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Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:35 am

Well I just got a few old timetables so I thought I'd share this with you guys. Perhaps some of you don't know, but Delta always had a very large operation in New Orleans...until recent years. Concourse D was basically built for them, and for decades, they operated upwards of 30 flights per day. At its pinnacle, Delta had about 60 daily departures from here. L1011 service was operated through 1988, although thankfully 767 service still exists today, which, for me, symbolizes the bond that Delta has always had with MSY, regardless of how small its operation has become here. Anyhoo, here's a look at DL's October 31,1982 schedule from the Crescent City. By this time, the nonstop service to SJU and MAR has come to an end, although as you will see, Delta still meant business in New Orleans. Enjoy this glimpse into aviation's past.


City Time Aircraft

Atlanta 3:10a 72S
Atlanta 8:05a L10
Atlanta 11:30a 72S
Atlanta 12:50p L10
Atlanta 2:40p 72S
Atlanta 5:50p 72S
Atlanta 9:10p L10

Baltimore 3:48p D9S

Baton Rouge 6:22a 72S
Baton Rouge 4:03p 72S

Chicago/ORD 7:55a D9S
Chicago/ORD 2:15p D9S

Cincinatti 6:40p D9S

Dallas/DFW 6:50a L10
Dallas/DFW 9:35a D8S
Dallas/DFW 3:35p 72S
Dallas/DFW 6:50p L10

Denver 10:00a 72S

Detroit 5:25p 72S

Houston/IAH 12:10p 72S
Houston/IAH 7:15p 72S

Los Angeles 3:45p L10

Memphis 7:10a D9S
Memphis 11:45a D9S
Memphis 4:20p D9S
Memphis 9:05p D9S

New York/JFK 12:25p 72S
New York/EWR 5:59p 72S
New York/LGA 6:20p 72S

Orlando 12:01p D9S

Philadelphia 11:00a 72S

St.Louis 10:05a 72S

Shreveport 2:45p 72S
Shreveport 7:40p 72S

Tampa 1:35p 72S

Wash./National 1:10p 72S
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:37 am

Wow! This is very good old timetables from long time ago service in MSY.
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:39 am

There was a 310am departure to Atlanta?
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:49 am

Cactus739, if you can believe it, the 3:10am to ATL was flown with a DC8 Stretch in the October 1978 timetable. I guess it was a popular time. It looks like other cities had similar flights.
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:51 am


I can still smell the jet exhaust from the old observation deck above the "middle" concourse (don't know the actual name of it now--used to have the old control tower on it). There was nothing like waiting for DL Tristars and NA DC-10's and the Flying Colors BN jets on that deck!
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 11:00 am

GSPSPOT, that was Concourse C, which in its heyday also saw the BA Tristar 500 from LGW thrice weekly (albeit for a short time) as well as the classic colors of "The Wings of Man".  Sad Alas, the golden era of New Orleans aviation is well behind us, but at least some of us still remember what it was like. Man those were the days.
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 11:56 am

Besides ATL, CVG and DFW, what other cities have nonstop (DL) service from MSY?

Thanks for the help  Big grin

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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 5:22 pm

Didn't Delta start operations in Louisiana back in the 1920's when the airline was founded? I believe it did. It is called Delta because it started flying near the Delta of the Mississipi River. It doesn't surprise me that Delta always had many flights out of MSY.

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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 8:54 pm

Believe it or not, they also used to have 30 +- flights/day from Shreveport, LA at one time.
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:48 pm

Delta was actually founded/sarted in Monroe,LA (KMLU). Up until just a couple of years ago, Delta still flew MD-88/727 service to MLU several times daily. They were the only airline to do so of course, probably due to historical ties.
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:03 am

It's not only MSY's golden age demise--but aviation as a whole. I'm only 22 and I remember travelling to MCO and MIA on Eastern, TWA, and Delta. Always an L1011, always a movie, always a meal. I still remember seeing Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtles on an L1011 from LGA to MCO. That was one of the best flights of my life!
Replacing that is an RJ!
Look at that schedule. Even if DL still flew it, do you think ORD, DFW, Memphis, STL would get mainline service?
Those were the days!

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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 1:02 am

Cactus739, if you can believe it, the 3:10am to ATL was flown with a DC8 Stretch in the October 1978 timetable. I guess it was a popular time. It looks like other cities had similar flights


Makes plenty of sense - with the time change, the 3:10am flight would probably arrive ATL around 5:30am, a perfect time to connect with the earliest flights to the largest Northeastern cities.

Of course, I don't envy the people in Kenner that got an early wakeup call with a 727 shortly after 3:10 in the morning every day, but I guess you win some, you lose some...


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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:09 am

Didn't DA have a 767-200 scheduled for MSY. In the crash report for PA 759 it mentions a DA 767 landing at the airport shortly before PA 759 took off.
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 3:30 am

that was Concourse C, which in its heyday also saw the BA Tristar 500 from LGW thrice weekly

As well as nonstop service MSY-AMS and MSY-ORY on [the original] National not too long before that (DC10s in both cases).
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:00 am

Delta did have some odd flight times back in the 60s and 70s. Growing up, I will always remember that Delta DC-8 a 1000 feet above my house at 3:30am turning short finals into SAN. It departed ATL at mid-nite, made a stop at LAX and flew on down to San Diego (talk about a red-eye going the wrong way!). Delta had another DC-8 that arrived here every afternoon at 3:30pm originating from SJU and making stops at MSY and LAX (everything stopped at LAX back then!). That was always my favorite flight. Delta and National coming into little ol' SAN in the 1960s was like a visitor from another land.

My 25APR71 Delta sked shows about 57 flights a day at MSY. SAN had a much appreciated 4.
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:55 am

Gosh, a L1011 from New Orleans to DFW?

Man, those were the days!!
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:30 pm

Coronado do you remember the training accident in '66 involving a Delta DC-8-50. The aircraft ended up crashing into a hotel in New Orleans. It was a late night exercise as i recall which ended in disaster during an engine out procedure.
 
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RE: Delta's New Orleans Flights, 10/31/82

Thu Jul 15, 2004 12:52 am

I have seen some pretty grisly photos showing the aftermath of the Delta DC8 crash in 1966. The plane clipped some houses and flew straight into a Hilton Inn while on approach to runway 19.

Quite a few people in the hotel died as well. The accident report said that many of the bodies were found in a hotel bathroom, where they had turned on a shower in an attempt to beat back the flames from the crash. Not pretty stuff to think about.