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Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:09 am

(or to the CTO)

I used to take the T monthly to Logan to collect new timetables and to go to the observation desk on the 16th floor of the tower to watch planes. (1984-1988).

When I couldn't go, I would call the airlines, and they went send me a timetable in the mail.
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables

Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:12 am

Yes. And the only reason I stopped was that there weren't anymore being printed. I finally got rid of my last Lufthansa flugplan just a couple of years ago. Lufthansa may be the last of any major to have continued printing them. I think CO may have been one of the first to stop printing them.

I used to love reading PA's, DL's, EA's and LH's in particular as they used to list in the early days all the stops, the aircrafts, and flying times in the back as well as the meal service for each sector, differentiating between first class and coach meals. And I remember for a while that EA's was thick like the Manhattan phone book. My absolute favorite airports for this compulsive behavior, which for me started in the early 60's, were MIA and LAX. But no airport, hotel brochure stand or city office was safe...like in the old days of San Francisco's Union Square which had a ton of city ticket offices there.... Oh, the memories of pockets stuffed with airline timetables.
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:57 pm

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 1):
Yes. And the only reason I stopped was that there weren't anymore being printed.

That's the only reason I stopped too. I always used to love to go the airport and that was a major reason why. I used to go just to meet friends or family who were connecting here and not visiting. I really liked Pan Am and Northwest timetables as they listed all stops for each flight number and what kind of plane was used in the back. The route maps were also fun but American and United had the worst, only a dot for each city served. Pan Am route maps seemed sad after the Pacific was sold. So sad I believe they took the route map down from the lobby of the Pan Am building around that time too.

Unfortunately going to the airport, at least in the US, is a much less friendly experience now then it used to be. Anyone watch Airport 24/7? The security director seemed to be a little nasty about people having no business being at the airport if they don't work there, aren't flying somewhere or picking someone up. Makes me wonder why my local category X airport spams me in Twitter with great deals at their airport shops. Especially since they make sure to point out which ones are pre security. Can't visit friends or family now post security and no timetables to grab. PDF downloads just aren't the same thing  
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:24 am

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 1):
I think CO may have been one of the first to stop printing them.

I remember reading those after I moved to Houston in 1999. My dad would bring them home from work every now-and-then. I don't remember when he stopped doing that, however. When did airlines stop printing them altogether?
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:49 pm

My recollection is that in the early 90's airlines started the elimination of timetables when their economics were bad. Timetables were among the first things to go. CO going into bankruptcy as well as EA failing forced cutbacks. And the proliferation of airline information on the new explosion of the internet lessened the inconvenience of no timetables.

For awhile, some airlines printed slips of papers with the respective airports' schedules only. OAG was printing all airline schedules in a handy size, small type booklet available for a subscription.
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:23 am

Quoting CoachClass (Reply 4):
My recollection is that in the early 90's airlines started the elimination of timetables when their economics were bad.

I actually have plenty of US based timeatables going into the 21st century!
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:44 pm

Wow, this is a trip down memory lane!

Thanks for making me feel like I'm not alone, like I was the only one who did this!
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:47 am

I have about 50000 timetables (many duplicates) many of which were collected from the airport or city ticket offices. I still have them all stored. Most are from the 1990s, but I do have some going back to the 1920s (from eBay).
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:06 pm

I did it in the 90s. I was collecting the famous yellow Lufthansa timetables, and got some Tunisair, Turkish, and LTU ones.
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Wed Dec 25, 2013 3:54 am

My brother and I used to do this all the time. As with CoachClass upthread the only reason I stopped was because airlines stopped printing them. AFAIK WN was the last airline to stop printing them; the last one was in the summer of 2009. We were also on the Air Midwest mailing list even though we live in the South. Timetables are still the primary thing I buy at the Airliners International show-I like to get ones that were in effect the day I was born. My oldest one, however, is from much earlier-a 1948 AA schedule. I usually collected systemwide schedules only but one day I specifically wanted a local schedule. A local woman was returning home from the Olympics where she had won two gold medals and I needed something to get her autograph on!
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Wed Dec 25, 2013 11:16 pm

I got a bunch of them. DL, UA, NW, CO, TW, and a few others. I wanted to know who flew what and where they flew to...miss the printed timetables...the good ole days.
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:40 pm

I made lots of trips to the airport for timetables back in the 80's and 90's. In high school, sometimes I'd drive to the airport after working at McDonald's, still in my employee uniform! Parking was inexpensive, and back in the pre-consolidation 80's, my home ROC often had more than 10 airlines. Lots of timetables to gather!   During the first years I lived in the DC area, timetables were still printed. Going to IAD was especially a treat, because of all the international carriers I could gather.

It was a sad day when Southwest, the last US holdout I know of, stopped printing timetables. I have a collection of a few hundred timetables, that fills a filing cabinet drawer. Printable PDF's indeed aren't the same thing.  

A really neat part of aviation history, rendered obsolete by the internet. At least consumers got a bit more influence over airfares out of the deal.

At least our man Greg is still out there making schedules available at www.departedflights.com. This site is an invaluable research resource.

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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:45 am

I did this several times when in college (in the early '80s) - went to SFO a couple times each year and spent the day spotting in the terminals and collecting timetables. I went to the city ticket offices in downtown San Francisco a couple times also, plus a couple times in NYC (Manhattan) when visiting relatives. I still have about 300 timetables filling a shelf.

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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:27 pm

Yes, did the same. My little airport at COS didn't offer much except for an updated schedule every 3-6 months (BN, CO, FL, TW), so I would bike there to pick some up if we weren't picking up an aunt or something. The jackpot would be a visit to DEN, or transfering in LAS or PHX or STL. The best finds were the obscure little commuter airlines who had their entire schedule printed on a paper the size of a bookmark. Shavano Air, anyone?

I would also pick up timetables at large resort or vacation hotels, like in Yellowstone National Park.

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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:00 pm

I used to go to ROC ane get a new UA timetable when they came out. UA was,I think,the only one there that had printed ones . At least until FL came to town. They used to have a bunch on the counter.
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:49 pm

I can remember stopping at some of the city ticket offices in Chicago or to O'HAre Airport for watching the airplanes. After watching the planes at O'Hare we'd stop and have dinner at one of the Oasis travel plazas where a window seat the Howard Johnson restaurant meant that you could watch the cars go under the restaurant. This was in early 1970s. I loved the timetables as I wanted to know what all the places were like. Too bad I didn't keep all of them.

I was lucky enough to grab a few of the last Southwest timetables when I was heading to the Airliners International the year it was in Orlando.
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:33 am

I got one from AI at their office in new york
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:35 am

Unfourtounately many us airports dont have watching decks anymore.The only time i go to the airport {to visit} is when im in europe.
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:20 pm

I wish they still had these!

If I visit a new airport or location with airline service, I collect bag-tags, brochures, blank boarding passes, priority tags, magazines, and information cards from kiosks. The agents are nearly always accommodating and friendly.

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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:37 am

I always collected timetables and even my father collected them for me, when he was on a lot of business trips.
Sadly hardly any timetables are available anymore.
 
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:28 pm

Quoting conrad (Reply 20):

That isnt exactly true.Where you live you should be having some airports with timetables.
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RE: Who Else Went To Airport To Collect Timetables?

Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:30 am

They are a very few timetables left. Here in Düsseldorf, you can get the local Airport timetable, if you are lucky, an Emirates timetable and up to about a year ago Turkish still had timetables. But they are now also gone.
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