John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2815 times:
From what I remember, they flew DC-9s into some pretty small airports in their heyday, such as New Bedford, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Worcester, Keene, NH, Rutland, VT, Presque Isle, ME, to name a few. Were these routes government subsidised? I don't know how they could make money on these routes. NE always seemed to be a money losing carrier, probably in part, due to some of these obscure routes they were required to fly, especially in winter. It wasn't long after the merger with DL, as I recall, that most of these small New England cities were dropped, with the exception of a couple of cities in Maine, PWM and BGR. I think PQI stayed mainline for awhile, too.
Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2806 times:
Right you are about the old yellowbird D-9s flying into places like ACK. As a lad, my mummy, dad and I would frequent the NE service while summering on the island. As a college puke, long after Delta purchased the old NE routes, various smaller carriers (Air New England, PBA, et. al.) would spirit me and my pals between the islands and New Bedford during drinking parties.
I miss the old yellowbirds. The only jets into MV and ACK these days are those belonging to Hollywood limosuine liberals and NY bond traders.
Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2788 times:
The January/February 2000 issue of Airliners contains an aricle on Northeast Airlines. If you can wait about 4 hours (it's at the house), I'll dig it out and see what I can come up with. Of course, perhaps another enterprising a.net user/Airliners mag keeping individual may beat me to the punch!!! I would imagine that there some sort of discourse on their routes.
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Soupthansa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
My 1970 timetable does not feature a route map so I drew one in paintbrush.
Delta did not get the FLL-LAX and the MIA-LAX after the merger, they were awarded to Western Airlines after the merger. Northwest cancelled the merger with Northeast in 1970 when they learned they would not get the Miami-Los Angeles route. The smaller communites in New England (Augusta, Lebanon, Lewiston, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket were served by Executive Airlines on behalf of Northeast. Executive was what you might call "Northeast Express".
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4086 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2701 times:
I would love to get a die-cast model of a L1011 Yellowbird, as Northeast ordered some but never took them up. As a resident of Concord, Mass. back in the 1970s, I remember the Northeast DC-9s doing touch-and-gos at Hanscom for crew training.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
My 1973 Delta timetable still shows service to Presque Isle, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Worcester, Bangor, Portland, New Bedford and Lebanon. Many of these routes were operated with Fairchild 227s (I think.)
My 1975 Delta timetable shows that service has been cut back to only Portland and Bangor.
Delta728 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2641 times:
Was your father based in BOS???? My father worked for the yellowbird in BOS and MHT.......I still have is 1 yr anniversary pin they gave him from 1961. Any old yellowbirds around these parts??????
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2630 times:
Yes BOS. I have several YellowBird Tie-Tacks. I wear them on my lapel to this day. I am not sure if they are anniversary pins or not. From what I am told, most of the Northeast people at Delta are based in MIA.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
Shortly after the merger with DL, I do remember one summer evening in Hyannis, Cape Cod, I think it was 1973, I was eating at a restaurant with my family, directly across from Barnstable Airport, and to my surprise, I saw a Delta DC-9 arrive and depart. Real quick turn around time too, probably heading out to Nantucket to terminate for the evening? And, YES, THOSE were the days!