Jlbmedia From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5602 times:
Thanks, I wasn't sure. I flew national-2 round trip PHL-LAS VEGAS. Back around 2002 with 757-200's both ways. At the time the advertised extra leg room in coach. They compared themselves to the new AA coach product of the time. Food was good. Old drop down screens for movies to Vegas. Red eye home no screens, drop down or otherwise. Day trip to Vegas was 3/4 full. Red eye home was full. John
LGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1147 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5581 times:
The author of the thread is refering to National2, the LAS based 757 one.
I did have two flights on them nonrev on a free pass as an employee of a competiotor. I flew LAX-LAS-JFK making a connection at LAS, it was about 5 or 6 years ago, here are my memories.
They used a DL gate at LAX, minumal National signage, they allowed non-revs to upgrade to First if avilable and it was on this leg for I think $15. Nice Big Leather seat and a length of flight approaite small snack. Had about a one hour conx in LAS's modern and almost new D gates. a nice competive advantage for them. LAS-JFK flight was almost full, nothing left in First and got a middle seat between two nice young ladies one of which I saw a few times as a result of meeting on the flight. Nice hot meal and pretty full service in coach and there was a movie shown on the overhead monitors. Both flights where on time or close and every employee I encounter was reasonalby friendly and proffessional. I was surprised that some of their own employees where able to and wearing tank tops, shorts and sneakers while non-reving. For those of you who are or have been airline employees I am sure you can relate to my surprise at the lack of dress code while non-reving. All in all good memories, I would say they got an A from me.
Type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4951 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5420 times:
Quoting Mirrodie (Reply 6): I didnt realize there were 2 National airlines.
Wow! I am in shock over this statement! I always thought that National 1 was much more famous than National 2. This is one of the basic bits of knowlege that every airline geek knows! I thought that everyone knew about the old National Airlines. It was a lot of peoples favourites.
Qxq400 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5361 times:
I use to work for N7 as a agent in SEA and then as a Supervisor in RNO. They were a great little airline with awsome in flight meals esp. in First Class.
What killed them was a lack of leadership from the top. They tried to play to meany accounting games and in the end the creditors just got tired of it.
ABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 848 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5344 times:
The 2nd National Airlines was started by Mike Conway, who left HP in the early 90's. I know quite a few coworkers who left HP to help start N7, and they absolutely loved it. And yes it ended up being poorly managed . But while they were around it was a nice back-up to non-rev on. I also have fond memories of the original National Airlines, with their "Fly me" campaign, and "SunKing" service.