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MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:15 am

Taking a page from an ongoing thread about TACA possibly returning to MSY, I went back to a couple of binders of photos I took when I first began working here in 1987. So here are 17 of probably a thousand-plus pics I took the first couple of years I was here:

CO had just taken over New York Air IIRC, we would occasionally see NY's 737's and DC-9's down here. This is a view of concourse B with New York Air, Piedmont, and TranStar a/c at the gates:


TranStar had a good-sized operation here before they were scooped up by Southwest:


Tan Sahsa operated a cargo service that included Lockheed Electra's. This guy is pulling into gate C-1 for Customs and Immigration inspections.


TACA was one of our international carriers, flying routes to and from Central America. This guy's at gate C-5. One can see the tail of an Eastern DC-9 parked at one of their gates at the end of concourse C:


Delta occupied a number of gates on concourse D. In this shot one can see the original concourse built in the late 50's, with the gate-house additions added later on:


A wider view of concourse D:


I posted this simply because I wish USAir would have adopted this as a fleet-wide livery, if not now, then when it first came out sometime in the late 80's:


A co-worker was part owner of a C-152.....he and I took a few rides in it. This is the west end of the terminal and concourses C and D. The first half of what is now the short-term parking garage had just been completed, the second half was about to be built:


DL had L-1011's scheduled in daily, the size of which forced them to be parked towards the far end of concourse D:


The real Midway Airlines had a precense at MSY. This guy's parked at gate C-10:


Back to the international activity at concourse C...here we see a Sahsa 737-200, and an Aviateca 727-100 visiting:


I'm dedicating this photo to OPNLguy.....for the novices around here that's due to the ex-Frontier bird now over at Southwest:


I'm forever pissed off at US for what they did do PSA.....nonetheless a US/PS MD-80 did grace us one day. He's parked at gate A-5:


An ex-Eastern 727-100 now plying routes for Lacsa put in an appearance:


During a hurricane event back in those days, all aircraft had flown out.....except in the middle of the hurricane, a PA 737-200 declared an emergency and had to land at MSY. The airport was still open, so down he came:


A Sahsa 737-200 as seen from our old control tower:


And lastly, here is the old control tower. As it turned out, our new (and existing) control tower opened up on May 7, 1995...two days before a rain event that saw 20 inches of rain in some areas of the city flooded out the first floor Tracon in the old tower:


Here endeth the trip down memory lane.....comments welcome.

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:36 am

What I miss from flying into MSY was the quick run to the employee's cafeteria and getting a bowl full of New Orleans gumbo with all of the "creepycrawlers" from the bottom of the pot!!
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:44 am

Awsome pictures!
I love looking at old airport views and aircraft of the day.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:00 am

Very cool. I was flying in there recently on Delta and one of the pilots was telling me that back in the day, there was a jamabalaya place on the ramp (?) that all the crews would go to inbetween legs.

Also, didn't DL have a pilot and F/A base there up until the mid 90's?
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:09 am

Tom, awesome pics as usual, a great trip down memory lane!

I still remember all of that like it was yesterday!
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:11 am

Awesome........................................
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:12 am

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 3):
there was a jamabalaya place on the ramp (?) that all the crews would go to inbetween legs.

That would have been the employee cafeteria that Cubastar mentions. It was part of the terminal, but rampside just to the west of the entrance of concourse C...but was easily walkable from DL's areas. We were all bummed when CA One closed it down.....although it was always crowded, CA One told us it was losing money.

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 3):
Also, didn't DL have a pilot and F/A base there up until the mid 90's?

They did, but I couldn't tell you when it closed down.

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:57 am

Great pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

Did anyone else notice the AA DC-10 in the background of the shot with the ex-Frontier 737?
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:02 am

Haha, I miss those long walks down to D15!!!

Awesome pics!!!
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:15 am

Back in the 60's & 70's Delta was the predominant carrier at MSY. Just about every aircraft they flew went thru there (DC-9, CV-880, DC-8). They even had International routes out of MSY, MSY-MBJ was a popular one. It was not surprising that MSY had both pilot and F/A domiciles there. I know a gal who was an F/A out of MSY and moved to IAH when they shut down the MSY F/A base. That must have been around 1992 or so. Then a few years later DL shut down the IAH crew base. Today, DL is just a minor shell of it's former self in the MSY arena.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:19 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
So here are 17 of probably a thousand-plus pics I took the first couple of years I was here:

Tom!!!! You just opened a can of worms!!! Please post some more! For a minute there, I was completely back in the 80's! So many great airlines gone. Do you have any pics of NW or RC transition colors?


