airworthy
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Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:09 am

Does anyone know what airlines failed during the 1980s and why they failed?

I know People Express and Laker Airways were some, but does anyone know some others?
 
PA841
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:18 am

Braniff. It was too bad too. They were quite original in their day with the Pucci uniforms and Calder airplanes.
 
timf
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:26 am

There's a good book that covers this called "Deregulation Knockouts: Round 1". It's been a few years since I bought it and I'm not sure if it's still around, but it's worth checking out if you're interested in airlines that failed during the 1980s.
 
copper1
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:49 am

Air Florida
PSA
Aeroamerica
Air Berlin
Capitol Air
Southeast
Transamerica
Air California
Air Fleets International
Mackey International Airlines
Air Illinois
Empire Airlines
Sunland
Altair
New York Air
Intercontinental Airways
T-Bird Air Travel
Global International Airways
Mid Pacific Air
South Pacific Island Airways
Metro International Airways
Aerostar
Emerald Airlines
American International Airways
Jet America
Guy-America Airways
Muse Air
Transtar
Elan Air
Overseas National Airways
Best Airlines
Pacific Express
Arista International Airlines
Northeastern International Airways
Pacific East Air
Air Niagara
Air Pac Airlines
The Hawaii Express
Air National
All Star Airlines
Air One
Galaxy Airlines
Atlantic Gulf Airlines
Sunworld International Airways
Regent Air
Jet 24
Worldwide Airlines
Flight International Airlines
Pilgrim Airlines
Frontier Horizon
Air Atlanta
Florida Express
Pacific Interstate Airlines
Trans Global Airlines
Five Star Airlines
Cascade Airways
Royale Airlines
Skyworld Airlines
Challenge Air International
Skystar International
Skybus
Pride Air
Air Hawaii
Presidential Airways
McClain Airlines
Royal West Airlines
Suncoast Airlines
Air Puerto Rico Airlines
Tropical Airways
Trans International Airlines

Most failed for lack of capital. Some were bought by larger airlines. In the era of deregulation just about anybody who thought they knew something about running an airline gave it a try.

For more info on the A/M airlines check out Tom Norwood's book " Deregulation Knockouts, Round One"


Jeff
 
Thrust
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:53 am

Eastern Airlines, Braniff, Pan Am (and National), and Copper1's list.
Fly one thing; Fly it well
 
copper1
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:06 am

Oh Yeah, and Wardair in Canada

Jeff
 
APP
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:10 am

Don't want to sound too pedantic, but Pan Am surely failed in the early 90's.
I flew with them in Sept. '91 and they went not long after that......but I'm sure it wasn't my fault!!!!
APP.
 
Guest

RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:15 am

......but I'm sure it wasn't my fault!!!!
APP.


I read somewhere it was entirely you fault
 
skyhawk
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:22 am

APP-You are totally correct. PanAm did not fail in the 1980's(by your fault or anybody else). Their last day of operations was December 3, 1991.
 
ConcordeBoy
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:32 am

A certain analyst recently proposed/expanded on an interesting theory:

Airlines must reinvent or redefine themselves a minimum of every 10 years (via bankruptcy, completely biz model overhaul, etc) or die....

...perhaps he'll expand on it further  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Faire du ciel le plus bel endroit de la terre c'est impossible sans Concorde!
 
APP
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 6:32 am

I ALWAYS get the blame!!!
APP.
 Laugh out loud
 
copper1
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 7:02 am

ConcordeBoy.

In that respect the aviation world is not much different than any other large (or small) business. Change with the times or die.

Jeff
 
scottysair
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RE: Failed Airlines In The 1980s

Sun Apr 11, 2004 7:13 am

Also, I know each other and both was work with Air Florida long time ago. Which one of Mark Monse & Steve Belleme was work together of more than 20 years ago and they were knew each other and sometime I write email to them.