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Which Airline Did You Prefer In The 80's? Why?  
User currently offlineTheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4805 times:

Hi,

I am just now in the finishing stages of my airline history project and want to know which airlines, domestic primarily, you preferd when flying in the 1980's? Also, why did you prefer the airline?

Andy

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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

For many years TWA was the only"big airline" that flew into my home airport MDT. There was a certain mystique and sophistication to them that the other airline flying into MDT just didn,t have and still does,t USAir. Allegeney Airlines untill 1979 I think.


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User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4737 times:

I lived in Pasadena and went up to the San Francisco Bay Area for meetings and to visit family. I loved PSA. They were a no hassle airline and fun to fly.

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1984 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4694 times:

As a graduate student, I loved PeoplExpress for its cheap fares. Flying EWR to PIT cost $124 each way (which was why I endured a 13-hour trip on a Greyhound bus) until PE came around, lowering the fare to a more affordable $28. For that I was willing to put up with fellow passengers trying to stuff huge suitcases in the overhead bins to avoid the $3 per bag charge, bringing my own snacks (US in those days served only peanuts and soda, so I wasn't missing much), the awful EWR North Terminal, and fighting my way on board when passengers boarded from both the front and back of the plane at the same time and without assigned seats (the ex-LH 737-130s had airstairs fitted to the rear door, as in the picture), and the occasional tire change while we were boarding.

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On a positive note, the planes had refurbished interiors, the flight attendants were fun and very pretty, the airline was reliable, and on a lucky day you could get a seat right behind one of those old noisy JT-8 oil burners!



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User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 305 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4679 times:
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Quoting Fanofjets (Reply 3):
and on a lucky day you could get a seat right behind one of those old noisy JT-8 oil burners!

explaians the discolouration behind the wing extending to the tail.

As an ignorant European, what did happen to PE, the forerunner to LCC's?.

Andy



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User currently offlinePhuebner From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 244 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

Quoting Crox1 (Reply 4):
As an ignorant European, what did happen to PE, the forerunner to LCC's?.

People Express was created by a man who was Frank Lorenzo's buddy at Texas International. I can't remember his name but he tried to push the idea with Frank and he scoffed at him so they quit being friends and he left Texas Int. WN was around and was becoming successful. This guy was actually allowed to hang out with the management to see how the airline (WN) worked. Anyway, after quick expansions and other airlines starting to compete People Express lost it and had to shut down.

To answer the question in this string, I would have to say that I preferred TWA. I am the son of a former TWA employee and hence bennies were good. IN other words that airline was all we flew....for FREE!!!



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Quoting Crox1 (Reply 4):
As an ignorant European, what did happen to PE, the forerunner to LCC's?.

IIRC in September 1986 the airline closed its doors and re-opened as part of Texas Air. Most of the network was merged with CO.

If you go to the 'Articles' section on the main page there is an article, "The Rise and Fall of PEOPLExpress", that will give you a very good idea of what caused this innovative airline to fail.



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User currently offlinePhuebner From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 244 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4653 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 6):
If you go to the 'Articles' section on the main page there is an article

You know, I was trying to remember where I had read the information about People Express and it was this article.



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User currently offlinePhuebner From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 244 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4652 times:

Here is the article:

http://www.airliners.net/articles/read.main?id=68



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User currently offlineAirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

I have to say I miss the original Piedmont. We did a lot of back and forth to AVL in the 80's. My parents preferred it because of the connection in CLT instead of ATL. I remember preferring it because I remember having to fly alone a couple of times and being terrified to fly EA (also because of the ATL connection).

I also rather miss KP. The service was great at the beginning - and you couldn't beat the price.


User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

BCAL was nice on the LGW TIP route. Nice colour scheme, nice a/c - 707 !! - professional crew. Always looked at it as our first/last bit of civilization depending on whether we were leaving or arriving in Libya.


Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4619 times:

I second the Piedmont vote. We could fly from home (near RIC) to Grandma's house in Denver without having to deal with O'Hare, Hartsfield, DFW, etc. Sometimes we would connect in Charlotte, other times we did the multi-hop routes with connections in very out-of-the-way places. Those small-town airports were the best! And the flight crews were very kid-friendly.


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User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4613 times:

I enjoyed Muse Air very well. It was founded by one of the original bosses of Southwest, Lamar Muse. I flew them a couple of times when they served my home airport of ONT for a few months. They were one of the first non-smoking airlines. They had a gentle, Southern style to them, which made them a very pleasant airline to fly. They flew long distance routes from Texas to California and to Florida, as opposed to Southwest, who flew very few long distance routes then. They even had a through ticketing agreement with AirCal, connecting between Texas and Northern California through LAX and ONT. They flew some routes that never have been flown again, such as ONT-MAF and ONT-AUS. They eventually changed their name to TranStar, purchased by Southwest, and then were absorbed and gone. This is an important airline to study if you are interested in 1980's aviation, because of the role the founder and the airline played with and against an emergent Southwest.


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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4572 times:

Delta Air Lines, the best domestic US airline of the 1980s. If they flew where you wanted to go, of course, since until they merged with Western they didn't have a very big presence on the west coast.

User currently offlineLuxair From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4555 times:

Well, I was a huge fan of Icelandair because I loved too much their stretched DC-8's, the loudness and smoke provided by this 4 holer was incredible!


Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4542 times:
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Delta, no contest!! They were the cream of the industry in the 80's, very warm and friendly employees, everything that was good with an airline was Delta. I was living in Washington State, and always flew back to Ohio to visit family, and always on Delta 767-s and L-1011's from SEA-ATL, connecting to the DC-9's up to PIT.

It was always a great experience!!



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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2604 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4526 times:
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I thought DL was the best of the best in the 80's. Royal Service still meant something and the folks at DL really outdid themselves. I think part of that was the growth internationally. It was a great morale booster and it just seemed like DL could do no wrong.

ALSO, little 'ole PI became quite a player---at least here in the south. They just about took over the Florida intra-state business. I always had found their service standards to be high (even on F-27 milk runs), but they really seemed to take off with the 73's, 72's, and Fokkers.



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