Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2318 times:
In the Ozark Airlines wikipedia article, it says the airline briefly (2 years or so) served Meigs Field with DHC-6 Twin Otters from 1972-1974.
I don't think I have ever heard of this before. Apparently they served eight flights a day from SPI, and the service never really "took off" so to speak.
Did anyone ever fly on this route? Eight flights per day seems (at least now) like too many...one would think that 4 or 5 flights per day would have been more appropriate -- something like a 7am, 11am, 3pm, and a 7pm or something like that...
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2261 times:
Thats an interesting article. I do remember this fact. Ozark, which is Krazo spelled backwards(a little airline humor there) was the first regional airline to fly coast to coast. The the good ole days, you had Air West, Frontier, Mohawk, Allegheny, Southern, Lake Central, Trans Texas, Central, Piedmont, North Central and Ozark as regionals.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
Air Illinois flew the route, which prompted Ozark to start service as well, fearing that pax would desert Ozark's SPI-ORD flights in favor of close-in Meigs. Not sure of the exact frequecies, but SPI is the capital of Illinois, and of course Chicago is the economic hub of the state. There was (and maybe still is) a healthy level of traffic between the two during the weekdays.
Ozark bought the Twin Otters from a Carribean operator (don't remember which one). The seats were apparently so saturated with B.O. that when the temperature got warm in the summer, the stench inside the cabin was pretty noticeable. They could have gotten new seats, but the whole operation wasn't a winner for OZ, so they killed off the whole experiment and stuck with ORD.
I thought BWI was in that mix...i remember it was pouring rain...etc...did they even have a PHL-BWI route?
The routes out of BWI included: ORF-BWI-STL, BWI-CLE-STL and PIA-CMI-BWI-LGA. There *may* have been a weekend only PHL-BWI-STL flight for a brief period of time, but it doesn't ring a bell with me. Ozark moved from IAD to BWI to serve both DC and Baltimore shortly after deregulation. Later OZ got some DCA slots which were used exclusively for DCA-STL. The original DC area authority in the regulated days was PIA-CMI-IAD-LGA. I flew that many times visiting family in Northern Virginia. Ozark (and Southern) pulled right up to the lower level boarding gates and we disembarked from the built-in airstairs on the DC-9. Only once or twice do I recall using the people movers. This was LONG before any concourses were built at IAD.