Braniff International Airways


Braniff International Airways was an American airline. The company started in 1928.[1] The first flight was between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma on 20 June 1928.[2] Called the Paul R. Braniff Inc. Airline, it set up service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa three days a week.[3] During World War II it lost half it's fleet to government service. After the war, Braniff began flying to South America. It served Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Peru. Braniff became the first all-jet airline in 1960. After the airline deregulation of 1978, Braniff found the air fare competition cut into profits. The recession had caused fewer passengers. Braniff found itself with too many air routes. With rising interest rates and fuel prices, the company debt became a major problem. Braniff declared bankruptcy in 1982. Its last flight was on May 12, 1982.

Braniff International
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedMay 29, 1928
Commenced operationsJune 20, 1928
Ceased operationsMay 12, 1982 (Only airline operations ceased; all subsidiaries continued in operation. Company is still in operation.)
Focus cities*[O'Hare International Airport|Chicago O'Hare International Airport]]
Frequent-flyer programBraniff Travel Bonus Bonanza and Friends of the Orange 747s
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Fleet size115 (as of December 1979)
Destinations81 (as of November 1, 1979)
Parent companyBraniff Place World Headquarters, P. O. Box 610646 2200 W. Braniff Boulevard (West Airfield Drive), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas, U.S

Braniff International Operations and Maintenance Base 7701 Lemmon Avenue Dallas, Texas, U.S. Braniff Administration and Legal Braniff Building 324 North Robinson Avenue Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

Braniff Airways Foundation and Braniff Boutique 9850 Plano Road Dallas, Texas 75238


  1. "The Paul R. Braniff Years -". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  2. "Braniff International Airways". Oklahoma History Center. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  3. Geza Szurovy, Classic American Airlines (Osceola, WI: MBI; Sparkford: Haynes, 2003), p. 160
  4. "Braniff International Airways: The History of an Amazing Airline". Fly Away Simulation.