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What Is Your Favorite Defunct Airline  
User currently offlineAustinAirport From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 643 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12910 times:

I was just thinking about all the crazy ideas people threw together and called it an airline. Maybe these aren't your favorites but which one is. And if you like broaden that to the one defunct airline you absolutely can stand. My favorite is Braniff. Please feel free to share.
THanks,
Garrett


Whoever said you can do anything you set your mind to has obviously never tried to slam a revolving door!!!
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User currently offlineLaminarFlow From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12907 times:

Interesting topic idea. I would have to choose Jetsgo. Horrible from a business standpoint, but great fleet.

User currently offlineItsnotfinals From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12906 times:

Independence Air while they lasted. They had friendly staff and a cool brand with the announcements and hot towels on even short flights. their IAD terminal A was very well done and their kiosks were easy to use. I even managed to earn and use a free ticket on them in their short existence. The planes were always 1/2 empty so the seat next to you was almost always open, and their paint scheme was very good too!

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...42&prev_id=0792029&next_id=0790888

http://www.airliners.net/open.file?i...46&prev_id=0790175&next_id=0789094

[Edited 2007-08-23 05:56:14]

User currently offlineAnalog From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1900 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12902 times:

Quoting AustinAirport (Thread starter):
And if you like broaden that to the one defunct airline you absolutely can stand.

There are lots of defunct airlines that I could stand. Perhaps you mean can't (or couldn't)?


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 12890 times:

Is this a question?

Swissair forever  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Analog (Reply 3):

There are lots of defunct airlines that I could stand. Perhaps you mean can't (or couldn't)?

Did you read the title of the thread?  Wink


User currently offlineLaminarFlow From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 12888 times:

I think that we need pictures in this thread.


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User currently offlineAustinAirport From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 643 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 12885 times:

Quoting Analog (Reply 3):
There are lots of defunct airlines that I could stand. Perhaps you mean can't (or couldn't)?

My Bad I swear I have to say that all the time.  Wink



Whoever said you can do anything you set your mind to has obviously never tried to slam a revolving door!!!
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 12884 times:

Without a doubt:
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User currently offlineZuluLima From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 302 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12878 times:

The only defunct airline I've actually flown is TWA. The airlines I would most like to see revived are Eastern and Pan Am (must be something about that white and blue). My favorite, however would be one I remember spotting as a child in STL, Ozark.




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User currently offlineJetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12870 times:

Ansett. There was something very special about Ansett


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12865 times:
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Gerard



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User currently offlineTruemanQLD From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 1512 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12857 times:

I have a couple:
1. Australian Airlines (In proper livery etc)
2. Canadian
3.Swiss
4.Compass
5.Ansett


User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12854 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 4):
Swissair forever bigthumbsup

Agree totally.

Quoting TruemanQLD (Reply 11):
3.Swiss

They're still very much with us, you mean Swissair.


User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 12844 times:

Piedmont. A wonderful carrier ruined by USAir.

User currently offlineYULYMX From Canada, joined May 2006, 977 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12835 times:

I am missing WARDAIR for there Wide body and excellent services for a charter...food was great and serve in real plates

User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12826 times:

I never flew on them, but the old classics: Pan Am and TWA.

Pan Am was gone when I was a toddler, however, I remember going to STL back in the mid -90s and seeing all the tails of TWA. When I think of the glory days of aviation and of international jet travel (the glamorous 60s) , TWA and/or Pan Am comes to mind.

I never really fell into what Eastern, National, and Braniff were about, but equally good candidates.


User currently offlineA380US From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12823 times:

tower air

Just kidding
id have to say TWA



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User currently offlineAllegiantAir From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12816 times:

Reno Air was a cool little airline.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12808 times:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f127/dtwclipper/NY.jpg

http://www.nya-reunion.org/photos.htm


User currently offlineOceansWorld From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12797 times:

Pan Am

Canadian Airlines International

British Caledonian Airways

Ansett Australia

Braniff International

[Edited 2007-08-23 19:35:11]

User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 12791 times:

Quoting LaminarFlow (Reply 1):
I would have to choose Jetsgo. Horrible from a business standpoint, but great fleet.

