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Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Thu Dec 20, 2001 6:30 pm


Pan Am Affiliate to Provide Expanded Destinations

PORTSMOUTH, N.H., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston-Maine Airways announced today that it has received final approval from the Federal Aviation
Administration to commence Part 121 scheduled passenger air service. The Portsmouth, NH-based airline company has operated as a Part 135 charter carrier since its formation in March of 1999. Vice President of Airline Operations, Gordon R. Long, praised the efforts
of his team and said, "This additional certification by the FAA marks the completion of a process which spanned more than two years, and which has
positioned the airline to offer passengers local air service in a variety of markets, as well as the opportunity to connect with its affiliate, Pan American Airways, providing service to popular destinations in New England, Florida and the Caribbean." Pan Am recently initiated scheduled Boeing 727 jet service to Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).
Boston-Maine Airways operates a fleet of 19-passenger British Aerospace Jetstream 31 twin turboprop aircraft, which feature pressurized, air
conditioned cabins, cruise at 220 knots, and have a two-pilot crew. The first destinations to be offered will connect Cumberland and Hagerstown,
Maryland with Baltimore/Washington International Airport under a contract awarded to the company earlier this year by the State of Maryland.
Additional routes anticipated for startup in early 2002 include Naples, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Marathon Key and Orlando/Sanford, Florida, as well as
service to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod from Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA and other New England locations.
Boston-Maine Airways' Vice President of Marketing, Dan Fortnam, outlined the company's plans, saying "Boston-Maine Airways will provide passengers with an affordable, comfortable and convenient travel experience at their local airport, whether that be for travel to another Boston-Maine destination, a connection to Pan Am's Clipper Class jet service, or a connection to the wide range of travel options available at a facility such as BWI."
The Boston-Maine Airways name has its roots in the earliest days of commercial aviation. In the late 1920's and early 1930's, the Boston & Maine and Maine Central Railroads jointly operated an airline which provided international mail and passenger service throughout the Northeastern United States and Canadian Maritimes. In fact, Amelia Earhart was a Vice President of
the original Boston-Maine Airways, which also operated under contract with a then-fledgling Pan Am.
 
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 12:15 am

Intrastate airline service to launch

By AMY L. BERNSTEIN
Daily Record Business Writer

Maryland’s experimental new intrastate airline service takes off today, with stops in Cumberland, Hagerstown and BWI Airport — and hundreds of passengers reportedly are poised to purchase tickets.

“We are so ready,” said Carolyn Motz, airport manager with Hagerstown Regional Airport. The new service, originally scheduled to begin in the fall, was delayed both by the events of Sept. 11 and by the Federal Aviation Administration, which did not issue the airline’s final certification approval until mid-December.

“We’re doing cartwheels down the hall,” Motz said. She said the airport has taken names and numbers from nearly 100 prospective passengers seeking information about the service. Boston-Maine Airways’ flights were not available for booking until Dec. 21.

The estimated one-way trip from Cumberland to BWI, with a 20-minute stop in Hagerstown, is one hour and 15 minutes, airline officials say. It’s up to passengers to decide whether it makes more sense to drive or book a $59 round-trip ticket on the airline’s 19-seat Jetstream twin turbo-prop planes.

The initial fight schedule includes three daily departures on weekdays and two flights each on Saturday and Sunday. Flights are timed to help passengers meet Pan Am connections to Florida, San Juan and elsewhere through BWI. Boston-Maine is an affiliate of Pan Am.

If the service proves successful, then Boston-Maine, which has been operating as a charter airline, will launch intrastate service in Florida — and even may add connecting flights between Western Maryland and Atlantic City, N.J., among other points.

But right now, that’s a big if. Maryland lawmakers have agreed to subsidize the airline through a $2.25 million grant — which expires June 30, 2002 — that is tied to the airline’s performance.

