SE210Caravelle From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 258 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4333 times:
I have always liked the idea of having a classic airline.
The airline would have the Pan American name and would fly only classic planes: The 727's, 707's, Caravelles , original 747's, BOAC's, DC 8's, 9's and MD 80's, 90's, VC-10's, etc, etc. The cabins would be all first class and the flight attendants would wear classic uniforms (hat included ). There would be no in flight entertainment unless there were TV's and a radio connection originally built into the aircraft.
Nothing would be modernized except for safety features and possible mandatory improvements on the flight decks!
I think this would be great!
What do you think? Would you want an airline like this? What planes would you use?
AZjetgeek From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 235 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4315 times:
I'm not really certain what you believe is a "classic" airline, but the one I'd choose is Braniff. Not that I had any great love for the antics of Harding Lawrence, but I did like the airline's use of script for its livery. I also enjoyed the solid color aircraft.
Braniff did best with the 727 and the BAC 1-11. I'd operate it today with Embraer 170's and Fokker 100's. Staying in a regional carrier mode, I'd operate the 170's on shorter, lower-load service. The F-100's would be used on medium-range flights with higher loads. I'd cover Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas initially.
Lawrence got greedy when De-Regulation went into effect in 1978. He bit off WAY more than he could chew, including purchasing a couple of 747's. He wound up keeping one to use for service to London. Those who attempted to restart Braniff in the 80's and 90's did not appear to have much vision or understanding of the industry. I'd like to see what Herb Kelleher would have done with Braniff if he owned it.
Thrust From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 2691 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4271 times:
I would choose Trans World Airlines
We would have the L-1011s, Boeing 747 Classics (-100 and -200), Boeing 747-400, Boeing 767-200ER, -300ER, Boeing 727-200, Boeing 757-200, DC-9s, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Boeing 777-200ER and 777-200LR. Our stewardesses would wear the old TWA uniforms of the 1950s, we would offer full meal service on all flights, offer MRTC, and our global network would include transpacific routes to NRT, HKG, Singapore, and Taipei out of ORD, LAX, JFK, and STL. THis transpacific network would be in addition to TWA's services to Europe in the 1980s (LHR routes retained), and TWA's big domestic network. It would be the perfect TWA
VS4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 439 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4263 times:
Mind would be Orion airways, they were wonderful and I would fly 737-300's in the Easyjet mode! Plus it was a classic livery. I hated Britannia for a while when they absorbed them, now I hate Tui!, see a pattern emerging?