TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 663 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2800 times:
Hi Again Everyone!
After finding out some great information of Capitol (CL) on my previous post, I decided to discuss another Charter turned passenger airline- Arrow Air.
I have a few questions...
When did the airline begin passenger operations?
When did it cease passenger operations?
What destinations were served?
What aircraft were used?
What was the inflight service like?
I tried to find a timetable for Arrow, and noticed that the latest timetable publisehd was in the fall of 1985, though I read on Wikipedia, which I know is not the most reliable source, that the airlined ended passenger operations in the early 90's.
CF6PPE From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 383 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
I'm not sure where to start. I'm not sure that I have all of the facts straight as I'm remembering back 35 or so years.
I believe that Airlift International had a bunch of DC7's (not sure which model) (maybe -7B ?? frames) that they used to run the Cuban Airlift flights with (i.e., Havana to MIA). At one time Airlift traded the total DC7 fleet (7 airframes) for one each JT3D-7 powerplant. I found this out from another one of my neighbors - a Dade Sheriffs Deputy - who used to deliver legal papers to collect debts.
Airlift International was involved in flying MAC charters to Viet Nam in the late '60's and early '70's. A pilot friend of my neighbor put in a lot of hours for Airlift out of the US west coast over the Pacific.
National airlines also leased two ea. DC8-54F's for Airlift to operate MIA-LHR service with. I rode on one of these DC8's a couple of times in first. National knew how to treat their customers; I remember being behind three drinks by the time the mains were up and the doors closed.
My neighbor flew B727 cargo routes for them that were contracted out to Airlift; he did this for about 15 days a month accumulating less that 2 hours per day.
In the mid '80's Airlift had at least two DC8's one a -63F and the other a -73F. I don't remember what these frames were used for.... but I was interested in other stuff during that time frame.