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.