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AirScoot
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Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:34 am

I recently got the ultimatum from my parents that if I didn't elect to receive all the "junk" I'd squirreled away in their attic some 15 or so years ago they were finally going to throw it all away.

Two of the three boxes arrived today at my house in somewhat poor condition.. and I have to say I was rather afraid of what I may find in them.

To my surprise: A Veritable Treasure Trove Of Time Tables (and two boarding passes)

Boarding pass was for PA360/27JUN MIA-JFK - the beginning of my trek overseas to start my student exchange. Apparently I had seat 28J (I think it was an A310). Also tucked away in the envelope (which was advertising Pan Am FT WorldPass - The Richest Frequent Traveller Program In The World - that you could also use to accrue on Republic) was the TW boarding pass for my friend John Glass who was to join me on the longest SAS DC10 JFK-BGO-GEN (now OSL) flight ever. He took TW6 LAX-JFK in seat 19-1.

Anyhow.. on to the fun stuff:

SQ - 01JAN-26MAR 1988
DL - eff 02MAR 1989
DL - partial from PBI only - eff 01FEB 1989
DL - partial from MCO only - eff 01JUN 1993
QF - eff 01NOV 1987
CO - eff 15DEC 1987
BN - eff 15FEB 1989
EA - eff 01NOV 1987
LO - 25OCT 1987- 26MAR 1988
LM - eff 25OCT 1987 (didn't realize until looking at this one later they had a mini hub in PAP)
PI - partial from PBI only eff 08DEC 1987
US - eff 02MAR 1989
US - eff 15JUN 1990
LH - 25OCT 1987-26MAR 1988
SK/WF/BU (domestic Norway only) - 26JUN 1988 to 29OCT 1988
BA - Transatlantic from US only - Winter 1988
TW - eff 25Oct 1987
PA - eff 01NOV 1987
WN - eff 30OCT1988
KL - 25OCT 1987-26MAR 1988
NZ - US origination flights only - eff 25OCT 1987
JL - 01NOV - 31DEC 1987
ML - eff 31JAN 1989
ML - eff 15NOV 1987
CX - 25OCT 1987-26MAR 1988
AY - 25OCT 1987-26MAR 1988
AI - eff 25OCT 1987
OK - domestic - 25OCT 1987-26MAR 1988
OK - International - 25OCT 1987-26MAR 1988

And - the biggest find - a PA Jet Clipper Route Map from 1970. Talk about a walk back through time.

I think I must have gone time-table-boosting at JFK at some point towards the end of 1987  Wink

Now if I can just get a scanner.....
 
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:40 am

I remember being young, and asking for timetables... Back when I was about 14 or 15 (we're talking 1990-1991) I used to call the airlines and got quite a few timetables.

I still have ones from British Airways, Australian Airlines, Ansett, Qantas, Lufthansa, and even the final Pan Am timetable that I asked for when I found out the airline was going bankrupt. I have a fair bit of crap at home actually, safety cards, headphones, spoons, stickers...  Smile
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:44 am

I remember I was about 8-10 years old and called TWA asking for a few timetables. About a week later comes this box of 35 Timetables/Fleet History pages, and a cute lil TWA camera. I thought that was just awesome, the only other airline that did anything like that for me was Cayman Airlines with Timetables, ticket jackets, models, AND a free pass from MIA!
 
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:51 am

Nothing like the days of being able to cruise through an airport and pick up bundles of timetables. Those days are long gone. And to think on a recent trip to LA I was actually able to scoop a JAL schedule.....

Quoting AirScoot (Thread starter):
and I have to say I was rather afraid of what I may find in them.

Question here is, did they send you those Playboys you had squirreled away back then  biggrin .....just kidding...

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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:53 am

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 2):
TWA asking for a few timetables. About a week later comes this box of 35 Timetables/Fleet History pages, and a cute lil TWA camera.

See, that's service! To be honest, the airlines that responded and actually sent me things rather than fobbing me off as some kid are the airlines I still like and fly today.
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:49 am

I used to, beginning in 1980, write the different airlines from the address in the back of oags I would get. The best response in my mind was from Aeromech from Clarksburg,WV. Timetables, napkins, bag tags, etc.

Sure miss the days of watching the mailbox!
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:01 am

Oh, yeah. Been there. Done that. I remember well the summers of 1996-98. I must've called just about every airline in the US that I could get a phone number for, asking for timetables. Most still sent them then. I just wish I hadn't thrown most of them away in June of 1998! There weren't too many historical scheds from those days--but I still wish I had more from my initial interest period. Thank God for eBay!
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 10:35 am

Glad to read I'm not the only one with boxes of old timetables. One day I will figure what to do with these things. Some of my oldest timetables:

WN eff December 4, 1980
AC eff March 2, 1981
PA eff June 18, 1981
CO eff July 1, 1981
BN eff January 1982
Republic (don't remember airline code) eff June 1, 1982

I used some of the same tactics as listed above in accquiring my collection of timetables.
 