“It’s our objective to promote the service, attract people, hope they find it convenient and turn this into something that stands on its own,” said John R. Nadolny, senior vice president of Pan Am. “In the early and formative stages it will take some time for people to get use to it,” he said.

Flights do not have to run 100 percent full to break even, he added.

Del. Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegheny, who spearheaded the state’s effort to recruit and temporarily subsidize a regional airline, said through an aide that the goal is indeed for Boston-Maine to operate autonomously without long-term subsidies — but that in light of Sept. 11’s impact on aviation, the airline deserves a reasonable chance to succeed before the state pulls back.

Boston-Maine shares a ticket counter with Pan Am at BWI’s Pier E. Its 19-passenger Jetstream twin turbo-prop planes will alight at the airport’s designated commuter runway, which is reserved for smaller planes.


 
AirwaysDC9
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:36 am

PanAmAir said: Additional routes anticipated for startup in early 2002 include Naples, St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Marathon Key and Orlando/ Sanford, Florida, as well as service to Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod from Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA and other New England locations.

Nice to see the Boston Maine start up today. Hopefully that will provide PanAm with additional feed to help their new BWI operation!

Does anyone have any idea when the remainder of the proposed cities will begin J31 service?

It looks as though the plan, eventually, is to have 3 commuter "hubs" to feed the PanAm mainline. One in Portsmouth, One in BWI, and One in Sanford or Clearwater.


 
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:44 am

Good news for PAIII. Do they need pilots?  Big grin
 
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 3:56 am

We'll just have to wait and see the news at their website in january i guess, because I'm sure they have a big plan for 2002. Rominato I'm not sure, but you can check at Pan Am's website flypanam.com and there is also a link the Pan Am Clipper Connection (Boston-Maine Airways) and write to them because I'm sure they are!
 
Mexitli
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 4:10 am

Panamair and AirwaysDC9,

Thanks for the information. Here in New York state we are interested to see how this experiment in Maryland goes. We hope it does well. Small communities need all the help they can get.

Good Luck to B/M Airways.
 
AirwaysDC9
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 4:32 am

Mexitli,

What? You mean Legacy Airlines (formerly Oneida) isnt fulfilling all of upstate NY's dreams and aspirations of Mohawk or Empire reborn? (sarcasm Intended)

In all seriousness though it is nice to see a start up that has a plan and sticks to it.

Rominato,

A friend of mine has an interview with Boston/Maine on January 9th so they're obviously hiring. Also if you look on their website at: www.bmairways.com and then click on "employment opportunities" there is a flight-crew listing there.

Good luck!
 
Mexitli
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 4:42 am

AirwaysDC9,

Very funny indeed. I thought it was just me who thought that most of Legacy's plans were. . . how to put it nicely. . . oh forget it. . . they were STUPID! I for one, am not holding my breath for them to take off.
 
GoAllegheny
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 4:52 am

Will someone please give me specific examples of when state subsidies for particular routes work?
 
AirwaysDC9
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 5:21 am

GoAllegheny

I think the easiest way to think about state subsidies are "essential air service routes". You've heard of those no doubt. Very small rural areas that would not otherwise draw much, if any, air traffic often draw subsidized air service. The airline, in essence, contracts with the company. Although most EAS routes are in the western US, you can also find a few in the east, Johnstown PA, Altoona PA, Cumberland MD, Watertown, NY, Utica NY.

Mexitli

I really hoped that Legacy would be able to make a go of it. Their website looks amazing. It sounded in November/December like things were finally moving along. The company apparently received its first financing checks and was able to secure letters of agreement to acquire 737s. They were also contracting with Pace airlines to "piggyback" on their certificate until such time that Legacy could operate its own. Legacy "hired" around 80 pilots from what I have heard although very few -- if any -- of those 80 have actually received an "offer of employment" on paper in the mail, nor have any of them been assigned training dates or locations.