Jetsgo is up there for me.

But, I'm going to say Canada3000. They were a great success until 9/11. I really loved their fleet too.

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Honorable Mention:

Canadian
Roots Air
Harmony Airways

Cheers
Carson



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User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12773 times:

The Aer Lingus before it went all low cost. Bernie Cahill kn ew how to run an airline bless him.


St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineDFWMzuri From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 248 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 12768 times:

Quoting N231YE (Reply 15):
I never flew on them, but the old classics: Pan Am and TWA.

I have flown them both, and I miss both. I loved the Pan Am around the world fare back in the late 70's.


User currently offlineCOFanNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 12759 times:

I really do miss Independence Air. They were fantastic while they were around. I flew them at least 8 times between IAD and MHT and never sat next to anyone (I guess I should have seen the writing on the wall). But the crews were fabulous, the service good and comfortable and the prices were good for a college kid.

Also Swissair was the carrier for my first ever transatlantic flight. I was pretty young but I remember nothing but good things. I still have the Swissair MD-11 safety card.


User currently offlineShannoninAMA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 12754 times:

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25 Post contains links and images National757 : National Airlines (N7) out of Las Vegas, NV. Had the pleasure of flying National a few times to ORD and had very pleasant flight crews. Now I have the
26 LTU932 : Mine are: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and Líneas Aéreas Costarricences S.A. (LACSA). I know LR still exists, but it only exists on paper (as
27 A380US : does varig count?????
28 Post contains images WesternA318 : Too true...and heres some of mine...
29 Post contains images FXramper : Braniff.
30 Post contains images Gammagirl : Have fond memories of this airline as a kid - I remember being disappointed to get a gold plane rather than the pink one I had seen in the holiday bro
31 DesertAir : PSA was an all time great airline. I loved those smileliners. Another airline ruined by US Air.
32 Post contains images Isitsafenow : Braniff...and not those imitations of the mid 80's and early 90's TWA......twin globes thankyouverymuch Piedmont...nice airline that just "plane" got
33 Post contains images CXfirst : Agree so much, such a great way to fly (and to get star alliance status ) -CXfirst
35 Dc863 : National - the original not the upstart one from Vegas BEA BOAC Braniff Southern Eastern Texas International Hawaii Express PSA Air Cal
36 Post contains links and images Shamrock350 : JetMagic View Large View MediumPhoto © Jan Mogren - AirPixPro
37 AirCop : AirCal and PSA for fun inexpensive trips on the west coast. North Central, has to be the best regional airline (pre-1978 deregulation) there was in th
38 Post contains links and images NWADC9 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Dan Brownlee Need I say more?
39 Post contains images AustinAirport : Please do go on.
41 FlyboyOz : ANSETT AUSTRALIA!! I love that airline Canadian Airlines' old livery
42 Shuggie : To be fair, BEA and BOAC aren't exactly defunct, they just merged to form BA
43 Post contains links and images ExFATboy : And speaking of carriers ruined by US Air... View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duarte Jr. View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank C. Duart
44 DeltaL1011man : TWA flew on(right before the AA buy out) Pan Am (never hand the chance but have been in WorldPort) Eastern (never got to fly EA went out to 2 months b
45 Post contains links Andz : Flitestar. They were one of several unsuccessful airlines on the South African domestic scene. They had a fleet of brand new A320s (the first operator
