Jetpixx From St. Lucia, joined Jul 2004, 904 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3824 times:
I remember an airline called TranStar which used to fly to MIA to Texas - I believe IAH. Anyway, were they the first airline to offer leather seats? I was having a discussion with a buddy of mine and he seems to believe so and I had no opinion on the matter, but said I'd post here and maybe someone knows if it is true or not.
SunValley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3783 times:
Transtar became the namesake of Muse Air, after Southwest Airlines bought them. As Muse Air, they offered leather seats and the interiors of their
Md80's didn't change after southwest bought them. ONly thing that changed was their name, and the exterior paint job on their aircraft.
MarkATL From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 540 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3768 times:
I had a friend who worked at Pan Am from the late 60s until going with DL in 91. He told me how Braniff and Pan Am would buy leather seat covers in Argentina. This was done because at the time the Argentine government had such strict rules about airlines taking their locally generated revenue out of the country. They could however purchase local products and send them back.
"...left my home in Georgia, 'n headed for the "Frisco" Bay...
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5318 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3747 times:
Transtar/Muse Air was based out of Houston and operated from Hobby not IAH. I flew them a few times after the Southwest buyout. I remember flying WN HOU-MSY and Transtar back. I hate WN disbanded them--they had quite a loyal following in Houston.
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3656 times:
Muse Air "might" have made it if they had stuck to their original plan which was to offer long-haul service out of HOU. If Lamar had stuck around long enough and not let his dumb ass son Mike turn the airline into "Revenge Air" they might have made it. Also, you have to remember just as Muse Air was starting up, President Reagan fired all the PATCO air traffic controllers. Muse Air was up a creek. All it flew when it first started was DAL-HOU. Later expanded to MAF and TUL. Don't remember when they expanded after that.
A truly first class airline all the way. Lamar Muse WAS/IS an airline genius.
He has a book out and it is a must read. Talks about his idea for Southwest operating 24/7 flights out of DFW using just two gates for long-haul routes.
It makes perfect sense.