If my memory is correct, we got our first Brasilia from the old WestAir/Air Midwest UAX operation, 281UE keeps coming to mind, in 1996. I believe it flew mainly ORD
turns until we were confident she could fly to FSD & FAR
(which, in actuality she couldn't..).
I knew Kate as well, but not as well as most, I also knew a few of the UIN staff... very loyal employees. Kate did the DEC/MDH turns a couple times a month, although I think I saw more of Wysoki than anyone... he liked to run me over on the ramp.
I still remember the chaos at ORD
with the mail & freight set-up at F1... I think our Beeches & Brasilias caused more FOD damage over there than the UA
bag gorillas could ever imagine!
I'm surprised we weren't more successful at ORD
. ALO, MKG, SPI
, LAN were always boarding in the upper 70% LFs while cities like Sterling & Ottumwa would barely get 3 a day. I remember one guy who fell asleep in the corner at F3 and missed his flight to ESC... where we only had 2 flights a day. That was NOT a fun occurance!
comes along, steals all of our good routes