List of Braniff International Airways destinations

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Destinations in 1931

In 1931, Braniff Airways was serving just five destinations:[1]

According to the March 10, 1931 Braniff Airways system timetable, flights were operated on a linear routing of Chicago-Kansas City-Tulsa-Oklahoma City-Wichita Falls at this time.

Destinations in 1948

In June 1948, the airline was flying both domestic and international service and had changed its name to Braniff International Airways.[2] According to its June 4, 1948 system timetable, the following destinations were being served:

According to the above referenced Braniff International timetable, flights were operated with Douglas DC-3, DC-4 and DC-6 aircraft at this time. Braniff's new international service was being operated on a routing of Chicago-Kansas City-Dallas-Houston-Havana-Balboa, C.Z.-Guayaquil-Lima twice a week with an additional service being flown once a week on a routing of Chicago-Kansas City-Dallas-Houston-Havana-Balboa, C.Z.-Lima.

Merger with Mid-Continent Airlines: New destinations in the 1950s

Following its acquisition of and merger with Mid-Continent Airlines in 1952, Braniff began serving the following new destinations:[3]

Braniff also began serving Austin, Minnesota; Brookings, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota and McAlester, Oklahoma during the 1950s:[4]

The acquisition of Mid-Continent by Braniff enabled the airline to begin service for the first time to several large U.S. cities including Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Omaha and St. Louis. However, by 1960 Braniff had ceased serving many of the smaller cities listed above.[5]

Destinations: 1960-1982

The following destinations were served by Braniff International Airways primarily with jet aircraft (except where noted below) during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s before it ceased operations in May 1982.[6][7][8][9] According to various Braniff timetables and route maps, a number of these destinations were served at different times over the years.


  1. ^, March 10, 1931 Braniff Airways system timetable
  2. ^, June 4, 1948 Braniff International Airways system timetable
  3. ^, April 26, 1953 Braniff International Airways system timetable
  4. ^, June 26, 1953 & Jan. 1, 1956 Braniff International Airways system timetables
  5. ^, April 24, 1960 Braniff International Airways system timetable
  6. ^, Braniff International Airways system timetables, April 24, 1960 through July 1, 1968
  7. ^, Braniff International Airways system timetables, Oct. 27, 1974 through April 25, 1982
  8. ^, Braniff International Airways route maps, Oct. 27, 1974 through April 29, 1982
  9. ^ Braniff International Timetable for April 15, 1982 (accessed 2012-09-06).
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i On December 15, 1978, Braniff added 16 new cities and 32 new routes, which it stated to be the "largest single-day increase by any airline in history". Beth Ellyn Rosenthal and Bruce Selcraig, "Bad Times at Braniff: Harding Lawrence’s grandiose flight plan took Braniff to dizzying heights, but it ultimately put the airline into a tailspin." D Magazine, February 1981. The new cities are listed at "Airline expanding", Associated Press in The Victoria Advocate, November 19, 1978. By 1982 several of these cities were no longer on the schedule.
  11. ^ Carlos A. Schwantes, Going Places: Transportation Redefines the Twentieth-Century West (Indiana University Press, 2003), ISBN 978-0253342027, p.313. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  12. ^ Thomas Petzinger, Jr., Hard Landing: The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged the Airlines into Chaos (Random House Digital 1996), ISBN 978-0812928358. Excerpts available at Google Books.
  13. ^ "Giant Airliner no big success", Reuters in Leader-Post, January 5, 1972.
  14. ^ Gordon Baxter, "Braniff's Final Hours", Flying, October 1982, pp. 85, 87.
  15. ^ "Britain Denies Braniff Requests", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 14, 1978.
  16. ^ "Braniff Scrubs Maiden Flight From London In Fare Dispute", Associated Press in Toledo Blade, March 2, 1978.
  17. ^ Dennis Fulton, "Braniff Was Dallas's Introduction to Airline Bankruptcy", Dallas Morning News, April 20, 2003.
  18. ^ a b Oklahoma City was the airline's first headquarters, and Oklahoma City-Tulsa the first route, when the airline began flying on June 28, 1928. Keith Tolman, "Braniff International Airways", Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived April 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 2012-12-10).
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