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American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:09 pm

Does anyone remember ATA's LAS operation in the 1980's, specifically their terminal? IIRC they used the airport's original 1940's terminal on the airport's southwest corner:

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I believe this is the building:
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What amazes me however is the use of this tiny building by up to at least 4 L-1011s simultaneously, in addition to other aircraft:
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Does anyone remember the use of this building during this period, or have any photos from the inside? I imagine it was total chaos with 4 L-1011s at the same time. This terminal was demolished in the mid nineties to make way for the runway 19R/1L expansion so ATA moved ops to the airport's old north/int'l terminal (itself since demolished).
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:14 pm

Yes, the old Hughes Charter Terminal. Never flew ATA out of there, but in 1982-83 I did fly a couple of Royal American Airways scheduled flights (on Viscounts) from that terminal to both TUS and SAN. Seem to recall Wardair Canada using it at that time as well.
 
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:24 pm

I visit McCarran a lot and don't recall anything being in that area nowadays. Very curious!

Edit: Figured out the questions. Driving past this area I don't recall noticing anything at all.
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:31 pm

Omg those L-1011's are stunning. I truly believe ATA's L-1011's were the most stunning aircraft out there.
 
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:35 pm

If you use the timeline feature on google earth, it appears this terminal was actually the original terminal at LAS
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:37 pm

Oh man what a blast from my past. That was before my time but I flew plenty on those L1011's. 18 years of aviation bliss for me at ATA!!!
 
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:45 pm

What a beautiful aviation photo!!
 
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:21 am

RL757PVD wrote:
If you use the timeline feature on google earth, it appears this terminal was actually the original terminal at LAS


Not the same building, but yes, the original terminal at McCarran was on this site. Used until the original part of the current terminal complex--the 'banjos'--opened in the early 1960s.
 
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:55 am

flyPIT wrote:
Does anyone remember ATA's LAS operation in the 1980's, specifically their terminal? IIRC they used the airport's original 1940's terminal on the airport's southwest corner:

Image

I believe this is the building:
Image

What amazes me however is the use of this tiny building by up to at least 4 L-1011s simultaneously, in addition to other aircraft:
Image

Does anyone remember the use of this building during this period, or have any photos from the inside? I imagine it was total chaos with 4 L-1011s at the same time. This terminal was demolished in the mid nineties to make way for the runway 19R/1L expansion so ATA moved ops to the airport's old north/int'l terminal (itself since demolished).



This looked like quite an operation.
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Re: American Trans Air and their 1980's Las Vegas terminal

Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:38 am

The Hughes terminal was actually a sizeable terminal built for the massive amount of charter operators that used to fly into LAS. As mentioned, even though it was on the site of the original terminal, it was much larger and went through several expansions during its fairly short life. That is probably why images are so elusive. I know inside the airport there is a clear image of the final Hughes Terminal which was a multi-level facility that could handle several wide bodies. IIRC, even Tower Air parked their 747s there. I have scoured the Internet and cannot find any images of this terminal.

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