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Topic: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: ILUV767
Posted 2001-03-09 08:26:33 and read 1852 times.

Hello everyone,

I keep hearing on this board, and in other places that United had planes to turn CLE into a hub. I was wonderig if anyone can tell me any thing more about this.

Some areas that I'm interested in is:
•When did this occur?
•Was it actually a small hub at one time?
•Where did UA want to fly to from CLE
•Were they planning any international traffic from CLE?


Thanks!

happy flying,
David

Topic: RE: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: Cody
Posted 2001-03-09 21:46:57 and read 1810 times.

I believe this was around 1981-1985 and yes United did consider it a hub. During the middle of 1985 to the beginning of 1986 they moved most of the operation to Washington Dulles. I am not at home right now so I can't look at my OAG's from those time periods, but I can tell you they flew from Cleveland to Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York, Newark, Tampa, Orlando, Boston and many others. I will be home next week and I will look into it more for you. As for international routes, I doubt very much they ever considered using Cleveland as a departure point. During that time, United's international presence was limited to Canada, and maybe a little of Mexico.

Topic: RE: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: Dc10@dfw
Posted 2001-03-09 21:55:11 and read 1800 times.

I remember I saw a United 727 at LAX back in the 80's and it was scheduled non stop to Cleveland,

Topic: RE: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: TheCroupier
Posted 2001-03-09 22:36:44 and read 1790 times.

Cleveland has always been a primary United destination.

By the mid 60s, United offered nonstops (via jet and prop) to over 30 cities including Hartford, Boston, NYC, Charleston, Dulles, National, Akron, Detroit, Newark, Milwaukee, Chicago, Los Angeles, Flint, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami and Tampa

By the early 70s, United had nearly 90 daily, all-jet departures from CLE (including D10s) to 32 different airports as diverse as Saginaw, Allentown, Norfolk to San Francisco, Denver and Miami.

Topic: RE: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: Tan flyr
Posted 2001-03-11 02:23:08 and read 1758 times.

As a former resident of FWA, I flew thru the CLE hub numerous times in the mid-late 70's, mostly to BDL & LGA. However as mentioned above the CLE hub had a number of banks serving cites along the mid-Atlantic to Boston, as well as MIA, FLL, TPA and JAX (via ATL). Many mid sized cities(FWA,SBN,GRR,LAN, FLT, TOL) in the great lakes area were connected with this hub with 737-200s as I recall. I remember hearing about the wonderfull Caravelles from the 60's though.

UA dropped this hub in April of 1980 to assign the a/c to more profitable flying(longer stage lenghts).

Hope this helps.

Topic: RE: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: HlywdCatft
Posted 2001-03-11 04:29:03 and read 1745 times.

I remember seeing a lot of United Aircraft in Cleveland around 1985. I was only 10 years old and I do not recall much Continental there.

Topic: RE: United's Former Operations Into And Out Of CLE
Username: N766UA
Posted 2001-03-11 23:34:58 and read 1715 times.

United operated a major hub in CLE. They operated everything from DC-7's to 747's. UA pulled out in the early 80s and moved to IAD. They did not merely "want to fly there" or "have a small hub." This was what IAD is now. United had a big hub. I know numerous fmr. UA employees from CLE by the way. UA had a hub here for a long time.


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