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Best Airline Era?  
User currently offlineShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3577 times:

Everyone has their own timeframe that they call "The Best timeframe for XXX airline" so what is yours? There will be three qualifications

1. Name the Airline

2. Name the timeframe (has to be at least 5 years)

3. Give a little reasoning why

Not knowing much on the subject, here is my selection

1. CO
2. 2000-2007
3. CO hasn't really gotten themselves into any trouble as of lately. its (as far as i can see) been smooth sailing for them  Smile

Shannon  half 

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User currently offlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 769 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3564 times:

1. NW
2. 1990-1999
3. Northwest was growing rapidly at their hubs without too many problems. In 1994 they had the highest profit of all the major airlines of the time and in 1997 had the highest profit in the airline's history.


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User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

1. WestJet
2. 2000-2005
3. Success after success after success. It was before they retired their beautiful 737-200s, and made their greatest profits before getting into some larger debt from receiving so many new aircraft. Good Times!


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User currently offlineShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3536 times:

Quoting WestJetYQQ (Reply 2):

When did Westjet retire their 732's? I thought it was before '05...

Shannon  half 

User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

1. Transair Sweden
2. 1958-67
3. This era marked the birth of the passenger charter industry in Scandinavia, and Transair was the main airline to operate charter tours. Unlike (some) modern charter operators service was top notch, proved by the stewardess Eva Dunér who was Miss International Air Hostess 1966. At the same time Transair was a worldwide freight operator.

How can anyone not fly, when we live at a time when we can fly?
User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3521 times:

PAN AM 1971-1988

All those B747 at JFK  Smile

User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3494 times:

Pan Am 1980-1986. Maybe not the most successful period but one of the few times an airline flew significant amounts of each of the original widebodies. Classic 747, DC-10-10/30s, L-1011-500's. Shouldn't have traded the tri-jets for more older 747s.  no 

Delta 1991-1996. A fleet this diverse will never be seen again. Provided some great spotting at ATL.

There's nothing quite like a trijet.
User currently offlineSkyyMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3459 times:



The Connie. The definitive airplane for TWA, retired in '67 - Howard Hughes lasting legacy for the airline. Those loud, black smoke puffing 707's and Convair 880's. Twin globes on the tail. Great Ambassador service on long haul. Funky lime green seats. Around the world without touching Japan (well OK, Okinawa, but never Tokyo). Service to Tunis, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, the Azores. The JFK terminal, even if it was outdated for the jumbo-jet era. IMO, on an even par with Pan Am during that era.

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