Dtwintlflyer is right....NW
probably did the best they could in the circumstances. I don't have time to check timetables right now but doubt there's even scheduled nonstop service on ALB
anymore that NW
could have put any of the pax on (maybe CO
Connection B1900's?). It was probably faster to get buses and drive the pax straight to Boston on I-90 than to put them on other carriers' flights to EWR
, etc. and make connections. Or to find a spare 757 or Airbus and get it to ALB
has a number of spare DC-9's that they keep available at their hubs, but I don't know what the deal was here. It may just have been faster (if not especially fun) to bus everyone.