Until deregulation in 1978, BFL
was served by United and Hughes Airwest. The moment the act went into effect, they were gone faster than the starship Enterprise!!
Continental briefly flew BFL
in the very early 1980's, but it didn't last but a couple of months.
Mainline jet service was re-introduced in September, 1984, when American began two flights a day. Routing: SBA
, and DFW
United returned a bit later with SFO
. Their scheduling and routing was as stable as Squeaky Fromme...sometimes non-stop, sometimes via FAT
, sometimes via SBA
. At one point, BFL
had a one-stop to DEN
going, but via SBA
in return. Later, a plane was routed DEN
Continental returned after taking over Frontier with two flights to DEN
in 1987. They outlasted United's DEN
service, but eventually pulled out. Then United gave all flights over to United Express...
Then American reduced BFL
to one jet a day...then seasonal service...then they were gone. Then so was American Eagle. For a brief time in the late 1990's, BFL
had only United Express to SFO
America West has been enormously successful in BFL
, starting first with DH
-8's, but quickly found a market for RJ
's, slowly easing them in, to a full set of flights today. Continental's ERJ service to IAH
has been quite successful. I doubt any mainline jet flights will ever return to BFL
, but the RJ
's have allowed for flights to return.
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