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What's Up With Bos?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 5:50 am

I usually travel down to BOS for some plane spotting. It's a nice diversion from the chaos associated with place spotting in EWR/JFK.

But recently I was told that a handful of airlines have pulled out. TAP Air Portugal, Korean Air, Sun Country - just to name a few. Any others? Are there any recently new carriers at BOS?

Is it worth going down for?

I can handle only so many DL/AA/US aircraft over and over and over again.

Thanks for your response!
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RE: What's Up With Bos?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 6:31 am

I think TAP pulled out to use the plane on the really money making Lisbon-Pittsburgh route (codeshare with US).

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BOS May Have Plateaued...

Sun Mar 25, 2001 6:48 am

Being in the far northeast corner of the US, they are unlikely to grow like a hub would, and Southwest is sucking traffic out of them, from their airports in Manchester and Providence.

KE has dropped a couple of US markets since the recent tech downturn. BOS and DEN, I thought, were gone...
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RE: What's Up With Bos?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 8:49 am

Air Jamaica recently started service to BOS with the A320.

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RE: What's Up With Bos?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 2:55 pm

It is sad, but true that recently BOS has lost a couple of international airlines.

TAP Air Portugal really has given no reason as to why they left, but my guess is that it has to with the fact that they are slowly and constantly haemorrhaging money. However, once their financial situation improves they'll return. Boston, and Southeastern Massachusetts are home to some of the highest concentrations of Portugeuse people outside of Portugal, so for TAP to leave BOS permanently, would not only be doing a disservice for the Portugeuse people of Massachusetts, but also for TAP the airline. My guess is that they'll be back by no later than 2003.

Korean Air left mainly due to rising fuel costs, and the fact that BOS currently has no transit lounge for passengers to wait in, before those continuing on to Washington and Seoul can board or reboard. The flights were almost always full, and the airline expects to return in 2003, when Terminal E is expanded and renovated.

Sun Country is planning to return to BOS in May. Don't know why they left, but now they are returning, armed with their beautiful new 737s.

Air Jamaica recently began ops to BOS, 5x-weekly, using A320s. Unfortunately the flight arrives so late at night, and departs so early, it's a pain in the ass to try and spot.

Granted BOS is not as interesting as it has been, but I think 2001 will prove interesting, especially in regards to US airlines.

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RE: What's Up With Bos?

Sun Mar 25, 2001 3:08 pm

June 1 sees Delta operating a nonstop to Gatwick. Delta is planning on making BOS a mini-hub for international flights. I think that within a year Delta may fly to 3-6 European cities (not putting their flight # on an AF flight) out of BOS.