I spent more than 18 years flying both the Boeing 737 and the 757 for America West Airlines (AWA). As such, I can certainly agree with the sentiment expressed in this AZ Republic article regarding the airline.
I started working for America West in January 1987 as a B737 First Officer. Two years later I upgraded to captain. I now currently fly the Airbus A319/320/321. Like many other employees at AWA, I thoroughly enjoyed working for the airline and always felt like I was part of a close-knit family. We always had that can-do spirit.
Now we’re all a proud part of the new American Airlines, with more than 100,000 employees flying around the globe, yet the original AWA crew will always remember where we started.
In my 18+ years with AWA, I’ve flown from Boston to Mexico City to Kauai, worked with a lot of great people and look forward to working with American.
It’s always great to catch up with Embry-Riddle alums and see where we’ve landed in the aviation/airline world.
This past week I flew a three-day trip with a Daytona Beach graduate. We had a great time reminiscing and comparing notes about our Riddle days. I spent three years on campus in Prescott before transferring to what is now known as the WorldWide campus.
We had a regional airline pilot in our jumpseat during the three days who also was a Daytona Beach Riddle student.
Later on, I had one of my Prescott classmates and his wife on board our A320 seated in the passenger cabin. He walked into the flight deck during boarding and we had fun remembering the old days on campus. Scott is a United captain who often flies the LA to Tokyo route.
I spent 15 years flying the Boeing B757 as a captain.
During those 15 years, I flew it all over the US and spent the last 6-1/2 years flying the 757 back and forth between the US Mainland and Hawaii. All wonderful memories! The 757 will always hold a special place in my heart.
Here is a neat video depicting the first flight of the Boeing 757.
To watch the video, please click on the link Boeing 757.