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FlyingSquirrel3
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History of EWR Terminals A and B

Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:01 am

When Newark's (EWR) Terminal A first opened back in 1973, which airlines did it serve? Does anyone remember for sure?

As best as I can recall, I think the order-of-appearance of the ticket counters were:
    United,
    Piedmont,
    Northwest,
    TWA,
    Braniff
Was the gate allocation as follows? United had the first concourse to itself, Piedmont and Northwest shared the second concourse, and TWA and Braniff had the third. Amazing how United is the sole survivor today!

Of course, the days of Terminal A are numbered, what with the progress being made on the new Terminal 1.

Terminal B opened several months later, and I think its carriers at the beginning were (alphabetically):
    Allegheny,
    American,
    Delta,
    Eastern,
    National
Again, anyone remember for sure? Looks like there are two still around from that bunch! Presumably, they were still using the North Terminal in the time frame between the openings of Terminal A and Terminal B.
 
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Re: History of EWR Terminals A and B

Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:02 am

While not from 1973, I have a Terminal map published by the Port Authority in 1976 ... alas, no gate numbers

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Terminal A: Braniff, Northwest, Piedmont, TWA, and United

Terminal B: Allegheny, American, Delta, Eastern, and New York Airways

so what you remembered is correct :)
 
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Re: History of EWR Terminals A and B

Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:00 am

For Terminal A, I think it was UA in the first concourse, PI, Braniff, and UA in the second, and TWA + Northwest in the third.

Terminal C was originally planned to open in 1976/77. When it opened, AA and NA would have moved over from B, and NW would have moved over from A.
 
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Re: History of EWR Terminals A and B

Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:47 am

Thanks for the info and the map!

I think the old North Terminal was used for International Arrivals after B opened, since A & B did not (originally) have FIS facilities. Since C was apparently designed as an international terminal from the start, I expected there'd be carriers there of the likes of Pan Am.

Was it after People Express took over the North Terminal that EWR built a "temporary" FIS in B? This was before the more permanent one was built between the second and third B concourses. Of course, People Express eventually built their own International Arrivals facility (that "lone gate" where the third concourse was to be?)
 
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Re: History of EWR Terminals A and B

Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:56 pm

WA707atMSP wrote:
For Terminal A, I think it was UA in the first concourse, PI, Braniff, and UA in the second, and TWA + Northwest in the third.



Yes...TWA & Northwest were together


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Re: History of EWR Terminals A and B

Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:02 pm

An interesting side story was the use of EWR's A & B terminals in commercials including for Hertz Rent-a-Car with OJ Simpson in the 1970's and into the early 1980's.
 
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Re: History of EWR Terminals A and B

Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:22 pm

ltbewr wrote:
An interesting side story was the use of EWR's A & B terminals in commercials including for Hertz Rent-a-Car with OJ Simpson in the 1970's and into the early 1980's.



THESE?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z_VpVaPLWs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo0MIUrrNpc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4LECXW_MQY
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