NWASE From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 7 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 4640 times:
I am in the process of writing a paper regarding the fallout from airline deregulation.
The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 "grandfathered" 16 trunk airlines into the U.S. air carrier system and while those numbers shrunk to ten by 1979, no new trunk carriers were added. While I can find numerous references to the original sixteen, I cannot find the names of them. If anyone can help identify them, I would appreciate it.
Here is my partial list of suspects (in no particular order):
Aloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2320 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4558 times:
I found an article from TIME which identified United, TWA, American and Eastern
Quote: The line argues that CAB doctrine since the board was first set up in 1938 has been to limit the number of trunk airlines to the 16 "grandfather" lines (American. Eastern, United, T.W.A., etc.) operating at that time. Since then, three have dropped out, but no new names have been added to the roster
Also, I would add Delta.....and I am sure there are a bunch of small ones which merged/changed names in the meantime.
Perhaps Hawaiian also, as they were started in 1929.
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As for the others, possibilities include North Central, Mohawk, Piedmont, Alaska, or American Overseas Airlines, although I'm not sure if the first three were anything more than local carriers in the 1930s or if Alaska is old enough.
I doubt that you should count Pan Am as a trunk airline as they had no domestic service in 1938 and none of the trunk airlines did international service except maybe Grace? which became Pan American Grage/Paranga.
SkyyMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4237 times:
Were those carriers that were back then called "local service" carriers (Piedmont, Lake Central, Ozark, Allegheny, etc) also considered trunk carriers? I was under the impression they were in a different classification. If so, I can only come up with eleven - AA, BN, CO, DL, EA, NE, NW, PA, TWA, UA, WA. Maybe I'm not thinking back far enough?
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2433 posts, RR: 51 Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
Here are the original 16 air carriers:
Chicago and Southern Airlines
Delta Air Corporation
Transcontinental and Western Air
Western Air Express
Of these airlines that received a permanent Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, there are only 5 that remain today: AA, CO, DL, NW, and UA
XJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2433 posts, RR: 51 Reply 13, posted (6 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3897 times:
This came from a book from one of my masters classes at Riddle entitled "Air Transportation 1903-2003" 14th edition written by Robert Kane. It was actually kind of amusing because the book talked about Pan Am as the 6th original trunk carrier that was still in operation, and we all know where they went lol.
Quoting SkyyMaster (Reply 12): I'd heard of all except Wilmington-Catalina, and I thought I'd heard of just about everyone that ever flew!
Makes two of us lol.
Its actually a decent book and I do recommend the read even though it is "older".