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Pan Am Stand By.... Any Airlines Offer Today?  
User currently offlineBEWLEY747 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 59 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 3251 times:

Pan Am used to offer commercial stand by on scheduled flights to commercial pax...

As shown by this BBC Ceefax page from 1982....


Do any airlines offer commercial stand by today (other than for flight irregularities...) If so... are they advertised in similar ways.... (I guess the modern equivalent is on the net!)


[Edited 2007-03-30 02:39:13]

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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

Braniff (1980-81) did the same on the LAX-SFO route, on their daily DC-8 which was always delayed due to Customs inspections, but the fare was dirt cheap. I believe Pan Am also did the same on this route, but their 747's/L-1011's were popular with 7am departure from SFO.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

AirTran does this with their X-Fares Program:


Students only.

What now?
User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29469 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3140 times:

Youth Standby fares were offered by almost all US and Canadian airlines on domestic routes in the 1960s and 70s. 50% of the regular one way Y fare, standby only, for passengers 12-21 years of age.

It wouldn't work well now with most flights virtually full thanks to today's sophisticated revenue management systems, but in those days the typical load factor was more like 60% or less and few flights were completely full.

User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
Youth Standby fares were offered by almost all US and Canadian airlines on domestic routes in the 1960s and 70s.

I can remember flying from BDL to ORD for 29 dollars one way, student standby, in the early 60's...and IIRC, that included the "jet" surcharge. The group I flew with would usually end up in the galley, "helping" the FA's with breakfast on the
NYC-ORD leg. It usually took twice as long to get from ORD to our school in northwest Indiana than it did to fly to ORD!

I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineASWISSinMAD From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 148 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 2878 times:

I remember in the 80's when DL offered a 30-day standby pass, sold exclusively out of the US. It was worth CHF299 if I recall well, and gave you unlimited standby domestic travel for a whole month. I did this in May-June 1989 and took about 50 flights. I was only 16 and though I really enjoyed flying back then, I never thought of keeping my boarding pass stubs or keeping some sort of record.. and I had never heard of FQTV back then.....still hitting my head over that!

Today I don't think anything like that still exist.

User currently offline757ops From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

As I recall most airlines, US especially cut back most of their standby regluations, even for Other Airline Staff after 9/11 as the great TSA class a standby passenger as a risk, as you may be in the airport for a long time if you cant get on. I have worked at London/Heathrow in a flight/ground operations role for 7 years and I still have to have extra security checks every time I travel in the USA just beacuse I am on Standby!!

User currently offlineUnitedMSY From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

I've never had extra checks flying NRSA ever. When I took AirTran X-Fares, I got extra checks in ATL every time, thank the good lord for that, I was told to use a separate lane from the other 5,000 cattle waiting to go through and it was done in 10 minutes, not 2 hours. Indy Air used to have a college standby program where you pay 20.00 per flight or something of that type.

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