SJC30L From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 59 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9445 times:
I recently watched the 1970 movie "Airport" again. In the film, TGA flight number 2 was also referred to by the airline as "The Golden Argosy". It had me wondering if this was ever a common practice for commercial airlines to name flights in the same way the railroads named their premier trains (Super Chief, Broadway Ltd., etc). Does anyone know if this was the case? If so, what were some of the more well known flight names?
FLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9397 times:
Well, there's the "milk run" on AS and WN has another one from, IIRC, BUR to LAS which goes under several names due to the bunch of rich, good looking, stupid blonds that go to LAS to party for a night and then come back. But these names are of course not official as far as the airline is concerned.
Tan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1878 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9118 times:
back in the late 50's, early sixties there was a UA flight from LGA to ORD call teh "executive exprees or some such...all men, no women pax, standard meal was steak and drinks, and cigars after dinner. I believe it ran with DC-6s and Caravelles..Maybe an old UAer can help out.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10631 posts, RR: 62 Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8993 times:
Airlines used to call routes by certain names all the time - a holdover from the train naming tradition that used to have far more applicability to the airlines. In the early days, air routes were a lot like train routes: linking big, far flung cities with lots of little whistle stops along the way. And the flights were much longer, too, taking double or more the amount of time that modern jetliners take today.
Thus, for example, AA used to call their nonstop New York-Los Angeles route "The Mercury," going back to the DC7 days. When Coach was introduced on the route on May 20, 1965, AA began offering "Royal Coachman" service. When AA started a partnership with the 21 Club, offering 21 Club dinner meals on the evening New York-L.A. flight (my how times have changed), it became the "21 Club Service." (Interestingly enough, that is why, to this day, AA's 7pm JFK-LAX flight is flight 21.)
And yes, even today - as others have already alluded to - several flights at AA and other airlines carry non-official nicknames, like AA's "Nerd Bird" AUS-SJC flights, or Eagle's "Wal Mart to Wall Street" XNA-LGA flights.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8736 times:
Quoting Commavia (Reply 14): AA used to call their nonstop New York-Los Angeles route "The Mercury," going back to the DC7 days.
AC (when still Trans-Canada Air Lines) also used the "Mercury" name for their fastest L1049 Super Constellation flights between YYZ and YVR. A daily YYZ-YVR-YYZ flight was the "Pacific Mercury". Two other YYZ-YVR-YYZ flights that made one stop in YYC or YYC were the "Edmonton Mercury" and "Calgary Mercury".
When AC started YVR-LHR/FRA service with DC-8s about 1963 (most flights with one stop in YYC, YEG or YWG) those flights were branded "Western Arrow".
Many other airlines had marketing names for certain flights or classes of service. For example, BOAC called their First Class transaltantic flights "Monarch" (not sure if that name was used on other routes also), and Pan Am used to call their first class service "President Special".
Panagra (Pan American-Grace Airways), the joint-venture carrier owned 50-50 by Pan Am and the W.R. Grace shipping company, which operated between the U.S. and countries on the west coast of South America (and Argentina) used the name "El Interamericano" for their first class DC-7 flights in the 1950s and "El Pacifico" for their economy class DC-6B flights. When they introduced DC-8s in the early 1960s they transferred the El Interamericano name to those flights. Braniff bought Panagra in 1967.
In the 1950s National Airlines called their daily New York-Havana DC-7 nonstop "El Emperador" (The Emperor).
Eghansen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8642 times:
Alaska Airlines 100/1 ANC-FAI-SEA-PDX: Golden Nugget Service
Braniff Int'l 970/1 NYC-RIO: El Dorado
Braniff Int'l 985/6 NYC-BOG: El Bogatano
Central African 890/1 Salisbury-LHR: Zambezi Service
Central African 892/3 Salisbury-LHR: The Rhodesian (opb BOAC)
Air France 044/5 PAR-NYC: Parisian Special
BOAC 509/10 LHR-NYC: Monarch (Stratocruiser)
KLM 621-626 AMS-NYC: Cosmopolitan
Pan 100/1/114/5 NYC-LHR: The President Special (Stratocruiser)
BEA 328/33 LHR-PAR: Silver Wing
Canadian Pacific 1/2 YVR-YYZ-YUL: Canadian Empress
Trans-Canada 1/2 YUL/YYZ/YEG/YVR: Edmonton Mercury
Trans-Canada 3/4 YYZ-YYC-YVR: Calgary Mercury
Delta Air Lines 900/1 ATL-BHM-DFW: Royal Rocket
Delta Air Lines 770 HOU-NYC (nonstop): Royal Manhattan
Delta Air Lines 771 NYC-HOU (nonstop): Royal Texan
Avianca 7712/3 Cali-MIA-NYC: El Andino (DC-4)
Avianca 770/1/4/5 BOG-MIA-NYC: El Caribe (DC-4)
Avianca 666-671 BOG-MIA-NYC: El Colombiano (Constellation)
Some of these flights have intermediate stops.
25 Nomadic: TWA had a variety of named flights. Their premier services to Europe using Super Constellations and later 707s were refered to as 'Royal Ambassador' f
26 Argonaut: Correct: BOAC's 1950s First Class trans-Atlantic service (exclusively served by Boeing 377 Stratocruisers) was called "Monarch", characterised by a s
27 MotorHussy: The late night flight from Auckland - AKL to Rarotonga - RAR with NZ used to humorously be referred to as the 'Kentucky Fried Special' as returning Co
28 AVION826: United's first routes to Asia, Seattle - Tokyo and Seattle - Hong Kong, were known as the "Rice Rocket".
29 VirginFlyer: In addition to the well known Kangaroo Route, Qantas also had the Southern Cross Route from Australia to the UK via the Pacific and the USA and the Fi
30 UpstateDave: Here's the complete list of Virgin Atlantic Flights from their Jetrosexual Campaign ('05) * The Refresh Air * The Higher Flier * The Trance Atlantic *
31 Mats: A Western Airlines DC-10 crashed in Mexico City. This particular route was called "El Tecolote" ("The Night Owl.") Air Canada's daylight flight from T
32 LoneStarMike: That was The Chicago Executive. The return flight was called The New York Executive. Here's another United ad for "The Hollywood" Burbank to New York
33 Maxpower1954: I have 1950s era "Flying" magazines that have American ads refering to the "Royal Coachman" - are you sure you didn't mean 1955?
34 QANTAS747-438: Flights on WN between BNA and LAX are often called the "Hillbillies to Hollywood" flights.
35 Widgetmd11: Western Airlines had 'The Londoner' DC-10 service from HNL-ANC-LGW & LAS-DEN-LGW in (not exactly sure of the dates) about 1980-1981.
36 Viscount630: BEA also named some of their all first-class services at the time. A daily LHR-LBG "Silver Wing", and some services to Edinburgh ("The Clansman") and
37 LH526: LH crews refer to South-american legs to as the "Samba route", wether or not it goies to Brasil
38 FlySSC: Click on the pic below : [Edited 2009-04-25 02:31:54]