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Wien Air Alaska

Mon Jun 12, 2000 1:18 pm

This is one of those old airlines that is long since gone, but I know nothing about them. They obviously flew to Alaska... but where did they fly and what with. Also what was their fate... did they go belly up or merge or go off to airline heaven. Thanks

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RE: Wien Air Alaska

Wed Jun 14, 2000 6:34 pm

Wien was on of the 'old guard' up here in Alaska. They flew a little of everything. Old Noel was one of the first of the bush pilots.

James Flood who was the CEO is the one that is generally considered to have been most responsible for killing Wien off. Wien went out of buisness in 1984. Or as it's ex employee's know it as "the Flood of 84"

I belive that the name of the company or the operating certificate is now used up a leasing company called Air Alaska out of Texas or Oklahoma or somewhere...
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RE: Wien Air Alaska

Wed Jun 14, 2000 9:17 pm

I recommend a trip to

Look up "Wien Alaska" on Yahoo for other ideas.

A little off the subject:

Alaska deserves its own airline, and with the demise of Markair and Wien, we're left with Alaska Airlines, which of course is based in Seattle.

Alaska is a wilderness made for planes. With well under a million people, it is a wilderness with 3 million lakes, more coastline than the rest of the States combined, and about 2% of her residents are licensed pilots (and I know quite a few unlicensed ones!) Aviation lovers should pay more attention to this state, and I'm glad to see you are taking an interest in its rich aviation history.
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RE: Wien Air Alaska

Thu Jun 15, 2000 12:59 am

I remember that Wein's mainland routes were very limited.

When I was a kid, I remember their one daily flight into and out of PHX at Terminal 3 with ticket counter/gates shared with Continental. It was a 737-200 (or maybe even a -100). I'm not sure what the destination was though.

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RE: Wien Air Alaska

Thu Jun 15, 2000 11:43 am

Wien will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first commercial airline I flew on, from ANC to SEA. And, it was a Wien Air F/A that inspired me to become a F/A.
My dad worked in Alaska, but we lived in Montana. He didn't like Alaska Airlines for some reason, so often flew Wien.
My brother was a pilot for Markair, now for Hageland. I asked him whatever happened to Wien and he said that it was something to do with the union that drove them under.
I still have a Wien Air pen and a Wien postcard after all these years.

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RE: Wien Air Alaska

Thu Jun 15, 2000 12:05 pm

Thanks guys for all your help. Being a youngin' around here, well if 20 is young I think it is, I did not become aware of what was going on in the industry till I began flying when I was 12. And I had all these spotting books with airlines that I had no clue what they were... I have a pocket spotting guide from 1989, which shows a 727-200 drawn in Wien's colors, which are mighty nice if I may say so.

Planenutz: This has been bothering me as well... before they opened Terminal 4 at sky harbor where were all the airlines located, and what was T1 like? I realize back then America West was smaller and Southwest had not established a hub at Phoenix then... plus there was that temporary concourse on the south end of T3... which I think is still there. But I have not been in T3 for years, and that was to pick up my brother and sister in law on a Delta flight, so i was on the wrong side in the first place.

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