ONA Horizons 1974Article submitted by
Irene Miller Turner,
El Segundo, CA
Charismatic President and CEO of ONA
G.F. Steedman Hinckley summed the DC-10-30
up in these words.
"It is a fine and magnificent aircraft and it would be our choice again without any question were we facing a new widebody aircraft selection decision."
It has been almost 18 months now
since ONA took delivery of its first
gleaming new McDonnell Douglas DC-10-3F
trijet transport, followed just two months
later with the delivery of a second.
The delivery ceremony ushered in a new
chapter in the history of ONA. Christened
Holidayliners America and Freedom, ONA“s DC-10
fleet has since flown in excess of 10,000
block hours and approximately 5,000,000
statute miles and better than a billion
and a quarter passenger miles.
RIO DE JANEIRO-GALEĆO (ANTONIO CARLOS
JOBIM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)
Location: The airport is located 20km
(13 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro
Airport code: GIG
The shortest regularly scheduled DC-10
flight is 21 statute miles from Fort
Lauderdale to Miami, Florida.
The longest scheduled flight is 5698
statute miles from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil to Rome, Italy - ONA“s longest
nonstop flight with a full complement of
passengers and crewmembers was from Los
Angeles to Zurich, Switzerland, a distance
of 5939 miles.
Photo of Messrs. Morrison, Potter and
Mogey in the cockpit of an ONA DC-10
This splendid aircraft has established an excellent record of reliability with minimal departure delays.
1924 World Cruiser
September 28, 1974 was the 50th anniversary
of the completion of the first aircraft flight
around the world. On April 6, 1924, four Douglas
World Cruisers took off from Seattle at 0847 hours -
and headed west on the historic flight.
50th anniversary of first round
the world air flight is celebrated
ONA Holiday-liners America and Freedom
1924 World Cruisers followed by 1974 state
of the art jet aircraft DC-10
One hundred seventy-five days and 27,553 miles
later the world fliers landed at Seattle
on September 28, 1924, at 1328 hours. They
logged 371 hours and 11 minutes actual flying
Some 50,000 airplanes and 50 years later the
wide cabin DC-10 has replaced World Cruisers
on production lines of McDonnell Douglas
Corporation in Long Beach, California.
ONA Flight Attendant Linda Graves was photographed during a beverage service in the forward cabin of the company DC-10 aircraft.With the introduction of the DC-10, ONA brought the luxurious comfort of the wide-cabin transport to the charter market. With the ingenuity of an underfloor galley with service elevator, visual audio entertainment systems, cabin conditioning capable of a complete change of air each 3 minutes, hidden lighting and enclosed baggage racks, the airborne living room environment was complete.