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Old Jul 7, 19, 1:45 pm
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17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment. ANSWERED - Air France operating Boeing 707 service

20. What was the name that Hughes Airwest used for its Boeing 727-200 aircraft in 1977? "_________ Banana" (it wasn't "Flying Banana" or "Golden Banana", "Top Banana", "Big Banana" or "Giant Banana".....)
And as we prepare for Seat 2A's upcoming tour de force, it's time for last call for the two one above. Should there be no takers, I'll then provide the answers tomorrow.

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Old Jul 7, 19, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
And as we prepare for Seat 2A's upcoming tour de force, it's time for last call for the two above. Should there be no takers, I'll then provide the answers tomorrow.
Not for the lack of interest, though! I thought and thought about it. I cannot come up with the answer. Another try....


20. What was the name that Hughes Airwest used for its Boeing 727-200 aircraft in 1977?

Giant Banana


....and why not try

17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

LACSA, Boeing 727-100

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Old Jul 7, 19, 3:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
Not for the lack of interest, though! I thought and thought about it. I cannot come up with the answer. Another try....


20. What was the name that Hughes Airwest used for its Boeing 727-200 aircraft in 1977?

Giant Banana
20. Well, you're not quite there yet....so as they say way down in Aussie land, "Give 'er another go there, mate!"
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Old Jul 7, 19, 3:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post

17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

LACSA, Boeing 727-100
17. "Please try again, mate!" Here's a hint: the airline in question was not based in Mexico or Central America. Plus we already know the service wasn't operated by a U.S. based air carrier. And the equipment wasn't a B727-100.

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17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

I await the answer. In the mean time, I will try my hardest and give any answer short of Tupelov Tu-144! In order to beat tomorrow's deadline, I will see if rule breaking works and submit two answers

Main answer: Condor, Boeing 707
Alternate answer: Avianca, Boeing 707
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Old Jul 8, 19, 12:56 am
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27. If you wanted to fly nonstop from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) in 1982 on board a stretched DC-8, what airline would you call?

On the right track with CL, eh? My other choice would have been Arrow Air, which used to serve Denver from JFK and TPA with its D8Ss.

17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

Iberia served MEX via YMX. Let's then go with Iberia serving Cancun out of JFK with a DC-10-30
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20. What was the name that Hughes Airwest used for its Boeing 727-200 aircraft in 1977?

JLemon: If it's not too late, may I jump in and cast a vote to support Toshbaf in one of his earlier answers -- just ran across a copy of the Top Banana ad:
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Originally Posted by Toshbaf View Post
17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

I await the answer. In the mean time, I will try my hardest and give any answer short of Tupelov Tu-144! In order to beat tomorrow's deadline, I will see if rule breaking works and submit two answers

Main answer: Condor, Boeing 707
Alternate answer: Avianca, Boeing 707
17. It wasn't Condor or Avianca. However, you have now correctly identified the equipment as the service was operated with a Boeing 707.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 10:22 am
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And it's also interesting to note that Hughes Airwest was serving Denver at this time via an interchange agreement with Frontier.....although I do not know whether RW's DC-9s or FL's 737s were being used on these joint services between DEN and southern California with LAS and SLC being the interchange points between the two carriers.
When I worked with Frontier in Denver, Hughes Airwest DC-9-30s did indeed come into Denver from Las Vegas and SLC. My crew had the misfortune of being assigned the LAS flight. I say "misfortune" because while our 737s had large spacious baggage holds, on the DC-9 you had no choice but to be on your knees. Its baggage compartments were long and low, making loading and unloading comparatively more difficult.
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Originally Posted by Seat 2A View Post
27. If you wanted to fly nonstop from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) in 1982 on board a stretched DC-8, what airline would you call?

On the right track with CL, eh? My other choice would have been Arrow Air, which used to serve Denver from JFK and TPA with its D8Ss.

17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

Iberia served MEX via YMX. Let's then go with Iberia serving Cancun out of JFK with a DC-10-30
17. Ah, it wasn't Iberia and we now know the equipment wasn't a DC-10 but was actually a 707.

