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1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:50 am

Just a little nostalgia here. I have in my hand the June 1973 DL system timetable. Here is the full BOS lineup (nostops only, all Jet service)

Baltimore: 3 flights
Bangor: 4 flights
Bermuda: 2 flights
Burlington, VT: 2 flights
Ft. Lauderdale: 2 flights
Hartford/ Springfield: 5 flights
Manchester, NH: 2 flights
Miami: 4 flights (one on a DC-10)
Montreal: 5 flights
Newark: 4 flights
Kennedy: 5 flights
Laguardia: 2 flights (one on a DC-10)
New Bedford, MA: 1 flight
Philadelphia: 7 flights
Portland. ME: 6 flights
Presque Isle, ME: 2 flights
Washington National: 7 flights

Total: 63 flights.

notes of interest:
1) This is post merger with Northeast, thus all the New England and Regional flights
2) No L10-11's yet.
3) No nonstop service to any of the current hubs
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:59 am

Stupid question...I'm assuming that these are all daily?
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:00 am

Not a studpid question. Most are daily, with a few being x6, x7, or x67.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:27 am

New Bedford, MA??? I NEVER  listen  heard of that Delta  airplane  served in that city. What was the aircraft service to that city?


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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:34 am

It was either the FH-227 or F-27.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 7:34 am

Here's the New Bedford line up:

BOS (1 flight)
JFK (1 flight)

My bad, the New Bedford flights were on F-27's by 1973. But if I recall correctly, they were on DC-9's prior (as were most of the other New England flights).

Also of interest, these cities also enjoyed jet service:
Keene, NH
Worcestor, MA
Hyannis, MA
Martha's Vineyard, MA
Nantucket, MA
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:54 am

Last I heard F-27's weren't jets, but this was before the DCI days.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:34 am

Looking at your samples from that era, it looks as if DL already absorbed Northeast. I noticed no flights to ATL! Around Passover 1976 early April, I flew DL flight 237 from BWI to MIA. It was a 727-200. This flight's itinerary was BOS-BWI-FLL-MIA! Back in that day, at least out of BWI, it was festival style seating, not assigned. The plane was more than half full of pax originating out of BOS. This was before the Miami renaissance so virtually everyone deplaned in FLL. Seven of us rode the five minute hop from FLL into MIA. http://stuff.mit.edu/people/ec_mok/www/pics/boston/boston3.jpg




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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:54 am

Northeast actually had a major Miami presence thus many of DL's flights from MIA post 1972 were actually old Northeast flights.
 
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:00 am

DC9s to EWB and EEN? That would've been interesting to see.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:05 am

Did any of the flights continue on to ATL? The EWR/JFK/PHL/DCA flights maybe?
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:10 am

Nonstop service from BOS to Manchester, NH. What a luxury..err..waste of a flight. I wonder if they even put the gear up?
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:27 am

Quoting AA7573E (Reply 11):
Nonstop service from BOS to Manchester, NH. What a luxury..err..waste of a flight. I wonder if they even put the gear up?

Might as well have the plane use I-93 :lol: .
I always find it fascinating to see old routes that airlines used to serve, especially with mainline equipment. You have both BOS-MHT and BOS-New Bedford, but no service to ATL. Looking at some of those routes, it is surprising airlines even survived with so many oddball routes (ok, fares were high and routes LCC-less but still).
 
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:36 am

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 12):
Might as well have the plane use I-93 :lol: .

Actually, in 1973, the I-93 connection to the Central Artery (then known as I-95) had just recently opened then.

BTW, before the merger w/NE, did DL ever offer any type of service to BOS? The lack of flights to ATL (was CVG even a hub for them back then?) seems to indicate that the merger launched DL into BOS. The merger also introduced DL to the 727.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 6:45 am

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 12):
Looking at some of those routes, it is surprising airlines even survived with so many oddball routes (ok, fares were high and routes LCC-less but still).

