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Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:02 am

I don't know much about Tower Air. I know they went under.

I know they did a lot of charter work. But what were their reg service cities?
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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:29 am

Los Angeles
Tel Aviv, Israel
San Juan, PR
Trinidad (If I rememebr correctly, short time &/or seasonal)
Santo Domingo, DR
Miami, FL
San Fran, CA
Athens, Greece
Paris, FR
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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:38 am

also Fort Lauderdale, FL
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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:42 am

They were terrible, the San Juan-JFK flight ws sort of a flying bus. Sometimes they would overbook the flight by over 200 people.
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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:50 am

It was amazing that they didn't have a stop along the way to each of those cities involving a vertical dive into the ground at 900+ mph.

To say the least, they had the most reamed planes in the industry. Dr. Kevorkian regularly suggested his patients give Tower air a try before utilizing his suicide machine.

If an airline could put mudflaps, curb feelers, a chain steering wheel, gold trim package, and a velvet roof on it's entire fleet, Tower air would've pioneered it.

Perhaps even lower the suspension and throw some neon underneath the plane.

Nonetheless, if you wanted to be scared to near-death levels, Tower Air was a surefire way to do it.

I think the pilots wore those wife-beater T-shirts on occasion, here's a picture of one of their old pilots:

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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 7:56 am

I dont even know how some people dared to fly from JFK-TLV on Tower Air ,over 12 hours in one of those death traps. Terribly freaky and scary.
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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 9:13 am

Their JFK Terminal (which was really a hangar) was interesting, along with all those 747s on blocks they used for spare parts. Just as a piece of useless trivia, the first MTV Road Rules folks won tickets to Paris on Tower Air. I remember watching when they showed the tickets and I was thinking to myself how cheap MTV must be, as I recall there was another 90's show like Road Rules where MTV gave the winners free Tower Air Tickets. Perhaps it was Singled Out Smile

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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 9:42 am

I am no Tower Air fan by any means but the airline had a great safety record. It started operations in 1983 and up till it ceased operations around 2001 it had not one fatality, that's not a bad safety record. Although the airline didn't have PVT's, Sleepers and other plush amenities the airline served a purpose, an alternative to selected destinations at a low cost. If you want on time all the time and all the amenities then pay for it but consider there are people who can't afford such frills and need an alternative. Rest in Pieces Tower Air....

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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 10:33 am

BTW,Tower's old website is now a pornsite  Nuts. I can't believe all the bad stories on Tower.They must have been horrible.
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RE: Tower Air

Fri Apr 19, 2002 10:39 am

That picture of the so-called pilot is actually an
actor on the Drew Carey show. Dont always believe
everything you see..
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