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User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6853 times:

Yesterday I was flying back to New York from DFW and I had to be dropped off a couple dozen yards ahead of the curbside check-in area in the middle of Terminal C. I wasn't checking a bag, so I just walked into the the first entrance I saw, which I thought would lead me to the stairs to the gate level.

Some renovation work was being done in this area, which seemed to contain a stop for the employee-only tram linking the terminals. (I'm not even sure if such a tram still exists -- I thought that the old DFW tram system -- not Skylink -- was more extensive than just the TrAAin, but from what I'm finding online, apparently not.) While I was down there, I saw some TrAAin cars speed by; sure enough it didn't stop at this station.

As it turned out, there weren't any stairs in this particular area, only the tram stop and an elevator. By the time I discovered this, I was standing at the elevator and not entirely sure I was someplace I was supposed to be but, what the hell, I decided to take the elevator up to the gates.

While waiting for the elevator, I turned around and saw an old brown plastic sign with white vinyl letters. In large letters it advised that the current terminal was an AA terminal, but in smaller letters below, said "METRO, SUNBELT, CHAPARRAL."

At first it wasn't apparent to me that these were airlines. I had never heard of a single one of them. But sure enough, these were all airlines that used to serve DFW. And if the source I found is correct, it looks like Chaparral became American Eagle, whereas Sunbelt and Metro were somewhat less successful.

But the really remarkable thing is that it looks like this sign must have dated from before 1984, when Sunbelt ceased operations (again, according to my Internet source -- correct me if I'm wrong on this). I thought it was amazing that this relic still existed in a forgotten corner of DFW. (Though considering they were renovating that area, that sign probably won't be around much longer. I wish I had gotten a picture, but I didn't have my camera on me.) Really, about the only thing that could have made it better is if it was a large sign pointing the way to the Braniff, Eastern and Pan Am gates.

I was flying on an ex-TWA 757 last week, and the beverage cart still had TWA printed on the side, though I'd have to say that the Metro-Sunbelt-Chaparral is a somewhat more impressive testimonial to the unexpected longevity of corporate identities.

What are some other remnants you've seen of airlines that are long gone?

New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
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User currently offlineFrugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 6773 times:

The US Airways Shuttle used to be the Eastern Shuttle, then the Trump Shuttle, and Delta Shuttle used to be Pan Am Shuttle. There are some remnants. Also, some of US MD-80s had galley instructions labeled PSA until they were retired. Also, I believe DL's 732s and many of ther 733s are ex-Western.

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 day ago) and read 6761 times:

Quoting Frugalqxnwa (Reply 1):
Delta Shuttle used to be Pan Am Shuttle

And the Pan Am Shuttle used to be the New York Air shuttle.

User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4554 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

LAX T3 is a relic in and of itself.

User currently offlineSpantax From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 6674 times:

Hi, Here in Brussels you still can see a lot of stuff (trucks, buildings, etc.) with the logo of SABENA (but is not gone for too long, that's right). Regards

User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7634 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 6662 times:

Didn't some of FL's old DC-9s still have J7 Critter labels inside?

At PHL, the old Terminal E jetbridges that WN replaced a year ago (when it started service) still had TWA signs on it.

"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1962 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 6569 times:

In some USAir operations rooms at places like GSO and RDU, there are old PIEDMONT signs and pictures all over. The ex-Eastern 757's that USAir flies have brown Passenger Service Units above the passenger seats that have not been changed out since the Eastern days. There is an Eastern 727 in full EAL paint sitting at the airport in Hagerstown, MD. Beside it is a Pan Am number 1 727. There are dumsters in MCO that now belong to Delta but you can see where they used to say Pan Am with the globe above it at one time. They must have pealed the Pan Am stickers off and the sun had faded everything around it. Plane as day, you can see the Pan Am titles and logo. I just saw that last week. Also, remember the pre-ValuJet AirTran??? AirTran still has a maintenance truck painted in old AirTran colors.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 6533 times:

Parts of EAL 401 in a junk yard near KMIA.

User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1909 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 6513 times:

I have a couple of old Swissair boarding passes right here in my desk drawer.

This thread made me take them out and look at them.

Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
User currently offlineRayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 6502 times:

I once travelled by Ryanair and when the flight attendant demonstrated the emergency procedure, the life jacket blatantly read "Property of Lufthansa"!

Does that surprise you?

User currently offlineN774UA From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 6479 times:

Until a couple weeks ago there was a PAN AM belly container at AMS. Somehow I always had to take a look at it and think of the past.  half 


...follow his instructions, switch off at the stand.
User currently offlineJetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 392 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 6451 times:

Of course JFK's terminal 5 still has the TWA signs all over it. Looks nice, just wish TWA could still be parked at it.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13841 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 6358 times:

I work (since 1990) in the former Pan Am building in NYC (200 Park Avenue, between Grand Central Station and 45th Street). While I don't see any old PanAm sign or logos or even shadows of them, in the Vanderbilt Street side lobby/enterance, is a sculpture of wire suspending a metal globe, which was installed during the time that PanAm was HQ'ed in this building, and a placque noting this, and is retained to remind of the building's history. During Christmas, the building has continued a tradition started by PanAm of collecting contributions from tennents and displaying just before Christmas, toys, bicycles and other related items to be given to children for the holidays. Also, there is still the 'Sky Club' on the top occupied floor.

