Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Air California - March, 1987

Air California, or AirCal, was a great airline. Like PSA, it was headquartered in California and flew routes primarily on the west coast. According to American Airlines, it completed the acquisition of AirCal in 1986. American continued to fly AirCal as a separate brand until mid-1987.

From the July 2, 1987 edition of the Los Angeles Times:
AirCal signs at airport terminals throughout the West were taken down Tuesday night and decals on the company's jets have been replaced with American logos-done in AirCal's purple, plum, orange and yellow color scheme.

American, which paid $225 million for AirCal, feted AirCal's administrative employees at a reception Tuesday evening and held formal "changeover" ceremonies Wednesday at the Los Angeles and Orange County airports.
In this timetable, you can clearly see the integration of the two carriers with a separate section devoted to Chicago connections from Orange County.

Here's a 1987 commercial for AirCal's Executive Class:

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