27. Well, you are still on the right track; however, it wasn't Arrow Air. And the air carrier in question may have been better known for flying in the other direction.
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Originally Posted by Seat 2A View Post
... the DC-9 ... baggage compartments were long and low ...
interesting, isnít it, how a smaller fuselage diameter affects more than just the cabin layout (3-2 coach seating on the DC-9 family vs 3-3 on the 737 and the other Boeing narrow-bodies)
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17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

Per jlemon: It wasn't Condor or Avianca. However, you have now correctly identified the equipment as the service was operated with a Boeing 707.

A 707 was it? Hmm... Lufthansa is tempting, but I'm going to go with Air France. Please disregard my earlier post suggesting Iberia.

27. If you wanted to fly nonstop from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) in 1982 on board a stretched DC-8, what airline would you call?

There are not a lot of options left for domestic DC-8-61 operations. It's time to go with Pacific East Air
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20. What was the name that Hughes Airwest used for its Boeing 727-200 aircraft in 1977?

JLemon: If it's not too late, may I jump in and cast a vote to support Toshbaf in one of his earlier answers -- just ran across a copy of the Top Banana ad:
Hello minliq! Hope all is well with you and your family over there in the New Orleans area. And I also hope you are prepared for possible tropical weather by this weekend as our National Hurricane Center (NHC) is now forecasting an 80% chance for a tropical depression to form in the Gulf of Mexico south of the Florida panhandle by the end of the week. What happens next is anyone's guess at the moment as the computer models do not agree on the future track of the system.....however, it appears at this time it will drift west in the Gulf in our direction and will also bring a huge amount of rain.

Now to the illustration of the Hughes Airwest button you were kind enough to post. I believe in this case "Top Banana" refers to the airline and thus not the equipment (and that sure looks like a DC-9-30 to me ). At any rate, the source material I used for this quiz item states "3 flights daily on the new _______ Banana 727-200". And the missing word in the blank here is not "Top". I shall supply the evidence with the answer, of course.
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Originally Posted by Seat 2A View Post
17. This air carrier was operating the only nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Cancun (CUN) in 1976 with two flights a week. Identify the airline and the equipment

Per jlemon: It wasn't Condor or Avianca. However, you have now correctly identified the equipment as the service was operated with a Boeing 707.

A 707 was it? Hmm... Lufthansa is tempting, but I'm going to go with Air France. Please disregard my earlier post suggesting Iberia.

27. If you wanted to fly nonstop from Salt Lake City (SLC) to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) in 1982 on board a stretched DC-8, what airline would you call?

There are not a lot of options left for domestic DC-8-61 operations. It's time to go with Pacific East Air
17. Yep, it was Air France. Here are the scheds in both directions......

AF 015: New York (JFK) 1:45p - 4:45p Cancun (CUN)
Freq: Thursdays only
Service classes: F/Y
Meal service: Lunch
Equip: 707
Complete routing: NCE-CDG-JFK-CUN

AF 015: New York (JFK) 10:15p - 1:15a Cancun (CUN)
Freq: Saturdays only
Service classes: F/Y
Meal service: None listed (in OAG)
Equip: 707
Complete routing: NCE-CDG-JFK-CUN

AF 010: Cancun (CUN) 6:15p - 10:45p New York (JFK)
Freq: Thursdays only
Service classes: F/Y
Meal service: None listed (in OAG)
Equip: 707
Complete routing: CUN-JFK-CDG

AF 010: Cancun (CUN) 3:15a - 7:45a New York (JFK)
Freq: Sundays only
Service classes: F/Y
Meal service: None listed (in OAG)
Equip: 707
Complete routing: CUN-JFK-CDG

BTW, although I have used the current three letter airport code for Cancun, back in 1976 its airport code was CKO according to the OAG.

27. "Yes sir, and welcome on board Pacific East Air Super DC-8 service to Chicago!" Here's the sched....

6P 20: Salt Lake City (SLC) 12:00n - 3:45p Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Freq: Daily except Saturdays
Service class: All Y
Meal service: Lunch
Equip: D8S

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20- we have pretty well exhausted clever adjectival terms, so let’s try a simple yet descriptive one:
”Flying Banana”
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