I think that 1974 was prior to the Continental/Texas International merger. At that time, CO
was flying 720, 727-100, 727-200, 747-100 and DC-10-10 and DC-10-10CF aircraft. A couple of years later, the 720 and 747 types were retired and CO
purchased 2nd hand 727-100 aircraft from United and additional 727-200 aircraft from Boeing. The 747s were far too big for the routes that they operated, a mistake most US carriers made in the early 1970s.
The Proud Bird with the Gold Tail flew the widebody airliners on the important ORD
routes as well as on several routes out of IAH
, including the newly granted MIA
, at the time, operated a South Pacific network flying from HNL
and I think Fiji and Pago Pago.