Hub Information St. Louis-Lambert (KSTL)

In the late 1920s, Lambert Field became the first airport with
an air traffic control system—albeit one that communicated with
pilots via waving flags. The first controller was Archie League.
Ozark Airlines established its only hub at Lambert in the
late 1950s. The airline grew rapidly, going from 36 million
revenue passenger miles in 1955, to 229 million revenue passenger
miles in 1965. The jet age came to Ozark in 1966 with the Douglas
DC-9-10 and its network expanded to Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville,
Washington, D.C., New York City, Miami, Tampa and Orlando.
With the addition of jets, Ozark began its fastest period of growth,
jumping to 653 million revenue passenger miles by 1970 and 936 million
revenue passenger miles by 1975, however Ozark soon faced heavy
competition in TWA's new hub at Lambert. After airline deregulation
in 1979, airlines began to realign their operations around a hub and
spoke model. Trans World Airlines (TWA) was headquartered at
Kansas City International Airport and had large operations at
Chicago O'Hare International Airport as well as St. Louis. TWA deemed
Kansas City too small, and its terminals unsuitable, to serve as a
primary hub. TWA reluctantly ruled out Chicago, as its Chicago operation
was already losing $25 million a year under competition from American Airlines
and United Airlines. This meant that St. Louis was the carrier's only viable
option. TWA proceeded to downsize Chicago and build up St. Louis, swapping
three Chicago gates for five of American's St. Louis gates. By December 1982,
St. Louis accounted for 20% of TWA's domestic capacity. Lambert's terminal was
initially too small for this operation, and TWA was forced to use temporary
terminals, mobile lounges and airstairs to handle the additional flights.
After Concourse D was completed in 1985, TWA began transatlantic service from Lambert to London, Frankfurt and Paris.


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Top Aircraft Types

# Flights Type
1 85 DC-9-82
2 84 A318-112
3 58 B727-231
4 57 B727-31
5 52 B757-231

Top Pilots by Flights

# Flights Pilot
1 556 Roland Braksch
2 69 John Mullen
3 67 George A Gross Jr
4 57 Nick Klein
5 29 Jonathan Stevens

Top Pilots by Flights (month)

# Flights Pilot
1 8 Roland Braksch
2 2 John Mullen
3 1 Jonathan Stevens

Top Pilots by Hours

# Time Pilot
1 838:59 Roland Braksch
2 390:58 Nick Klein
3 163:26 Jonathan Stevens
4 127:59 John Mullen
5 124:04 George A Gross Jr

Top Pilots by Hours (month)

# Time Pilot
1 33:52 Roland Braksch
2 04:24 Jonathan Stevens
3 03:24 John Mullen

Top Landings

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -13 ft/min B752 TJSJ Roland Braksch
2 -29 ft/min DC93 KDTW George A Gross Jr
3 -32.3 ft/min B744 KORD Nick Klein
4 -35 ft/min B722 KFSD Erik Forman
5 -61 ft/min B722 KPIT Jonathan Stevens

Top Landings (month)

# V/S A/C Airport Pilot
1 -63 ft/min L101 EDDF Roland Braksch
2 -128.41 ft/min B722 KDEN John Mullen
3 -440.61 ft/min B741 LFPG Jonathan Stevens

Pilots based in KSTL

Pilot ID Name Rank Flights Hours Status Location
TWA0001 Germany Roland Braksch Legend of Flight 556 3640.57 warning TJSJ
TWA0105 United States George A Gross Jr Senior First Officer 67 124.04 warning KSUX
TWA0109 United States Erik Forman First Officer 64 64.29 warning VABB
TWA0113 United States John Mullen Senior Captain 69 627.59 warning KSTL
TWA0118 United States Nick Klein Captain 391 390.58 warning KSLC
TWA0132 United States Stuart Guberman Captain 65 248.55 warning KSTL
TWA0134 United States Luke Bettis Captain 24 213.55 warning TJSJ
TWA0135 United States Brandon Reeves New Hire 0 0.00 warning
TWA0136 Australia Jonathan Stevens Captain 29 368.26 warning LFPG
TWA0141 Netherlands Marcel De Boer Cadet 5 5.15 warning KPIT
TWA0149 United States Kyle Kaestner New Hire 0 0.00 warning
OZA0155 United States Jeff Storm Flight Officer 41 41.39 warning KSTL
TWA0160 United States Dennis Helton New Hire 0 0.00 warning
TWA0171 United States Tim Lakehurst New Hire 0 0.00 warning
TWA0176 United States Cameron Rich New Hire 0 0.00 warning
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