New York Air

Sat Oct 21, 2000 3:49 am

Does anyone on the forum know if New York Air, which was bought out by Texas Air in the mid-1980's operated MD80's? I know they had some 737-300's and a
lot of DC9-30's and that they gave you a bagel with a schmear on flights out of
LaGuardia to DCA and BOS but that's all I remember.

Anyone have any experiences to report on New York Air?

Scarsdale, NY
Matt D
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RE: New York Air

Sat Oct 21, 2000 4:04 am

NYA did indeed operate MD-80's. How many though, I do not know. Also, as an FYI, NYA was NOT bought out by Texas Int'l. They were a wholly owned subsidiary (a la Metrojet of USAirways) and after TI bought out PEOPLExress (which had just bought Frontier), it was decided to "merge" all three other carriers into one.
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RE: New York Air

Sat Oct 21, 2000 5:52 am

I flew NY Air often in the early 1980s when I was a student in Boston and visited my parents in NYC. The original fleet consisted of DC-9-30s, acquired from Swissair and Austrian Airlines (when they got their first MD-80s). Later on, some MD-80s (about 10) were added to the fleet and, for a short time, they had a very small number of 737-300s. Some of the aircraft were rotated in and out of the Continental Airlines fleet - as stated above, CO and NY were both wholly owned by Texas Air at the time. (A couple of CO MD-80s still have N___NY registrations!) NY Air flew mainly between Boston, New York LGA and EWR, and Washington, but during the years they existed they did try some other routes unsuccessfully, such as to Raliegh, where for a very limited time they had a "mini-hub" with continuing service to Charleston and Savannah, and they did try some flights to Florida from BOS and maybe LGA (not sure). As correctly stated above, after CO bought out/merged with People Express, they folded the NY Air operation into the combined carrier. As a condition of the deal, CO had to give up its slots at LGA and WAS and also discontinued BOS-LGA service; out of this part of the transaction, Pan Am benefited and the Pan Am Shuttle was born, later becoming the Delta Shuttle was Pan Am failed. The bagels and a little shopping bag, with a NY apple in it, were a nice touch!
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RE: New York Air

Sat Oct 21, 2000 6:29 am

Many of the aircraft wore the interim titles of "Continental's New York Air" when Texas Air decided to merge it and PeoplExpress into Continental:

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RE: New York Air

Sat Oct 21, 2000 9:10 am

I flew on several New York Air flights, all on DC-9-30 aircraft. I remember that the ones I was on had solid beige seats and extremely scratched windows, some of which you could barely see out of. It looked like they had been cleaned with sandpaper on the outside. Seat assignments were given in a separate line from check-in. They used a pull-tab chart, and the seat numbers were on little red hearts, which they stuck on your ticket envelope. Service was always friendly.

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