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User currently offlineAirways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1280 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.

Can somebody tell me more about this airline?

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Michael
http://airways.ch



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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1263 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...
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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...
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(s) Skipper


User currently offlineAirways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1233 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.

Michael
http://airways.ch


User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Hi!

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.
Regards


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9644 posts, RR: 68
Reply 4, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1204 times:
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they came unstuck in 1981, one of their planes landed in Houston with a load of illegal weapons and was seized by the ATF. After that the Austrian government withdrew their certificate.

User currently offlineAirways1 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1201 times:



User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1177 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...)
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineAirways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (11 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1163 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.

Michael
http://airways.ch


User currently offlineSam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1150 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.

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