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User currently offlineAirpearl From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 971 posts, RR: 25
Posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

Are there any defunct (or about to go defunct) airlines you have flown and/or respected which you still wish was with us?

For me, a sad loss was British Caledonian. "BCal" was a fantastic airline which died a premature death, not from deregulation but over-regulation. Would BA be a different airline now had BCal taken over instead? After all, weren't the "Caledonian girls" just the greatest?

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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5900 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

No surprises from me-

1. Braniff International. They were really good, had style.

2. Legend. Ditto. And their traffic was ramping up nicely. A different capital market would have them flying high now.

3. Air Cal. Good folks, good service, it took typical AA arrogance to completely destroy a well-entrenched west coast network in a matter of months.

4. PSA- See No. 3 above, and substitute "USAir" for "AA," and "incompetence" for "arrogance."

There are others whose people and service I liked- the original Frontier, Muse Air, Pan Am.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2903 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1669 times:


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User currently offlineRominato From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 268 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1662 times:

Western Airlines. The ONLY way to fly.

User currently offlineMEA From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

I would have to say Compass Airlines Mark 1 for three reasons;

1. Introduced competition in the Australian market
2. Had a stylish livery
3. Operated A300s & A310s


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 74
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

MGM Grand Air

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American Airlines  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud

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Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1635 times:

TWA-I loved them.

User currently offlineMiller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 730 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

Comair... so long.

User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Canadian Airlines. Good Bye!!!!


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User currently offlineCF-CPI From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 1316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

CP Air.
The greatest airline in North America was an orange!


User currently offlineVw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1605 times:

My home town airline Access Air. I will miss the one stop flights to LAX and LGA from DSM.
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User currently offlineB727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1601 times:

Comair


B727
Glenn


User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1605 times:
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Pride Air: One ugly livery.


User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Pan Am (ver 1.0) the most influential airline in the history of aviation

Braniff (ver 1.0) creativity maximus!

MGM Grand One word "Luxury"

Air Atlanta Proving the small guys can do it better

Legend killed by "AA" AKA Anti Christ Air

Florida Express without a doubt the most attractive single FAs in the business


User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

I'm with Vw, I miss AccessAir as well. In their second attempt at operating, you could fly between Des Moines and Chicago real cheap. Last April I had to take Greyhound because, even with a one-week advance purchase, it would have cost me more to fly from CHI-DSM than it it cost me to fly VS LHR-ORD!!


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User currently onlineAC_B777 From Canada, joined Aug 2000, 827 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Hey all,

I miss a lot of different airlines like Pan Am, Braniff, CP Air, etc, but I would have to say that the one I miss most is Eastern Airlines. I loved their bare metal scheme with the blue "hockey stick" cheatline.

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Gotta love those L1011's!!

AC_B777



In life, some days you are the bug..... some days you are the windshield!
User currently offlineIronchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

PSA, Western, and Eastern

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1564 times:

Here we go again......


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User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

I miss the original Pan Am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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CB777


User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

I will miss Braniff I loved seeing all those bright colors


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

Dan-air:


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Gotta love those Comets  Big grin

Air Atlanta: Fitted out in a luxury configeration, One of the first Airlines to be owned by a coloured man.

Pan-Am:


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Need i say more, the visionary Juan Trippe. Loved by all aviation enthusiasts, probably the most influencial airline chairman of all time.

BOAC:


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Now BA, used to run many British classics like the VC-10, DH Comet and the Bristol Brittania.


There are others as well, Eastern, Western Airlines, British Caledonian, TWA, CP Air, Braniff, Valujet, Wardair and Trump Airlines.

EGGD(mourning)


User currently offlineNtafly From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

The original MIDWAY & PAN AM !

User currently offlinePicarus From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

All of them:

Pan Am
National
Western
Air Cal
PSA
Hughes Airwest
Piedmont
Flying Tiger
Braniff
Eastern


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

they were and are a great airline. it is to bad they are being broken up.

User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (14 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1526 times:

PAN-AM

25 Post contains links and images EyeSky : Some of the long gone airlines that I miss are ..... The original National Airlines ..... Click for large versionPhoto © Andrew Abshier Northeast
26 Post contains links and images Western737 : Of course this is... Click for large versionPhoto © Jeffrey Lee But I also miss this Click for large versionPhoto © Mel Lawrence Click for l
27 Post contains links and images Samurai 777 : I will miss Canadian Airlines most of all! Click for large versionPhoto © John W. A. Merer Click for large versionPhoto © Darcy Stevens Clic
28 Contrails : 1. Braniff. Sometimes looking out my office window I think I can see one of BN's beautiful 727's on final to DCA. BN had their problems, but they were
29 Post contains images EyeSky : Contrails, I appreciate your metaphor of a wolf dismembering US Airways. As it gets down to business, the wolf will find the remains of Colonial, Moha
30 DCA-ROCguy : I miss People Express because of the great fares they brought to my hometown, Rochester, and the way they opened up a whole new era in air travel for
31 Post contains images FedExHeavy : Reno Air and PSA . Have a nice day, FedExHeavy
32 Fanofjets : I miss Air Florida and Laker; both provided excellent service between the US and the UK, even flying charter.
33 Quebecair : Any airline who goes belly-up is a sad story for me. Here is a list of airline I flew and are no longer flying: Northeast Eastern Wardair (Best servic
34 Fan_I_am : Flying Colors................. the TRUE and original Flying Colors............ The original Braniff.......... Just a side note, after living in Phoeni
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