TWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 653 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 6359 times:
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.
HikesWithEyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 816 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 6341 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.
GoldenJet707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 6318 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 !!!
FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7467 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months ago) and read 6217 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 ...
BHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1386 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5938 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..
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6966 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5741 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."
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.
Eadc910 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5613 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.
N702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5607 times:
Quoting N14AZ (Reply 14): I think the name was then re-introduced later for some operations, if I remember correctly.
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.