CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 381 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3395 times:
Yes. And the only reason I stopped was that there weren't anymore being printed. I finally got rid of my last Lufthansa flugplan just a couple of years ago. Lufthansa may be the last of any major to have continued printing them. I think CO may have been one of the first to stop printing them.
I used to love reading PA's, DL's, EA's and LH's in particular as they used to list in the early days all the stops, the aircrafts, and flying times in the back as well as the meal service for each sector, differentiating between first class and coach meals. And I remember for a while that EA's was thick like the Manhattan phone book. My absolute favorite airports for this compulsive behavior, which for me started in the early 60's, were MIA and LAX. But no airport, hotel brochure stand or city office was safe...like in the old days of San Francisco's Union Square which had a ton of city ticket offices there.... Oh, the memories of pockets stuffed with airline timetables.
skywaymanaz From United States of America, joined May 2012, 335 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3307 times:
Quoting CoachClass (Reply 1): Yes. And the only reason I stopped was that there weren't anymore being printed.
That's the only reason I stopped too. I always used to love to go the airport and that was a major reason why. I used to go just to meet friends or family who were connecting here and not visiting. I really liked Pan Am and Northwest timetables as they listed all stops for each flight number and what kind of plane was used in the back. The route maps were also fun but American and United had the worst, only a dot for each city served. Pan Am route maps seemed sad after the Pacific was sold. So sad I believe they took the route map down from the lobby of the Pan Am building around that time too.
Unfortunately going to the airport, at least in the US, is a much less friendly experience now then it used to be. Anyone watch Airport 24/7? The security director seemed to be a little nasty about people having no business being at the airport if they don't work there, aren't flying somewhere or picking someone up. Makes me wonder why my local category X airport spams me in Twitter with great deals at their airport shops. Especially since they make sure to point out which ones are pre security. Can't visit friends or family now post security and no timetables to grab. PDF downloads just aren't the same thing
TWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 940 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3261 times:
Quoting CoachClass (Reply 1): I think CO may have been one of the first to stop printing them.
I remember reading those after I moved to Houston in 1999. My dad would bring them home from work every now-and-then. I don't remember when he stopped doing that, however. When did airlines stop printing them altogether?
There's nothing like the smell of Jet-A in the morning. It smells like... VICTORY!!!
CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 381 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3237 times:
My recollection is that in the early 90's airlines started the elimination of timetables when their economics were bad. Timetables were among the first things to go. CO going into bankruptcy as well as EA failing forced cutbacks. And the proliferation of airline information on the new explosion of the internet lessened the inconvenience of no timetables.
For awhile, some airlines printed slips of papers with the respective airports' schedules only. OAG was printing all airline schedules in a handy size, small type booklet available for a subscription.
airways1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 555 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (1 month 10 hours ago) and read 680 times:
I have about 50000 timetables (many duplicates) many of which were collected from the airport or city ticket offices. I still have them all stored. Most are from the 1990s, but I do have some going back to the 1920s (from eBay).