CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6434 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, 492 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6346 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, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6300 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?
CoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 427 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6276 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, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3719 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).
AltairF28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
My brother and I used to do this all the time. As with CoachClass upthread the only reason I stopped was because airlines stopped printing them. AFAIK WN was the last airline to stop printing them; the last one was in the summer of 2009. We were also on the Air Midwest mailing list even though we live in the South. Timetables are still the primary thing I buy at the Airliners International show-I like to get ones that were in effect the day I was born. My oldest one, however, is from much earlier-a 1948 AA schedule. I usually collected systemwide schedules only but one day I specifically wanted a local schedule. A local woman was returning home from the Olympics where she had won two gold medals and I needed something to get her autograph on!
A detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons
DCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4488 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2165 times:
I made lots of trips to the airport for timetables back in the 80's and 90's. In high school, sometimes I'd drive to the airport after working at McDonald's, still in my employee uniform! Parking was inexpensive, and back in the pre-consolidation 80's, my home ROC often had more than 10 airlines. Lots of timetables to gather! During the first years I lived in the DC area, timetables were still printed. Going to IAD was especially a treat, because of all the international carriers I could gather.
It was a sad day when Southwest, the last US holdout I know of, stopped printing timetables. I have a collection of a few hundred timetables, that fills a filing cabinet drawer. Printable PDF's indeed aren't the same thing.
A really neat part of aviation history, rendered obsolete by the internet. At least consumers got a bit more influence over airfares out of the deal.
At least our man Greg is still out there making schedules available at www.departedflights.com. This site is an invaluable research resource.
StlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 910 times:
I did this several times when in college (in the early '80s) - went to SFO a couple times each year and spent the day spotting in the terminals and collecting timetables. I went to the city ticket offices in downtown San Francisco a couple times also, plus a couple times in NYC (Manhattan) when visiting relatives. I still have about 300 timetables filling a shelf.
rampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3103 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 896 times:
Yes, did the same. My little airport at COS didn't offer much except for an updated schedule every 3-6 months (BN, CO, FL, TW), so I would bike there to pick some up if we weren't picking up an aunt or something. The jackpot would be a visit to DEN, or transfering in LAS or PHX or STL. The best finds were the obscure little commuter airlines who had their entire schedule printed on a paper the size of a bookmark. Shavano Air, anyone?
I would also pick up timetables at large resort or vacation hotels, like in Yellowstone National Park.
spokemd From United States of America, joined May 2005, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 721 times:
I can remember stopping at some of the city ticket offices in Chicago or to O'HAre Airport for watching the airplanes. After watching the planes at O'Hare we'd stop and have dinner at one of the Oasis travel plazas where a window seat the Howard Johnson restaurant meant that you could watch the cars go under the restaurant. This was in early 1970s. I loved the timetables as I wanted to know what all the places were like. Too bad I didn't keep all of them.
I was lucky enough to grab a few of the last Southwest timetables when I was heading to the Airliners International the year it was in Orlando.