Tuesday, May 29, 2012

American Airlines June 11, 1981

American airlines was flying 747's back in those days as well as DC10's that showed in the timetable in bold print.

The route map shows the number of cities they were serving in the Caribbean as well as Canada and Mexico cities.

They were still offering cargo service and using 747 freighters for some of the service.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

TWA - Trans World Airlines September 25, 1955

A nice graphic red, white, and blue cover cover on this timetable. As shown on the lower right, TWA was celebrating 30 years of service in 1955.

TWA was annoucing new Sky-Tourist flights and a one way coast-to-coast cost of $80.00 each way with a roundtrip purchase.

While flying coast-to-coast, most of their routes at this time were in the upper midwest to the upper east coast. International flights across the Atlantic were to major European cities, North Africa, the Middle East, to India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

This era of timetable were in the 'railroad' style which was hard to see flight between two cities, so major cities were sectioned out for easy reference.

New Sky-Tourist routes were marked with all other flights being all single first class service.

Aircraft flown during this period were:

Super G Constellation
Super Constellation
Martin Skyliner
DC-4 Skymaster
Super Convair

Symbols were used on each route so you knew which type aircraft you would be on. International and Domestic flights were also marked so you knew which flights had Berths available.

TWA also had through plane service with Delta and Braniff to the south and into Texas. Also domestic and internationl cargo flights were offered.

There is even an ad for Gruen Watches which as stated was the official watch of Trans World Airlines.

The back cover has a stamp showing that this timetable came from the Palmer House city ticket office in Chicago which was open 9:30am-6:00pm Mon thru Fri.

Some sample fares are:

Los Angeles/San Francisco - New York
First Class one way $158.85 ($1360.00 in 2012 dollars)
on top of the $158.85 a lower berth was $70.00 and upper berth $35.00

Boston - Chicago
First class one way $53.80 ($461.00 in 2012 dollars)
Tourist one way $40.00 ($342.00 in 2012 dollars)

Los Angeles - Colombo, Ceylon
First class one way year round $1973.00 ($16,888.00 in 2012 dollars)
Tourist one way year round $786.60 ($6,733.00 in 2012 dollars)

New York - London
First class one way year round $400.00 ($3,424.00 in 2012 dollars)
Tourist one way year round $290.00 ($2,482.00 in 2012 dollars)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ozark Airlines September 1, 1983

Ozark Airlines was based in St Louis and flew mostly in the midwest, but ventured to each coast and a number of cities in Florida using DC9 jets. TWA would later purchase Ozark.

The cover is photo of a nice river rafting trip to showcase their service to Colorado.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Braniff Airlines June 1, 1984

This isn't the original Braniff, but Braniff 2. It's what was formed after the original went belly up.

While the original flew to Europe, Asia, South America, BN2 started up in 21 cities serving 22 airports (IAD/DCA) and based itself in it's old home town of Dallas.

Later I'll post timetables from Braniff 3.

As you see they didn't have many flights as only two columns were needed for travel out of it's DFW hub, so you can just times by two to see there were not very large. Except for a DCA-IAD-DFW route, all other flights were to/from DFW.

BN2 joined up with United in Mileage Plus mileage program and teamed up with Emerald Air and Air Spirit to seven small cities via DFW.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sunworld Airlines may 17, 1987

Sunworld was around in the 1980's flying DC9's mostly to/from Las Vegas, with some other point to point service to Reno and between a couple of other markets. Sunworld was based in Las Vegas.

This timetable was a tri-fold two sided cardstock type schedule and did not include a route map.

Service was to:
Las Vegas
Oklahoma City
San Diego
San Jose

Non Reno/Las Vegas service was between San Jose and Ontario, San Diego and Tucson, Portland and Seattle.

As the cover mentioned, they offered free Las Vegas stop overs when flying through to other Sunworld destinations.

They also had a frequent flyer program called 'Fun One', but you had to call or ask in person about it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

United Airlines March 15, 1969

Fly the friendly skies of United as the cover says with this very red, white and blue timetable.

The cover has a notation that schedules between Honolulu and interior domestic cities is subject to CAB aproval. This is the era when airlines needed to get authority to fly a route and for the fares that were charged. The timetable even lists which cities United can not take local traffic between, which includes Hilo and Honolulu, Chicago and Kansas City, Denver and Kansas City, and San Francisco and San Jose, CA.

A nice route map showing some of their main routes and a special nonstop transcon service map.

United used eight types of aircraft as shown on the reference page. Caravelle, 737,727, Super 727, 720, DC8, Super DC8, and DC8-Freighter.

The flight schedule is in the old 'railroad' style of listing the full flight by number and the cities/times that flight number covered. Flights were grouped by geographical areas and directions. Their Hawaii schedules notes that food service is not available on economy coach, interesting how all these years later, the airlines are back to not serving food.

