OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4763 posts, RR: 22 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3182 times:
I know Ozark had a crew base there in the 60's and 70's. ORD was the second largest station on the network after STL and ahead of PIA. Not sure when it closed, but at one point Ozark was pushing 50 flights a day out of one gate. How's THAT for good gate utilization!
Ozark Flies Your Way, Coast To Coast and Border To Border
RandyWaldron From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 324 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
Quoting Charlienorth (Reply 3): North Central/Republic had pilots and fa's from the mid '50's until about the time of the NWA merger,TWA had a pilot and fa base also.
You are only 1/2 correct. While the post-merger Pilot base may have closed shortly after the merger, the Flight Attendant base remained open until late 2001.
Delta also had a Flight Attendant base in Chicago which closed in 2002.
As far as the specific dates, I can not be sure, although I do know that NWA's presence in Chicago as a base had been a very long one, and Delta's since their merger with Chicago & Southern. Eastern also had a Chicago base.
Don't forget the current airlines w/bases there:
American Trans Air (MDW)
USA 3000 (ORD)
If I have left any out of this list, or, any of this information has been posted prior to my posting, do not take offense.
Eastern1985 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2888 times:
And lets not forget that NW served around 16 domestic cities before the merger with almost 65 daily flights out of ORD (over 70 if you include MDW), so at that time (around 1985), the base had to be in place for more than just the NRT route. They also served Seoul non-stop, by the way.
Anyone agree with me?
Charlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1098 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2857 times:
I'm quite sure these flights were supported through crews from MSP,Republic on the other side did have a large presence at ORD and their crews in ORD supported the operation,I know for sure NWA had no PILOT base in ORD
Eastern1985 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
Air Wisconsin did have a base at ORD until the move to U.S. Airways. My old neighbor was a Flight Attendant and had to move out East when the UA Express contract ended.
Also, I am pretty sure that NW had a regular crew base at ORD before the RC merger. It was their second largest "hub" behind MSP. So why wouldn't they? Actually, I remember reading that somewhere in an old newspaper.
Charlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1098 posts, RR: 5 Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
Eastern1985...like I posted earlier,flight attendants yes,pilots no way. NW's pre merger pilot bases were MSP and SEA,they may have had BOS and LAX pilots but no pilots in ORD.BTW thanks for the OAG's,I hate to think of the ones we had in our house from the 70's that were thrown out in a move!
Eastern1985 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 203 posts, RR: 3 Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2751 times:
You are correct, I just skimmed through the Chicago tribune back issues and found two references to NW Chicago based FA's.
The first was in 2001 when the company announced the closure of their ORD crew base and the second was in 1985 from the "Announcement" section where a newly married couple was featured and the article said that she was a Northwest Orient FA based in Chicago for the previous 6 years.
Aeroman62 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 158 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2615 times:
DL had a full crew base in ORD at one point, as did EA, NW, TW, NC, OZ (as well as AA and UA, which still do). ORD used to be the midwest terminus of CO's route system, so their ORD crew base certainly made sense, they once flew 747's to LAX and DEN from ORD, those were the days. When you think of the current parade of crummy UA airbuses and AA MD80's, it makes you want to cry!
UAX170 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2527 times:
Yeah ORD was a base for alot of people. It has wreaked havoc on my commute whenever I use ATL to connect somewhere, but on ORD-MSY I can bump just about any NRSA I want to, because Shuttle America flies to ORD, and I work for them. Thats why I use MSY. If there is a seat left, I usually get it, and I have gotten the last one on many occasions. I am based in ORD as well.