DL WIDGET HEAD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4889 times:
I liked it. Thanks for posting the link. There are so many little things that (40 years later) I found humorous like when the executive had to knock on the door to the "Sun King Club" in order to gain entry.
ItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1121 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4713 times:
Quoting DL WIDGET HEAD (Reply 3): There are so many little things that (40 years later) I found humorous like when the executive had to knock on the door to the "Sun King Club" in order to gain entry.
I thought that was odd myself 0_ o Were airline hosted clubs that small & secretive back in the day? I know they have existed for decades ( I was a youngin' back in this time frame)...but I do not recall mass promotion of the Crown Rooms, Admirals Cubs, Red Carpet Clubs, etc until the 1980s.
thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4099 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4459 times:
Great video, thanks for sharing.
One thing that caught my attention was the representative from DFW and his reference of DFW as a "Regional Airport". I was surprised that even back in the 70s that it was called by locals a "regional" airport rather than an "international" which it was. As a kid connecting through DFW during this era, I still recall signage printed as DFW Regional.
ozark1 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2552 times:
Thank you so much for sharing this. Always loved the name NATIONAL. Their paint scheme was awesome (preferred the bare metal lower fuselage over the all white). Never got to fly on one of their DC-8's but they were my favorite.
jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8872 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2482 times:
This great airline was purchased and destroyed by Pan American but what gets forgotten is Miami didn't have any flights to Europe before National did it. National flew to London from Miami before any one flying from JFK, Boston or LAX thought Miami was important enough for such flights. National was truly the Aviation pioneer in Florida in the 1960's and 70's.
type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
Airline clubs have been around for decades and decades. Usually they were promoted to specialized groups like people who flew first class a lot and through travel agencies independent or in house corporate travel agencies. With most companies you have to be "of the level" within the company to deserve such things to be paid for by the company. Or you could buy a membership yourself.
I was a member of the Red Carpet Club in 1972. I think it cost me $75.00 per year. It was nice because you could relax in the lounge with your favorite cocktail and your hostess would come and escort you to your gate "just in time" for boarding. No waiting around the departure lounge at all. You received your boarding pass/seat selection in the Red Carpet Room too. It did take some of the stress off of traveling.
And yes there was a gate keeper at the door to the lounge. At ORD you couldn't get more than 5 feet into the lounge where a woman at the "front desk" would say "Excuse me sir, this is a private lounge. Do you have your Red Carpet Membership Card?". And it seemed like you had about 10 seconds to produce it.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26691 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2242 times:
Quoting jfk777 (Reply 9): what gets forgotten is Miami didn't have any flights to Europe before National did it. National flew to London from Miami before any one flying from JFK, Boston or LAX thought Miami was important enough for such flights.
Both Pan Am and National applied for Miami-London rights. At one point the CAB recommended that Pan Am be awarded the route based on their connecting services beyond London to other points in Europe and Asia. But in the end it was given to National largely becase they were based in MIA and had a network of domestic services that could feed the flight while Pan Am of course was prohibited from operating domestic flights then (except Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico).
EASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 674 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2216 times:
In the late 60's and early 70's there was no such thing as airline clubs. At DCA we had a very small room behind the ticket counter were we would invite VIP's to get out of the public eye. It wasn't big and I believe we had coffee and very little else. Lots of VIPs in Washington. Mrs Kennedy used it alot and smoked her brains off. Everything was fine until Ralph Nader, You young guys google his name. He sued the airlines because of discrimination that the general public had no access. So, the airline clubs began. BTW F/C lounges were not an issue. We used to upgrade him all the time along with other not so nice people like Ted Kennedy.