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After its multi-million dollar computerized reservation system broke down over the Fourth of July weekend in 1968, causing a public relations fiasco, billionaire mogul Howard Hughes, in stepped to acquire the troubled airline. In 1970, the renamed Hughes Airwest began operations. This tweet was posted on March 24, 2022.
Air West was branded with an ultramodern service mark in bright interchangeable color combinations of lime green, royal blue, orange, pink, and bronze. #DefunctThursday #AirWest This tweet was posted on March 24, 2022.
Air West’s stewardesses were outfitted in futuristic, slim-cut, high-fashion ensembles created by Oleg Cassini and reminiscent of uniforms worn in the original Star Trek television series, which was popular at the time. #DefunctThursday #AirWest This tweet was posted on March 24, 2022.
AirWest's stewardesses were outfitted in futuristic, high fashion ensembles by Oleg #Cassini. #WomenInAviation This tweet was posted on September 14, 2016.
Based in San Francisco, the 3,800-employee carrier served numerous destinations up & down the California corridor, from San Diego to Crescent City, along with cities throughout the Southwest and Northwest, and even several tourist destinations in Mexico. #DefunctThursday #AirWest This tweet was posted on March 17, 2022.
Check out that Hughes Airwest outfit in Cliff Muskiet's collection of stewardess uniforms! Yow! (via @CNN) http://t.co/Hb97DS7u #AVgeeks This tweet was posted on March 30, 2012.
Did you fly Hughes Airwest from SFO? Do you remember what their slogan was? #Trivia #ThrowbackThursday This tweet was posted on October 15, 2015.
Do you have any favorite memories of PSA, AirCal, Hughes Airwest, or Pacific Air Lines? https://t.co/6m7FjFVDP6 This tweet was posted on December 05, 2015.
Featuring objects from PSA, AirCal, Pacific Air Lines, Air West & Hughes Airwest, "Catch Our Style" is a celebration of CA Regional Airlines This tweet was posted on May 26, 2016.
In 1968, Air West was formed out of a merger of three regional carriers: Pacific Air Lines, Bonanza Air Lines, and West Coast Airlines. All three were struggling financially and a consolidation of routes and equipment seemed the best solution at the time #DefunctThursday #AirWest This tweet was posted on March 17, 2022.
Learn more about Howard Hughes’ airlines, Hughes Airwest in our Catch Our Style exhibition. http://t.co/aULAgnuuTQ This tweet was posted on October 15, 2015.
Mario Zamparelli created a forceful identity for Hughes Airwest, dominated by his Yellow and Blue color scheme. #FashionInFlight This tweet was posted on May 03, 2017.
Razors, hair creme, & a tube of deoderant were in generous kits given to men by Hughes AirWest in the 1970s http://t.co/uRGHhoXKCY #RON This tweet was posted on April 08, 2014.
SF based Hughes Airwest operated a large McDonnell Douglas DC-9 fleet, which were ideal for its West Coast routes. Painted in Sundance Yellow, the airline caricatured its DC-9 aircraft as flying bananas and advertised itself as the “Top banana in the West.” #WingWednesday This tweet was posted on July 28, 2021.
Swirling in a Sundance Yellow cape, this Hughes Airwest stewardess models her 1972 uniform. #WomenInAviation This tweet was posted on June 22, 2016.
This 1970s Hughes Airwest poster featured a literal flying banana. Did you ever fly on "the top banana in the west"? This tweet was posted on May 21, 2016.
This 1972 Sundance Yellow polyester knit suit for Hughes Airwest was created by Mario Zamparelli. #FashionInFlight This tweet was posted on June 24, 2016.
This exhibition featured objects from California Airlines such as PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines), Air California (later AirCal), and Pacific Air Lines, Air West, and Hughes Airwest. Do you remember this exhibit? What’s your favorite California regional airline? #CatchOurStyle This tweet was posted on September 09, 2021.
When #RepublicAirlines bought #HughesAirwest in 1980, they peeled away the iconic yellow Hughes Airwest color in dramatic advertisements. #avgeek This tweet was posted on October 02, 2018.
When Howard Hughes acquired Air West in 1970, he promptly renamed it Hughes Airwest. A new airline… http://t.co/Ez9DMt1qUT This tweet was posted on May 06, 2014.
📸 3/3: poster: Hughes Airwest; 1970s Gift of Thomas G. Dragges 2001.135.074 slide: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Hughes Airwest; 1976 Gift of Daniel Hahn 2015.038.021 This tweet was posted on July 28, 2021.