Thanks!!!!
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:43 am

Tom, thank You for sharing. It is great to see some old pictures like that. Of course I hate saying old pictures because it reminds me of how old I am getting. It is always nice to see Airlines from the past. If I am not mistaken wasn't TransStar formed by Southwest after they bought Muse Air? I think that is in my book "Deregulation Knockouts", but I could be wrong. At anyrate it is awsome to see those wonderful pictures. I too would love to see more.


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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:15 am

Tom....

Please share more!
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:17 am

Any chance on sending these to the oldterminals MSY website?
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:17 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
CO had just taken over New York Air IIRC, we would occasionally see NY's 737's and DC-9's down here

If you look closely at the NY 737 you can see me by R1!
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We had 4 departures a day from MSY way before we were integrated into CO.

2 MSY-EWR
2MSY-IAD

9/86

NY 258 MSY 11:10 EWR 2:57
NY 770 MSY 5:45 EWR 9:30

NY 204 MSY 11:20 IAD 2:41
NY 082 MSY 6:00 IAD 9:21


The EWR-MSY-EWR turns were my favorite trips (one of the few at NY that didn't have a "shuttle leg" tagged on to it).

The cabin service we did then was outrageous when one thinks about what you get today, but that's best saved for another thread!

[Edited 2007-09-12 23:31:46]

[Edited 2007-09-12 23:34:10]
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:22 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):

A Sahsa 737-200 as seen from our old control tower:

Ex-Air Florida I presume?
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:25 am

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 10):
Do you have any pics of NW or RC transition colors?

Absolutely.....here are a NW/RC hybrid DC-9-10, as well as a hybrid MD-80 (for dating purposes, the DC-9-10 photo is stamped May of 1987, the MD-80 is June of 1987):





Quoting Ramp2CSA2FA2FO (Reply 11):
If I am not mistaken wasn't TransStar formed by Southwest after they bought Muse Air?

Muse Air was the original airline, which was started in 1982...they then changed their name to TranStar. Southwest then bought the company later on in 1987.

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:31 am

Excellent pictures. Memories.

Thanks, Tom.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:39 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 16):
here are a NW/RC hybrid DC-9-10,

Hey...didn't I fly on that very NW airplane last week?  stirthepot 

Just kidding...
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:51 am

MSY had an awesome variety of airplanes and airlines throughout the 1980's and into the mid 1990's. It was actually very impressive for an airport its size.

When you can, Tom, can you post some more wide body shots?
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:58 am

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 4):
Tom, awesome pics as usual, a great trip down memory lane!

OMG Tom, how incredible! Thanks for this.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 9):
DL is just a minor shell of it's former self in the MSY arena.

...ain't that the truth.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:10 am

My God... this totally strikes up my childhood memories of STALKING the airport facilities. If I was not at the fence, peering, I was IN the airport, skulking around... I clearly remember summers that I'd have one of my mom's friend's DROP me off at the terminal in the morning, and I'd just hang around... literally the entire day! My sheer interest got me into the ATC tower, and on several planes(including the DC-10)... just being a thrilled teenager, they loved my excitement.

Yes, I did see the AA DC-10.. I flew on a DC-10 from Dallas to MSY in 1987... Talk about time changing things... I really miss those days a lot! It makes me so sad/nostalgic....


Thank you SO MUCH for bringing up so many memories for me. Moisant..hmmm... took a huge part of my life.

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:25 am

Quoting Dl_mech (Reply 13):
Any chance on sending these to the oldterminals MSY website?

Maybe we're thinking of different websites here.....I've got a number of other airport photos on Jsnww81's superb Old Terminal web-site. However, he's been focusing on terminals that have shut down, not those that have been remodeled or reconstructed. Is there another old terminals website I don't know about?

Quoting N1120A (Reply 15):
Ex-Air Florida I presume?

