Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1224 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6023 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.
MHG From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 846 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6000 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 ...
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.
With their routes always a bit off the beaten track I did not manage to make it happen.
e38 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 404 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5984 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)
SRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 982 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5970 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.
aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7800 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5949 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.
LHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5826 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
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3215 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5795 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.
PHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8339 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5743 times:
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.
RamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5664 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.
StlHsvSfoSan From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5634 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)
mtnwest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5631 times:
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.
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.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2589 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5224 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
KGRB From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 894 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5173 times:
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 worked a lot of Comair flights when I first started at Delta in ATW and I could've flown them for free and still missed my chance. That one really stings.
Another one was ATA. They briefly flew to GRB (via their Connection partner Chicago Express), but I don't think my parents ever considered them when booking flights. I loved their palm tree tails and had an ATA L-1011 model growing up. I always hoped I could fly with them, but they went out of business before I could afford my own tickets.
I also really liked Continental growing up, mostly because they were a partner of my favorite airline, Northwest. I almost bought a ticket with them a few years back, but Delta was much cheeper and I booked with them instead. I regret that one.
There are other airlines that have come-and-gone that I would have loved to try, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind. I didn't include carriers like Eastern and Pan Am, since they went out of business when I was very young, or carriers like Swissair or Sabena, which I never had an opportunity to fly on.
I'm sure glad I didn't miss out on these, though...
-- America West Airlines (HP)
-- Mesaba Airlines/Northwest Airlink (XJ)
-- Midwest Express Airlines (YX)
-- Northwest Airlines (NW)
-- Skyway Airlines/The Midwest Express Connection (AL)
-- US Airways (US) (Probably soon to be gone.)
Next trip: MKE-DFW-MKE on AA Super 80 and YV CRJ-900. Trip report coming soon!
cgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 26, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5054 times:
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 out on opportunities to fly with Swissair, Sabena, LTU and Interflug.
daviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 27, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5050 times:
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, Overseas National Airlines (DC-8-63), because it was a bit cheaper. I'm glad I had the opportunity ride the DC-8-63, although that wasn't the first or last time. But I never flew Pan Am, and I never flew on a 707. Big regret.
AyostoLeon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 31, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4916 times:
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 went into liquidation before hand. Lucky for me I got my money back but not everybody did.
I had wanted to fly from Hamburg on Cimber and they also folded, but Scandinavian later stepped in. All the same my flights were not quite the same.
An airline that is still in business but changed its schedule after I booked: Finnair. I wanted to fly HKG-HEL but they cancelled flights on the day that I wanted to fly. Suggested alternatives did not suit so they missed out. All the same, I compliment them for the speed with which they processed the refund.