I remember National very well and flew them as a youngster and young adult frequently between New York and Florida.......I was almost a regular on NA
93 from LGA
94 from PBI
for a while! (operated with a 727-200 until the DC10 was introduced).
National had a very strange relationship with BOS
....you mentioned 4 departures per day out of each city, but in the mid 1970s, only one or two flights operated north of New York, and for a time, I remember one flight with a strange JFK
routing, that flight connected to some Florida departures out of JFK
I think. Everytime that NA
went on strike (and there were many), flights to BOS
) were cut back more and more.
The main reason I think that BOS
were so seriously ignored is that in the regulated days, NA
could not fly directly from those cities to Florida (thsoe routes belonged to NE and Eastern), and in later years, National concentrated more and more on service from New York City to Florida and Florida cities to Houston and the West Coast. National, due to financial concerns, was very slow in ordering new aircraft (after the big DC10 order).....I believe that after the DC10s were delivered, NA
only acquired 4 additional aircraft (4 used 727-100s from NW
) and at the same time retired the two 741s and two D8S in the fleet, thus, in the later years NA
was all about FLorida.......demand to Florida was growing and aircraft were allocated away from smaller cities. NA
also did some weird things at the end, like opening up service from IAH
(disaster) and LAX
with one daily DC10 in competition with United and Western each with 5 or 6 flights per day, another fiasco.