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Airlines You Missed Your Chance To Fly On  
User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4889 times:

I guess the title is more or less self explanatory, but to repeat, which airlines did you have the opportunity to fly on but didn't, and now can't because that airline no longer exists either through liquidation or merger? I know there are probably hundreds of airlines around the world that have gone out of business over the years, so in the interest of brevity please limit your lists to airlines that would have been a reasonable option for your travels. No airlines that only operated in distant parts of the world that you've never been to, and no airlines that went under before you were old enough to buy your own tickets (unless you're not yet old enough, then no airlines that went under before you were born).

TWA -- I consider this one a bit of a grey area as far as my rules go, because I'm not sure if they were a reasonable option for me or not. Technically I turned 18 a few years before they merged with AA, so theoretically I could have bought a ticket on them if I really wanted to, but I didn't actually take my first flight until 2003, so TWA was never an airline I actually considered for any trips. I lived in Raleigh at the time, and I'm also not even sure if they served RDU at the time so I don't know if they even would have been an option.

Midway (the one based at RDU) -- Again, they went under before I actually took my first flight, but I did live in Raleigh during their heyday so if I had wanted to fly somewhere they probably would have been my first choice since they were the hometown airline, a lot of my friends used them, and supposedly they had good fares. Had they been around when I did take that first flight they would have been the first airline I would have considered.

Independence Air -- I would probably have considered them, but they didn't last all that long and they went under before I had a reason to travel to anywhere they flew to.

America West -- When I first moved to the Sacramento area in 2005, just out of curiosity I look into what sort of flights/fares they were offering back to North Carolina, and it looked like they would have been a good option. But then when I did fly back there other airlines offered better deals, or better times or something, so I never actually flew HP before they went away and became part of US Airways.

Aloha -- I came this close to booking their SMF-OGG flight once, but I found a really good deal on a United flight and booked that instead. Now I'll never have another chance to fly them.

ATA -- They never were that good of an option for me as they didn't fly to SMF, but I did look into flying out of OAK for that Hawaii trip. They were a bit cheaper than flying out of SMF, but not enough to make the drive worth it.

Skybus -- Again they never were the best option since they never flew to SMF, but I thought about maybe driving to OAK if the price was right just to see what they were like. But they didn't last long enough for me to ever try them.

AirTran -- Not technically gone yet, but won't be around for much longer. As with the previous two I never flew them because they didn't serve SMF, but I guess if I really wanted to I could have driven to SFO.

US Airways (probably) -- Still around but if the merger with AA goes through I don't think it's likely I'll have any reason to fly them before the brand goes away. For a lot of trips they were an option for be, but they just never were the best option for various reasons.

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User currently offlineMHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 779 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

There are very few airlines I regret not flying though I wanted to and could have done at the time:

British Caledonian - that´s the one I kick myself for over and over again for not taking the chance when I had it !
I went many times to BRU for spotting (or even flying on KL/SN/etc.) I lived in Germany near the Belgian border then ...
Never made it on BRU-LGW with their BAC 1-11 despite the fares were not too high ...  

Birmingham Executive
They served BHX-DUS at the time and I found their Gulfstream G-159 (G I) extraordinarily - even at the time ...
But fares were pretty steep so I never made it - unfortunately.

OLT
With their routes always a bit off the beaten track I did not manage to make it happen.



I miss the sound of rolls royce darts and speys
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27027 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
America West

I was lucky to fly them and they were a great airline. I flew BUR-PHX in F Class. So glad I did .

Quoting MHG (Reply 1):
British Caledonian - that´s the one I kick myself for over and over again for not taking the chance when I had it !

I share that view. So many times I wanted to but failed to . Another one is Dan Air from LHR-INV was so close to booking it but didnt.


User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4855 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
I was lucky to fly them and they were a great airline.

Yeah, Aloha is the one I really regret not flying when I had the chance, but America West is definately second.


User currently offlinee38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

Pan American (Pan Am).
In the Summer of 1991 I was travelling roundtrip from DFW to Washington DC. For something different my choices were United with connection at ORD (flying aboard a 747-400 between ORD and IAD) or Pan Am with connection at JFK in one direction and MIA the other direction. As I recall, the departure time of the Pan Am flight on the return portion of the trip was extremely early and not convenient for my family to get to the airport so I chose the United itinerary. Not long after that Pan Am went out of business.
I would have loved to have flown on Pan American (the original)
e38


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4836 times:

My biggest regret is the (recently gone) Continental. Had so many opportunities to fly the, both to Florida and other places in the USA but always chose another option. Was even listed on an EWR-IAH flight with them back in 2010 but couldn't get on FI 631 to JFK the day before so had to go via YYZ instead.

Narrowly missed Braathens on KEF-OSL as it migrated into SAS before I could book.

Nothing else really that I've missed, although I would've loved to fly ATA on their MDW-SRQ route. Always loved seeing their 738s in that elegant golden livery soaring over me on their way into SRQ.

Also flying America West would've been great but I never had any motive/opportunity to choose them on my travels.