Gonna make me work a little, are ya  wink  .....let's see now.....tail number is HR-SHA...which means it's manufacturer number is 20957, line number 377, a 737-2K6, first flew 9/26/74; delivered 10/1/74 to Sahsa; Grupo Taca reregistered it as EI-CBL on 10/10/90; damaged beyond repair at San Jose, Costa Rica on 11/17/91. Air Florida was not a part of this guy's life...

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 19):
When you can, Tom, can you post some more wide body shots?

I'll throw some on the scanner in the morning.

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 21):
I flew on a DC-10 from Dallas to MSY in 1987...

Took that flight a number of times, both directions...

Thanks for the props, guys.....and to MSYTristar for the inspiration to start this thread.

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:29 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 22):
Air Florida was not a part of this guy's life...

Interesting, because the livery screams Air Florida.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:39 am

Thanks so much for posting this Tom! I especially loved seeing the Delta L-1011 at MSY.

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 21):
My God... this totally strikes up my childhood memories of STALKING the airport facilities. If I was not at the fence, peering, I was IN the airport, skulking around... I clearly remember summers that I'd have one of my mom's friend's DROP me off at the terminal in the morning, and I'd just hang around... literally the entire day! My sheer interest got me into the ATC tower, and on several planes(including the DC-10)... just being a thrilled teenager, they loved my excitement.

And I thought I was the only one! I would beg my grandmother to take me to MSY so I could take pictures and go to EVERY single ticket counter where I would make up a little white lie about needing a timetable. Does anyone remember the arcade in the airport? I believe near Concourse C...
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:57 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
I'm forever pissed off at US for what they did do PSA.....nonetheless a US/PS MD-80 did grace us one day. He's parked at gate A-5:

Well, hey, one guy thats smiling to be in your neck of the woods, lol.

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 16):
Muse Air was the original airline, which was started in 1982...they then changed their name to TranStar. Southwest then bought the company later on in 1987.

Otherwise called by some wags "Revenge Air"

Quoting N1120A (Reply 23):
Interesting, because the livery screams Air Florida

Which I always thought was a Neon version of Sahsa's livery.

Tom, any PrideAir or CO?
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:09 am

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 9):
Back in the 60's & 70's Delta was the predominant carrier at MSY

In 1984, when I was 9 years old, I flew to MSY for the first time--it was an afternoon departure after school, and it was also 2 hours late. We were onboard a DL 727, and our route was SHV-MSY-LGA. We didn't actually get off, and we were the only passengers who remained onboard. My brother and I got to visit the cockpit while we were on the ground at MSY.

When we left MSY, a flight attendant asked me to come sit in first class and she served me hot chocolate! It was great service. LOL all these old memories your pictures brought up.

Tom--do you have any pictures of Royale Airlines at MSY during this timeframe? All the G1s and Embraers (EMB110s, not jets!)
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:11 am

Did Lanica ever serve MSY?
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:45 am

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 22):
Maybe we're thinking of different websites here.....I've got a number of other airport photos on Jsnww81's superb Old Terminal web-site. However, he's been focusing on terminals that have shut down, not those that have been remodeled or reconstructed. Is there another old terminals website I don't know about?

I guess I was mistaken that these would qualify. I thought the DL L-1011 could be included since that part of the terminal is no longer there.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:25 am

I just had a memory of seeing a NW 747200 at MSY in this livery ...

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/0712403/M/


I BELIEVE it was there for a football game....

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:27 am

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 29):
I just had a memory of seeing a NW 747200 at MSY in this livery ...

I worked for NW in MSY in '02 and they had a few pics of NW 747's in MSY over the years in the manager's office. All charter flights of course.
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:58 am

Great Pictures Tom!!!! If you have a chance we would love to see more. I kick myself now for not taking pics while doing my tour of duty at MKE. Never would have thought that North Central and Republic would be long gone, or Air Wisconsin would be flying CL-65's and not little Metro's or Dash 7's, ahhh I miss the Braniff BAC-111's of the late 80's. One thing still the same today as was 20+ years ago was the DC-9's now flying for NWA, this time around I have taken plenty of pictures of them for the day that they are retired. Glad sombody was smart to take pictures and capture airlines and aircraft that are now long gone.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:32 pm

I also enjoyed your photos. Thanks!

