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National Airlines (the Original), What If......  
User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3923 posts, RR: 23
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3161 times:

...they were still around? What would they be flying and where? Would they be a part of an alliance and how would other aspects of today's civil aviation market effect the now long gone 'Sun King' ? A friend (ex- Nat'l employee) and I were discussing this 'what if' a while back in regards to National and other carriers such as Pan Am, Braniff, Eastern, Western which are now relegated to the history books and our memories.

I would be interested in reading anyone's thoughts on this subject.


Thomas


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User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3149 times:

One thing for sure, If National was still alive they would still fly MIA > London (was it LGW or LHR, don't remember)


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User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2224 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3129 times:
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I always figured EA and NA would link up and fill in the gaps. Maytag said soon after deregulation that it just wasn't fun anymore so am sure he would have been trying to pawn it off.


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User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

National flew to LHR. They were the last airline to get landing rights at LHR before Bermuda II. There was a very good thread about National's European service a few weeks/months ago.


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User currently offlineLat41 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

They had at least one long strike during the 70's that really took the wind out of their sails. When they came back they were never the same in my opinion. This is in addition to all that happened with PA later on. What would they re-equipped with for aircraft? Where would they have expanded and what airline's genesis would have been prevented by NA still being around? Who knows?

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