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The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:07 pm

I am in the process of writing a paper regarding the fallout from airline deregulation.

The Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 "grandfathered" 16 trunk airlines into the U.S. air carrier system and while those numbers shrunk to ten by 1979, no new trunk carriers were added. While I can find numerous references to the original sixteen, I cannot find the names of them. If anyone can help identify them, I would appreciate it.

Here is my partial list of suspects (in no particular order):

American
Continental
Braniff
Alaska
United
TWA
Pan Am
Western
Eastern
National
Northwest
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:50 pm

The 11 you have listed are correct. Those are the same ones I found when Googling the topic.

Another trunk airline back then was Northeast Airlines (which later merged with Delta). As to the remaining 4, I have no concrete answer, but I'd guess Mohawk might be one of them.

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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:07 pm

I found an article from TIME which identified United, TWA, American and Eastern

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The line argues that CAB doctrine since the board was first set up in 1938 has been to limit the number of trunk airlines to the 16 "grandfather" lines (American. Eastern, United, T.W.A., etc.) operating at that time. Since then, three have dropped out, but no new names have been added to the roster

Also, I would add Delta.....and I am sure there are a bunch of small ones which merged/changed names in the meantime.

Perhaps Hawaiian also, as they were started in 1929.

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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:09 pm

Chaulk's ?
Piedmont ? (Henson Flying Service)
Republic ?
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:52 pm

I do not know if these were part of the original 16 but a few other old US airlines are...

Air California
Aloha

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[Edited 2007-08-26 11:55:27]
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:04 pm

Quoting RJ111 (Reply 4):
Aloha

Founded in 1946, not old enough to be a trunk airline.

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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:08 pm

Bonanza
Pioneer
Trans-Texas Airways
Frontier
Ozark
???
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:15 pm

A trunk line was authorized to provide interstate service, so Aloha, Hawaiian, and Air California shouldn't count as they were intrastate carriers and not subject to quite so many regulations.

Along with Northeast and Delta, I'd imagine that the old Capital Airlines, merged into United in 1960, was one of the original trunk lines.
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As for the others, possibilities include North Central, Mohawk, Piedmont, Alaska, or American Overseas Airlines, although I'm not sure if the first three were anything more than local carriers in the 1930s or if Alaska is old enough.
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:49 pm

Colonial - into Eastern
Chicago & Southern - into Delta
Northeast (already mentioned) - into Delta
Capital (already mentioned) -into Untited
Mid-Continent - into Braniff

Ozark, Trans-Texas, Southern, Frontier, et al...were Local Service carriers formed after WWII.

[Edited 2007-08-26 13:56:34]
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:49 pm

Quoting NWASE (Thread starter):
Here is my partial list of suspects (in no particular order):

Pan Am

I doubt that you should count Pan Am as a trunk airline as they had no domestic service in 1938 and none of the trunk airlines did international service except maybe Grace? which became Pan American Grage/Paranga.

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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:57 pm

Were those carriers that were back then called "local service" carriers (Piedmont, Lake Central, Ozark, Allegheny, etc) also considered trunk carriers? I was under the impression they were in a different classification. If so, I can only come up with eleven - AA, BN, CO, DL, EA, NE, NW, PA, TWA, UA, WA. Maybe I'm not thinking back far enough?
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:30 pm

Here are the original 16 air carriers:

American Airlines
Braniff Airways
Chicago and Southern Airlines
Continental Airlines
Delta Air Corporation
Northwest Airlines
Pennsylvania-Central Airlines
Transcontinental and Western Air
Eastern Airlines
Inland Airlines
Mid-Continent Airlines
National Airlines
Northeast Airlines
United Airlines
Western Air Express
Wilmington-Catalina Airlines

Of these airlines that received a permanent Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, there are only 5 that remain today: AA, CO, DL, NW, and UA

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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:52 pm

Quoting XJRamper (Reply 11):
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Interesting list. May I ask your source? I'd like to do some reading and get some history. I'd heard of all except Wilmington-Catalina, and I thought I'd heard of just about everyone that ever flew!
 
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RE: The Sixteen Orginal Trunk Airlines

Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:28 pm

This came from a book from one of my masters classes at Riddle entitled "Air Transportation 1903-2003" 14th edition written by Robert Kane. It was actually kind of amusing because the book talked about Pan Am as the 6th original trunk carrier that was still in operation, and we all know where they went lol.

Quoting SkyyMaster (Reply 12):
I'd heard of all except Wilmington-Catalina, and I thought I'd heard of just about everyone that ever flew!

Makes two of us lol.

Its actually a decent book and I do recommend the read even though it is "older".

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