NWCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 641 posts, RR: 15 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1362 times:
I read at another web site that NW offered service from SNA to SMF, and a few other locations other than just MSP and DTW at one point. Is this even true? If so, when did this service begin, end, what type of equipment was used etc. Thanks for answers in advance.
Boeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1130 times:
Hughes Air West was likely the origional route operator at the time. They were bought by Republic which was then bought by Northwest. I know these routes did continue for a short time into the mid to late 80's. This is where NWA's Seattle presence began. All of the routes in the west gone now and codeshared with AS.
NWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1106 times:
Quoting Northwestair (Reply 6): I remember when we had SNA-LAX A320 service but that was short lived
Unless I'm mistaken, you're off by a letter. NW used to have SAN-LAX A320 service, which was rather short lived. The A319 also operated this route for some time, as a tag on to the since-discontinued LAX-KIX route.
NW did use to operate SNA-SEA and PHX-SNA around the time of the Republic merger. In fact, an attempt to beat the SNA curfew was cited as a contributing factor of the NW255 crash in 1987, which was routed DTW-PHX-SNA. I don't believe they ever operated SNA-SMF.