Posts Tagged ‘jets’

Flights to Nowhere

May 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has all but halted air travel in the United States. Airlines have parked hundreds of planes as bookings have fallen by more than 90 percent since March.

Industry observers and even some airline executives have predicted the road to recovery will be long and slow. Some predict once the pandemic has passed that airlines will be smaller and employ fewer people.

How long it will take for air travel to recover remains to be seen, but following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it took two years before air travel rebounded to what it was before the attacks.

In the meantime scenes such as these shown here at Cleveland Hopkins Airport of parked planes with nowhere to fly will be common.

United Airlines has a maintenance base in Cleveland and thus is using Hopkins to store jets removed from active service.

Todd Dillon made these images last Sunday. He spotted the jets on Saturday while traveling to the unofficial Akron Railroad Club Dave McKay Day outing in Berea and returned the next day to document them.

Most of these planes are parked near the dormant Concourse D at Hopkins, which has been out of service since United closed its Cleveland hub in 2014.

Concourse D had largely been used for United Express flights using regional jet equipment.

Most of the jets visible in these images are Boeing 737 aircraft but a host of Embraer regional jets can be seen lined up beyond the nose of the 737 in the foreground.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

How About a Heritage Jet?

April 17, 2017

You’re heard of the heritage locomotives of Norfolk Southern that pay tribute to its predecessor railroads by adorning them with a livery once used by those fallen flag companies.

Some airlines also have painted select planes in heritage liveries that pay tribute to predecessor companies.

Among them is American Airlines, which has painted a few jets in liveries that pay tribute to predecessor companies that it either acquired outright or which were merged with a company that American merged with.

Shown is the Piedmont Airlines tribute jet after landing at John Glenn Columbus International Airport upon arriving on a flight from Phoenix.

The original Piedmont operated primarily in the southeast United States as a local service carrier between 1948 and 1989 when it was acquired by USAir.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Piedmont had a hub operation at Dayton International Airport.

USAir, which later renamed itself US Airways, was acquired by American in 2013, although the two carriers continued to operate with separate identities until October 2015.

The Piedmont retro jet wears the Piedmont livery that the carrier’s planes bore until the merger with USAir.

The aircraft type was featured on the tails of some Piedmont aircraft. However, Piedmont never operated an Airbus jet. Its fleet in its final years consisted of Boeing 737s and a few 727s.

It is noteworthy that for a time Norfolk Southern had an ownership stake in Piedmont.

The Piedmont name remains in use for a regional carrier once known as Henson Airlines, a feeder carrier that today operates flights for American Eagle.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders