St530 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 2604 times:
In July 1995 I attended a cousin's wedding in Jay Peak, Vermont. To get there, I have a very strong recollection of taking a non-stop flight on American Airlines from Houston to Montreal. There are three main reasons why I am pretty certain about this. First, at the time, I had only been living in Houston for a couple of years and I had just begun to use Continental exclusively to obtain Elite status -- so I was disappointed when my uncle's secretary booked my flight on American. It was also my first time flying American, so I am 100% positive I flew on American. Second, I don't recall making any connections, and in fact I also recall this as being one of the reasons why I was willing to keep the American flight, notwithstanding that I would miss out on Continental miles. (There was no non-stop flight on Continental to Montreal at that time, so I would have had to connect in Newark to either Burlington or Montreal and then drive to Jay Peak.) Third, I remember going through passport control in Montreal for the return flight, and when the passport agent saw my ticket he asked me, "Houston, eh? Do you know Marvin?" To which I paused for a minute and said: "Zindler?" To which he replied, "Of course!" (He was referring to a colorful local TV personality.) So that has stuck in my mind over the years as well.
The problem with this "memory" of mine is that it makes almost no sense that American would have been offering a non-stop flight from Houston to Montreal in 1995 (or at any other time, for that matter). So this was either a totally random point-to-point flight that I happened to catch, or I'm just forgetting about the connecting flight (maybe in Dallas?). I have tried to find American route maps for this period (and in fact I found some on airchives.com, but alas, they only show cities served, not specific routes), and I've also tried to Google the answer, but no luck. Maybe one of you a.net folks can help. This has been driving me crazy.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 12069 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2511 times:
Quoting St530 (Thread starter): I have a very strong recollection of taking a non-stop flight on American Airlines from Houston to Montreal.
No. As COflyerBOS said, AA definitely did not fly IAH-YUL nonstop then or ever. Around that time, in 1995, the only ways you could have gotten to YUL on AA would have been to fly to O'Hare and connect on AA mainline, or fly somehow (probably via DFW) to JFK and then connect up to YUL via Eagle on JFK-YUL (although I guess you'd probably a routing with that many stops!).
Quoting COflyerBOS (Reply 1): I am thinking you maybe had a short stop in DFW without having to change the plane?
I don't think that would have worked either. To my knowledge, though I could be mistaken, I don't believe AA ever flew DFW-YUL nonstop until around 2001-2003. Prior to that, any flights to Montreal would have to have been routed via ORD (mainline, then later mix of mainline/Eagle) or JFK (always Eagle). Also, for a 1-2 year period around 2001-2003 I think, Eagle flew BOS-YUL. Beyond that, AA never flew DFW-YUL up until very recently, if I'm not mistaken.