Part of UAL History: PEOPLExpress

Old Aug 12, 19, 3:22 am
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Part of UAL History: PEOPLExpress

PEOPLExpress > Continental > United:
Pics from my collection showing First Class 747 service...I especially liked the burgundy leather seats:








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Old Aug 12, 19, 3:34 am
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It really takes me back. I think I found the purple leather offensive even then, but now it looks so completely absurd!
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Old Aug 12, 19, 8:13 am
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I was more than happy to sit in that purple leather up front for only $200 RT EWR-LAX. So were a number of C-list celebrities.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 9:46 am
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I was more than happy to sit in that purple leather up front for only $200 RT EWR-LAX.
Reminds me of TowerAir, well..., except the "EWR" and "purple" part!
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Old Aug 12, 19, 10:11 am
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For a while, I commuted every weekend on PE between WAS and EWR. Price varied between $19 and $39 each way. You wedged your credit card into the tray table hook in front of you, and waited for the FA to come along, imprint it on a ticket (well before swiping), and leave you with the receipt leaf. But service wasn't very reliable. No reservations, you had to come early, and camp out on line for the next flight. And PE flew from the old North Terminal at EWR.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 10:20 am
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I thought they had reservations - but they may have cost extra. I do remember paying n-board.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by seenitall View Post
For a while, I commuted every weekend on PE between WAS and EWR. Price varied between $19 and $39 each way. You wedged your credit card into the tray table hook in front of you, and waited for the FA to come along, imprint it on a ticket (well before swiping), and leave you with the receipt leaf. But service wasn't very reliable. No reservations, you had to come early, and camp out on line for the next flight. And PE flew from the old North Terminal at EWR.
Time is making this fuzzy but I remember them in the old North Terminal but then switching to Terminal C when the airport was rebuilt.

edit: Were Terminals A and C built before C? I have vague recollection Terminal C was built after the other two and People Express was the first occupant, moving over from the old one on the north side.

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Old Aug 12, 19, 11:11 am
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I was more than happy to sit in that purple leather up front for only $200 RT EWR-LAX. So were a number of C-list celebrities.


Fares were low, but I donít recall $200 r/t. I do remember $199 one way. Keep in mind. $200 in 1985 is about $500 today.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 11:25 am
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I thought they had reservations - but they may have cost extra. I do remember paying n-board.
I seem to recall a drink cart with cash register on top.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 12:23 pm
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You did reserve PE in advance, and they had a printout of "confirmed" reservations that they checked off at the gate.

$19 flights EWR-BUF and EWR-BOS were a part of my courtship of Mrs. Transportprof, back in the day.

I never did the flight to LGW, but I believe that you could buy a bottle of Dom onboard for $50 in 1982, or thereabouts.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 12:45 pm
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The crown jewel of post bk CAL was EWR... to bad the great PeX employees got screwed over by Frankie smooth talk & his henchmen.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 12:58 pm
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Flew the London - US roundtrip twice in F in the 1980s. The fare was an amazing £99 each way. Service and food were both good. But the large leather seats in the nose of the 747 (I sat in 1A) were not burgundy but beige, at least on the flights I took.
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They didn't have reservations at first (I took a college sports trip with them in january 1982, and we were all hoping our coach wouldn't get on. But they introduced them pretty quickly, given the chaos.

Lived in NJ afterwards. The deals were unbelievable.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 2:26 pm
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Fares were low, but I donít recall $200 r/t. I do remember $199 one way. Keep in mind. $200 in 1985 is about $500 today.
When they first started their 747 EWR-LAX service they had RT Y service at $99 and RT F for $200 to $250. F had to be reserved in advance.
The also started their FF plan.
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Old Aug 12, 19, 4:36 pm
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$19 flights EWR-BUF and EWR-BOS were a part of my courtship of Mrs. Transportprof, back in the day.
I lived @ BTV in the early / mid 1980s. The RT fare to NYC on USAir was circa $295. PE opened BTV charging $19 off-peak, $29 peak. Cheaper than Vermont Transit (the Greyhound subsidiary). Suddenly my friends and I were taking our (duly impressed) girlfriends to Manhattan for Sunday brunch daytrips. And suddenly PE was putting six or seven stretch 727s into BTV daily. PE was entirely unsustainable and chaotically run, but had a huge effect on relationship cultivation, back in the day.
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