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Tue Jun 06, 2006 11:18 am

I remember going to CAE (Columbia,SC) in the July of 1977 and getting my first timetables at the counter. In 1980 I started calling the airlines 800 numbers and amassed a huge collection of timetables from airlines all over the world, even Aeroflot! Now I collect by purchasing on EBAY. I really enjoyed walking thur the Miami airport in November 1983 and getting a PAN AM from the counter.
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:13 am

Quoting WTXJET (Reply 7):
Republic (don't remember airline code) eff June 1, 1982

Republic's code was RC.

I began my collecting in the Summer of 1980, and have now amassed over 3,000 from 300+ airlines. Oldest July 1933. Most 1980-late 1999, or whenever they mostly quit printing them.
Since I can no longer expand it like I want to, I am going to soon get rid of the majority, save for my 1970 tts and ones from my favorite few commuter airlines. I just have to get the time to do it!
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Wed Jun 07, 2006 2:21 am

I started picking up timetables around 1990, mainly from airports and city ticket offices. I also sent request to airlines for timetables. In those days, quite a few replied, and sent all kinds of other items as well. These days, getting airlines to send timetables by post is difficult.

Anyway, I must have well over 50000 by now (though some are duplicates) from well over 1000 different airlines.

You can see some of my collection at www.timetableimages.com .
 
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Wed Jun 07, 2006 11:58 am

I began collecting timetables in 1971 at age 9. It started when my dad let me help plan a family trip from DCA to SGF. Of course I picked the most elaborate routing possible in order to ensure maximum time in the most interesting assortment of airlines and aircraft possible (EA DC9 DCA - EVV - STL/OZ FH227 STL-SGF returned DL D9S SGF-LIT-MEM-ATL/DL D9S ATL-DCA). Fares were pretty regulated, so you could "mix and match" and Y fares never seemed varied more than a couple of bucks.

That exercise resulted in a box of hundreds of unusual timetables ranging from Aeroflot to Westerm Airlines by 1982. You can imagine my outrage Spring Break of 1982, returning from school to Mom and Dad's new home in South Carolina - upon learning that Mom had thrown out the box in order to save space. Dad had the audacity to assert they were "just a bunch of g** d*** airplane schedules!"

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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:05 pm

I wish the US carriers still offered timetables (Southwest still prints them, but that's it.) I have close to a thousand of them, ranging from the 1960s to schedules that were just printed last month. Most of mine date from the 2003-2006 period.

Thankfully, almost every foreign airline still prints a timetable (with the notable exception of KLM, SAS and Aer Lingus; it also appears bmi is the latest casualty.) At last count I had almost 250 airlines in my collection. I've got an entire bookshelf full of them and I'm quickly running out of space!

I've had limited luck receiving timetables by mail, although I want to give a special shout-out to Malev, who added me to their mailing list several years ago and never fails to send a timetable.

City ticket offices are usually a better source of timetables. They're lonnnnnnng gone here in the US (face-to-face customer service from a US airline? Never!) but they're still everywhere in major European cities like London, Paris and Frankfurt. Last November, I spent about three hours in Frankfurt visiting CTOs and came away with more than 50 timetables!
 
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 9):
Since I can no longer expand it like I want to, I am going to soon get rid of the majority, save for my 1970 tts and ones from my favorite few commuter airlines. I just have to get the time to do it!

What are my chances of getting a 1983 Panam time table? Preferably before april.

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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Thu Jun 08, 2006 9:51 am

I must share my sad story here. Back in 1985 some person broke into my house and cleaned me out. There was nothing worth that much money, but none the less I was very sad to find an empty house. The saddest part was my airline time tables were all gone. Back in the 1970's in many motel and hotel lobbies they could be found. I lived in IAH,MCI and DFW and was always out there getting ones at the airport. I had some Southwest ones from 1975, basically three business cards formed into a time table, very small and rare to find. My father had a friend who traveled often and he collected drink stiring sticks and passed them on to me. My photo's of DFW 1975-1983 were gone too. Sad but true story, good thing is for enough money you can buy it on eBay and I'm glad to have a very good job because I spend a lot $$$ there! Thought I would share this with the group.
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:16 am

Anyone have Western or TWA timetables from 1969 to 1982 theyd be willing to sell?
 
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:18 am

Quoting VTNYC (Reply 13):
What are my chances of getting a 1983 Panam time table? Preferably before april.

Only one I have that is prior to April 24,1983 is from September 8,1982. Sorry.
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RE: Old Airline Timetable Haul

Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:27 am

Quoting VTNYC (Reply 13):
What are my chances of getting a 1983 Panam time table? Preferably before april

I would check Ebay periodically. I have found great gems there!
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