Honestly I believe that Legacy could do well. It would have a very specific niche market and its marketing people would have a rough road identifying which city-paris would be profitable...but I believe there is a market for an upstate new york "hometown-airline". I just think that the guy who is running Legacy is taking on too much by himself and trying to micromanage a startup. He is falling behind on his schedules and people are getting nervous.

Perhaps upstate NY is doing the best it can the way it is...drawing Southwest and Jetblue into BUF, ROC, and SYR. But that doesnt, in my opinion, mean there is not room for another low-fare carrier such as Pan-Am or Boston-Maine. Using the PanAmIII formula of using outlying airports I can think of DOZENS of cities that they could be successful in given the right pricing.

Utica instead of Syracuse
Johnstown instead of Pittsburgh
Akron instead of Cleveland
Melbourne, Florida (not really "instead" of anything, but a nice east coast destination that is under-served)

You get the idea. There is plenty of room for metered expansion by PA3...IF they stick with their formula of using small airports where they have little -- if any -- competition. If they dont step on the big-guy's feet, they could be huge. I know I would much rather fly from Portsmouth where the parking is free and the lines are short, than mess with the...well, mess... of Boston. Its, in my opinion, a stellar plan. I cant believe nobody thought of it sooner.


 
Mexitli
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Sat Dec 29, 2001 5:59 am

AirwaysDC9,

Thanks for the insightful comments on small community air service (no sarcasm here).

I agree that there is room for a well-planned, well-managed small airline that would serve upstate New York. It would not be an easy proposition or for the faint-hearted. New York, however, already has two airlines that you can call "hometown airlines." JetBlue and CommutAir are both based in this state. As most people know, JetBlue is doing great and providing great service. CommutAir, is doing OK, and trying to find its niche by selecting Albany as its hub.

Lunacy, I mean Legacy, could do well by connecting some upstate markets with out-of-state points. The key would have to be, as you say, select the city-pairs with the most potential and select outlying airports. The reason I have doubted their plans from the beginning is that some of the markets they have identified don't seem to make a lot of sense. I'm no airline market expert, but their plans sounded too optimistic. Let's hope one day Legacy proves me wrong.

Regards
 
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Mon Dec 31, 2001 1:15 pm

Never did get an answer though...anybody know any timeline on additional Boston-Maine flying? Florida flying? New England?
 
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Thu Jan 03, 2002 8:45 am

So? Anybody know how the loads have been?
 
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RE: Finally - Pan Am/Boston-Maine Airways Approved

Fri Jan 04, 2002 10:28 pm

Local flights to BWI begin
By SCOTT BUTKI
scottb@herald-mail.com

Four years after losing air service to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Hagerstown Regional Airport gained it again as daily air service from Hagerstown to Baltimore resumed Friday.

Boston-Maine Airways of Portsmouth, N.H., a division of Pan American, is taking passengers from Cumberland, Md., to BWI with a stop in Hagerstown through a route called the Clipper Connection.

About 12 people used the service on the first day, said Dan Fortnam, vice president of sales for Boston-Maine Airways. The planes are British Aerospace Jetstream 31s, which are 19-seat twin turboprops.

At BWI passengers can connect to other Pan American flights, he said.

USAirways stopped providing service to BWI in December 1997 because it no longer had a hub there, Hagerstown Airport Manager Carolyn Motz said.

The airport immediately began working to find a way to resume the service, she said.

USAirways continues to provide service to Pittsburgh and connecting flights.

The new round-trip commuter service will be offered three times on weekdays and twice on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, Motz said. The introductory round-trip price is $59.

When the first flight stopped in Hagerstown Friday, the captain got off the plane, entered the terminal and personally welcomed the first passengers from the Hagerstown Regional Airport onto the service, she said. There were three passengers from the Hagerstown airport who took the first plane, she said.

The state has set aside $2.25 million through June 2002 for the new service. The next General Assembly will consider an additional $2 million subsidy for what state leaders consider an economic development tool.

While the service could conceivably end in July, she thinks the odds are good that the subsidy will be extended, Motz said.