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American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:24 am

Is it true in the past that American Airlines once operated an A300 at Hartford airport?
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:35 am

Yes it's true. American used the A300 for the BDL-SJU route
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:38 am

Yes. I saw it with my own eyes in spring of 2005 when I arrived from ORD on an MD-80, in the evening. More than this I do not know. :ugeek:
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:10 am

N757X wrote:
Yes it's true. American used the A300 for the BDL-SJU route


The April 2, 1995 OAG schedules in the Departedflights.com site show one daily AA A300 flight at BDL.

AA624 SJU-BDL arrived at 9:47 PM, overnighted, and departed as AA623 to SJU at 7:58 AM the next morning.
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:26 am

It ran for many years. It certainly was operating by the winter/spring of 1990 and the A-300 ran the route until April, 2007. It then changed to a 737 until being dropped, the route being taken over by JetBlue. At one point there were two daily nonstops, the second being a 727 and perhaps, later a 737.
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:33 am

SoCal readers are probably going to think you're talking about LAX, before realizing it's Connecticut. :lol:
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:48 am

Yes indeed. American flew the A300 to SJU from BDL for many years. I flew it several times, almost always full. For a period, the flight saw 757's along with a second daily flight run with a 737-800. It then reverted back to the single A300 flight which pretty much ran until the type was phased out of service. The flight was then downgraded to a 737-800 and finally discontinued when JetBlue started their own nonstop BDL-SJU service of which they still operate today year round, with double daily service quite often during busy periods. The Hartford/Springfield area has a very large Hispanic population.
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:00 pm

This site has several pictures of the Amerian A300 at Bradley. I recall a terminal overview photo of Bradley with the AA A300 parked at the gate, but it didn't come up in my search. The photo may have been at one of the, ahem, other sites.

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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:11 pm

Somewhat off topic but concerns BDL. Did AA ever RON a 747 there during the very early 70's? Seems I read something about JFK not having the room so they flew it up late night and back early morning.
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:57 am

Yes. AA did fly the 747 to JFK during the early 70's. The flight was a tag to and from the JFK- SFO route and overnighted at BDL. United also flew 747's on and off between BDL and ORD during the 70's and as holiday upgrades from the DC-10's during the 80's. Got one coming back from a Notre Dame football game before Thanksgiving in 1984. Packed flight full of college kids coming home for break.
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:08 am

CairnterriAIR wrote:
Yes. AA did fly the 747 to JFK during the early 70's. The flight was a tag to and from the JFK- SFO route and overnighted at BDL. United also flew 747's on and off between BDL and ORD during the 70's and as holiday upgrades from the DC-10's during the 80's. Got one coming back from a Notre Dame football game before Thanksgiving in 1984. Packed flight full of college kids coming home for break.


Thanks, I was pretty sure AA did that. I have the timetable somewhere in my maze of boxes. I also recall UA flying the 747's from ORD to some places one would not expect, BDL, PIT, CLE (?).
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:32 am

CairnterriAIR wrote:
Yes. AA did fly the 747 to JFK during the early 70's. The flight was a tag to and from the JFK- SFO route and overnighted at BDL. United also flew 747's on and off between BDL and ORD during the 70's and as holiday upgrades from the DC-10's during the 80's. Got one coming back from a Notre Dame football game before Thanksgiving in 1984. Packed flight full of college kids coming home for break.


That's amazing, now BDL is lucky if UA sends a 737-900.
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:01 pm

FlyUSAir wrote:
That's amazing, now BDL is lucky if UA sends a 737-900.


UA brought 757s to BDL as recently as the late 2000s (I recall a flight to ORD around 9:00 a.m.; IINM the flight number frequently continued to NRT and SIN). Before UA retired the 733s and 735s, BDL was a mostly mainline station even when a lot of similarly-sized stations on the East Coast saw a lot of Express to IAD and/or ORD.
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:57 pm

EI is sending a 757 to BDL starting in September.
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:05 pm

American uses the A321 into BDL, and it's not uncommon for United to schedule a 739 in at various points during a year. Delta commonly subs 757s for smaller equipment (we've seen a number of these during the past week), and also sent in a 739 on Monday.
 
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Re: American A300 at Bradley

Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:29 pm

DL used to regularly send B762s and B763s to BDL for ATL and CVG runs. Nowadays it's hard to get larger than a B757 into BDL unless you have diversions from NYC.
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