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User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

Hello Everyone,

I am wondering about Transamerica Airlines. I noticed on airtimes.com that their last timetable was published in the summer of 1984, yet my 1985 OAG shows them operating a once weekly flight from STL to DFW to HNL and then back again.

Why this single route and with such a low frequency?

Did they also fly internationally, since I don't see how an airline could survive with once weekly flights?

Also, any other info on the airline would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks,

TWA1985

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User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12598 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5988 times:

They operated a fleet of DC8s and 747s; I recall they used to fly to Shannon quite regularly, in the mid to late '70s.

Let me look into this and I'll get back to you with more info.


User currently offlineHikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5978 times:

Transamerica had a deal with Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays.
They couldn't guarantee a full plane, so Transamerica sold seats STL/DFW to generate
some extra revenue. I believe that for awhile the routing was STL/DFW/LAX/HNL.
The route operated westbound on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
These were flown by 747-200s. On other days of the week the aircraft flew LAX/PPT.
This was all "scheduled" service, but Transamerica was primarily known as a charter.
Transamerica Insurance bought the airline, but with the advent of lower priced carriers
they had problems competing. The pilots weren't interested in a paycut and the mother
company just ended up dismantling the airline.
Too bad...I had a lot of fun while there.



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User currently offlineGoldenJet707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5955 times:

Transamerica was formerly Trans International Airlines. They were once the largest charter airline in the world. They primarily flew charters, but added a few odd scheduled flights, like FRA-SNN-LAX. They didn't go bankrupt but the Transamerica Corporation unsuccessfuly tried to sell the airline to get out of the airline industry. They also flew a lot of military charters. They were based out of Oakland/CA and flew B727-100's in the early seventies plus tons of DC-8's in all shapes and forms. They operated three DC-10's, which they had received directly from Douglas and in the early eightees replaced them with three B-747-271's fresch from Boeing.
My first flight to the USA was in June 1978 on one of their DC-10's. Great memories !!!


User currently offlineFlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5854 times:



Quoting TWA1985 (Thread starter):
Did they also fly internationally, since I don't see how an airline could survive with once weekly flights?

I flew Transamerica Airlines back in 1980 on MRS-JFK-MRS with a Super DC8-63.

It was the good old era of the Charters ... They proposed two return flights during the Summer at fixed dates : MRS-JFK on August 4th 1980, return JFK-MRS on Aug.28th.
and NCE-JFK on Aug.1st with a return JFK-NCE on Aug 24th.

I remembered we wanted to leave from NCE on the 1st and come back to MRS on the 28th but that was not possible ...


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User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5839 times:

With such limited scheduled service it seems odd to me that they would even publish a timetable at all. Was there a point there where they operated more scheduled flights?

User currently offlineLijnden From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 566 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5820 times:
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Their planes were also regular visitors at AMS, making fuel stop from the Middle East. This was done with dc-8's, dc-10's and b747's.


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User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5772 times:

Visit http://www.poochiepals.com/TIA.htm

Also read the book "Crisscrossing the Globe: The Crazy Life Of A Charter Flight Attendant Is Now Documented" by Cynthia Swensen McAlister

Both have lots of good history about TransAmerica


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26021 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5648 times:



Quoting TWA1985 (Reply 5):
Was there a point there where they operated more scheduled flights?

They operated scheduled flights to SNN and AMS for a few years starting in 1979.


User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 5575 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
Quoting TWA1985 (Reply 5):
Was there a point there where they operated more scheduled flights?

They operated scheduled flights to SNN and AMS for a few years starting in 1979

When the Air Force transferred me to Soesterberg, Netherlands in 1983 I flew a Transamerica DC-8-73 from JFK-AMS. It was the only American flag carrier on the route at the time, and it was a scheduled service..


User currently offlineAvion660 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 5548 times:



Quoting Lijnden (Reply 6):
Their planes were also regular visitors at AMS, making fuel stop from the Middle East. This was done with dc-8's, dc-10's and b747's.

Also very common at LGW in the early eighties. Same aircraft.


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6903 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months ago) and read 5378 times:

The "Fall 1982" timetable (a single 8.5 by 11 sheet-- seems to be dated 7/82) shows nonstops AMS-JFK 2/week, SNN-JFK 2/wk, SNN-LAX 1/wk, SNN-OAK 1/wk, SNN-ORD 1/wk. All on "SUPER-73 wide-body interior jet aircraft". It says the schedules from SNN to California includes time for a "possible en route fuel stop."

User currently offlineMats From Israel, joined Jul 2003, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

There is a route map in departedflights.com. In 1984, TransAmerica flew from New York to Shannon, and from New York to Tel Aviv via Frankfurt.

User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5297 times:



Quoting GoldenJet707 (Reply 3):
Transamerica was formerly Trans International Airlines

Which was formed by Kirk Kerkorian after WWII in the late 40's flying from the L.A. area to LAS.


User currently offlineN14AZ From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2840 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5288 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 1):
They operated a fleet of DC8s and 747s



Quoting GoldenJet707 (Reply 3):
and flew B727-100's in the early seventies plus tons of DC-8's in all shapes and forms. They operated three DC-10's, which they had received directly from Douglas and in the early eightees replaced them with three B-747-271's fresch from Boeing.

plus some Lockheed Hercules:

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Quoting GoldenJet707 (Reply 3):
Transamerica was formerly Trans International Airlines.

I think the name was then re-introduced later for some operations, if I remember correctly.

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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6848 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5273 times:



Quoting Avion660 (Reply 10):
Quoting Lijnden (Reply 6):
Their planes were also regular visitors at AMS, making fuel stop from the Middle East. This was done with dc-8's, dc-10's and b747's.

Also very common at LGW in the early eighties. Same aircraft.

And MAN. To New York and Los Angeles iirc, or maybe one of SFO/OAK.



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User currently offlineEadc910 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

I flew Transamerica oon a scheduled service from St Louis to DFW the aircraft continued to Hawaii and then same routing back through DFW and on the STL I was able to sit in the upper deck and it was in coach configuration. The nicest crews and great flight both ways. I was sad to see them go they had remodified their DC * to Super with new engine and a/c interiors.

User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5244 times:



Quoting N14AZ (Reply 14):
I think the name was then re-introduced later for some operations, if I remember correctly.

N14AZ,

You are correct. I don't have any of my history books here since i am on a layover, but I did look up Transamerica in one book the other day after this thread came up. The TransInternational name was reintroduced as the name for a non-Union division of Transamerica with lower costs.


User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5177 times:



Quoting Eadc910 (Reply 16):
I flew Transamerica on a scheduled service from St Louis to DFW

Do you remember if the flight was full? I know they operated that route as a way of filling the aircraft for the trip to Honolulu.

Also, does anyone know if they ever operated the 747 across the Atlantic?



Thanks to everyone!

TWA1985


User currently offlineEadc910 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5098 times:

i dont recall how full it was but if memory serves correctly maybe 80% i do know they were very nice since i wanted in the upper deck

User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5055 times:



Quoting Eadc910 (Reply 19):
I do know they were very nice

Was the food good? Also, do you remember what the interiors looked like (color-wise)?

Thanks,

TWA1985


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