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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

This is one of those old airlines that is long since gone, but I know nothing about them. They obviously flew to Alaska... but where did they fly and what with. Also what was their fate... did they go belly up or merge or go off to airline heaven. Thanks


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30410 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

Wien was on of the 'old guard' up here in Alaska. They flew a little of everything. Old Noel was one of the first of the bush pilots.

James Flood who was the CEO is the one that is generally considered to have been most responsible for killing Wien off. Wien went out of buisness in 1984. Or as it's ex employee's know it as "the Flood of 84"

I belive that the name of the company or the operating certificate is now used up a leasing company called Air Alaska out of Texas or Oklahoma or somewhere...

User currently offlineDustweek From Japan, joined Aug 1999, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

I recommend a trip to http://www.geocities.com/alaskanheritage/

Look up "Wien Alaska" on Yahoo for other ideas.

A little off the subject:

Alaska deserves its own airline, and with the demise of Markair and Wien, we're left with Alaska Airlines, which of course is based in Seattle.

Alaska is a wilderness made for planes. With well under a million people, it is a wilderness with 3 million lakes, more coastline than the rest of the States combined, and about 2% of her residents are licensed pilots (and I know quite a few unlicensed ones!) Aviation lovers should pay more attention to this state, and I'm glad to see you are taking an interest in its rich aviation history.

User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

I remember that Wein's mainland routes were very limited.

When I was a kid, I remember their one daily flight into and out of PHX at Terminal 3 with ticket counter/gates shared with Continental. It was a 737-200 (or maybe even a -100). I'm not sure what the destination was though.

User currently offlineBeckaru From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Wien will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first commercial airline I flew on, from ANC to SEA. And, it was a Wien Air F/A that inspired me to become a F/A.
My dad worked in Alaska, but we lived in Montana. He didn't like Alaska Airlines for some reason, so often flew Wien.
My brother was a pilot for Markair, now for Hageland. I asked him whatever happened to Wien and he said that it was something to do with the union that drove them under.
I still have a Wien Air pen and a Wien postcard after all these years.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Thanks guys for all your help. Being a youngin' around here, well if 20 is young I think it is, I did not become aware of what was going on in the industry till I began flying when I was 12. And I had all these spotting books with airlines that I had no clue what they were... I have a pocket spotting guide from 1989, which shows a 727-200 drawn in Wien's colors, which are mighty nice if I may say so.

Planenutz: This has been bothering me as well... before they opened Terminal 4 at sky harbor where were all the airlines located, and what was T1 like? I realize back then America West was smaller and Southwest had not established a hub at Phoenix then... plus there was that temporary concourse on the south end of T3... which I think is still there. But I have not been in T3 for years, and that was to pick up my brother and sister in law on a Delta flight, so i was on the wrong side in the first place.


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