You're forgetting that airlines were regulated back then. The CAB set the fares and awarded the routes to the airlines. As a matter of fact, it was the CAB that gave NE so much grief over the years, and ultimately contributed to the Yellowbird's downfall.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:05 am

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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 8:14 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 13):
BTW, before the merger w/NE, did DL ever offer any type of service to BOS? The lack of flights to ATL (was CVG even a hub for them back then?) seems to indicate that the merger launched DL into BOS. The merger also introduced DL to the 727.

Yes Boston was introduced as a DL city thanks to the Northeastern merger, along with several others still served by DL. (NAS, BDA, PWM, BGR, YUL, CLE, BDL, MHT).
CVG wasn't a DL hub until around 83-84. OH began offering feeder service towards the end of 1984, but when Northeast merged with DL CVG only offered service to about 8 cities.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:26 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 14):
You're forgetting that airlines were regulated back then. The CAB set the fares and awarded the routes to the airlines. As a matter of fact, it was the CAB that gave NE so much grief over the years, and ultimately contributed to the Yellowbird's downfall.

Another perfect example that over-regulation doesnt work. But thankfully the CAB lost it's influence over the years.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Sun Mar 20, 2005 3:23 am

Quoting OzarkD9S (Reply 10):
Did any of the flights continue on to ATL? The EWR/JFK/PHL/DCA flights maybe?

9 flights continued on for Atlanta with ONE-STOP.

Newark 2 flights/1-72S, 1-D9S
Washington 5 flights/3-72S, 2-D9S
Philadelphia 1 flights/1-D9S
Baltimore 1 flight/1-D9S

1 flight continued on for Atlanta with TWO-STOPS.

Newark-Philadelphia/1-72S
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Sun Mar 20, 2005 3:30 am

Question, why is there no market in the old routes like DL's '73 schedule out of BOS? We know there is more people flying today then in 1973 and I am sure that people travel between the same city pairs that they did back in 1973, but today they have to make a connection and the travel time is doubled. BN had an extensive schedule in the midwest back in the 70's. EA hubed in MCI, now no one does. What about the days of Southern? Most of those cities don't have service now. Same with North Central and Air West.
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RE: 1973 DL FLights From BOS

Sun Mar 20, 2005 4:11 am

In the case of Delta, the takeover of Northeast included many routes mandated by the CAB. They operated the routes not because they wanted to, but because they were legally bound to.
Northeast made their money on the long-hauls out of Boston, to Florida, Bermuda etc., and the odd use-it-or-lose-it MIA-LAX run with a 727-95.
If it was up to those who ran NE back in the day, I dare say not much of anything would have existed north of Boston, or between Beantown and greater NYC.

Additionally, when the CAB ran things, fares were consistent across the nation, based on distance traveled. A 500 mile trip pretty much cost the same no matter the demand present on the route, or it's geographical location. Flights to the Sunshine State(~Florida) cost the same as one to the Sunflower State(~Kansas) mile for mile.
When deregulation hit, price controls were lifted, airlines were now free to charge what the market would bare. In the large markets, airfares came tumbling down, in smaller markets, fares went through the roof. So for a route like Hartford-Washington, the pre-deregulation price of $45 OW, was by 1980 hovering around $200.
Upstarts came in to fill the pricing void; under-capitalized and poorly run, they were unable to sustain any lasting market presence, the legacy carriers would raise fares in an instant once the competition folded. With the exception of America West, all of these post-deregulation start-ups have since permanently departed.
Thusly, with no competition to keep them honest, the legacy airlines priced themselves out of middle America, choosing instead to committ hari-kari with ventures knee deep into the over-served, ultra hyper-competitive markets with razor-thin margins. These so-called prestige markets I might add, gained subsidy for their artificially low fares on the backs of folks in Wichita, Harrisburg, Minot, Grand Rapids, Gainesville, Eugene, Bangor, Des Moines and Montgomery to name just a few...
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