46 Post contains images HAWK21M : One of the Best. regds MEL
47 Falstaff : TWA is my favorite with Ozark a close second. The first time I remember flying was a Ozark DC-9 SGF-STL in 1979. I flew on TWA freqeantly up until th
48 Post contains images Diesel1 : Since Dan Air has already been mentioned.... A couple of local ones to me of which I have good memories. The UK charter airline business was more colo
49 WesternA318 : Here here! I had the opportunity to fly on Airways Int'l Cymru once...a lovely little trip, forgot the routing though, its been so long!
50 Post contains images TrijetsRMissed : Three come to mind for me. Pan Am, Eastern, and TWA. Each had great liveries, interesting fleets, and great service. I wish I could go back in time an
51 Post contains links and images BCAL : First choice: Second choice (strangely not yet mentioned in this thread, but they were probably the most popular airline at the time): And fondly reme
52 Post contains images RW717 : These are my two favorites. Both fed me for awhile as a child and as an adult.
53 DH106 : From the 80's - Spantax and it's smokey 990's around European airports.
54 Post contains images BA787 : You mean the orange one? In which case Forgive my ignorance but is that still around? My knowledge of airports is very low Mine would probably be BCA
55 Bok269 : I don't really remember any defunct carriers. I might have flown on TWA a few times. They had a great livery and fleet. When I was born, Pan Am was on
56 DALelite : the late Swissair, Crossair, Pan Am and TWA. DALelite
57 Viscount724 : You missed Reply 14.
58 N5014K : I agree completely. I still almost feel widowed by the death of Piedmont. Others: Western Ozark National (the original Florida airline) North Central
59 Post contains images Adam T. : Totally agree with you as well. I was a young boy when I flew Piedmont a couple of times between Houston and Charlotte but I do remember them vividly
60 Post contains images WesternA318 : Probably because Gordon Bethune was an exec there as well, and a lot of the people he brought to CO to help turn things around came from Piedmont. He
61 Post contains images AustinAirport : Mine too
62 Fllcontinental : For some reason I loved flying Wardair. There was something different about it to me.
63 Post contains links and images Dragon-wings : National Airlines View Large View MediumPhoto © Peter Duijnmayer We flew with them a lot when my grandparents lived in Florida. I think i may sti
64 Mdodd : Hooters Air!! They just stopped there service, not to long ago.
65 AustinAirport : Think they stopped scheduled service believe they still do charters.
66 Post contains links and images FlySSC : This one : View Large View Medium Photo © Kevin Deane    for everyone on the day they will die ! OK. Seriously : PanAm, for the legacy legendary na
67 Post contains images WesternA318 : one more...
68 Alaska737 : 1. Reeve Aleutian 2. Markair 3. Wein Air Alaska 4. TWA 5. Western
69 Post contains images Andz : Well... if BCAL is getting a mention I should say that I was lucky enough to fly on one of these.... twice!
70 Post contains links and images LH648 : Actually the only airline, which I have flown and which doesn't exist anymore is Air Kazakhstan. View Large View MediumPhoto © Olaf Juergensmeier
71 Swissgabe : No doubt, that would be S W I S S A I R
72 Babybus : My vote goes to: British Caledonian Airways They really were a great way to fly. (I think that was their slogan)
73 Post contains images Allstarflyer : They treated me well (for the most part). One of the few things I couldn't stand about the airline. Whoever thought of that and whoever decided on it
74 WesternA318 : I wish they could ALL be caledonian girls!!
75 Post contains images Faustino927 : I worked for Pan Am as a F/A from 1979 to 1991. I sure miss it.
76 UPPERDECKFAN : Going to Europe from CCS on Viasa DC10's is my most missed...... Second but not worst is PANAM, my only rides on a L1011 (LAX-CCS) and on a 741 (JFK-L
