TLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
DL had mainline service to MHT prior to their current CVG-MHT and ATL-MHT mainline service? I thought only US and UA mainline served MHT prior to the service expansion in the late 90's with WN, DL (mainline and RJ), NW, and CO coming to town.
I have only been through BOS once and that was connecting on a LEB-BOS-TPA routing on DL. I flew a tiny Business Express B1900 from LEB to BOS and then a 727-200 to TPA. I had only ten minutes to spare during the connection because the flight fom LEB was late...
DL has had service from BOS to TPA, CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO, and FLL for a long time too. This may have not been the case in the 80's, but certainly in the 90's and the present with Song taking over those routes.
US also had BOS-TPA service and I believe BOS-CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO service in the past, but it has since vanished.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2336 times:
I loved it when BOS got fogged in and PVD would take on a good deal of the (narrow body) diversions. An occassional widebody or a 707 or DC-8 stretch would land and I'd about piss my pants with excitement! I grew up a mile down the street from T.F. Green Airport. I remember one summer afternoon, I believe it was 1973, when a DL DC-9 had that horrific accident at Logan, when it hit the wall on approach in very low visibility! BOS was immediately closed down after that incident. PVD subsequently accepted 62 diversions that day! The general aviation runway, 23R, had to be closed to provide a temporary storage area for all the incoming aircraft. It was a sight beyond belief for such rinky dink terminal at the time. Passenger buses were actually chartered and drove out to the tarmac to off load passengers. BOS employees of the various airlnes I believe, were dispatched down from Logan to help out with all the chaos! The Rolling Stones were actually on an AA flight from YYZ (Toronto) that ended up getting diverted. They were scheduled to play a show at The Garden that night...well they finally made it to Boston about 4 hours late for the show, but not before getting arrested by Warwick Police at Green Airport. Mick Jagger punched out a photographer. It took alot of convincing from the Boston Mayor to see that they made it to the Garden, because there was absolute pandamonium at the Garden and a riot was about to break out! That was quite an interesting evening in Rhode Island aviation history, back in 1973! I was 15 years old, BTW!
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4213 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2333 times:
Here are some other widebody flights I recall at Boston:
>>Iberia had DC-10s to Spain (including one that crash-landed at Logan)
>>AA and United both used 747s on occasion; AA to LAX and UA to SFO
>>Olympic had VERY occasional 747s
>>TAP had A310s to the Azores
>>AA came within a month of launching MD-11s nonstop to Narita, going as far as running big newspaper advertisements and posting flight numbers & times.
>>Swissair would sometimes take their 747-300 and train crews by doing touch-and-goes at Pease, in the span of time from when the jet arrived from Switzerland and when it was needed back at Logan for the overnight flight back to ZUR.
Also of note: Delta's DC-9 crash at Logan (which killed all aboard) was a flight from Burlington, VT to Logan on a foggy July day in 1973. Interestingly, this DC-9 SHOULD have stopped in Manchester on its way down to Boston but didn't because either it was full out of BTV or it was badly delayed. Delta also flew 757s between Portland and Boston, sometimes more than 2x each day out of the 6x daily mainline flights the carrier once had between the two stations. That was in the mid 1980s and pretty much represented Portland's high-water mark at a time when all MHT could muster was a couple of United flights to Chicago. Now look.
Dan6681 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2299 times:
I remember my first flight on Eastern in terminal A down to TPA in the mid 80's whoever I was traveling with screwed up which gate we were departing from or CSR was wrong. Anyway I remeber making a quick taxi ride to whatever terminal delta was at and getting cleared to board a DL 727. Crazy first time experience maybe that's why I love commercial aviation so much.
Mfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 276 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2160 times:
One domestic widebody service you forgot was Continental. In 1986, I flew a DC-10 out of Logan to Continental's now-defunct Denver Stapleton hub. It was around the time of the Continental-People Express merger, which might explain their stepped-up presence on the East Coast.
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8929 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2156 times:
US Airways did serve CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO until a few years ago, first mainline (I flew on a 737 between BOS and CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO on US Mainline) then with MetroJet.
I also remember when CO also flew a plane bigger than the 737 out of BOS. It used to be that there were some 757s each day on the EWR flights...not anymore. Also, I think there was a brief stretch when DC-10s were used on BOS-EWR (I think in between international flights).
Also, does anyone remember a time when the roads weren't screwed up at BOS? I can't really remember a time...