Airline History: Laker Skytrain

Forty years ago, Sir Freddie Laker’s dream of low-cost, no-frills trans-Atlantic air travel came to a premature end. Working at the heart of the industry, our author had a ringside seat


It’s 26 September 1977, and, at Gatwick, Freddie Laker is in celebratory mood: DC-10-10 G-AZZC Eastern Belle is about to operate Laker Airways’ inaugural Skytrain service.


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