Paddy From Taiwan, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16600 times:
I agree with your list for the most part but I gotta give the axe to PanAm. Even though it was mega influential and the greatest carrier of its time during its Juan Trippe helmed heyday, it fell apart after he left and its current incarnation is a complete shame. I wish I could put a US carrier on my list but none really make the grade.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16158 times:
1). The original Pan American World Airways (often copied but never duplicated. Hands down, the innovative force behind the airline industry for years).
2). The original National Airlines (first all-jet airline in the US and some of the best transcontinental service around in the 1960's/70's).
3). Lufthansa (the "on-time machine")
Honorable mention to the Original Braniff International, Eastern, Western, Delta (before Leo f**ked them up), Alaska (Golden Nugget Jets - aka "Flying Whorehouses"), Southwest (were only supposed to have lasted 6 months, according to most industry pundits at the time - 30+ years later and still going strong!), PSA (The Airline that Won the West With A Smile!)
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 15796 times:
I would have to break this down into three distinct categories, as it is impossible to objectively list what could be the 5 best airlines of all time in all fields-one would almost certainly be inclined to instead pick their 5 favorite airlines. In the 3 categories below, I've included only the airlines that I think deserve to be listed, and refrained from listing any airlines for no other reason than that they are among my own personal favorites (otherwise Braniff, Eastern, Western and Sabena would most likely make an apperance).
From the technical standpoint:
1. Pan Am - pioneered international air travel and the B747
2. United - first with flight attendants, major technical innovator (B247-B777)
3. Swissair - had an impressive record of technical accomplishments
4. Imperial Airways/BOAC - major pioneer in the 1930s; launched jet travel
5. Aeroflot - operated the world's largest fleet under extreme conditions
In terms of service:
1. Pan Am - undeniably the best in the Juan Trippe era
2. TWA - Chateaubriand in First, first with successful IFE & multi-class aircraft
3. Singapore Air - currently the best in the world
4. British Airways - did a fantasic job with Concorde, FIRST, et cetera
5. Midwest Express - the finest US domestic airline in the 1990s, still good
As successful businesses:
1. Southwest - launched the LCC revolution, for better or worse
2. American - pioneered computer reservations and the DC-3
3. Lufthansa - one of the most stable and secure European airlines
4. Continental - made a remarkable turnaround in recent years
5. Delta - until relatively recently, one of the most well-managed airlines
Aussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15689 times:
Swissair - technical accomplishments. May be however it invented an IFE system that was not fully tested for all the right reasons and look what it did - a destruction of an MD-11 with a great loss of life. Lest we Forget
I would have to say there were plenty of other airlines worthy of technical accomplishments before Swissair somes to mind - eg Qantas the greatest Pioneer of long haul travel - the first to invent long haul business class.
Notdownnlocked From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 943 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15691 times:
Who cares about those in the past. They're all goned now. The bestest ever in the whole whole wide wide world are:
1: Jetblue: because their planes are the neatest in the whole wide world
2: Jetblue: because they have all the TV screens in all the back of the seats
3: Jetblue: because they are the most popular ever since I was born 13 years ago and thats what i heard
4: Jetblue: because everybody else here says they are the bestest in the whole wide world
5: Jetblue because somebody here told me they were really really good
IndustrialPate From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 15670 times:
I agree 100%! But don't forget that they're a LCC. I mean, look at the other so-called LCC like FL. They want $167.50 from LGA-LAX -- that's expensive, especially when AA wants $163.50 on the same route. And AA flies widebodies!!!