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 7427 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 6310 times:

Quoting Cody (Reply 6):
There is an Eastern 727 in full EAL paint sitting at the airport in Hagerstown, MD.

I'd kill for reg #  Silly

At SRQ, there is still some coloring at what used to be Eastern's ticket counter.

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
User currently offlineN844AA From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 13 hours ago) and read 6215 times:

I was in ... MIA, I think, last year, and I remember seeing some EAL signage. I think it might have been at a ticket counter where they were doing some renovations and they had pulled away whatever facade had been covering the Eastern logo underneath.

If AA ever goes belly up, it'll take 'em decades to remove all the AA stuff from around DFW. Look how long it's taken them to remove the Metro, Chaparral and Sunbelt stuff 

[Edited 2005-04-06 02:52:20]

New airplanes, new employees, low fares, all touchy-feely ... all of them are losers. -Gordon Bethune
User currently offlineMonteycarlos From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2107 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 6142 times:

Everytime I head past MEL and see this.

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Photo © George Canciani

Quoting RayPettit (Reply 9):
I once travelled by Ryanair and when the flight attendant demonstrated the emergency procedure, the life jacket blatantly read "Property of Lufthansa"!

Does that surprise you?

With Ryanair's cost cutting policies.... No, it doesn't surprise me at all.

It's a beautiful night to fly like a phoenix...
User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3739 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 6128 times:
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We still have the Pan Am Building with in Honolulu. It still has the Pan Am and Pan American signs on the building. There was talk of removing the signs when Pan Am went out of business and the building passed through several owners, but nostalgia won out.

Pan Am Building pictures

User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2153 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 6125 times:

EAL 401 parts are still sitting somewhere to this day? What can you tell me about this junkyard? This may be worth a day trip. Wink

User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4437 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

In Bogota and in Medellin there is still some Aces signage and 2 of West´s ATRs still have Aces seats, as they are ex-VX horses. AV´s F50s also have Aces seats. In the smaller airports (Armenia, Manizales, Barrancabermeja, Riohacha) there is still some Alianza Summa signage. In Bogota and Armenia there is still Inter signage, though the airline has only been gone for a couple of months.

User currently offlineSLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 6104 times:

There is a door that leads from the T2 ramp inside at ORD that still has the Pan Am logo. It does not look like anyone has tried to cover it up. CO now uses the gates where it is located.

What do I know? I just fly 'em.......
User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 6094 times:

In FLL, when you are at curbside checkin, look the big black boards that have sticker letters depicting what airline is in what terminal at an angle. if you are successful, you will see the Eastern, Carnival, Condor, and Delta Express stickers. These are all scattered at all different concourses though. And I'm sure you will see more too.

User currently offlineJdaniel001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

At the old Braniff terminal at DFW (2W now B), if you look at the signage at just the right angle you can still see Braniff International.

Also at Love Field (DAL), the old DL concourse was untouched up until a year or two ago. The gatehouses were still like the day Delta moved out. The podiums the little 4' high railing, everything. It was incredible.

Also at DAL, there was an old style Frontier sticker with the arrow on their old ops room.

User currently offlineJdwfloyd From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 838 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 6078 times:

There is a rusted out TWA catering truck in field near my house.

User currently offlineVatveng From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 6052 times:

The Critter lives at PHF! One of the original ValuJet stations, the wastebasket behind the AirTran podium in the gate area for gates 2/4/6 at PHF has a Critter logo on it. (Wish I'd had the camera with me...)

User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1919 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 6035 times:

On a customs official's desk at ATL I found to my huge surprise a sticker from Busy Bee of Norway that used to operate one 737-200 and some F-27's and -50's on behalf of Braathens in Norway and around Europe. It may well still be there!

Also logos from Western and Reeves Aleutian came visible when they tore down the panels behind DL's old ticket counters in SEA a couple of years ago. I had a picture of that wall published in Airways.

- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
25 UAL Bagsmasher : I was just pointing out that PanAm logo in T2 at ORD this morning to a co-worker when I taxied a plane down.
26 Post contains links and images N844AA : Ooh, here's a good one. A nearly forgotten airliner, made by a long-gone manufacturer, flown by an extinct airline. And from the looks of it, surprisi
27 Airlinelover : At O'hare, when you enter the airport vicinity to go to UAL's training center, there is (was) a large green sign with various airline names and logos
28 Uswyjer : CLT still has TWA listed on an overhead sign by curbside for terminal A, its been blotched out with some dark paint, but still clearly visible no less
29 Newkai : On some signs in the parking garage at SYR you can still see the remainders of the vinyl stick-on letters of Mohawk Airlines and British Airways (back
30 Post contains images Latinplane : Up until maybe six years ago, or so, there was an old aircraft stairway at LGB that still had the really old blue and red Braniff International letter
31 Jafa39 : Some Origin Pacific Jetstreams still have Ansett Cutlery and stuff. In a book I read called "No shitting in the toilet" the author claims that more th
32 Post contains images MxCtrlr : The current Miami City Hall building is the old Pan Am Dinner Key Seaplane Terminal complete with all the PA trimmings on the extrior of the building.
33 M404 : I don't know if it's still there but at least into the very late 70s at Boulder City Nevada airport (before Las Vegas) you could still see the painted
34 Ei2ksea : I've had the same experience as RayPettit regarding the 'Property of Lufthansa' lifevests. I believe some of FR's old B732's came from LH so i suppose
35 NORTHSEATIGER : I still see the odd bag or item of test equipment stamped "British Airways Helicopters" Regards NST
36 Cody : By all means don't kill for it. It's N8869E. It is in full EAL paint, minus the titles although you can still see where they were. Also, in CVG, the
37 Wilcharl : The critter lived on at FL with some of the DC-9s you could see where the giant critter was removed from the bulkhead... in fact one of those went on
38 Afay1 : At farther out stations, Aeroflot still uses airside personal baggage tags that are easily 40 years old. Probably they were printed up in the millions
39 Argonaut : I haven't been in Stapleton since it closed, and don't know what's been happening with the site, but there could be a fair amount of interesting and n
40 Tango-Bravo : Dozens of DC-9s in Northwest colors can be seen today still carrying the same registrations as when they served with long-gone airlines such as Hughes
41 STLGph : I've got a half-empty airport sitting at I-70 and Lindbergh for ya. Also, in the Concourse C hallway right past security making your way down to the
42 MasseyBrown : Last time I was in Boston I could make out "Fly Eastern Airlines" on one of the hangars.
43 N1120A : At OXR, they have a sign for AWE that has been basically turned around, though you can still clearly see the logo. It is just backwards.
44 Stirling : Nothing remains but a parking garage and the control tower. It's houses now, for as far as the eye can see. I would say the airport bought if off ano
45 MGA : I sure miss that Aeronica Tu 154 that used to sit at MGA... MGA and HAV were the capitals of An, TU Ilushyn airliners in the west!!! MGA
46 Post contains links and images MxCtrlr : I mentioned above that the Miami City Hall is what used to be the Pan American terminal at Dinner Key in MIA. Here is some quick history and a few pho
47 AV757 : We still see in our galleys food boxes in service from Pan American, Eastern, Western, Tower and Aces to name a few who have outlived their airlines s
48 Marara : The AN Starmark burnt into the gate departure monitors in DRW.
49 ATAV2pls10 : Just after the announcement of AA buyout of TWA I was commuting on a Tway flight. I was just curious but asked the F/A if some TWA logo'ed items had s
50 APFPilot1985 : At FMY (Page Field Ft. Myers Florida) on the old terminal building there is still logos for PanAm EAL and TWA on the sides of the buildings, they are
51 RHSNYC : I remember eating at a greasy diner off Queens Blvd. in New York several years ago and to my surprise, the flatware had that familiar "universe design
52 DL_Mech : I used to see Northeast food carriers (with the NE logo) flying on DL up until a few years ago. The TWA gates at CVG still had the 707 nosewheel stop
53 Nosedive : The tower is still around, and will be around for quite some time. The terminals are all but a memory, but there is an aircraft graveyard a mile or s
54 Post contains images HAWK21M : Just yesterday while driving down the Tarmec & perimeter road,I noticed the Wreck of old Shut Airlines of yesterday namely B732 VT-ECP of Skyline NEPC
55 PHLBOS : That hangar has has since been demolished to make way for the new larger Terminal A; which just opened not too long ago.
56 TUNisia : Up until a few years ago at BOS there was a sign up in the cargo area for "PAN AM Cargo." I think that's gone now. Also, a few miles from my house the
57 777STL : From time to time I see people walking around wearing old TWA apparel(jackets and such) around Saint Louis.
58 Post contains images SWA TPA : At gate A-15 in TPA our microphone thing has Pan-Am and PA and the globe engraved all over it. I get a kick out of that everytime I use it I imagine I
59 Stirling : And then again it might of just been just PA551/552, A B707 on a MIA-TPA-MEX-TPA-MEX rotation. Later on: 5 dailies to MIA, 2 to JFK. All B727. The Me
60 CalAir : I know nothing about PA operations out of FRA but id say that TU-154 flight to BUD would have been a codeshare with Malev.
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