I neglected to include my name with my post (responding to FlugplanFanatic@SFO), for which I apologize - I had no intention of withholding my identity.
And as Lt. Columbo would say, "One more thing..." A printed document has no substitute when one is trapped somewhere without easy Internet access, and still needs to look up flight options. That's why I subscribe to one of the commercial timetables and faithfully retain each month's issue in my carry-on.
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FlugplanFanatic@SFO makes an excellent point - not all airlines have reasonable networks for on-line searching, and a printed document is still easier to read at a glance than an electronic one. I must admit, in this day of hub services, it may be enough in most cases to simply know (A) an airline serves the desired origin and destination cities and (B) there is a hub through which connections can be made.
Regarding current airlines still printing timetables, I have it on good authority that the list of current (Summer 2009) printed timetables includes examples from not only Lufthansa, but at least a dozen Asian carriers. Some only print Japanese editions of their system timetables today, while others (Asiana and EVA Air among them) print both "home country" editions and a Japanese edition. Meanwhile back in the U.S., is anyone aware of any airline still printing timetables? I'm aware of San Juan Airlines having a Bellingham-only schedule in 2008, but aside from WN they'd be the only candidate I can think of.
If there's a positive side to this development, it's that it has led Mr. Lusk to share some of his collection and his knowledge with us. Although my collection contains numerous obscure and historically interesting timetables, I have never seen the inaugural Southwest timetables and for that alone you deserve our thanks.
I'm aware this is a WN blog so it may not be appropriate to carry on discussions too much further on the topic, but thanks for triggering such wonderful memories for all of us. I didn't realize there were so many timetable collectors out there!
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