ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12 Posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
United used to operate from Terminal 9, which was then "fused" with Terminal 8 to accomodate AA's expansion at JFK. Does anyone know any traffic figures, destinations served, etc...for United from JFK back in the 1980's?
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4620 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
United at JFK in the 1980's:
They used to fly to Tokyo with the 747-200, that I remember. I beleive that they flew to San Francisco with the DC-10 and the 767-200 which was brand new at that time. Denver and Washington Dulles weren't hubs at that time so I don't think they flew to those points. I'm not sure about Chicago because they already had many flights out of LaGuardia and Newark, at that time the majority of the flights to Chicago from the New York area were 727's. I remember seeing back in 1985 a United DC-8 leaving out of Kennedy, it was probably going to San Francisco. So to make it clear, they probably flew to San Francisco and Tokyo. United had no flight to Europe at that time, Pan Am and TWA were the two dominant airlines at JFK.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
Actually, UA started operating JFK-NRT in 1986 after it acquired the Pacific routes of Pan Am. San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as Seattle/Tacoma were all served on a nonstop basis from JFK. Other than that, United had a huge terminal and very few flights. DC10-10's, B767-200's, and the 747-200 were the UA aircraft seen there, from what I remember.
United started flying to Europe in 1990 with flights from ORD and IAD to Paris and Frankfurt. In 1991, UA acquired Pan Am's Heathrow routes.
In 1997, United switched from a 747-200 to a 747-400 to operate the JFK to NRT flight. The 747-200 had trouble making the route nonstop on a regular basis because of head winds. I flew the 747-200 to NRT in November 1996 and we had to make a refueling stop in Sapporo. Two weeks later, the same thing happened to a colleague.
United has since bifurcated its ops at JFK, with LAX and SFO operating from T6,
the old and decrepit TWA domestic terminal. LHR, EZE, GRU, SEA, SJU, BOS, IAD, NRT, and soon, HKG (CLK) are served from the BA terminal, #7, which is also being remodeled.
United has never been a major operator at JFK. However, it does succeed with its O&D strategy to the cities it serves.