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Eastern Flight Attendant Bid Sheet - ORD - 1985  
User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9873 times:

Hello All,

Here is a little aviation flashback for you, in the form of an Eastern Airlines Chicago Flight Attendant Bid Sheet from June 1985. By that point, the base was small, but it still is a great little read ... enjoy!

http://i1164.photobucket.com/albums/q570/TWA1985/ORD_Bid_Sheet_-_June_Page_1.jpg

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User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9726 times:

If you guys want to see more, I would be happy to upload the others. The April, May and July bid sheets include the ORD-RSW/SRQ route as well as the addition of ORD-LAX (starting in July).

User currently offlineBeechToBus From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9656 times:

Very cool piece of history. I for one would like to see more. Thanks for posting.

User currently offlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1485 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9573 times:

Bidding is so much easier now! I remember printing out the bid packets.. some 100+ pages sometimes (what a waste!) and then I'd cut them into strips and arrange the lines in the order I liked. Now it's on computer and really fast but I do miss being able to see them all and it was easier to place them in order sitting on my living room floor.


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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9516 times:

interesting, thansk for posting.

The Chicago-Houston flight left at 12:09am and then left Houston for Chicago at 4:05am. Not exactly business timings, were those the really cheap tickets?

Max Dugan? wow.

again thanks for posting



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User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9511 times:

Did the ORD base close when the "Moonlight Special" left in 1987?

User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9417 times:

Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 4):
The Chicago-Houston flight left at 12:09am and then left Houston for Chicago at 4:05am. Not exactly business timings, were those the really cheap tickets?



This flight was part of their "Moonlight Special" service using A300's at that time. The flights carried cargo primarily, but passengers could also book the flights at very low fares. The only catch ... no checked baggage (only carry-on) and snacks were available for purchase. In the summer of '85 ORD-LAX and ORD-LGA was added. Then, in 1987 Eastern moved the "Moonlight Special" hub to ORD, but it only lasted a few months because residents were complaining about all the noise in the middle of the night.


User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9405 times:

Quoting 28L28L (Reply 5):
Did the ORD base close when the "Moonlight Special" left in 1987?


I believe so, at least that is what the former EA flight attendant who sold me these on eBay said.


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 953 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9047 times:

As a former Eastern employee, anything having to do with this once great company is welcome in my eyes. Really brings back fond memories!!!


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User currently offlineSouthernDC9 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8980 times:

So are there one or two itineraries that would be considered the "most desirable" or most lucrative, I guess - that a senior FA would bid on and/or get? Any that nobody would want? A bit of spare time in SJU seems like it would be nice but who knows...


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User currently offlineAASTEW From Dominican Republic, joined Oct 2001, 447 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8933 times:

Looking at the trip rotations.....seems like a lot of legs with VERY high time trips. Was this normal?

User currently offlinesafetydemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8658 times:

Quoting AASTEW (Reply 10):
Looking at the trip rotations.....seems like a lot of legs with VERY high time trips. Was this normal?

Some of those are approaching 18 hours when factoring in report times and release times. How (and why?) in the world did those FAs put up with those!?



Please direct your attention to the flight attendants in the cabin...
User currently offlineJQflightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8531 times:

OMG this looks like our 'Bid Book' i see things havnt changed from 1985!!


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User currently offlineHiFlyerAS From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 1016 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7920 times:

Quoting JQflightie (Reply 12):
OMG this looks like our 'Bid Book' i see things havnt changed from 1985!!

I'm so sorry! With our PBS system at AS bidding is so much easier! I remember the days of the bid packets...it was getting to be like carrying a phone book during bids!



Next trip...DL RJ SEA-LAX/AM LAX-MEX Dec 23
User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5357 times:

Quoting safetydemo (Reply 11):
Some of those are approaching 18 hours when factoring in report times and release times. How (and why?) in the world did those FAs put up with those!?

I sent an email to the former owner of these bid sheets about this and she replied that they never really thought much of the hours because it was the norm at the time. She mentioned that this was a time when the FA's were expected to serve a full breakfast on a fully loaded 747 between MSP and ORD (not EA of course, but she had friends who worked for NW) or, in her case, a decent size snack service (or light meal as she put it) between ORD and MCI. It was a time when the airlines were much more service oriented and the FA's didn't think twice about it.


User currently offlinedelta2ual From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 626 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

I like how they had "no-smoking" and "smoking" recurrent classes! LOL My, how times have changed.


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User currently offlineSouthernDC9 From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

Quoting delta2ual (Reply 15):
I like how they had "no-smoking" and "smoking" recurrent classes! LOL My, how times have changed.

The movies are a blast from the past too...



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User currently offlinekearnet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3928 times:

I also noticed that the 757 image shows the original RB211s before they were replaced with the updated version.

User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3741 times:

Speaking of the 757, does anyone know if the EA planes had television monitors?

User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3626 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3654 times:

Can anyone elaborate on the short stay hotel in Memphis: Rodeway Inn sounds just awful! haha

User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

Quoting TWA1985 (Reply 18):

No. The EA 757s did not have any kind of video/music system.



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User currently offlinesafetydemo From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3371 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 19):
Rodeway Inn sounds just awful! haha

Amen ... I will never complain about another Holiday Inn again  



Please direct your attention to the flight attendants in the cabin...
User currently offlineTWA1985 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 651 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3145 times:

Just a little F.Y.I. ... I will be uploading the May bid sheet this weekend. More trip choices than June.

User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 19):
Can anyone elaborate on the short stay hotel in Memphis: Rodeway Inn sounds just awful! haha

It is....I crash padded there when I was force displaced to MEM for 6 months in 2005. Its a Knights Inn now and was run down but $40 a night for crew....can only imagine what it was like in the 1980s lol.


User currently offlinebobbypsp From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2902 times:

Would be interesting to see sequences from "back in the day" , early jet age , re: Pan Am, TWA and BA when they had round the world flights with amazing number of stops

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