Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Come on and fly me: Dead airlines

My first flight ever was in 1977 or 1978, MSP to LAX, on Western Airlines, the ohhhhhnly way to fly. Remember this little birdlike guy who rode on the wing? I'm pretty sure we didn't get pizza though.



We also flew Braniff somewhere before they went under, and I loved their colorful planes.



And my hometown airline was Northwest, which is now Delta, but at the time was Northwest Orient! (GONG!) AIIIIIIR-LINES!



Which dead airlines do you remember?

9 comments:

martha said...

How about Ozark Airlines? In 1976, I was a chorus girl with Holiday on Ice; we flew on many regional airlines, but I will never forget Ozark. In December of that year, the show broke in Davenport, Iowa, for Christmas break. The morning I was to catch my plane home, using Ozark to connect with United at O'Hare, there was a huge snowstorm in Iowa. I commented to my cab driver that I wasn't sure I would make it out of Davenport. He asked which airline I was flying. When I responded Ozark, he said, "You'll get out of here. Ozark will take off and land in anything!" Needless to say, my nerves were a little rattled until I got to Chicago. But that cab driver was correct...I got out of Davenport that day!

SciFiLeslie said...

I remember flying TWA to London in the early 80s. We all received carry-on bags with the TWO logo on it. I also remember being offered a warm towel before we landed and free headsets to watch the in-flight movie. And it is possible that I was given a wings pin but cannot be 100% certain it was that particular trip.

Anonymous said...

A couple from the late 70's. North Central (the Flying Blue Goose) based in MSP and Hughes Air West (the Flying Banana, because their planes were painted a bright banana yellow) based in SFO. Hughes Air West was owned by Howard Hughes.

Both Airlines were absorbed by Republic Air Lines out of MSP in the early 80's

Brian said...

When I was in college, I would fly home for Christmas break on Eastern Airlines. Of course, you can't talk about defunct airlines from the '80s without talking about People Express. There are a lot of stories about people flying the no-frills airline, accounts of rude stewardesses and staff were aplenty, and rumors of a party atmosphere on many of the flights abounded. I never flew it, so I have no idea if these tales were true.

Jennifer Schultz said...

My father took the TWA flight from New Orleans to St. Louis many times on business trips.

Doug said...

We never flew anywhere when I was a kid (and I've seldom done so as an adult), but I remember Pan-Am, mainly because it was my Grandmother's preferred airline, and she traveled quite a bit. We'd often pick her up at the airport.

Was it TWA that had the commercial that had all the people saying "welcome" in different languages?

Brian said...

In my younger days I flew Eastern quite a bit, as well as Piedmont (later absorbed into USAir).

Anonymous said...

Pacific Southwest. C'mon, who doesn't remember their jingle "Catch our smile PSA". All their planes had smile on the front.

GigiNYC said...

I miss People's Express...even though it was the ultimate in no-frills travel, it was cheap. I remember flying from either Dayton or Cincinnati to Syracuse, NY in the late 80's when I was considering going to college at Syracuse University. I'm fairly certain that each round-trip fare came to less than one hundred dollars. I remember that the rows on the plane seemed to be closer together than the ones on other planes, but we didn't have any problems getting where we wanted to go.