Do you have any idea where Northeastern International parked? They had a small hub at MSY around 1984 and 1985. Also, what gates did Pride Air occupy?
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:20 pm

Very cool trip down memory lane indeed! I love seeing this stuff, no matter the airport. And a power-back on that NW MD80 as well...something else you rarely see these days!
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:13 pm

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 16):
Absolutely.....here are a NW/RC hybrid DC-9-10, as well as a hybrid MD-80 (for dating purposes, the DC-9-10 photo is stamped May of 1987, the MD-80 is June of 1987):

Very nice!!!! It really brings back some great memories. That is about the year of my first visit ever to MSY. What a great memory, and I recall flying there on a hybrid paint. Thanks Tom!
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:19 pm

My first trip into New Orleans was on an American DC-10. I thought it rather odd at the time that a DC-10 would fly DFW-MSY but was very happily suprised to see a DC-10 at the gate at DFW rather than the usual 727. It was quit a treat for me at seven.
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:13 am

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 19):
When you can, Tom, can you post some more wide body shots?

Certainly.....AA flew DC-10's here for quite a while on the DFW-MSY route. I flew a good 5 or 6 times on them in both directions.


In September of 1987, the Pope paid a visit to New Orleans as part of his US tour. Here you see him at the top of the airstairs upon his arrival at MSY in a TWA 727-200, named 'Shepherd I' for his tour:


The press entourage that accompanied him flew on two TWA L-1011's-'Shepherd's II and III':


Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 24):
Does anyone remember the arcade in the airport? I believe near Concourse C...

It was next to the old entrance to concourse C. Back in my Ops days here, the owner/operator of those machines would give me free rein on them while he collected his money out of the machines. There was also a smaller arcade near the eastern end of the terminal.

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 25):
Tom, any PrideAir or CO?

Sorry, no PrideAir photos, they were gone before I got here. A ton of CO photos.....here's one of an ex-New York Air bird:


Quoting DFW13L (Reply 26):
Tom--do you have any pictures of Royale Airlines at MSY during this timeframe? All the G1s and Embraers (EMB110s, not jets!)

I knew I had these, and I completely missed them in my first pass through the binder they were in. First a G-1 (oh, but those things had a noise to them), then two EMB-100's hiding a G-1. Royale occupied ramp space on concourse D on the opposite side of Delta. Their gate area was on the first floor of concourse D, and was approached via an escalator/stairs from the main concourse walkway:




Quoting Cody (Reply 32):
Do you have any idea where Northeastern International parked? They had a small hub at MSY around 1984 and 1985. Also, what gates did Pride Air occupy?

Northeastern was gone before I got here.....unsure where they parked. I believe Pride Air had gates on concourse B, I'm thinking B-9, 11, and 15 perhaps.

Eastern was always one of my favorite airlines, their people stationed here at MSY were among the classiest I've ever met, and I absolutely enjoyed flying them. Here are a DC-9 and their ticket counter flight display board:




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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:07 am

great pix nice to see all of those old birds in their prime thanx!!
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:16 am

Tom,

Do you have any photos or information on "Air New Orleans"? Also, have you seen the old blue and brown Eastern ticket counter that is now in the Transportation center in the parking garage?
 
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Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:31 am

Tom,

Many thanks for posting these fantastic photos!
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:19 pm

Hey Tom!

Great pictures as usual. I should put up an MSY page on the site just to show off all of your pics and give them a permanent home.
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:58 pm

Tom,

Thank you very much for posting these great pix! I got into civil aviation as a hobby in high school in the mid-80's, so these photos are of a time (though not an airport) I remember well and fondly. I'll second the motion to create an MSY page at OldTerminals to host these pictures. When was MSY's C concourse replaced, and the new control tower built?

As a Catholic theologian, I especially enjoy seeing pictures of the Pope's "Shepherd One" aircraft. John Paul II flew on TWA on several trips. Benedict is coming to the US next year; I wonder who he'll be flying.

Unfortunately, as I've mentioned here before, I never took this kind of photo-essay of ROC at that time. I did one of SYR in 1985 that is on the MyAviation page, and one of GSO in 1986 that I have yet to post except for a couple of photos.

