BRANIFF HISTORY TODAY - On this day, Monday, November 27, 1978, Braniff International recorded its largest passenger traffic during a single-day. The new record was 31.1 percent greater, breaking the previous one set in 1977. The record combined with the rest of the year's results, made 1978, the most successful year in Braniff's 50 year history.
The impressive November record was complemented the following month when passenger traffic reached an all time high in December 1978. Traffic increased 27.6 percent to an astronomical 915,525,000 Revenue Passenger Miles compared to 717,541,000 during the same period in 1977. The records of November and December also boosted the Fourth Quarter into record-breaking status with an increase of 31.6 in passenger traffic and for the entire year of 1978, traffic increased 27.9 percent over 1977's results.
Braniff flew a record 9,604,525,000 Revenue Passenger Miles during 1978, compared to 7,511,519,000 flown over systemwide scheduled services during 1977. Available Seat Miles also increased 20.9 percent over 1977, from 14,795,754,000 compared to 17,838,794,000 during 1978.
Photo: Braniff International Douglas DC-8-62 Intercontinental Jet registered as N801BN is parked at the gate at Denver's Stapleton International Airport in 1979. The impressive detail of the 1978 Merucyr Blue Ultra Color Scheme is readily apparent in this unique photograph of the big jet's powerful Pratt and Whitney JT3D-3B turbofan engines. The engine cowlings are painted in the Light Blue, Medium Blue, and Mercury Blue Power Paint Stripes.
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