Nkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2589 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3590 times:
They also did TPA,MCO and FLL from BOS. They had an Airlink division operated by Northeast Express / Precision Airlines which did alot of the short hops such as EWR,JFK,ACY,LGA,MHT,PWM and a few Canadian cities such as YHZ,YQB and YMX. They operated Metro's, DH8's and the Dornier 228. They had summer service to HYA,ACK and MVY.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3219 times:
Focus City....never a hub in the sense of DTW or MSP. More like MEM.
The bulk of the flights @ BOS when NW was big were provided by Precision Airlines and Northeast Express....about 120 dailies between the 2 regionals.
Nantucket, Atlantic City, BWI, BurlingtonVT, Bangor, Charlottetown, St Johns, Hartford, AugustaME, AlbanyNY, Fredericton, Martha's, ManchesterNH, LebanonNH, JFK, Islip, Hyannis, Quebec, Moncton, PortlandME, Philadelphia.
And yes, NW operated the DC10 into JFK, but it was primarily the domain of the 747....EWR saw the DC10 mostly,
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2967 times:
It didn't happen often, but I see a 3 a week DC-10 flight, JFK-MSP in 1986...
The 747....to NRT (HKG), CPH (ARN), SNN (PIK), and OSL (ARN).
The rest of the JFK operations was a 727 to DTW and TPA, with the brand new 757 to SEA.
Out of LGA, NW used the 727 to BOS, MKE, and MSP.
Out of Newark, the DC-10 went to DTW and MSP (augmented by the 727) The other equipment NW used @ EWR was the new 757 to PHX.
10 years earlier, in 1976, the 747 from JFK went to DTW, MKE, SEA and IAD.
From Newark, the DC-10 went to DTW, PHL, and IAD...3, 2, and 1 daily flights respectively....(The flight to DTW continued on for ORD, BIL, GTF, GEG, and SEA....I am not making that up...the infamous NW71/72.)
Knope2001 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2642 posts, RR: 30 Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
You can add Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland and Milwaukee to the list of nonstop BOS destinations for Northwest since 1980 when NW turned Boston into more of a focus city. All three of those markets peaked at just a couple of flights per day, however.
Speaking of peaks, I don't think there was any clear peak at Boston when Northwest served all or nearly all of these markets nonstop. Certainly the days when they had the NW* flying there, of course, represent a peak of nonstop destinations. But many of the nonstop mainline markets were more on and off.
Zrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2947 posts, RR: 10 Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2761 times:
NW never called BOS a "focus city," as that is modern jargon! Boston was considerred their transatlantic hub. In some pamphlets, it was called their regional hub or mini hub.
And it makes sense.... A focus city really is not a hub, expecting connecting traffic. A focus city a destination the airline may add service to, primarily for point to point purposes. BOS was a true connecting hub for NW traffic.
TheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2697 times:
I am just amazed that NW operated a DC-10 into Billings! I have a timetable from 1985, which I have made numerous references to in the past that shows NW 71/72 as a Boeing 727. How sad, I wish it were still a DC-10 at that point since I took that flight as an infant to BIL. Does anyone know when they swithced to a Boeing 727?
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2440 times:
From their timetable effective January 31, 1993, the definitive list of cities served non-stop from BOS by Northwest mainline:
Quoting Zrs70 (Reply 17): Boston was considerred their transatlantic hub. In some pamphlets, it was called their regional hub or mini hub.
Seems to be a fitting description of the role BOS played for NW during their "hub years" there, at least in early 1993. Flights to/from domestic points other than their main hubs (DTW, MEM, MSP) were mostly timed to connect to/from their trans-Atlantic flights. Also, one of the flights to ORD, NW5, continued on to NRT, albeit with an aircraft change from 320 to 747 at ORD, with NW6 doing the reverse. And no less than 21 cities in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada were served non-stop from BOS by Northwest Airlink partner airlines Precision Airlines and Northeast Express.
NW used Terminal B (the AA side) at Boston for years, until about 1985. From B, they flew internationally to both LGW and SNN. In 1985, when they were beginning to develop their BOS hub, they moved over to Terminal E, swapping space with Continental, New York Air, and Pan Am. (CO and NY eventually merged with PE, and they moved over to the Eastern Terminal A). PA stayed at B until they folded. When DL took over the PA shuttle opperations, DL opperated the LGA flights out of B as well.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3777 posts, RR: 30 Reply 25, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
Quoting Cidflyer (Reply 24): Does anyone know when, and why, NW pulled the plug on the Boston mini-hub?
As to when, downsizing of NW mainline operations at BOS began by mid-1995; the proverbial plug had been pulled completely within 5 years:
>>NW's timetable effective January 31, 1994 included mainline non-stop flights from BOS to the same cities as one year earlier, listed in reply #21, with the exceptions of MBJ (dropped) and LGA (no mainline service, continued to be served by Airlink).
>>By June 1, 1995, NW mainline at BOS had shrunk considerably, with non-stops to:
ORD (continued to NRT, MNL with 72S to 747 aircraft change at ORD)
SEA (continued to KIX, with 320 to D10 aircraft change at SEA)
(BOS-DCA service continued, albeit with all flights opb Airlink.)
>>From Jan. 31, 1996, the list of cities served non-stop from BOS by NW mainline was the same as immediately above with the exception of LGW (BOS-LGW discontinued).
For more than two years, (Jan. 31, 1996 to April 30, 1998) the list of NW mainline cities served non-stop from BOS remained the same.
>>By Jan. 5, 1999, the list of cities served non-stop by NW mainline from BOS had been further reduced, to:
The BOS-ORD-NRT (change of planes at ORD) had been rerouted BOS-MSP-NRT (change of planes at MSP).
>>From January 5, 2000, SEA was dropped from the list of NW mainline cities served non-stop from BOS, leaving service to NW's U.S. and European hubs only.
>>Throughout the years 1993-2000, NW Airlink regional cities served non-stop to/from BOS remained essentially unchanged.