I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

I wonder how Flight's got this idea: Flightlink

The well know long established Birmingham operator from Handsworth had some considerable success when most other newcomers failed after express coach service market was deregulated. It concentrated on services between the Midlands and other airports using rather up-market coaches like this Bova Futura seen on what is now Terminal One Car Park at Manchester Airport where it advertised it's route Manchester-Birmingham-London-Gatwick on the sides. After Flight's Airport Links like the 777 to Stanstead were sold on to National Express they retained Flight's distinctive livery and branding for a time too but now sadly it has gone. However Flight's name still lives on as it is now part of the Hallmark group that includes a number of quality coach operators including Dunn Line whose in-house livery bears a lot of similarities to this with the main difference being that a silver-grey has replaced the attractive cream colour.

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