The back of the timetable lists the locations of all their ticket offices and  phone numbers. There is also a page explaining the type of fares they offered.

Also listed is something that would not fly today, and that is what they list as an 'extra fare'. What's an extra cost, United's Men Only 'Executive" flights between Chicago and New York or Newark have an extra fare of $3.00 plus tax for special services.

Yes that is correct they had a 'Men's Only' service called the New York Executive service which says Men Only. There was a flight leaving Chicago at 5pm arriving in Neward at 755pm on a Caravelle. The flight did not operate on Saturdays. Now what exactly where those female Stewardesses doing to those men only flyers that cost an extra $3.00?

Some sample one way fares are:
Los Angeles - New York
First class - $163.00 (in 2012 dollars that would be $1019.00)
Coach - $145.00 (in 2012 dollars $906.00)

Los Angeles - San Francisco
First - $28.45 (in 2012 dollars $178.00)
Economy Comuter fare - $13.50 (in 2012 dollars $84.00)

Chicago - New York/Newark
First - $56.00 (in 2012 dollars $350.00)
Coach - $45.00 (in 2012 dollars $281.00)
and remember that Men's Only flight was $3.00 more or in 2012 dollars $19.00

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Royal West Airlines November 7, 1986

Here's a quick short timetable from Royal West Airlines. Short and quick sums it up as it wasn't around very long. They flew Bae-146 jets between Los Angeles/Burbank/Ontario to both Reno and Las Vegas.

The timetable is actually a two sided cardboard schedule with not much into on it. It does have their phone number and the scripted writing on the front says service between Los Angeles and Vail/Eagle Colorado starts December 13.

Their main service was between Las Vegas and Burbank/Los Angeles which many other airlines operated so not sure what they could have offered that the other airlines didn't.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

jetBlue Airways February 1, 2002

Founded in 1999, jetBlue was serving 18 cities in this timetable. Other then a route map, jetBlue gave very little info about themselves in this timetable.

All service was point to point in/out of New Yorks/JFK airport and a couple  Washington/Dulles-Ft Lauderdale flights. They only had a few throught flights between the north east and Florida, everything else was considered connecting flights. I counted about 54 flights in/out of JFK with some of those flights starting later in February and some in March.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

AirCal July 1, 1982

AirCal stareted out as Air California, they shortened their name during a make over.

AirCal based in California had their main base at Orange County/John Wayne airport and flew within California. They would later expand outside the state and at the end of their life was purchased by American Airlines who did not continue their route system.

For this timeable they were flying to 15 cities in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and California. And was the official airline of the famous Universal Studio's Tour.

They airline was flying 737's and added MD-80 type aircraft which they shows in the timeable which flights operated with D98 aircraft.

They were already partnering with American Airlines and this timetable did highlight some connecting fligths with AA.

The timetable was in alphabetical order and did show the to/from flights for each market.

While the front and back covers are different, when open they show the front cover graphics are on the back along with their route map.

More AirCal/Air California timetable will follow.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pacific Express January 3, 1983

Pacific Express flew mainly in California with service to Boise, Idaho and Medford and Portland, Oregon and flew BAC-111 aircraft.

The route map is a combined map for Pacific Express and WestAir, but the only WestAir service shown in the timetable is between Chico and San Francisco, and Fresno and San Jose.

Pacific Express lasted a couple of years and would go on to have a marketing agreement with PanAm.

Some sample fares from the timetable are:

Los Angeles-San Francisco $77.00 oneway ($177.00 in 2012 dollars)

Oakland-Portland $117.00 o/w ($269.00 in 2012 dollars)

Palm Springs-Boise $151.00 o/w ($348.00 in 2012 dollars)

As you see Pacific Express offered continental breakfast to all passengers on flights before 9am.

The map of their locations at Los Angeles and San Francisco airports is interesting and shows the history of the airline business as most airlines listed are no longer around.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pan Am Spring & Summer 1977

While the cover says this is the Spring & Summer 1977 timetable, the inside cover show it is effective April 24, 1977 and shows calendars for May-September. Interesting how they  put seasons on the cover and a actual date on the inside.

The front and back covers look almost alike, but when open and looked at together show part of the work logo.

A nice double page map in the middle of the timetable showing their routes which covered the globe.

Aircraft they flew in this timetable were 727,707, and 747's. Pan Am during this area only flew international routes with very little domestic US connecting flights. But they did fly a lot of point to point routes within Europe and even a a big domestic German operation with a hub in Berlin.

Besides an alphabetical listing of routes, Pan Am during this era was one of a few airlines that also listed a schedule in the back by flight number showing full routing per flight number and elapsed time for each flight.

Also showing in the timetable are cargo flights Pan Am flew. Some of the cargo cities were not flown as regular passenger service.