727_2001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
I am wondering what the major airlines were in 1985 in order from largest to smallest. For example currently it goes American, United, Delta, Northwest, Continental, US Airways, Southwest, America West, Alaska, ATA, Hawaiian... and so on.( A few months ago that order was a little different than it is now because of the American takeover of TWA.) But, as I stated previously, I would like to know the order it was in 1985. (I didnt follow aviation in the 80s.) I have searched for it in the search engine and I turned up nothing. All of your comments are very welcome!
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1912 times:
My best, most educated guess is that U.S. airlines ranked in the following approximate order in 1985 in terms of passengers boarded. As you will note, several of the mega-mergers (RC/NW, PI/US, OZ/TW, WA/DL and PE/FL/NY/CO) had not yet taken place.
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D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 12017 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1896 times:
I doubt that UA would have been close to the largest airline in 1985. UA grew quite substantially as a result of Pan Am's demise in the early 1990s. They were almost entirely domestic before then, iirc.
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Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7031 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1843 times:
Once United merged Capital (Capitol?) in 1961 they passed American to become #1 based on passenger-miles, and they retained that rank for most (perhaps all) of the next thirty years. That's #1 among US airlines, of course, which I assume meant #2 in the world.
N863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1781 times:
Misinformation ensues. What is it with you guys and your quest to destroy the truth?
When United absorbed Capitol, it became the largest airline in the Western World, regardless of the fact that it was purely a domestic carrier, and has been ever since - all the way until American absorbed TWA.
Aeroflot is no longer the biggest as it was broken up after the Wall fell.
And when will you guys realize that PanAm wasn't that big, just a figure-head?