TSRA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 205 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2513 times:
A colleague and I were reminiscing about Air Midwest's operation out of MCI back in their heyday. We were trying to remember all the cities they flew to and how many passengers flew on each route. Here is what we could recall;
I know we missed a few and we have no idea how many people actually flew. So all you A.net gurus, could you fill in the blanks for us? Just so you know, there is a case of beer on the line between my colleague and I as to who came up with the most cities!
It looks like Lincoln, OMA, Hays, Great Bend, Topeka, Parsons, Columbia, DSM, Moline, Springfield MO, Salina, Joplin, ICT, and Sioux City all had non-stop service from MCI, based on the timetable route maps listed on the site.
joeljack From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 895 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2469 times:
I remember OMA-MCI used to be 11x daily. Then it was reduced to 7x daily and then slowly reduced from there.
It was really nice and wish it was still around. It was marketed as US Airways express. Worked good for a OMA-MCI-CLT flight.
It actually came back for about two years as part of a GRI EAS contract for aircraft repositioning and flew 1x or 2x daily about 2007ish. I looked back and it was fairly full...75% loads most the time.
The routing was GRI-OMA-MCI-GRI going both directions 2x daily.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2319 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2448 times:
I remember in the late 1960s when Gary Adamson was flying bodies around Kansas in a single Cessna 206 as Aviation Services. They changed the name to Air Midwest in 1969 when they bought Beech 99s to serve western Kansas. My sister worked for ZV in Clovis, NM, ICT, and MHK.
Good ole "Scare Midwest". They once took off from Clovis NM with one too many passengers on a 99. The pilot looked back in flight and there was a passenger sitting in the aisle because all the seats were taken. True story.
knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2661 posts, RR: 30 Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
Here's what I can think of for Air Midwest out of MCI....
Johnson County (KS)
(I don't think they ever flew nonstop from MCI to or from Hutchinson, Goodland, or Liberal)
Kansas City Downtown
Some of these were relatively brief back shortly before Braniff shut down and there were lots of BN* feeder flight at Kansas City. Quincy IL and Madison WI were also linked to Kansas City, but I think all those were 1-stop.
As for Fort Leonard Wood, I *think* they didn't get KC flights until relatively recently under the Great Lakes banner.
CWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1778 times:
Quoting CitationJet (Reply 5): The aircraft that I remember are Cessna 206, Cessna 402, Beech 99, Saab 340A (first US operator), Beech 1900D, and the Swearingen Metro (San Antonio Sewer Pipe, or the "Rocket").
I remember Len Morgan did an article on Air Midwest in Flying magazine back in the late 80's when they first got their 340's.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2319 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1766 times:
I was at the Paris Airshow in 1983 when Saab displayed the 340 in Air Midwest colors. This was right before Air Midwest's first Saab delivery. Gary Adamson, ZV president was there.
That was the airshow where the 747 shuttle carrier with the Enterprise on top was at the Paris airshow. The 747 did touch and go's with the shuttle on the first day of the show, industry day. The Russians were photographing the shuttle from the Russian chalet when it taxied by and did the low flyovers. A few years later they came out with a similar vehicle. We were able to walk right up to the 747 to about the inboard engine at the static display. Fun times.
TSRA From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 205 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1656 times:
Thanks everyone for your help! I totally forgot that Air Midwest flew for Eastern "back in the day".
My co-worker and I are tied in our little wager. I claimed Fayetteville (Old Drake), which was disputted and he claimed Johnson County, which I disputted. Looks like we were both right! Our tie breaker goes like this - during 2000, we have to get the closest to how many seats were sold on the larger cities routes -
My guess His Guess
ICT - 1100/month 1500/month
DSM - 1000/month 1400/month
OMA - 2000/month 2400/month
SGF - 900/month 1200/month
LIT - 1000/ month 2000/month
You can see I am going with the low side of things. So, can anyone out there confirm how many seats were sold per month? I can taste victory that is a case of Boulevard Pale Ale!!!
knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2661 posts, RR: 30 Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1529 times:
I'm quite sure it was what's now called New Century Air Center....IXD. It was called Johnson County Industrial and referred to as JCI in the timetables and OAG, which is the same airport as IXD.
They were not there terribly long...maybe a year? I think most of the time there was a flight or two to/from ICT, and sometimes it stopped in and/or came from MCI or MKC. So maybe MCI-JCI-ICT, ICT-MKC-JCI-ICT, things like that. Also for a few months they flew from JCI and MKC over to St Louis and up to Midway. I believe it was the Bi-State Parks airport across the river. So you could fly JCI-MKC-CPS-MDW on a Metroliner in the morning, and come back the same evening MDW-CPS-MKC-JCI.