Shortly after the 1987 merger, American used an interim livery of painting over the AirCal titlings and replacing them with the American sans serifs.
Western Airlines had a rich history, dating back to flying air mail routes in the 1920s. Deregulation saw great expansion for the airline, with it’s network spanning from Hawaii and Alaska, to the East Coast, down to Mexico and all the way to the United Kingdom.
Western was also a player in the down-and-dirty intra-California market, alongside AirCal, PSA, and Alaska.
Morris Air came and went without much known of it. Founded as a low-cost charter carrier in 1984 by Utah travel agent June Morris and up-and-coming airline tycoon David Neeleman, it ventured into the realm of scheduled regional service in 1992 out of a hub at Salt Lake City. Cities as far away as Anchorage and as small as Fresno were graced by Morris Air’s 737s offering no-nonsense air travel.
Alas, the venture was short-lived; Dallas-based Southwest Airlines would acquire Morris Air in December of 1993 and would fully absorb the carrier by the next summer, earning slots at Delta-dominated SLC in the process. While Morris Air would become a mere footnote in SWA’s history, David Neeleman would find better success in an airline we know as JetBlue.
I thought this was an instagram photo at first, but then I realised that AA’s livery hasn’t changed for centuries. Turns out Clipper Radiant was in an accident!
The Clipper Radiant involved was a 707 operating Flight 806 from Auckland to Los Angeles via Pago Pago and Honolulu in January of 1974, when it crashed short of the runway of Pago Pago International Airport. The cause was ruled CFIT due to human error; there were 97 fatalities out of the 101 passengers and crew.
This Clipper Radiant appears to be a 737, operating either a domestic or internal European service. It seems Pan Am reused Clipper names on other craft, even if a previous Clippers were lost to incidents.