FlyingElvii wrote:GalaxyFlyer wrote:FlyingElvii wrote:Pan Am and TWA had a bunch of Add-on Empty Segments to JFK as well. PA did CLE-IND, CMH-IND, and IND-MCI at different times, TWA did IND-DAY, IND-CVG, and IND-CMH as well. These were not the only ones, either.
There are a bunch more of these that I can recall, but it’s too late an hour to go digging through boxes for the old OAG’s. When I first ran into one of those, it was a wide-eyed wonder, a window onto the world to a curious and adventure-seeking small town teen.
A lot of those routings were dictated by the CAB.
No, these were long after Dereg.
But almost everything listed on here was a "tag" flight that was common until relatively recently. The idea that US Air flew PIT-TOL-FNT-MBS with a 732 might sound crazy today, but that was the business model of yesteryear. Today, with few exceptions, tags are long gone, replaced with direct flights (often with smaller equipment; e.g. regional jets). Even a long-time route like HA's LAX-LAS (later ONT-LAS) with widebody equipment was done to tag to LAS, but again, it's been replaced by direct service.
Consider a recent example of this: WN relied on 2-stop and 3-stop flights until literally the past 10 years or so, when it largely eliminated such itineraries in favor of greater reliance on the hub and spoke system.
Few routes listed on here were truly "crazy."