I guess the title is more or less self explanatory, but to repeat, which airlines did you have the opportunity to fly on but didn't, and now can't because that airline no longer exists either through liquidation or merger? I know there are probably hundreds of airlines around the world that have gone out of business over the years, so in the interest of brevity please limit your lists to airlines that would have been a reasonable option for your travels. No airlines that only operated in distant parts of the world that you've never been to, and no airlines that went under before you were old enough to buy your own tickets (unless you're not yet old enough, then no airlines that went under before you were born).
TWA -- I consider this one a bit of a grey area as far as my rules go, because I'm not sure if they were a reasonable option for me or not. Technically I turned 18 a few years before they merged with AA
, so theoretically I could have bought a ticket on them if I really wanted to, but I didn't actually take my first flight until 2003, so TWA was never an airline I actually considered for any trips. I lived in Raleigh at the time, and I'm also not even sure if they served RDU
at the time so I don't know if they even would have been an option.
Midway (the one based at RDU
) -- Again, they went under before I actually took my first flight, but I did live in Raleigh during their heyday so if I had wanted to fly somewhere they probably would have been my first choice since they were the hometown airline, a lot of my friends used them, and supposedly they had good fares. Had they been around when I did take that first flight they would have been the first airline I would have considered.
Independence Air -- I would probably have considered them, but they didn't last all that long and they went under before I had a reason to travel to anywhere they flew to.
America West -- When I first moved to the Sacramento area in 2005, just out of curiosity I look into what sort of flights/fares they were offering back to North Carolina, and it looked like they would have been a good option. But then when I did fly back there other airlines offered better deals, or better times or something, so I never actually flew HP
before they went away and became part of US Airways.
Aloha -- I came this close
to booking their SMF
flight once, but I found a really good deal on a United flight and booked that instead. Now I'll never have another chance to fly them.
ATA -- They never were that
good of an option for me as they didn't fly to SMF
, but I did look into flying out of OAK
for that Hawaii trip. They were a bit cheaper than flying out of SMF
, but not enough to make the drive worth it.
Skybus -- Again they never were the best option since they never flew to SMF
, but I thought about maybe driving to OAK
if the price was right just to see what they were like. But they didn't last long enough for me to ever try them.
AirTran -- Not technically gone yet, but won't be around for much longer. As with the previous two I never flew them because they didn't serve SMF
, but I guess if I really wanted to I could have driven to SFO
US Airways (probably) -- Still around but if the merger with AA
goes through I don't think it's likely I'll have any reason to fly them before the brand goes away. For a lot of trips they were an option for be, but they just never were the best option for various reasons.