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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9264 times:

Taking a page from an ongoing thread about TACA possibly returning to MSY, I went back to a couple of binders of photos I took when I first began working here in 1987. So here are 17 of probably a thousand-plus pics I took the first couple of years I was here:

CO had just taken over New York Air IIRC, we would occasionally see NY's 737's and DC-9's down here. This is a view of concourse B with New York Air, Piedmont, and TranStar a/c at the gates:


TranStar had a good-sized operation here before they were scooped up by Southwest:


Tan Sahsa operated a cargo service that included Lockheed Electra's. This guy is pulling into gate C-1 for Customs and Immigration inspections.


TACA was one of our international carriers, flying routes to and from Central America. This guy's at gate C-5. One can see the tail of an Eastern DC-9 parked at one of their gates at the end of concourse C:


Delta occupied a number of gates on concourse D. In this shot one can see the original concourse built in the late 50's, with the gate-house additions added later on:


A wider view of concourse D:


I posted this simply because I wish USAir would have adopted this as a fleet-wide livery, if not now, then when it first came out sometime in the late 80's:


A co-worker was part owner of a C-152.....he and I took a few rides in it. This is the west end of the terminal and concourses C and D. The first half of what is now the short-term parking garage had just been completed, the second half was about to be built:


DL had L-1011's scheduled in daily, the size of which forced them to be parked towards the far end of concourse D:


The real Midway Airlines had a precense at MSY. This guy's parked at gate C-10:


Back to the international activity at concourse C...here we see a Sahsa 737-200, and an Aviateca 727-100 visiting:


I'm dedicating this photo to OPNLguy.....for the novices around here that's due to the ex-Frontier bird now over at Southwest:


I'm forever pissed off at US for what they did do PSA.....nonetheless a US/PS MD-80 did grace us one day. He's parked at gate A-5:


An ex-Eastern 727-100 now plying routes for Lacsa put in an appearance:


During a hurricane event back in those days, all aircraft had flown out.....except in the middle of the hurricane, a PA 737-200 declared an emergency and had to land at MSY. The airport was still open, so down he came:


A Sahsa 737-200 as seen from our old control tower:


And lastly, here is the old control tower. As it turned out, our new (and existing) control tower opened up on May 7, 1995...two days before a rain event that saw 20 inches of rain in some areas of the city flooded out the first floor Tracon in the old tower:


Here endeth the trip down memory lane.....comments welcome.

Tom at MSY


"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
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User currently offlineCubastar From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 409 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9229 times:

What I miss from flying into MSY was the quick run to the employee's cafeteria and getting a bowl full of New Orleans gumbo with all of the "creepycrawlers" from the bottom of the pot!!

User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9209 times:

Awsome pictures!
I love looking at old airport views and aircraft of the day.
thank you


User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9162 times:

Very cool. I was flying in there recently on Delta and one of the pilots was telling me that back in the day, there was a jamabalaya place on the ramp (?) that all the crews would go to inbetween legs.

Also, didn't DL have a pilot and F/A base there up until the mid 90's?


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9130 times:

Tom, awesome pics as usual, a great trip down memory lane!

I still remember all of that like it was yesterday!


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9128 times:

Awesome........................................

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 9115 times:

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 3):
there was a jamabalaya place on the ramp (?) that all the crews would go to inbetween legs.

That would have been the employee cafeteria that Cubastar mentions. It was part of the terminal, but rampside just to the west of the entrance of concourse C...but was easily walkable from DL's areas. We were all bummed when CA One closed it down.....although it was always crowded, CA One told us it was losing money.

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 3):
Also, didn't DL have a pilot and F/A base there up until the mid 90's?

They did, but I couldn't tell you when it closed down.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2226 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9036 times:

Great pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

Did anyone else notice the AA DC-10 in the background of the shot with the ex-Frontier 737?



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User currently offlineDalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 9007 times:

Haha, I miss those long walks down to D15!!!

Awesome pics!!!



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8981 times:

Back in the 60's & 70's Delta was the predominant carrier at MSY. Just about every aircraft they flew went thru there (DC-9, CV-880, DC-8). They even had International routes out of MSY, MSY-MBJ was a popular one. It was not surprising that MSY had both pilot and F/A domiciles there. I know a gal who was an F/A out of MSY and moved to IAH when they shut down the MSY F/A base. That must have been around 1992 or so. Then a few years later DL shut down the IAH crew base. Today, DL is just a minor shell of it's former self in the MSY arena.


Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5055 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8963 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
So here are 17 of probably a thousand-plus pics I took the first couple of years I was here:

Tom!!!! You just opened a can of worms!!! Please post some more! For a minute there, I was completely back in the 80's! So many great airlines gone. Do you have any pics of NW or RC transition colors?


Thanks!!!!



I Am A Different Animal!!
User currently offlineRamp2CSA2FA2FO From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 21 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8921 times:

Tom, thank You for sharing. It is great to see some old pictures like that. Of course I hate saying old pictures because it reminds me of how old I am getting. It is always nice to see Airlines from the past. If I am not mistaken wasn't TransStar formed by Southwest after they bought Muse Air? I think that is in my book "Deregulation Knockouts", but I could be wrong. At anyrate it is awsome to see those wonderful pictures. I too would love to see more.


Happy Landings,


Jay.


User currently offlineMidexjet From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8873 times:

Tom....

Please share more!


User currently offlineDl_mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1952 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8865 times:

Any chance on sending these to the oldterminals MSY website?


This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8865 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
CO had just taken over New York Air IIRC, we would occasionally see NY's 737's and DC-9's down here

If you look closely at the NY 737 you can see me by R1!
:D 

We had 4 departures a day from MSY way before we were integrated into CO.

2 MSY-EWR
2MSY-IAD

9/86

NY 258 MSY 11:10 EWR 2:57
NY 770 MSY 5:45 EWR 9:30

NY 204 MSY 11:20 IAD 2:41
NY 082 MSY 6:00 IAD 9:21


The EWR-MSY-EWR turns were my favorite trips (one of the few at NY that didn't have a "shuttle leg" tagged on to it).

The cabin service we did then was outrageous when one thinks about what you get today, but that's best saved for another thread!

[Edited 2007-09-12 23:31:46]

[Edited 2007-09-12 23:34:10]

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26499 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8831 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):

A Sahsa 737-200 as seen from our old control tower:

Ex-Air Florida I presume?



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8826 times:

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 10):
Do you have any pics of NW or RC transition colors?

Absolutely.....here are a NW/RC hybrid DC-9-10, as well as a hybrid MD-80 (for dating purposes, the DC-9-10 photo is stamped May of 1987, the MD-80 is June of 1987):





Quoting Ramp2CSA2FA2FO (Reply 11):
If I am not mistaken wasn't TransStar formed by Southwest after they bought Muse Air?

Muse Air was the original airline, which was started in 1982...they then changed their name to TranStar. Southwest then bought the company later on in 1987.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8804 times:

Excellent pictures. Memories.

Thanks, Tom.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8770 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 16):
here are a NW/RC hybrid DC-9-10,

Hey...didn't I fly on that very NW airplane last week?  stirthepot 

Just kidding...


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6570 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8728 times:

MSY had an awesome variety of airplanes and airlines throughout the 1980's and into the mid 1990's. It was actually very impressive for an airport its size.

When you can, Tom, can you post some more wide body shots?


User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8715 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 4):
Tom, awesome pics as usual, a great trip down memory lane!

OMG Tom, how incredible! Thanks for this.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 9):
DL is just a minor shell of it's former self in the MSY arena.

...ain't that the truth.


User currently offlineNworlnsbearcub From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8682 times:

My God... this totally strikes up my childhood memories of STALKING the airport facilities. If I was not at the fence, peering, I was IN the airport, skulking around... I clearly remember summers that I'd have one of my mom's friend's DROP me off at the terminal in the morning, and I'd just hang around... literally the entire day! My sheer interest got me into the ATC tower, and on several planes(including the DC-10)... just being a thrilled teenager, they loved my excitement.

Yes, I did see the AA DC-10.. I flew on a DC-10 from Dallas to MSY in 1987... Talk about time changing things... I really miss those days a lot! It makes me so sad/nostalgic....


Thank you SO MUCH for bringing up so many memories for me. Moisant..hmmm... took a huge part of my life.

Michael
Austin, TX



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8651 times:

Quoting Dl_mech (Reply 13):
Any chance on sending these to the oldterminals MSY website?

Maybe we're thinking of different websites here.....I've got a number of other airport photos on Jsnww81's superb Old Terminal web-site. However, he's been focusing on terminals that have shut down, not those that have been remodeled or reconstructed. Is there another old terminals website I don't know about?

Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):
Ex-Air Florida I presume?

Gonna make me work a little, are ya  wink  .....let's see now.....tail number is HR-SHA...which means it's manufacturer number is 20957, line number 377, a 737-2K6, first flew 9/26/74; delivered 10/1/74 to Sahsa; Grupo Taca reregistered it as EI-CBL on 10/10/90; damaged beyond repair at San Jose, Costa Rica on 11/17/91. Air Florida was not a part of this guy's life...

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 19):
When you can, Tom, can you post some more wide body shots?

I'll throw some on the scanner in the morning.

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 21):
I flew on a DC-10 from Dallas to MSY in 1987...

Took that flight a number of times, both directions...

Thanks for the props, guys.....and to MSYTristar for the inspiration to start this thread.

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26499 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8591 times:

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 22):
Air Florida was not a part of this guy's life...

Interesting, because the livery screams Air Florida.



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User currently offlineSKYYBLUE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 8571 times:

Thanks so much for posting this Tom! I especially loved seeing the Delta L-1011 at MSY.

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 21):
My God... this totally strikes up my childhood memories of STALKING the airport facilities. If I was not at the fence, peering, I was IN the airport, skulking around... I clearly remember summers that I'd have one of my mom's friend's DROP me off at the terminal in the morning, and I'd just hang around... literally the entire day! My sheer interest got me into the ATC tower, and on several planes(including the DC-10)... just being a thrilled teenager, they loved my excitement.

And I thought I was the only one! I would beg my grandmother to take me to MSY so I could take pictures and go to EVERY single ticket counter where I would make up a little white lie about needing a timetable. Does anyone remember the arcade in the airport? I believe near Concourse C...


