Monday, November 21, 2016

America West Airlines - February, 1989

America West was a terrific airline. I can remember them advertising their hubs in Las Vegas and Phoenix as "Superhub." I flew them many times to Las Vegas. America West bought US Airways and took the latter's name in 2005.
















































America West did fly to Nagoya, Japan for a short time. The routing was JFK-PHX-HNL-NGO. After the company declared bankruptcy, the HNL and Nagoya routes were sold to Northwest. The four 747s that were acquired from KLM were parked in LAS and were not used again until they were utilized to transport troops during the Gulf War. Here's a commercial touting their service to Japan:




Monday, June 13, 2016

Delta Air Lines - March, 1971

This is a great Delta timetable solely because of the 747 ad. I scanned the Atlanta schedule that shows a few 747 routes listed in red. The 747 would last until 1977 when Delta returned them to Boeing. Shortly thereafter, Delta won the authority to serve London and had to lease a L-1011 from TWA to begin the route.



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Florida Express - July, 1985

Florida Express was a low-fare jet airline based in Orlando that served points in Florida, the Midwest, and the mid-Atlantic states. The airline began operations in January 1984 with a fleet of BAC 1-11s. In order to increase their presence in the Florida market, Braniff [II] bought the Orlando-based Florida Express in 1988, bringing the return of some of the same BAC 1-11s that had flown with the original Braniff two decades earlier. Initially, it operated as Braniff Express before being eventually integrated into the carrier. In 1988 Braniff moved its headquarters from Dallas, Texas to Orlando, Florida.










































































The four pictures below show how Florida Express morphed into Braniff.




Sunday, March 20, 2016

Reno Air - October, 1996

Reno Air was bought by American in 1999 and ultimately dismantled.  American did the same thing to AirCal, then later to TWA.

Reno also had connecting service with American Eagle at Los Angeles.






Saturday, October 3, 2015

Air Florida - April, 1981

Not much to this Air Florida timetable. A cover illustration, route map, and schedules. I'd love to know why, of all cities, Air Florida served Toledo nonstop from Tampa.



Friday, December 26, 2014

Independence Air - June, 2004

This one is a gem. It's a 6'x11' brochure introducing Independence Air. It formerly was Atlantic Coast Airlines, a United Express carrier that decided to go it alone with a fleet of CRJs. It wouldn't take long before it was bankrupt and ceased operations seven months after it severed the relationship with United.





































Here's a story about their first day of operations:



And, one of their commercials: