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jetpixx
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TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:07 pm

I remember an airline called TranStar which used to fly to MIA to Texas - I believe IAH. Anyway, were they the first airline to offer leather seats? I was having a discussion with a buddy of mine and he seems to believe so and I had no opinion on the matter, but said I'd post here and maybe someone knows if it is true or not.

Thanks for your help....
 
LAXintl
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:02 pm

I know for sure Braniff had leather seats. Also if I remember correctly PeoplExpress had some aircraft equipped with leather seats.
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SunValley
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:16 pm

Transtar became the namesake of Muse Air, after Southwest Airlines bought them. As Muse Air, they offered leather seats and the interiors of their
Md80's didn't change after southwest bought them. ONly thing that changed was their name, and the exterior paint job on their aircraft.
 
jetdeltamsy
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:33 pm

southwest never integrated the dc9/md80 fleet into its own. southwest operated trans star as a seperate entity and then shut it down abruptly.

but yes, they had nice, leather seats. and yes, braniff had leather seats first when they introduced Texas Class back about 1980.
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MarkATL
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Sun Jun 19, 2005 1:44 pm

I had a friend who worked at Pan Am from the late 60s until going with DL in 91. He told me how Braniff and Pan Am would buy leather seat covers in Argentina. This was done because at the time the Argentine government had such strict rules about airlines taking their locally generated revenue out of the country. They could however purchase local products and send them back.
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drerx7
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:11 pm

Transtar/Muse Air was based out of Houston and operated from Hobby not IAH. I flew them a few times after the Southwest buyout. I remember flying WN HOU-MSY and Transtar back. I hate WN disbanded them--they had quite a loyal following in Houston.
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JayDavis
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:23 am

Muse Air "might" have made it if they had stuck to their original plan which was to offer long-haul service out of HOU. If Lamar had stuck around long enough and not let his dumb ass son Mike turn the airline into "Revenge Air" they might have made it. Also, you have to remember just as Muse Air was starting up, President Reagan fired all the PATCO air traffic controllers. Muse Air was up a creek. All it flew when it first started was DAL-HOU. Later expanded to MAF and TUL. Don't remember when they expanded after that.

A truly first class airline all the way. Lamar Muse WAS/IS an airline genius.
He has a book out and it is a must read. Talks about his idea for Southwest operating 24/7 flights out of DFW using just two gates for long-haul routes.
It makes perfect sense.


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drerx7
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:49 am

Ultimately Muse Air/TranStar flew from HOU to the west coast, LAS, MIA, MSY and other points. I'm not 100% sure what you are saying is accurate--do you have any links?
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JayDavis
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RE: TranStar Airlines And Leather Seats

Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:25 pm

Yes, Muse Air did fly to LAX and I believe FLL or MIA. I'm sure you can find some photos of their planes at those destinations in the photo database.


Jay