|Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 1):|
I still have in my paper timetable collection a San Diego City Timetable guide. United timetables were always hard to come by, even when mainline equipment was flown into smaller cities.
I remember that in the mid-1980's, WestAir began flying as United Express. It pre-dates (in my mind) most of the Express services, although as early as 1984 I remember that BFL-DFW-FSM was listed in a travel agent's computer as "American all the way". First I remember of a commuter airline flying under a larger airline's banner.
was one of the few cities that put together a timetable for all scheduled service out of its airport. I have one from December of 1987, announcing the USAir/PSA merger.
For some reason, UA
chose to do a direct flight format for their Express operations in 1987, and if you don't know the routings, it can be very hard to read. The first two UA
Express timetables (October 31, 1986 and January 31, 1987 are the two I'm specifically looking for route info on.
Also, it appears that the IAD
"hub" technically came online on May 2, 1986 or around that date. CLE
was continually wound down until late 1987/early 1988. I honestly think UA
didn't so much "trade" CLE
, as much they were shifting as much flying to more profitable markets. I could see why CLE
was so strong for UA
with most of the ORD
-Midwest routes were already spoken for. Republic/North Central flew most of it, if NW
didn't. That's why you saw SBN
, or PIA-DEN
, instead of the logical ORD