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User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

i'm hoping maybe i can jog some memories here...

back in the late 1970's or early 1980's i read an article about the commuter airline industry in which the author travels across the USA on nothing but small commuter airlines. i believe he began in Baltimore and ended up somewhere on the west coast while in the middle he ended up "connecting" in some small and interesting places, on some small and interesting airlines.

i would love to read this again, but cannot find the article anywhere. i have to believe it was in an aviation magazine, but i can't be sure. i do remember that it was done in several segments.

if anyone has any info on this article, it would be greatly appreciated.


chris


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User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

I'd love to see a proposed route map for such a trip today.

User currently offlineA999 From Norway, joined Mar 2004, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2140 times:

It can easily be done on American, Continental, Delta and United regionals.

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2114 times:

Sounds like an interesting article. I wonder how long the trip would take...?

Any idea what publication (or even type of publication -- newspaper, general interest mag, trade journal, etc.) this popped up in? I'm not having much luck with my library's collection (seems to be quite limited before '86, at least as electronic archives go), but if you could narrow it down...

Lincoln



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User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

I would imagine that in the 70s it would have been a lot worse than it is today. The RJ's of today aren't that bad in comparison, we get pillows, the cabin isn't too loud and sometimes we even get meals!
Don't get me wrong, I still would not enjoy it at all especially the part about no IFE. I'm not saying that IFE is everything but with the horrid pitch, I can't even put my laptop straight up without it hitting the seat in-front of me!
SR



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User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

if i remember right, it was either in a newspaper or an aviation related magazine. i believe it was back in the days of the CAB.

i can only vaguely remember the article. i remember he used aircraft like C99's, Metroliners, and Navajo's and the likes. he passed through Hagerstown MD and i think North Platte and/or Grand Island NE.

funny what the memory comes up with sometimes. i only wish i could remember more.


chris



Well nothing's dead down here, just a little tired
User currently offlineSonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Quoting A999 (Reply 2):
It can easily be done on American, Continental, Delta and United regionals.

Don't forget about US. They have a very impressive regional system.

-SOAC



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User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17824 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

"I'd love to see a proposed route map for such a trip today."

You could do that in one stop on UA from SFO-IAD via AUS. ...Or SBA-CLT on UA via DEN....really no big deal these days.



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User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2029 times:

I did PHX-DFW-BNA or CRJ's when DL had the hub still open.

you could do the following:

SJC-SLC 8:50 AM arr 11:26 CR7
SLC-STL 1:00PM arr 4:45PM CR7
STL-CVG 5:35 PM arr 7:53PM CRJ
CVG-JFK 8:40PM arr 10:35PM CRJ

on DL flights!


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Quoting Chrisjake (Thread starter):
back in the late 1970's or early 1980's I read an article about the commuter airline industry in which the author travels across the USA on nothing but small commuter airlines. I believe he began in Baltimore and ended up somewhere on the west coast while in the middle he ended up "connecting" in some small and interesting places, on some small and interesting airlines.

At the time that was the exception, now it has become the norm. Seems we are moving backwards and not forwards in this industry.



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User currently offlineSprxUSA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

I remember the article, and seeing the route map. I was only 8 or so, and I think it was the publication "Commuter Air" magazine.

The only sections of the routes I vividly seem to recollect was he flew from Missoula-Boise-Reno and then to SF Bay area I think. It must've been Big Sky to Boise and Mountain West or Gem Satte to Reno.

I too would very much like this article too. In fact, I was searching eBay to see if I could find any old Commuter Air mags, but to no avail.

Good luck to you!



Gem State Airlines..."we have a gem of an airline"
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

I think some of you are missing the point... Of course it could be done easily in one or two stops, but instead it's about taking the "long way" and seeing the country-- Kind of like taking small backroads on a cross country trip instead of hopping on the interstate.

I too would like to see the itinerary for a trip like this


User currently offlineTouchdown99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Not sure if it is impressive enough, but I deliberately did a turboprop BGY-SOU-BHD-GLA-MAN/LPL-LCY flight last year. It involved a DHC8-Q400, a DHC8-Q200, a BAe ATP, a DHC8-300 and a Fokker 50.

It should be possible to do a flight from Europe's most northernmost airport at Honningsvag in Norway down to Lampedusa island in the Mediterranean sea just in turboprops. There might be a problem on some legs in Italy, but otherwise it would be possible.


User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

Perhaps the more pertinent question for the US would be is it possible to go cross-country on turboprops, and if so, how?

User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3210 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

Quoting SonOfACaptain (Reply 6):
Don't forget about US. They have a very impressive regional system.

You can't do it all on US Airways Express though; their regional system doesn't get anywhere close to the west coast. Even back when Trans States Airlines had some Jetstream 32 flights within California for US Airways, it wouldn't have worked, since it was isolated from the rest of the USX system.

David / ABQ


User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

Back in the heyday, one could fly American Eagle:

LAX - LAS - Farmington NM - AMA - DFW - ??? - PNS

Too tired to remember the stops between DFW and PNS.


User currently offlineSprxUSA From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

Just looking quick, I can go:
Portland,OR-Moses Lake,WA-Boise,ID-Missoula,MT-Billings,MT-Sheridan,WY-Denver,CO on Big Sky (eff April).
Then Denver-Dodge City on Great Lakes,DDC-Kansas City on Mesa/Air Midwest, then drive to Joplin,MO catch AA Connection thru STL to Memphis, then get stuck there. Actually, I quit looking. But according to Expedia, TSA/AA Conn flies into Joplin. This would be on SWM,BE1,J41.
I bet maybe via ZK thru PIR then XJ to MSP then East?



Gem State Airlines..."we have a gem of an airline"
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