Airlines of the USA is a new book from Destinworld Publishing, and written by Airport Spotting Blog’s Matt Falcus.
The book looks at the most important airlines to have come out of America, from the earliest days of commercial flying, to the more recent startups.
Who remembers such important airlines like TWA, Pan Am, Braniff, and Eastern Airlines? In their heyday it was inconceivable that they could fail when they were so huge, domineering, and were household names. Yet all of them ceased flying or disappeared into a different airline.
More recently we’ve lost names such as America West, Continental, Northwest Airlines, and we’re about to lose US Airways.
The book looks at how some of these large carriers first started, which was usually through government funded air mail routes using very early aircraft. Being pioneers in air travel, and with the emergence of new aircraft such as the Douglas DC-3 and Boeing 707, the airlines grew very quickly.
Then came the Airline Deregulation Act in 1978, which allowed airlines to fly anywhere. It saw low-cost carriers such as PSA and Southwest Airlines thrive. And today they still do thrive, with AirTran and Spirit Airlines amongst the well-known names.
Each airline has its own chapter, and the book looks at the aircraft types it operated, with dates and much more information. The book is full colour, and is available to order now through Destinworld’s website here: www.destinworld.co.uk/shop/airlines-of-the-usa/
It is also available through Amazon and good aviation stores.