25 WesternA318 : Well, hey, one guy thats smiling to be in your neck of the woods, lol. Otherwise called by some wags "Revenge Air" Which I always thought was a Neon
26 DFW13L : In 1984, when I was 9 years old, I flew to MSY for the first time--it was an afternoon departure after school, and it was also 2 hours late. We were
27 WesternA318 : Did Lanica ever serve MSY?
28 Dl_mech : I guess I was mistaken that these would qualify. I thought the DL L-1011 could be included since that part of the terminal is no longer there.
29 Post contains links Nworlnsbearcub : I just had a memory of seeing a NW 747200 at MSY in this livery ... http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0712403/M/ I BELIEVE it was there for a footbal
30 MSYtristar : I worked for NW in MSY in '02 and they had a few pics of NW 747's in MSY over the years in the manager's office. All charter flights of course.
31 HermansCVR580 : Great Pictures Tom!!!! If you have a chance we would love to see more. I kick myself now for not taking pics while doing my tour of duty at MKE. Never
32 Cody : I also enjoyed your photos. Thanks! Do you have any idea where Northeastern International parked? They had a small hub at MSY around 1984 and 1985. Al
33 Rampkontroler : Very cool trip down memory lane indeed! I love seeing this stuff, no matter the airport. And a power-back on that NW MD80 as well...something else you
34 F9Animal : Very nice!!!! It really brings back some great memories. That is about the year of my first visit ever to MSY. What a great memory, and I recall flyi
35 Coa747 : My first trip into New Orleans was on an American DC-10. I thought it rather odd at the time that a DC-10 would fly DFW-MSY but was very happily supri
36 Post contains images Tom in NO : Certainly.....AA flew DC-10's here for quite a while on the DFW-MSY route. I flew a good 5 or 6 times on them in both directions. In September of 198
37 _AA_777_MAN : great pix nice to see all of those old birds in their prime thanx!!
38 Cody : Tom, Do you have any photos or information on "Air New Orleans"? Also, have you seen the old blue and brown Eastern ticket counter that is now in the
39 WesternA318 : Tom, Many thanks for posting these fantastic photos!
40 Jsnww81 : Hey Tom! Great pictures as usual. I should put up an MSY page on the site just to show off all of your pics and give them a permanent home.
41 DCA-ROCguy : Tom, Thank you very much for posting these great pix! I got into civil aviation as a hobby in high school in the mid-80's, so these photos are of a ti
42 Sampa737 : Me too, but not at MSY but at MEM during the same time period. There is something about a non-hub airport having such variety of airlines and aircraf
43 F9Animal : Oh man, I love it! You should post all those pics! LOL! You said you had about a thousand? I miss Eastern too. What a neat airline, and your right ab
44 CV990 : Hi! Very nice pictures indeed!!! I'm very surprised ( maybe only me...) to see that large amount of Central America airlines at MSY...any reason for t
45 Post contains images OPNLguy : You've got a rare picture of one of the "Three Little Pigs" there Tom... Continental had already absorbed the original Frontier (via PEX, IIRC) by th
46 MSYtristar : Tom, thanks so much again. Great memories of what was, to me, the best decade in the history of MSY. I can still see the the ghosts of those planes at
47 CV990 : Hi! MSYtristar, thanks for your information...now I can fully understand a photo that I saw some months ago in the aviation magazine Airways (I think)
48 MSYtristar : TACA Cargo actually flew to New Orleans, I believe, until the early 00's when they moved the operation over to Houston I think it was. TA's North Ame
49 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : ...you've obviously never met me (and Steve?) as we took that to a wholeeee new level Though, I've never been able to understand why this area never
50 Type-Rated : Are there any photos of the inside of the MSY terminal back from the same era as these photos?
51 Post contains images Tom in NO : Just one that I can find right now, and it's not the greatest. He's the BE-99 taxiing towards runway 28: I've seen that thing, but not lately.....I d
52 Lat41 : Awsome pictures of an interesting airport. One surprise was that PanAm had 737-200s at that time. Don't know how they came to be or whee they came fro
53 MSYtristar : I'm pretty sure that Ed Acker brought some over from Air Florida in the early 80's. They were used on flights within Germany in addition to U.S servi
54 FlyboyOz : ah right...the black seats in the terminals still look the same as our presents in the US airports. All the US airports have the same black seats. Yes
55 WesternA318 : Pan Am never operated Air Florida's 737-100/-200's. They had their own fleet from the 70s right up to the end ( i think) first for the Intra-German f
56 N702ML : Are there any pics/info about L'Express Airlines? I recall them having a tragic accident in the mid-90s and, if i recall correctly, the airline served
57 ConcordeBoy : ...before they left here a while back, were they just sharing TACA's counter, or did they still have their own?
58 JetJeanes : Didnt National fly in to Msy. I new they flew to Pns,... Also what did southwest do with transtar?? and their aircraft. I cant ever undrstand why they
59 OPNLguy : You might want to check out N63AF, N64AF, N67AF, N68AF, and N69AF in the photo database. All are the ex-United -222s that Air Florida operated, with
60 ConcordeBoy : Yes, both domestically and intercontinentally. NA was the first airline to offer scheduled service from New Orleans to Europe.
61 Sampa737 : Does MSY look pretty much like it does now that is shown in the pictures? Looks like MEM, booooooooooring! MEM has made major improvements, yet the tw
62 JetJeanes : gee Mem never looked like that,and i remember when the first cocktail building was opened...all counters are on one side
63 ConcordeBoy : ...more or less. ...like garnering scheduled intercon service? As is MSY now.
64 WesternA318 : Does anyone remember TWA's short lived STL-MSY-MEX service back from about 1999? If I remember correctly, served by MD-80s?
65 Nosedive : Besides the counters on one side, these MSY also remind me of MEM. Similar signage. Large atrium. Tunnels for hallways. Dark. Nasty crap on the ceili
66 Snaiks : wow, simply amazing, it still looks the same heheh
67 Post contains images MSYtristar : I remember it well. In fact I "borrowed" a sing from TW's ticket counter promoting the service. It now has a place of prominence in my apartment. TW7
68 Post contains images SKYYBLUE : Yes! I still have all the newspaper articles about the much lauded flight. JFK-MSY-MEX Daily M80. The flight arrived into Mexico City very late at ni
69 ConcordeBoy : As stated, it originated in JFK not STL; and IIRC, it wasn't uncommon to see 72Ss sub for the M80s during its span, which lasted until around Christm
70 JohnJ : Very nice shots. Although my Dad is from New Orleans and we made frequent trips there, since we lived in Memphis we normally made the drive vs. flying
71 WesternA318 : Damn, really? I was looking through my old TWA ephemera from the time and everything says it started from STL..oh well...
72 ConcordeBoy : ...ah, sorta like NA's 1977 timetable that shows MSY-FRA and BA's 2002 timetable that shows double daily SSC service. So again, in the event it didn'
73 MSYtristar : PA operated DC10's to MSY right after the NA merger in 1981 and then again in 1983 on the MSY-IAH route....it probably did something like MSY-IAH-LAX
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