Mike77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 203 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
I remember when I was growing up in the 1980's, I always saw TransAmerica 747's at DFW. I never got to fly them. I am wondering if they offered scheduled or charter service? Did anyone ever fly on them? What was it like?
Pll-lot From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2194 times:
I flew them in 1982, my first trip to Europe, from JFK to ZRH. I believe it was a 747-100 (maybe 200 series). I remember it being a great flight. Landing in Zurich was quite a beautiful sight for my young eyes!
TWAL1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
I flew an American Trans Air DC8 charter from Chicago ORD to Shannon, Ireland roundtrip in the summer of 1982.
I remember the plane being crowded, long maintenance delays, sitting next to a nun who was upset with my behavior, beautiful-to-even-a-7-year-old tanned flight attendants and a big green T on the tail.
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2035 times:
TV used to be a frequent visitor to HNL. As far back as I can recall, from the 70s to the mid-80s. I don't recall them having scheduled flights, since they were classified as a charter airline. I know some of their flights passing through HNL were military. I'm guessing the rest were for tour charters. I recall seeing even the old "TIA" on the DC-8's tails. The last I saw of them were DC-10-30s @ HNL and OAK.
What was the cause of their demise?
"The best use of your life will be to so live your life, that the use of your life will outlive your life" -- D Severn
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6836 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1994 times:
Don't recall whether they appeared in the OAG, but they did publish a schedule all right. The one I have says all their scheduled flights were DC-8s; dunno if the DC-10s and 747s ever did fly scheduled flights.