In my opinion, my local airport, PWM
, saw it's glory days throughout the entire decade of the 1990's. At one point we had 30 mainline flights per day, as well as several dozen flights on regionals flying turnboprops, and later on, RJ
's. Early in the morning, you could go down and see about 13 mainline aircraft on the gates or the remote parking areas, as well as about 8 Business Express aircraft, and numerous other commuter turboprops. There was an actual "push" with a lineup of departures from about 6-7am each morning.
Delta flew to BOS
, and CVG
. Mostly using mainline equipment. Primarily 727's. But 757's and 737-200's as well. Business Express (Delta Connection) flew hourly to BOS
, and Bi-Hourly to LGA
from 6am-6pm. Using SF
-340's, Shorts 360's, and Beech 1900's. Also scheduled the BAe-46 off and on. By the late 90's, we had 3 flights per day to CVG
, and two to ATL
-88's. There was also a morning PWM
, and late night return on the the 727. During the mid-1990's, one of the CVG
flights continued up to BGR
, and returned to PWM
about 1.5 hours later before returning to CVG
. During the early 1990's is wasn't uncommon for an empty 767-200 to come in empty to R.O.N overnight. I assume it came from BOS
United was flying mainline to ORD
3-4 time per day on 727's, 737-200's/300/-500's. And over the years one of the flights to/from ORD
was routed through BGR
. In the earlier part of the decade, they were also flying mainline to IAD
a couple times per day, as well as turboprop service to BOS
on Jetstreams. Either -31's or -41's? I've forgotten which one?
USair, later U.S. Airways, had 5-7 mainline flights to PHL
, and early in the 1990's, to BOS
. Over the years they flew in 737-200's/300's/400's, Foker 100's, and MD
-80's. USair Express also had quite a few daily flights to BOS
with Beech 1900's and Dash 8's, and a couple daily flights to DCA
using Dornier 328 Turboprops.
Continental flew mainline 4 times per day to EWR
, using 727's, 737-200's, and MD
-80's. By 1996 or 1997, all flights were on ATR-42's and -72's.
Northwest Airlink (Precision Airlines) flew a lot of daily flights to BOS
, and PQI
. They also had Saturday service to YQB
. They flew Dorneir 228's, Dash-8's, and Fairchild Metro's. Northwest started mainline service three times per day to DTW
by the late 1990's, flying DC-9-30's, accompanied by Mesaba Arvo RJ
TWA briefly came along towards the end of the decade with one outbound and one inbound flight daily. The morning flight went PWM
, and the late night arrival was STL
There were serveral local airlines that came and went over this time period with service to points in Northern Maine such as PQI
, FVE, and AUG, using twin Cessna's
Air Canada was flying to YUL
daily with a Beech 1900 during the later part of the decade.
Fedex had two 727's Mon.-Sat. One flying PWM
, one PWM
. During Christmas season, for about three weeks, there were often 3 727's on their ramp during the day, and occasionally even four. At the time, they had the contract with L.L .Bean to fly all of their merchandise sold via cataloge and by telephone. These days we're down to one 757 4x per week to MEM
, with Fri. service on a 727 that comes in from BTV
for about an hour that night to make the pickup..
Airborne Express had one DC-9-40 going PWM
on Mon-Sat. Early during the early 1990's, Emery Air Cargo flew in a 727-100 before Airborne replaced them.
Pan Am IV
, based nearby at PSM
, Portsmouth, NH
- Pease Tradeport (Former Pease AFB) use to fly their 727-200's up for touch and goes.
Orions, from recently closed Brunswick NAS
, regularly did touch and goes.
Seasonally, ATA use to fly fall foliage tours for the leaf peepers using 727's and 757's.
By the late 1999 and into 2000, the RJ
's gradually took over. American Eagle bough BEX
and eventually cut service to PWM
. US cut service to BOS
shortly thereafter, and these days we have no flights to BOS
at all from PWM
. Makes flying to places in Northern Maine easier/faster to drive the 300 miles. Eventually, the only mainline service we had left was Delta, before they closed the PWM
station in 2006. They brought back a couple daily MD
-88's to ATL
this year, but no longer have a station here. We really didn't see the return of full size airliners until Jet Blue arrived in 2006, and Air Tran the following year. Regardless, these days the variety is so limited to RJ
's that I don't even go and watch planes very much anymore.
Back in the 1980's, we had People Express, Presidential, Eastern Express (Bar Harbor Airlines) and some other long gone regional carriers.
About 100 miles north, up at BGR
, their glory days were the 1970's-80's. Up until the introduction of longer range heavies, the airport was a common refueling stop for Trans-Atlantic flights from Europe to points on the west coast, Florida and Mexico. Flights from the likes of British Air, TWA, Pan Am, etc. stopped there on a regular basis. Including Concorde on occasion. During this time, a Customs/Immigration facility was built here and passengers on the flights stopping in for fuel would also clear customs here to save time instead of clearing at their final destinations. This facility still exists, and along with the 12,000 x 300 ft runway that was orignally built when BGR
was Dow AFB (A B-52 /F-101 SAC
base) are the reasons why BGR
now markets itself to civilian and military charters, which are still regular vistors. BGR
regualry handles upwards or 5+ AMC charters going to/from Iraq and the Middle East. Antonov-124 are common, as well as the -225 on occasion. Various U.S. and foreign miltary aircraft from fighters to cargo transports have also always been common here as the Maine ANG still has a busy KC
-135 base the flies air bridge missions refueling a lot of the traffic going to Europe, and the Middle East. Never know what you'll see at BGR
|Quoting rolypolyman (Thread starter):|
Off the top of my head I know some small airports in the south that got regular DC-9 and 737 service around 1979, then a couple of decades later were reduced to a twice-daily Saab 340 flight or nothing at all.
Golden Triangle Regional, Columbus/Starkville, Miss-GTR is one of those! I fly here a couple times a year to visit family. Service has reduced a lot in the last 15 years. They use to have ASA to ATL, and DFW. NW Airlink to MEM. And AA Eage to BNA. Now, it's about two flights to ATL, and two to MEM. All of Delta Connection.[
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