Various airlines

In addition to the posts in the travel section on this blog, where some of the airlines from the films are described in more detail, a few other airlines with considerably less screen time (than for instance Pan Am or British Airways) will be covered here briefly.

Royal Air Maroc

 

In The Living Daylights, two Boeing aircraft, a 727 and a 767 from the Moroccan airline ‘Royal Air Maroc’ (RAM) are seen in the background at the airport in Tangier. This scene was actually filmed at the airport in Ouarzazate, in the south western part of Morocco and not Tangier. I do not know if RAM had a promotional collaboration with the film production, but it is likely since the two RAM airplanes are featured rather prominently in the film.

Royal Air Maroc – Boeing 727
Air  France

When Q delivers the BMW to Bond at the airport in Hamburg, Bond takes it for a test drive in an adjacent hangar. A BAe 146 airplane from ‘CityJet’ with Air France livery, is seen in the background. CityJet is a regional (Irish) airline that operated on the Paris – London route on behalf of Air France at the time of filming Tomorrow Never Dies. The airline is still in operation today and Air France was its main owner between 2002 and 2014 when it was sold to Intro Aviation. The British Aerospace 146 (BAe 146) is a short-haul airliner that was manufactured in the United Kingdom by British Aerospace from 1983 until 2002. Another BAe 146 airplane belonging to ‘Titan Airways’, which receives maintenance work, is also seen behind Bond and Q in the hangar.

An advertising poster for Air France is also visible at the entrance of Hotel Oriental, which is Bond’s hotel in Bangkok in The Man With the Golden Gun. The text on the poster is promoting Air France’s new airplanes and reads: “Europe and Far East – 5 Super B747’s, 2 Boeing 707”.

A Concorde from Air France also featured rather prominently in Moonraker as Bond lands in Rio de Janeiro.

                                                       KLM and Scandinavian Airlines 
West Berlin – The KLM office seen in the background
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Octopussy, Bond, posing as Charles Morton, and M are travelling down Kurfürstendamm in West Berlin. The headquarters or a travel agent belonging to KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines – is seen very briefly behind Bond and M through the rear window. This KLM travel agent was located at the intersection of Joachimsthaler Strasse 39-40 and Kurfürstendamm at the time of filming in 1983. Today the Azimut Hotel is housed in that building.

The KLM logo would also feature in Never Say Never Again, as seen below.
KLM in front of Nicole and Bond – The SAS logotype is seen on the wall to the right

Produced in the same year as Octopussy, the logotype of KLM was visible above a travel desk at Nice airport in Never Say Never Again, where Bond meets with agent 326, after arriving from the Bahamas. In the same scene, a travel desk belonging to SAS – Scandinavian Airlines System – with the old Viking logo on the wall can be seen in the background.

KLM and SAS

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Various airlines

  1. Hi, it's the guy from the Lufthansa 707 again. 😉

    I have just last week looked for this Air France BAe 146 for my next post on James Bond aircraft and models. Although on the Movie Plane Database they write that this BAe 146 is from CityJet that cannot be said with certainty. This plane is lettered for “Air France express” as only those with the added express have the Air France titles behind the wings on the starboard side. There were 146s from more airlines with Air France express livery – not only CityJet but also Eurowings or Jersey European Airways (and maybe more). Eurowings can be ruled out because their German flag near the registration should be visible in this photo but Jersey European is just as likely as CityJet.

    I have read elsewhere that this sequence was filmed in Titan Airways' hangar 7 at London Stansted airport which is plausible with the Titan plane visible during maintenance. However, Titan Airways is not mentioned in the end credits.

    Thank you for your great blog!
    Peter

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  2. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Interesting, but we still cannot come to any firm conclusions then. Yes, the scenes were indeed filmed at Stansted.
    Perhaps it is possible to check whether any other airline, besides CityJet, flew to Stansted?

    Thanks and kind regards!

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