77 Post contains images Shuggie : I flew Spantax once when I was a kid, about 1986 I think. I can't really say that I mourn their loss. I swear, the plane was held together with gaffe
78 Post contains images NWOrientDC10 : TWA is my favorite defunct airline: However, Western Airlines comes in second. I also miss "The flying "W"": Good Day Russell
79 PGNCS : Piedmont. I miss the Pacemaker.
80 AussieAMEgirl : Definately Ansett - but as former staff my opinion is biased
81 JetJock22 : TWA was the first airline I ever flew on in the mid 80's and I loved them. The service was fantastic. My very first flight was on a TWA 727-100 or -2
82 Planeguy727 : I flew on, and miss, the following: Pan Am TWA Ansett TAA (TransAustralia) Sabena Eastern Braniff New York Air Independence Air
83 Post contains images CanadianNorth : CanadianNorth
84 Post contains links and images Tango-Bravo : North Central (NC) is my favorite. It was a MSP-based airline that personified "Minnesota Nice" and offered inflight service that equalled or surpasse
85 MarioSPlane : Pan Am !!! My first 747 ride ever ! Clipper Neptune's Car ! Cheers
86 Post contains images JRDC930 : Here Here!, i got to fly on TWA once before they were bought up by that monster of AA, and it was great!. I would also add its a shame what AA did to
87 Aerofan : Mine was PAN AM!! Great airline
88 Post contains images LHRjc : My vote goes to go. They revolutionised the LCC market in the UK and I used to love flying on them, until they were bought out by U2. JC
89 Post contains images 747400sp : Pan AM of course.
90 Post contains images Siege2L : Interflug - wonderful service from Berlin!!! ( for Europe ) Pan Am - You Can't Beat The Experience. ( for USA )
91 Post contains images HorizonGirl : There are a lot of defunct airlines that I loved and wish were still flying. But I miss none of them more that Canada 3000. They were my favourite air
92 SkyyMaster : Ditto to both. My personal picks: Braniff (before Harding Lawrence killed them) TWA Pan Am Muse Air (flew them numerous times DAL-HOU-DAL, they were
93 Shanderawx : The line connected with Pucci, the Bishop of Dallas (which blessed them) and the first line I ever flew, MEX-SAT: BRANIFF!!
94 Shanderawx : The line connected with Pucci, the Bishop of Dallas (who blessed the fleet) and the first airline I ever flew, MEX-SAT: BRANIFF!!
95 Burnsie28 : TW followed by Western Pacific.
96 PRGDLGUY : PanAm / Braniff / Western / TWA / Ozark / CP Air / B Cal
97 AlexPorter : Even though they were gone eight years before I was born, I'd have to say North Central because I'm from that part of the country. I wish I had the ch
98 Nema : i flew Eastern, TWA and Pan Am...all sadly missed. One i didnt fly but admired was Laker.
99 Zrs70 : Another vote for New York Air. I loved the "Flying Nosh" on the short BOS-NYC flights.
100 Nitrohelper : $15.00 upgrade ,yes great memories. I used to fly out of MSP on Tuesday mornings with an upgrade ,and then free Baileys & coffee! RIP , , Herman , ,
101 Avianca : well would say, Aces Colombia and Viasa
102 PHXmd80 : As already metioned above, Gordon Bethune was a customer service guy at Piedmont before going to Boeing and CO. There was talk of merging with HP in
103 Post contains images Viscount724 : Re their milk runs, in the late 70s sometime I once took a North Central Convair 580 from YWG all the way to ORD just for fun (nonrev ticket). That w
104 JamesJimlb : SONG! man do i miss my song, there will always be a spot in my heart for song.
105 EBJ1248650 : Trans World Airlines gets my vote. Remember them from the days when they flew Connies.
106 LASOctoberB6 : National (N7) Independence Air (DH) TransMeridian Airlines (T9) just because they had nonstop LAS-SYR Reno Air (QQ) Braniff (BN)
107 N710PS : TWA USAir (To me it is dead since Wolf came to town) Canadian Sunjet gets honorable mention to Florida as does Carnival
108 Post contains images ERJ170 : I wish this airline was still around (under new management, of course)... If they were still around and went into partnership with SAS.. I could see t
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