Regards!
Sveinn  



Flights flown: 282 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7209 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4815 times:

TAB Boliviano 727. Cubana il62. Aeroflot tu154. ATA L1011 BA Concorde. The main thing for me is type but i investigated flying all of these at some point in adulthood but never managed it before my time ran out.

User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4800 times:

BCal - had the option on Orlando-London but I took AA via MIA (outbound) and JFK (return)

Skybus - option but never found CMH on my destination list



I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4794 times:

Hughes Airwest....the flying banana.

User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4692 times:

BCal for sure - although I did fly on their former 742 G-HUGE LGW-DXB-HKG several months after the merger with BA - still in BCal configuration but with BA seat covers

Varig - I burned some Star Alliance miles for a trip to Roskilde in 2002 which involved SK LHR-CPH MD-80, and the return on RG CPH-LHR on an MD-11 (new type for me, too).

The Varig flight GRU-LHR-CPH was listed as arriving in CPH 3 or 4 hours late after leaving late from Sao Paulo. Eventually it became clear they would cancel the service, and the final wave of departures to UK was already underway with only a GLA, MAN and BHX service remaining to depart - of course I wanted them to send me CPH-GLA then GLA-LHR on BD for 2 sectors, but the connection in GLA was only 15mins and they wouldn't sell it.

Ended up getting on CPH-BHX SK MD-90 (nice surprise, but not exactly the MD-11 I had hoped for) and then having to retrieve the bag I had left at LHR T3 left luggage the next day   



Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2673 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4661 times:

I'm not certain that I ever "had a chance" to fly on the airlines I've missed; due to youth or impecuniousness. But the brands that I've seen disappear in my lifetime include Pan Am, Piedmont, (for abecedarian reasons it feels like I should here include PeoplExpress, only I've absolutely no regrets about never having taken them), Aruba, BWIA, SwissAir, and I suppose Sabena. Not sure if I have any actual icky feelings about having missed Sabena, or BWIA for that matter; just that my interest in the latter was piqued when I saw one of their planes on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson. I genuinely regret not having been aboard the others in my list.

Airlines I'm proud to have been aboard before they vanished would include TWA, Mexicana, America West, Continental, and American Trans Air.

I've been aboard National (N7, not NA); and frankly I'm not sure of the extent to which I'm proud of that.

I've also been aboard Eastern. Have zero pride about that. Glad when they folded.   



[Edited 2013-05-26 01:35:53]


Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7639 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4609 times:

Well,
NW, CO, and maybe soon US. I always flew DL out of PHX.
Also I had the opportunity to fly Canada 3000 once when my family was planning a trip to Canada and from Canada to Florida but those plans were scrapped before they happened. Also my uncle often flew ATA from IND but I never had that chance. I also could've flown FL from PHX to ATL to meet my family in South Carolina, but again, missed that chance and I won't be back in the states before the FL brand is near gone.



我思うゆえに我あり。(Jap. 'I think, therefore I am.')
User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4530 times:

Always heard good things about Reno Air, never got that chance. Had one trip on TWA and thought they were quite classy, sad I never got to try them again. Saw an old Aloha 732 in HNL and wanted to take a ride on one but never got back to Hawaii before they were gone. And last but not least...took ATA on MDW-GDL-MDW for $300 all-in, was in tequila country before I knew it and made it to the beach by that evening. I definitely wanted to take that flight again, but they went belly-up a week after.

User currently offlineStlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4500 times:

I wish I had been able to fly on

-- Hughes Airwest (gone before I had the finances to fly them)
-- Florida Express (BAC111 - I was planning to fly on them when they went out)
-- Ozark Airlines (moved to St Louis after they had already merged into TWA)

I have flown on the following airlines that are no longer in existence (or soon to be gone): AirTran (FL) , Aloha Airlines (AQ) , America West Airlines (HP) , ATA (TZ) , British Midland (BD), Continental Airlines (CO), Eastern Airlines (EA), Midwest Airlines (YX), Muse Air (MC), National Airlines (NA), Northwest Airlines (NW), PSA (PS), Pacific Western (PW), People Express (PE), Presidential Airways (XV), Reno Air (QQ), TWA (TW), USA 3000 (U5), Western Airlines (WA)

(Plus US Airways (US))

(More than half the airlines I have flown on are no longer around)


User currently offlinemtnwest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2464 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4497 times:
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Republic (RC)
In March 1982 , my mother and I flew to DEN to visit my sister and her husband. From Boise, we had 3 choices at the time, and I got to make the decision.
United, Frontier, and Republic.
Eliminated UA due to having been on them many times by then.
Between FL and RC, I think I chose FL due to 737 as opposed to DC9 and also had never been on FL.
Ultimately, trip was good on FL (boarding via old gate 5/6 at BOI via airstairs) and have since flown Frontier (FL) BOI-DEN-ABQ in 1986, GEG-BOI in 1985 or 6, and my first 'alone' trip BOI-SLC 1983. Opp to fly RC never came up again, as RC pulled out of BOI April 1983.



