MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3196 times:
Well I just got a few old timetables so I thought I'd share this with you guys. Perhaps some of you don't know, but Delta always had a very large operation in New Orleans...until recent years. Concourse D was basically built for them, and for decades, they operated upwards of 30 flights per day. At its pinnacle, Delta had about 60 daily departures from here. L1011 service was operated through 1988, although thankfully 767 service still exists today, which, for me, symbolizes the bond that Delta has always had with MSY, regardless of how small its operation has become here. Anyhoo, here's a look at DL's October 31,1982 schedule from the Crescent City. By this time, the nonstop service to SJU and MAR has come to an end, although as you will see, Delta still meant business in New Orleans. Enjoy this glimpse into aviation's past.
City Time Aircraft
Atlanta 3:10a 72S
Atlanta 8:05a L10
Atlanta 11:30a 72S
Atlanta 12:50p L10
Atlanta 2:40p 72S
Atlanta 5:50p 72S
Atlanta 9:10p L10
GSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3272 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3131 times:
I can still smell the jet exhaust from the old observation deck above the "middle" concourse (don't know the actual name of it now--used to have the old control tower on it). There was nothing like waiting for DL Tristars and NA DC-10's and the Flying Colors BN jets on that deck!
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3117 times:
GSPSPOT, that was Concourse C, which in its heyday also saw the BA Tristar 500 from LGW thrice weekly (albeit for a short time) as well as the classic colors of "The Wings of Man". Alas, the golden era of New Orleans aviation is well behind us, but at least some of us still remember what it was like. Man those were the days.
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4455 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2990 times:
Didn't Delta start operations in Louisiana back in the 1920's when the airline was founded? I believe it did. It is called Delta because it started flying near the Delta of the Mississipi River. It doesn't surprise me that Delta always had many flights out of MSY.
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2928 times:
Delta was actually founded/sarted in Monroe,LA (KMLU). Up until just a couple of years ago, Delta still flew MD-88/727 service to MLU several times daily. They were the only airline to do so of course, probably due to historical ties.
Jfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4094 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2870 times:
It's not only MSY's golden age demise--but aviation as a whole. I'm only 22 and I remember travelling to MCO and MIA on Eastern, TWA, and Delta. Always an L1011, always a movie, always a meal. I still remember seeing Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles on an L1011 from LGA to MCO. That was one of the best flights of my life!
Replacing that is an RJ!
Look at that schedule. Even if DL still flew it, do you think ORD, DFW, Memphis, STL would get mainline service?
Those were the days!
Coronado990 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1623 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2690 times:
Delta did have some odd flight times back in the 60s and 70s. Growing up, I will always remember that Delta DC-8 a 1000 feet above my house at 3:30am turning short finals into SAN. It departed ATL at mid-nite, made a stop at LAX and flew on down to San Diego (talk about a red-eye going the wrong way!). Delta had another DC-8 that arrived here every afternoon at 3:30pm originating from SJU and making stops at MSY and LAX (everything stopped at LAX back then!). That was always my favorite flight. Delta and National coming into little ol' SAN in the 1960s was like a visitor from another land.
My 25APR71 Delta sked shows about 57 flights a day at MSY. SAN had a much appreciated 4.
Dc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1559 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
Coronado do you remember the training accident in '66 involving a Delta DC-8-50. The aircraft ended up crashing into a hotel in New Orleans. It was a late night exercise as i recall which ended in disaster during an engine out procedure.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2218 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2468 times:
I have seen some pretty grisly photos showing the aftermath of the Delta DC8 crash in 1966. The plane clipped some houses and flew straight into a Hilton Inn while on approach to runway 19.
Quite a few people in the hotel died as well. The accident report said that many of the bodies were found in a hotel bathroom, where they had turned on a shower in an attempt to beat back the flames from the crash. Not pretty stuff to think about.