviation was the only scheduled airline operating in Laos, and had an interesting fleet consisting of the An-24, YN-2, YN-7, ATR-72, and an Mi-8 helicopter. The 737s were retired in early 1998, with the lone ATR-72 becoming the flagship of the airline serving some international routes to Cambodia(PNH), Vietnam(SGN), China(KMG) and Thailand(CNX). The rest of the fleet served domestic routes, usually only a few days per week with a lot of ground time. In 2000, the airline signed a deal for a codeshare with Chinese carrier China Yunnan Airlines and was again nationalized by the Lao government. The airline changed their name to Lao Airlines in 2004, and eventually added 4 A320s which serve alongside 7 ATR 72s and some of the older aircraft like the Y-7\12 and MA-60 today.
Note: Flight Simulator only allows 7 characters in the registration entries, and several planes in this fleet had 8-9 characters so I shortened them. I could not find a registration for the Mi-8 helicopter. If you want to make these plans valid for early 1998, you may use the 737-200 in place of the ATR as it had the same route network more or less.
Most paints are completed, the following are available:
Air Mandalay (1994 - Present) IATA: 6T ICAO: AMY CALLSIGN: SIX TANGO
Air Mandalay is a regional airline in Myanmar, formerly Burma, based in Yangon(RGN). The carrier was founded in 1994 with ATR 72s, flying mostly domestically but also to Thailand. In 1998, the carrier was operating 3 French-registered ATR 72s to 6 destinations in the region. The airline was one of a handful of airlines operating in the region at the time, and had the most modern fleet as well as one of the best safety records in an area where crashes were still very common at the time. As the region is troubled to this day with poverty, frequent weather disasters, and an ongoing genocide, the airline has remained very small, but managed to survive. The airline would go on to add a total of 5 ATR 72s as well as 4 ATR 42s and a pair of ERJ-145 jets and is still around today, accident free.
chasensfo: Yes the regionals will be included, and yes the whole 1999 fleet is done (they joined Star Alliance in 1999 and that fleet has the logo lol)
Jun 11, 2021 12:27:57 GMT -5
theflyingmobian: Damn you're on top of this lol
Jun 11, 2021 19:08:35 GMT -5
chasensfo: People usually reach out to me when they paint late 90s fleets and ask about flightplans
Jun 12, 2021 8:01:49 GMT -5
FSX Retro Flyer: Here are my huge and humble thanks to Michael Pearson for creating these magnificent paints for the post-CAAC Chinese airlines!
Jun 16, 2021 11:24:16 GMT -5
chasensfo: Hell yeah, and soon the 1990s airports of China will all be open for business
Jun 19, 2021 2:25:09 GMT -5
FSX Retro Flyer: The special livery of the 747-100 of Japan Asia has been painted by Michael Pearson some time ago. The repaint can be found on AVSIM here: faib_747-100_jaa.zip
Jun 24, 2021 8:30:21 GMT -5
chasensfo: Yet it took until now for someone to point it out LOL. Thanks for that, link updated along with several others
Jun 28, 2021 18:45:46 GMT -5
FSX Retro Flyer: Satisfying to see Iberia package being released with all their repaints available! Also, can't wait for SAS and Aerolíneas Argentinas in a near future!
Jun 30, 2021 6:59:11 GMT -5
chasensfo: SAS yes but Aerolineas not sure, maybe some other Argentine carriers. Mostly European and US carriers for now unless others make surprises
Jun 30, 2021 10:16:05 GMT -5
chasensfo: China too of course
Jun 30, 2021 10:16:09 GMT -5
theflyingmobian: Looking forward to filling up Australia and New Zealand with those Chinese, US and European carriers too.
Jul 1, 2021 1:18:19 GMT -5
tony: Thanks for the lovely Aussie repaints. If you plan to do more heres a link to a great aussie airliner register that may be of help. www.aussieairliners.org/index.html
Jul 2, 2021 10:38:21 GMT -5
theflyingmobian: I think at this point the Qantas VH-OJC Formula 1 747 is the only remaining 747 yet to be painted in AI, but I don't think it has plans yet as that was active in 2000 to 2002.
Jul 3, 2021 20:11:05 GMT -5
jetstar: G-AWNA was painted up in incorrect BOAC colours when it was WFU, It was broken up in those colours in 1999. If you look closely, you can see the overpainted white where the BA titles were, and the tail is showing the speed stripe underneath the.. see part2
Jul 13, 2021 7:41:02 GMT -5
jetstar: Thin paint on the tail. They never did anything with the lower blue though. It was just homage to BOAC's original 747-136 when it was retired. Its a pity is was not preserved. Then again, BA would not pay to upkeep the 707 at Cosford, which was scrapped.
Jul 13, 2021 7:43:46 GMT -5
jetstar: Should have said Landor, Doh!
Jul 13, 2021 7:52:35 GMT -5