Airways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 13 Posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 979 times:
I just came across some pictures of Montana Airlines' Boeing 707. All pictures have been taken in the late 1970s. I have never heard about this airline and I couldn't find that much information on the net.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 962 times:
Montana had OE-INA and OE-IRA - approximately 1976 to 1980... was a supplemental carrier operating charters between Europe and US/Carribean or Europe to SE Asia... As I was on layoff from PanAm in 1976, I delivered their first -138B but had a tail number N105BN and Braniff colors... did spend a few weeks as classroom and simulator instructor for their first crews 1976... training was classroom in Vienna, and simulator in Frankfurt...
All I know is many of the crews were later hired by Lauda... In a sense, this Montana probably gave the original idea of operating a charter airline to Nikki Lauda...
Airways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 932 times:
Thanks Skipper, interesting information! Does somebody know why they went out of the market? Were they owned by PanAm for the whole time? Was it possible for an American company to own the majority of a Austrian one then?
Would be nice to hear more about them!
By the way, according to the pictures here at A.net, they also had a third plane, OE-IDA.
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 909 times:
I remember a friend of mine, also an airline spotter saying to me that he eventually saw at LIS one of their 707's! I think it was probably on a charter flight or doing a flight for a regular airline that operated to LIS. This was between 1977 and 1978.
B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 876 times:
Dear Airways -
Nope - PanAm had nothing to do with them, but they contacted PanAm to do the training of their crews - and PanAm had the habit of taking employees on layoff to be on such contracts - I ended up doing a few weeks of classroom training, and 2 weeks of simulator... then ferried their first plane from Marana to Shannon... It was Austrian company, flight crews were Austrian and some Germans, and "they" had to fight for their existence with Austrian Airlines back then, as they were "competition"... All I remember is their planes were very nicely equipped, I think configured Y165 seats which was all a -138 could take, since fuselage is short like a 720... (Travolta's a -138B as well...)
Airways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 862 times:
Thanks Skipper for the explanations. I have mixed up the thing about PanAm in your first post. Sorry. But thanks again for the information. It's nice to hear that from someone who actually was involved in their history.
Sam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 230 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 849 times:
During the Aer Lingus strike in spring 1978 Montana aircraft were hired in to operate some of the Aer Lingus shedule and I remember both OE-INA and OE-IRA appeared at Cork operating from and to Heathrow. They were a great site to see at the time, big-ish four engined jets at Cork! If I recall correctly we also had a visit from a Dan Air Comet for the same reason. Nice.