Spinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1413 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4383 times:
I was wondering if anyone could give me some info on this airline. I never knew much about them, What routes, aircraft etc. I see in the database photos of them operating as late as 1993 with a different color scheme than the all blue on that I'm familiar with. I thought the stopped flying prior to that.
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4375 times:
Transtar was formerly Muse Air, which was started around 1980 by Lamar Muse. They operated MD-80's and DC-9-50's on routes stretching from Florida to California. Some Transtar hubs included Houston/Hobby and New Orleans. For awhile they had a commuter operation called Transtar Skylink. The airline's business clubs were called "Empyrean Clubs", named after the "Empyrean Blue" color scheme on the aircraft. Muse Air was bought out by Southwest if I recall, and Southwest re-named the airline Transtar. I think they went under in 1987, and the MD-80's were sold to Continental.
On a side note, I flew a Muse Air MD-80 from MSY to MCO in 1986, and on the return flight, we got on a TranStar MD-80.
I remember numerous billboards throughout the New Orleans area promoting their flights. For example, they did nonstops from New Orleans to MCO, TPA, MIA, LAX, LAS, HOU, and DAL....Resembles Southwest's current route structure in MSY actually.
SAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4360 times:
Dubbed "Air Revenge" by those at WN as Lamar Muse was Southwest's original CEO. He and Herb fell out, and Lamar went off to set up an operation which was the antithesis of WN ... a business class premium airline (in essence the same as Legend Airlines).
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 6044 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4331 times:
An additional tid-bit or two;
MuseAir was the first airline to have no smoking allowed on any of its flights; this was when smoking was still allowed on domestic US ops with most airlines. It was very nice, as those who recall the stench of smoke in the enclosed spaces of airline cabins willl recall.
Had MuseAir (IATA code MC) pursued its long-haul strategy from the start, rather than mimicking WN's route network (on which it could never hope to defeat WN's established dominance), it might well have thrived.
When WN bought 'em, they had signs which said, "Blood, Sweat... and Cheers!"
WN moved the airline's HQ to Houston from Dallas, renamed it TranStar, painted the aircraft in the rather nice blue livery, and allowed it to fly for a while longer, but they never achieved the kind of operational results wanted, and were shut down with pretty much all the aircraft sold to CO.
Funny, I remember KIIS-FM in Los Angeles giving away atrip on TranStar in a promotion, about a week before their scheduled shutdown. Hope the winner used it fast.
Muse / TranStar's people ran a fine operation, I flew them often, and I was sad to see them go.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1962 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4310 times:
As stated above the original TranStar was the former Muse Air operation under Southwest. In 1993, another company started up called TranStar. I don't believe it had anything to do with the former, but they operated charter flights using two 737's and I think 1 DC-10. Much of their business was operating public charter flights from EWR to FLL under the banner SkyBus Airlines. They used the DC-10 for flights from LAX to HNL. They eventually shut down around 1995. Two different airlines using the same name.
Drerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4235 times:
I remember Transtar fondly. I rember flying to MSY from HOU on WN and back on Transtar. They were my dad's favorite airline, as he flew HOU-DAL regularly. Wonderful fleet. Think of em as Midwest Express but not quite.
Type-rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 4205 times:
When Muse Air first started up, with operations DAL-HOU, HOU-DAL Lamar Muse had television commericials touting the service and non-smoking environment. The commerical said that "If you can't go an hour without a cigarette, find yourself another airline!"
For smokers who DID fly them, they had a "smokers kit" which consisted of mints and gum and pamphlets explaining why smoking is not good for you.
After WN bought them, WN employees called TranStar "The flying purple profit eater!", after the purple colors.
I had flown on them a few times and found service to be quite good.
Also, after WN acquired them, CO returned to HOU and began a very aggressive campaign against TranStar. Same routes, more frequency and cheaper prices! But CO basically ran them out of business. I think Herb got tired of this game and didn't want CO to come after WN with the same tactics. So he shut TranStar down.
They did have meal service. It was quite nice with real linen napkins, etc.
When they shut down they had a "fire sale" at their commissary. I bought a case or two of their wine, glasses and tone of those linen napkins. All this for extraordinarily cheap prices! I think that case of wine was $5.00.
I also heard that former TranStar employees would hold an annual reunion at a bar across from HOU. If they still do this, I don't know.