I posted this question back in October, but since we have so many new people on the forum, I'm asking it again.
Has anyone else been on the last flight of a failing airline or the first flight of a new airline? On 8/31/91, I flew DCA to LGA on the last flight of the Pan Am Shuttle, B727-230 N877UM. An aura of sadness seemed to engulf the flight attendants, lots of hugs and tears. Free champagne was served with the snacks. In the Marine Air Terminal at LGA, passengers were taking down Pan Am logos for momentos. I still have my boarding pass and napkin.
The next morning, I flew LGA to DCA on the first Delta Shuttle, B727-227 N555PE. It was a festive occasion. Cake was served in the departure area and flight attendants were smiling and excited. There was no sign of Pan Am anywhere. My plane was completely in Delta Shuttle colors, although it had been used by Pan Am. All this was done overnight, except for the aircraft paint job. I made this trip just to be a part of history. One of the flight attendants notified the news media onboard of my mission, but they were not interested.
Has anyone else had such an experience?