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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:09 pm

Quoting Nworlnsbearcub (Reply 21):
My God... this totally strikes up my childhood memories of STALKING the airport facilities

Me too, but not at MSY but at MEM during the same time period. There is something about a non-hub airport having such variety of airlines and aircraft. I remember anxiously awaiting to see what color plane Braniff would be landing while sitting outside planespotting. I've never flown into MSY but I appreciate the look back. Thanks!
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:52 pm

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 36):

Eastern was always one of my favorite airlines, their people stationed here at MSY were among the classiest I've ever met, and I absolutely enjoyed flying them. Here are a DC-9 and their ticket counter flight display board:

Oh man, I love it! You should post all those pics! LOL! You said you had about a thousand? I miss Eastern too. What a neat airline, and your right about classy employees. I had the great opportunity to visit them often in BUF. They were always so nice to me, and I remember when they gave me a tour of the 757 in BUF.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:35 pm

Hi!

Very nice pictures indeed!!! I'm very surprised ( maybe only me...) to see that large amount of Central America airlines at MSY...any reason for that? I expected MIA to be THE PLACE to receive those exotic airlines.
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:45 pm

Quoting Tom in NO (Thread starter):
I'm dedicating this photo to OPNLguy.....for the novices around here that's due to the ex-Frontier bird now over at Southwest:

You've got a rare picture of one of the "Three Little Pigs" there Tom...  Wink

Continental had already absorbed the original Frontier (via PEX, IIRC) by this point in time, and the other two pigs were in Continental's colors with a white "Southwest" up the tail. I can't recall for sure which aircraft was in which color scheme, but I recall the registrations as being N7379F, N7385F, N7388F. Two (79 and 88) of the three were "Basic" aircraft (98.0 MLW) and I think those were the Continental paint schemes, with the other one (85) being in Frontier's paint scheme.

I don't recall whether they had -7 engines or our standard -9, but 79 and 88 were especially problematic due to that 98.0 MLW (compared with 103.0 on ours), since nearly all of its flights were shorter legs, and landing weight limited.

We were all very sad (sniff! sniff!) to see these aircraft leave the fleet--so much so that we had a little party at the Cockpit...  Wink
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:56 pm

Tom, thanks so much again. Great memories of what was, to me, the best decade in the history of MSY. I can still see the the ghosts of those planes at the gates.

Quoting CV990 (Reply 44):
Very nice pictures indeed!!! I'm very surprised ( maybe only me...) to see that large amount of Central America airlines at MSY...any reason for that? I expected MIA to be THE PLACE to receive those exotic airlines.

MSY has always had fairly strong business and cultural ties to Central America. Remember, even as late as the mid 80's, MSY was one of the largest business centers in the South. The city also had strong air cargo ties to Cetral America back in the day, thanks in part to the Port of New Orleans.
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:07 pm

Hi!

MSYtristar, thanks for your information...now I can fully understand a photo that I saw some months ago in the aviation magazine Airways (I think) and there was a TACA C-54 Skymaster...and I was thinking why the world was that TACA Skymaster doing there!!!!
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:12 pm

Quoting CV990 (Reply 47):
MSYtristar, thanks for your information...now I can fully understand a photo that I saw some months ago in the aviation magazine Airways (I think) and there was a TACA C-54 Skymaster...and I was thinking why the world was that TACA Skymaster doing there!!!!

TACA Cargo actually flew to New Orleans, I believe, until the early 00's when they moved the operation over to Houston I think it was. TA's North American headquarters was in fact based in New Orleans for decades.
 
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RE: MSY In 1987 (17 Pics)

Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:27 am

Quoting SKYYBLUE (Reply 24):
And I thought I was the only one! I would beg my grandmother to take me to MSY so I could take pictures and go to EVERY single ticket counter where I would make up a little white lie about needing a timetable.

...you've obviously never met me (and Steve?) as we took that to a wholeeee new level  Wink

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 46):
The city also had strong air cargo ties to Cetral America back in the day, thanks in part to the Port of New Orleans.

Though, I've never been able to understand why this area never could parlay its sea cargo prowess (busiest in the western hemisphere) to air cargo as well. We don't have a single scheduled international air cargo operator anymore either!

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 48):
TA's North American headquarters was in fact based in New Orleans for decades.

Yup, up until 1982
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