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One of many different airplane livery designs of Braniff International Airlines.

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Braniff International Airways was an airline that was based at Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas, and then later at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It was founded by brothers, Thomas (1883-1954) and Paul Braniff (1897-1954).

By the 1960s, the airline had a variety of differently colored airplanes and was known for the modern fashions worn by its "air hostesses."

Braniff also began flights to South America, later merging with its rival Panagra in 1967. It had a reputation for innovation in the airline industry, but suffered heavily when deregulation of that industry began in the United States in the late 1970s.

Beginning in 1979, Braniff Airways became the only U.S. operator of the supersonic Concorde. It flew a Concorde route between Dallas-Fort Worth and JFK International Airport. However, the route was not profitable and Concorde flights were discontinued in 1980.

The airline went bankrupt and ceased operations on May 12, 1982. In 1984, a new airline with the same name was formed, but only survived until 1989. In 1991, Braniff came back but only survived until one year later.

The Braniff Logo is shown at the end of every episode of South Park.

External link

  • BraniffInternational.org (http://www.braniffinternational.org) - a website about the airline

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Braniff History - The Early Years (747 words)
Braniff International’s history can be traced back to 1928, when Oklahoma insurance man and financier Thomas E. Braniff, organized and founded an aviation company with his brother Paul Revere Braniff, a former WWI pilot.
A new independent Braniff airline operation was incorporated in Oklahoma City on November 3, 1930 under the name of Braniff Airways, Inc. Tom Braniff served as president and Paul Braniff served as secretary-treasurer.
In 1959, Braniff entered the jet age with the introduction of Boeing 707 and British BAC-111 jets in 1965.
Dallas Historical Society - Dallas History: Braniff in Brief, 1928-1992 (600 words)
Braniff revolutionized the concept of how an airline should look and operate, and in the process created an industry legend.
Braniff focused its attention on the war effort during the early Forties.
Braniff entered the jet age in 1959 introducing Electra Prop jets and then the Boeing 707-227.
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