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Northeast Yellowbird Routes In New England  
User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2936 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.

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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

John-boy:

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.



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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2909 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)



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User currently offlineSoupthansa From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2873 times:


John

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".

Alan in SC


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4149 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2822 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.

Chris in NH


User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9654 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2812 times:
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IMO there is NOTHING cooler than small airports with Jet service. Those were the days  Smile

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3861 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

This page has a couple of links to an article about the history of Northeast Airlines as well as a brief article about the merger with Delta.

http://members.aol.com/CaptainQuarters/articles.htm

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3205 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

I have an old DL timetable from '73 with the routing for all these. Very interesting stuff!


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User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2051 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2786 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.


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2780 times:

I have a NE L-1011 model. My dad was to be in the first L-1011 Flight Engineer Class at Northeast.

User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4634 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Not this Yellowbird?




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User currently offlineDelta728 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Hey Cody
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??????


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2751 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.

User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2735 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!

User currently offlineDelta728 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Yeah I remember that a ton of yellowbirds migrated to the MIA area. My father went to MCO in 1980........oh well......and John.,......you are right...those WERE the days

User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

Northeast flew NON-STOP to Florida from BOS, JFK/LGA/EWR, PHL and BAL(now BWI), correct?

User currently offlineAfitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 816 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

"The only jets into MV and ACK these days are those belonging to Hollywood limosuine liberals and NY bond traders"



In the summer months, Delta flys Dornier jets into MV and ACK from BOS.


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