Railroad timetables are a depressing reminder of where airline timetables may be in a few years...but perhaps they will not go so quietly into that night. As Christian and others have pointed out, many airlines still print them, and in fact this summer I've been able to secure a few examples from Asia. Korean Air, by the way, *does* publish a PDF of their schedules but it's difficult to find. You need to go to their web site, and click on "PC Timetable". Then you can download the domestic and international versions.
I'll say this - at least Southwest publishes PDFs, even if in some cases it's one PDF file per day, with revisions every week. :-)
What I find odd is that in places like Europe, where a recent survey says 30% of EU residents have NEVER been on the Internet, so many airlines don't publish timetables. Now maybe that says "If you can't get on the Internet you shouldn't fly", but that just doesn't seem like good business.
And another thing about timetables - often a local station will print timetables when the rest of the company doesn't. Examples include USA 3000's Cleveland station, which printed a city schedule when few (if any) other stations had them, Qantas' North American office which printed a North American timetable when the printed system timetable had disappeared several years earlier, and the Singapore Airlines Japan station which still prints a system timetable (Japanese edition) when the rest of the airline no longer has them.
One question...what's a typical print run of timetables? A few years ago one airline was advertising their quarterly timetables and it gave their print runs, but I don't remember what it was now, whether it was 500 copies or 50,000 or 5 million, but it was 5 something.
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