jsnww81
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DAL Memories/question

Wed Aug 14, 2002 10:16 pm

I know this topic has been addressed in the past, but I'm fascinated with the history of Dallas' Love Field (being from the area) and would love to hear from some of the members who visited the airport before it was replaced by DFW in 1974. What was it like? I have a few specific questions too:

- from glancing over old timetables, it looks as though both American and Braniff had very busy schedules at DAL. Who was busier?

- were the facilities very crowded? They look like they were considered very modern for their day.

- I've heard the main baggage claim hall used a 'shelf' system for incoming luggage. How did this work?

I hope you all can share your memories of DAL with me, as I'm too young to know what it was like. Sorry for bringing up an old topic, and hopefully we can stay out of the Wright Amendment debate.  Smile
 
sccutler
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RE: DAL Memories/question

Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:15 pm

1. Braniff was, I believe, busier than AA, but not by too much; BN's big expansion came after their move to DFW, where they were the only carrier which had its own terminal. BN's terminal space at DAL, at the east end, was very nice from its opening in (IIRC) 1968- big ad campaign ("Have you seen Braniff's new terminal at Dallas Love Field? Hoooo-weee!")

2. AA's terminal space is what is now Southwest country.

3. Facilities were very nice indeed, for the time... still are pretty nice.

4. Braniff (after its new terminal opened) had baggage carousels; no one else did. the baggage claim for others was where WN's is now, but they simply had a baggage cart path behind a wall separating from baggage claim; they'd open a vertical stainless steel door, and bags would be unloaded directly from carts on to the sloped stainless steel "shelf" (as good a description as any); bigger flight was, more "shelves" they'd use (laterally, not vertically). It worked pretty well, but was a bit strained when AA's DC-10's arrived!

5. No need for a Wright Amendment debate; we all know who the partisans are, and we all know that North Texas air travelers pay excessive airfares to support political agendas. The cure, as for all political problems, is to elect representatives whose ethics match our own... we deserve what we get, I guess.

I'd love to tell more, but have to (gasp) work. Later.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
 
jsnww81
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RE: DAL Memories/question

Wed Aug 14, 2002 11:40 pm

Sccutler:

Thanks so much for your reply. Please share more later on if you have the time.
 
jsnww81
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RE: DAL Memories/question

Thu Aug 15, 2002 7:25 am

I'm also curious as to how the main lobby was set up pre-1974, if anyone can fill me in on that. Sorry for the omission.