"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3175 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days ago) and read 4454 times:

Really wish I had flown:

Republic
Piedmont
Western
Ozark
Frontier
People Express
Empire



14 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2013
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2673 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4212 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 10):
Airlines I'm proud to have been aboard before they vanished would include TWA, Mexicana, America West, Continental, and American Trans Air.

Midwest. I forgot to mention I'd been on Midwest Airlines.



Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2780 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

I´ll join the crowd here who missed their chance to fly on TWA, PanAm or Eastern. such iconic airlines.

My list:

-Swissair
-Sabena
-Concorde on BA
-Ansett

MIAspotter



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4172 times:
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Several mentions of BCAL, I flew them twice on a VC-10 which was a double whammy!

I never flew BOAC though....

I think if one sprang immediately to mind it would be Pan Am.



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 17):
Concorde on BA



Totally agree, it's one of those things that you just take for granted will always be there and one day you wake up, it's too late.

Also had the change to fly on a United DC8, but we changed our ticket and we flew an AA 727-23 instead, N1972, PDX-ORD in 1986. Never flown a DC8.

Luckily I managed to fly Pan Am 5 times, LHR-SEA, SEA-LHR twice each and my first long haul flight on N729PA (hence my profile ID), LHR-SFO .......lovely airline. We always flew PA to the US, I still miss them.

Also managed to fly on Eastern A300 from SEA-PDX, about a year or so before the end.

Back to the subject matter......

Like most British Caledonian is on there. UTA, TWA, Northwest Orient, Western, PSA, Wardair Canada, CP Air, BWIA are too.


User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4152 times:

For me would be Eastern, Braniff, Canadian and Sabena.

User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2673 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 17):
Swissair

Swissair!!! I'm totally bummed about never having taken Swissair!! Dream was to one day fly in biz or first on their MD11 from LAX-ZRH. Oh well.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 20):
Braniff

Braniff!! I wonder why I didn't include that one. Though honestly I don't recall ever seeing any of their iron in person, even when I was a wee tot. Did they serve Logan?



Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 21):
Braniff!! I wonder why I didn't include that one. Though honestly I don't recall ever seeing any of their iron in person, even when I was a wee tot. Did they serve Logan?

Yes, definitely. In 1980 they flew 747s to Brussels and Frankfurt. My sister worked for Braniff in Boston during their transatlantic flights. Here is a photo of the timetable.
http://timetableimages.com/i-bc/bn8010i.jpg

Little of the expected new business materialized; 747 service from the new Boston hub proceeded particularly poorly, with the huge planes flying nearly empty.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braniff_International_Airways

[Edited 2013-06-08 09:44:10]


Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4062 times:

Although I did travel on Malev once, I never got the chance to fly on their 736's 

User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4018 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 21):
Braniff!! I wonder why I didn't include that one. Though honestly I don't recall ever seeing any of their iron in person, even when I was a wee tot. Did they serve Logan?

Here is a recent thread about Braniff serving Boston.
Braniff In Boston (by zrs70 Dec 21 2012 in Civil Aviation)?threadid=5641553&searchid=5641553&s=Braniff+Boston#ID5641553



Boeing Flown: 701,702,703;717;720;721,722;731,732,733,734,735,737,738,739;741,742,743,744,747SP;752,753;762,763;772,773.
25 KGRB : Most notable on my list is Comair. Now, you may wonder why was a regional airline with a fleet comprised entirely of CRJs so appealing to me? Well, I
26 cgnnrw : When I stilled lived in the US I had ample opportunities to fly on AirTran and Midway (MDW based) but never did. Since living in Europe I've missed ou
27 daviation : Pan Am 707. I had the opportunity to fly a Pan Am 707 from JFK - LIS in 1972 as part of a college tour, but I opted instead for the charter carrier, O
28 Post contains images babybus : I foolishly missed a few: BA Concorde : I was working for an airline at the time and could have got a discounted seat. Just didn't react in time. TWA:
29 L1011 : British Eagle. I was trying to book a trip with them the day they shut down, and ended up going with Aer Lingus. Bob Bradley
30 n5014k : I didn't think I'd see any mention of the airlines I wished I'd flown on when I had the chance. 1) Marco Island Airlines - last chance to fly a Martin
31 AyostoLeon : Not a complete miss because I had flown with them previously. Quite a few years ago now, Ansett Australia were meant to carry me to Queensland but wen
32 vatveng : I was planning a trip once and had decided to fly Independence Air, but I ended up having to cancel the trip and Independence ceased operations not lo
33 Post contains images BD338 : Really wish I had taken a trip on TWA. Dan Air would have been good if only to find out if it really stacked up to its nickname of Dan Dare Airlines.
34 PanHAM : I once took that flight, actually one or 2 of the weekly flights went BOS-BRU-FRA. I could rather write a list of carriers I flew on and that no long
35 sierra3tango : East African Airways - always wanted a ride on one of their VC10's, but then they lost one (or was it two) of them & decided not to. Never flew Co
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