|Quoting Laxintl (Reply 4):|
For most of the 1980s JFK-ZRH was served with a daily nonstop B747. This did get switched over to the A310 towards the end.
adding to LAX
Intl's statements: TWA dropped transatlantic flights to ZRH
around 1980, mainly due to the lack of a suitably sized replacement for the B707 that operated the route. Neither TWA nor PanAm flew transcontinental into ZRH
for about two years. The only regular US jets into town were PA's B727-100 / B737-200 on the Berlin route once or twice a day.
As soon as Capitol International stept in with a daily DC-8-63 rotation (usually flown by N920CL), PanAm and Delta felt challenged and brought transatlantic services back to ZRH
. As far as my memory serves me, PA was the first to move back in with L-1011-500 flights to JFK
that started around fall 1983. By the summer schedule of 1984, the flights were beefed up to B747SP for an interim period, before the die-hard and ubiquos B747-121s took over, with the A310-300 appearing on their transatlantic flights to ZRH
as late as spring 1991 only.
TWA re-established their flights to ZRH
shortly after PA, re-introducing services to ZRH
with a mix of L-1011 / B747-100 aircraft. For most of the period, TWA flights operated via Paris CDG
(with onward connections in CDG
to other US cities).
Todays US players in ZRH
followed much later: AA
moved into town in 1987 (B767-200, later B767-300 and for a short time also B777-200), United followed in 1994 and discontinued the flight in 1998 (B767-300), before returning in 2004. Continental was the final contender when it started bringing in the DC-10 in 1999, reverting to the B767-200 in 2001.
Delta took over the PanAm flights with the merger in November 1991, subsequently using the A310-300, the L-1011-500, the B767-300 and for a period also their MD
-11 on flights to ZRH
On a side note, inbetween ca. 1988 and 1992, TWA and United successively tried their luck with running feeder services out of ZRH
and other European destinations to their European gateways (and in the case of TWA also to Berlin) using a Europe-based fleet of B727-100s (TWA) or B727-200s (United) respectively.
Hope I got all those dates right