DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30 Posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5528 times:
Since threads are usually only riddled with speculative theories and things of that nature these days, I decided that it's about time for a practical post. This thread is mainly aimed at the people who are old enough to remember these times!
If you could take a step back 15-20 years, what would you want to see just one more time in regards to the aviation industry? What do you miss the most? Is it an aircraft that you would like to fly on that is not currently in service? Is it Southwest F/A's in hot pants and cowgirl boots? Is it sitting there in San Diego watching PSA all day long? Tell me what you specifically miss (and it doesn't have to be anything I said above...those are just examples of things that I'm looking for).
Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Contrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1845 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5423 times:
I'd like to see:
FAs who knew what customer service meant;
Friendly faces at ticket counters and gates;
Paper tickets with red print on the copies;
707's, 727's, and DC-8's;
The parking lot at the end of Runway 17/35 at TUL;
No metal detectors; TSA agents; random checks; etc.
Braniff and all her rainbow fleet, especially the Great Pumpkin.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12341 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5385 times:
I remember going to the airport back in the 70's just to watch the flights depart and return, and the ability to walk all over the airport and see the goings and comings all evening long. I also miss the AA DC10's between DTW and ORD and the fact that they offered a full beverage service on these flights.
4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3120 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5367 times:
4 columns of black smoke accompanied by ungodly noise as a jet with 4 sleek engines and well swept back wings, preferably a CV-880/990, takes to the sky, as watched from just outside the fence at runway's edge.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15247 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5311 times:
What do I want back most?
Eastern Air Lines, in all her glory, circa 1985.
Braniff International's Flying Colors fleet
The days before Bob Crandall created "AAdvantage" where no frequent flier programs existed
Well-dressed, professional customers who wouldn't dream of wearing a tank top or flip-flops onboard an airplane
Briefcases instead of backpacks
Hot meals in coach, exquisite hot meals in First Class on fine china
Movies on a big screen at the front of the cabin instead of a million little screens in each seatback (reminds me of being at Best Buy for too long!).
The days before smoking was abolished onboard planes. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Captain has turned off the no smoking sign. Smoking is now permitted at your seat, but never in the aisles, lavatories, or non-smoking sections of the aircraft. Thank you.
The days where customers were told the fare and PAID it instead of haggling like they're on "Let's Make A Deal."
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5299 times:
I'd like to see Dan Air London grace the skies again. No other carrier had such a diverse fleet for European routes. If you knew a Dan Air flight was due in you were left guessing what aircraft type it would be as they loved to swap and change aircraft types on their routes.
In this day of fleet standardisation it is unlikely we will ever see another operator offer this variety of types on short-medium haul routes:
They couldn't even make their minds up whether they wanted to be known as a scheduled or charter operator, they just went for everything! Just to top it off they had a very nice livery too.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2626 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5244 times:
Some memories from days gone by:
Eating baked Alaska in first class on Braniff DC-8.
Boarding the aircraft from the ground, and hearing the sounds of airplanes.
Going into the cockpit in flight.
Baggage destination tags that were pre-printed for each city.
Your seat assignment was selected at the gate from a big seat map with numbered sticky labels on them.
Leather seats in coach on Braniff.
Braniff's colorful fleet, including the Calder 727 & DC-8.
And the one that sounds incredible in this day and age:
Being served steak, on china, with silverware, free wine on a one hour flight on an all coach airline. This happened on the original Frontier between Wichita and Denver.
Today we don't get their any quicker, but maybe a little cheaper and with a lot more hassle.
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CanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5145 times:
Things I would love to see again...
1. Braniff and the rainbow fleet
2. Pan Am 747-100's, Eastern L1011's, Western DC-10's
3. Hot eggs for breakfast in COACH!
5. The word Stewardess and not Flight attendant
6. Stewardesses in hot pants and bee-hive haircuts
7. A Piano in AA's 747's
8. Mohawk, Allegheny, and Piedmont
9. Point-to-point service and no hub-and-spoke
10. TWA In its heyday at JFK terminal 5.
Kwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5135 times:
Here is partial list:
1. being able to fly mainline jets to/from most cities (SLE et al)
2. PSA, AirCal, Western, Eastern, Republic, TWA, PanAm, Braniff, the old
Continental scheme (meatball), the old Frontier, Hughes Air West, CP air
Wien Air Alaska
3. DC-8 & 727 aplenty
4. Being on the tarmac at most airports instead of jetways
5. Far less security
6. LAX before the 2nd level was built
7. No huge hub & spoke systems