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A new restoration of a Convair 240 sports a Western Airlines paint scheme.

Western Airlines (IATA: WA, ICAO: WAL, and Callsign: Western) was a large airline based in California, with operations throughout the Western United States, and hubs at Los Angeles International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x831, 178 KB) Summary A Convair 240 at Planes of Fame, July, 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x831, 178 KB) Summary A Convair 240 at Planes of Fame, July, 2005. ... The Convair 240 was an American airliner produced by Convair from 1947 to 1956. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... As defined by the Census Bureau, the western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington lincoln, and Wyoming. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Runway layout at LAX “LAX” redirects here. ... Salt Lake City International Airport (IATA: SLC, ICAO: KSLC) is a public airport located in western Salt Lake City, Utah. ...

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History

Western Air Express

In 1925, the United States Postal Service began to give airlines contracts to carry air mail all around the country. The company first incorporated in 1925 as Western Air Express by Harris Hanshue. It applied for, and was awarded, the 650-mile long Contract Air Mail Route #4 (CAM-4) from Salt Lake City, Utah to Los Angeles. In April of 1926, Western's first flight took place with a Douglas M-2 airplane. It began offering passenger services a month later, when The first commercial passenger flight took place at Woodward Field. Ben F. Redman (then president of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce) and J.A. Tomlinson perched atop U.S. mail sacks and flew with pilot C.N. "Jimmy" James on his regular eight-hour mail delivery flight to Los Angeles. This was the first regularly scheduled passenger airline service in U.S. History. Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... USPS and Usps redirect here. ... Year 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Transcontinental & Western Airlines

The company reincorporated in 1928 as Western Air Express Corp. Then, in 1930, purchased Standard Airlines, subsidiary of Aero Corp. of Ca. founded in 1926 by Paul E. Richter, Jack Frye and Walter Hamilton. WAE with Fokker aircraft merged with Transcontinental Air Transport to form TWA. Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Paul E. Richter, 1896 to 1949, Aviation pioneer, co-founder of TWA. The Airline Run by Flyers During the Golden Age of flying, Paul E. Richter played a decisive role in creating and building all aspects of commercial aviation and military air transport. ... Fokker was a Dutch aircraft manufacturer named after its founder, Anthony Fokker. ... Trans World Airlines (IATA: TW, ICAO: TWA, and Callsign: TWA), commonly known as TWA, was an American airline company that was acquired by American Airlines in April 2001. ...


General Air Lines

In 1934, Western Air Express broke off from TWA and briefly changed its name to General Air Lines, returning to the name Western Air Express after several months. Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Western Airlines

In 1941 Western Air Express changed its name to Western Air Lines, which was later altered to Western Airlines. For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ...


After World War II, Western expanded into a large regional airline, introducing service on the Lockheed Constellation, Douglas DC-6, and Lockheed Electra. It merged in 1967 with Pacific Northern Airlines and in the late 60s pushed for an all-jet fleet, adding Boeing 707s, 727s and 737s to its fleet of Boeing 720s. In 1973, Western added McDonnell Douglas DC-10s to its fleet, naming them "Spaceships". Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Regional Airlines redirects here. ... The Lockheed Constellation, affectionately known as the “Connie”, was a four-engine propeller-driven airliner built by Lockheed between 1943 and 1958 at its Burbank, California, USA, facility. ... The Douglas DC-6 is a piston-powered airliner and transport aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1946 to 1959. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... A new restoration of a Convair 240 sports a Western Airlines paint scheme. ... The Boeing 707 is an American four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... The Boeing 727 is a mid-size, narrow-body, three-engine commercial jet airliner. ... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ... Pan Am 707 The Boeing 707 is a four engined commercial passenger jet aircraft developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is an American three-engine medium- to long-range widebody airliner, with two engines mounted on underwing pylons and a third engine at the base of the vertical stabilizer. ...


Western was headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Its major hubs were at LAX and Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to airline deregulation, it had smaller hubs in Las Vegas, Nevada and Denver-Stapleton. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Runway layout at LAX “LAX” redirects here. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... Airline deregulation is the process of removing restrictions on airlines affecting, in particular, which carriers are permitted to serve particular routes. ... Vegas redirects here. ... Nickname: Location of Denver in Colorado Location of Colorado in the United States Coordinates: , Country State City-County Denver (coextensive) Founded [1] November 22, 1858 Incorporated November 7, 1861 Government  - Type Strong Mayor/Weak Council  - Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) Area [1]  - City & County  154. ...


At its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, Western flew to many cities across the Western United States, and to various destinations in Mexico (Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Mazatlan), Alaska (Anchorage and Fairbanks), Hawaii (Honolulu, Maui and Kona), and Canada (Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton). Western also maintained a large intra-state route structure within its home state of California as well, competing vigorously with PSA and AirCal. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Nickname: Motto: Capital en movimiento Location of Mexico City in south central Mexico Coordinates: , Country Federal entity Boroughs The 16 delegaciones Founded c. ... Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican resort city situated on the Pacific Oceans Bahía de Banderas. ... Acapulco (Officially: Acapulco de Juárez) is a city and major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 300 km (190 miles) southwest from Mexico City. ... Mazatlán is a city (population 340,000 as of 2000) located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, just across from the southernmost tip of Baja California. ... Official language(s) None[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Note: an anchorage is a place where a ship lays anchor. ... Fairbanks is a city located in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... For other uses, see Maui (disambiguation). ... There is also a town of Kailua on the Island of O‘ahu. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... PSA logo from the 1980s Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) (IATA: PS, ICAO: PSA, and Callsign: PSA) was an airline headquartered in San Diego, California. ... Air California, later AirCal, was a regional airline serving different points in the state of California and some neighboring western U.S. states. ...


In 1981, Western Airlines began international flights from Anchorage and Denver to London Gatwick Airport with DC-10 aircraft. As it extended its network to airports on the East Coast like Washington-Dulles, Newark International Airport and Boston-Logan, Western Airlines became a prominent sponsor of the Bob Barker television show The Price is Right, to try to make customers from the East more aware of its presence. In the late 1970s, Western Airlines and Continental Airlines had merger discussions, but no definitive merger agreement was ever reached. Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Note: an anchorage is a place where a ship lays anchor. ... This article refers to the state capital of Colorado. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ... FAA Airport Diagram Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD, ICAO: KIAD, FAA LID: IAD) is a public airport located 25 miles (32 km) west of the central business district of Washington, D.C., in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. ... Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA Airport Code EWR; ICAO Airport Code KEWR) is an international airport within the city limits of both Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States. ... KBOS is the airport identification code. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Price Is Rights US 35th season logo. ... Regional definitions vary The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States. ... Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) is a U.S. certificated air carrier. ...


Delta Air Lines

In the early 1980s, Air Florida tried to buy Western Airlines, but it was able to purchase only 16 percent of the airline's stock. Finally, on September 9, 1986 Western Airlines was purchased by Delta Air Lines, and was fully merged into that airline on April 1, 1987. After the merger, Delta eventually released the name Western Airlines. Delta has maintained Western's former Salt Lake City hub, but has down-sized Western's former hub at LAX. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Air Florida B737-222 N62AF, which was the one that crashed. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Delta Air Lines, Inc. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


Incidents and accidents

  • On the night of April 20, 1953, Western Air Lines Flight 636, flying the last leg of a Los Angeles-San Francisco-Oakland itinerary, descended below the prescribed minimum altitude of 500 feet and crashed into the waters of San Francisco Bay, killing eight of the 10 persons on board the Douglas DC-6 airliner.

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Advertising

Western can also be noted for contributing to popular culture with its 1960s advertising slogan, "It's the oooooonly way to fly!" Spoken by the Wally Bird, an animated bird hitching a ride aboard the fuselage of a Western airliner, and voiced by veteran actor Jim Backus, the phrase soon found its way into animated cartoons by Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera. Another famous advertising campaign by the airline centered on Star Trek icons William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California) was a radio, television, film actor, character actor, and voice actor. ... “WB” redirects here. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... Leonard Simon Nimoy (born March 26, 1931) is an American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer. ...


During the 1970s, they promoted themselves as "the champagne airline" because champagne was offered free of charge to every adult passenger over 21 years old. (As an aside, Jim Backus uttered this phrase while piloting an airplane somewhat inebriated in the movie "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".)


Western Airlines was also famous for its "Flying W" corporate identity. Introduced in the mid-1970s, the unique color scheme featured a large red stylized "W" which fused into a red cheatline running the length of an all-white fuselage. This new corporate identity was the subject of litigation by Winnebago Industries, which contended the new "Flying W" was too similar to its own stylized "W" logo. In its final years, Western Airlines slightly modified its corporate identity by stripping the white fuselage to bare metal, while retaining the red "Flying W" (albeit with a dark blue shadow). This color scheme was also affectionately known as "Bud Lite" due to its resemblance to a popular beer's can design. Winnebago Industries Inc. ...


Trivia

The Janet Airlines uses the colors of Western Airlines now even though some people say that they are not marked. A Janet 737-200 with the MGM Grand Hotel in the background at McCarran International Airport. ...


External links

  • Historical timetables and route maps
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  • History of Western Airlines and the planes it operated - archive.org copy of now-defunct page

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Western Airlines was a large airline based in California, with operations throughout the western United States.
Western began flights from Anchorage and Denver to London Gatwick Airport in 1981.
Western can also be noted for contributing to popular culture its 1960's advertising slogan, "It's the oooooonly way to fly!" Spoken by an animated bird hitching a ride aboard the fuselage of a Western airliner, the phrase soon found its way into animated cartoons by Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera.
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