I am able to find such flights (by jet) as you describe in the '70's. Back in the '60's BHM
was almost exclusivley L-188 territory as far as EA
was concerned and those made multiple-stops BHM
. If I jump to fall of '90 I'm not seeing non-stops either.
operated a fleet of 15 B-720's from August of '61 and sold off the last one in June of '70.
They may have operated them into SJU
(as equipt.subs.) but I can't find any scheduled. It does seem to me they were configured for over-water in the beginning---hence the VHF antennae, rafts, etc.----but I can't remember for sure. (Perhaps a "Silver Falcon"
out there will know!)
I looked at the OAG for October '63 and found SJU
to be strictly (standard) DC-8 territory----the first B-727 was delivered in Nov. '63 (EA had a wonderful "open-house" here in ATL
over at their hanger------that B-727 looked
"baaaaad to the bone" parked in between a DC-7B and an L-188---I had a great time!). Although with a max.range of around 1,700
Jump to August of '66 and SJU
is still a bastion of (standard) DC-8's.
(Oh, and with onward connections to CB
's wonderful old Convairs to STT and STX.)
A few of them offered the fabulous "Famous Restaurant Service"
such as one from ORD
and one from SJU
The first of the "Super 61's" not being delivered untill Feb. '67, and the first "Super 63" in Feb. '69.
In the fall of '57 First-Class was flown by DC-7B's with the "Connies" filling in for the all-coach flights.
-----just for the thrill of it,---- in June of '59 you could take EA
's First-Class only,(pre-LEAP) L-188 Non-Stop IDL-SJU
Flight#801 "The Puerto Rican" leaving New York at 10:35am and arriving at SJU
3:25pm. ($189.00 RT)
the equally leisurely, DC-7B Flight#835,
"The El Boricua Deluxe Coach" leaving IDL at Noon arriving SJU
at 5:20pm. ($135.20 RT)
Both provided, what would be by todays standards, a VERY luxurious luncheon, I'm sure.