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Boston-Maine Airways was an American airline headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States.[1] It operated scheduled commuter services as well as Boeing 727 jet flights under the Pan Am Clipper Connection name. Its main base was Pease International Airport.[2] Boston-Maine Airways ceased all Pan Am flights on February 29, 2008.[3]

Boston-Maine Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
E9 CXS CLIPPER CONNECTION
FoundedMarch 1999
Commenced operationsMay 2000
Ceased operationsFebruary 29, 2008
HubsHanscom Field
Frequent-flyer programThe Clipper Club
Fleet size9
Destinations24
Parent companyPan Am Systems
HeadquartersPortsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Key peopleDavid Fink, President
Websitewww.flypanam.com

History


Clipper Guilford, a Boeing 727-200 operating for Pan American Clipper Connection in 2007
Clipper Guilford, a Boeing 727-200 operating for Pan American Clipper Connection in 2007

Boston-Maine Airways was established in March 1999 and started operations in May 2000. It was founded as a feeder for the third incarnation of Pan American Airways and also flew leased BAe Jetstream 31 aircraft for Caesar's of Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was wholly owned by Pan Am Systems (formerly known as Guilford Transportation Industries), which owns the Pan Am brand.

Boston-Maine Airways operated six round-trips daily between Trenton–Mercer Airport in Ewing, New Jersey, and Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. Boston-Maine Airways also operated one round-trip daily between Trenton–Mercer Airport and Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Guilford ceased operations to Pan Am III on November 1, 2004, Boston-Maine Airways took over its operations, which resumed the Boeing 727 jet service under the Pan Am Clipper Connection brand on February 17, 2005.

In August 2005, a federal investigation into fraudulent financial data submitted by Boston-Maine Airways halted plans to expand its fleet and route system. At the same time, the airline pilots union claimed that the airline was unfit to operate and urged the Department of Transportation to deny the airline's certification for expansion.[4] The airline later announced that it was suspending service from September 6 to November 16, citing rising fuel costs and decreased levels of booking.[5] In the middle of October 2005, the airline suspended Boeing 727 flights indefinitely from several airports that it served, including its home base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.[6]

However, by March 21, 2006, Pan Am Clipper Connection became the first announced non-charter service to connect to the then-growing Tunica Municipal Airport in Tunica, Mississippi. The addition not only connected the carrier to a burgeoning casino destination but also aided efforts to bolster Tunica Municipal as a secondary airport to Memphis International Airport in nearby Memphis, Tennessee. Boston-Maine Airways' Pan Am Clipper Connection flew from Tunica Municipal Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport three times per week; the service to Tunica had ended by October of the same year.

On August 1, 2006, Boston-Maine Airways announced that it would begin the Pan Am Clipper Connection service to Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in Elmira, New York. Company executives believed that Elmira was a perfect fit for the company, with its close proximity to Rochester, Ithaca, Binghamton, and Williamsport. The airline flew twice-daily routes to Bedford, Massachusetts, Trenton, New Jersey, and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Proposed future plans included possible flights to Orlando and Tampa, Florida, using the Boeing 727. However, by the fall of 2007, service to Elmira ceased.

Pan Am Clipper Connection began non-stop service to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Bedford, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire from New Haven, Connecticut, on March 8, 2007, using 19 seat Jetstream 31 aircraft. Service was later discontinued in August 2007.


End of service


On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Show Cause Order (Order 2008-2-3, DOT Docket Number DOT-OST-2000-7668), concluding that Boston-Maine's air carrier certificate should be revoked for three reasons: 1) lack of financial fitness, 2) lack of proper management oversight and 3) lack of "compliance disposition," or willingness to follow federal laws, rules and regulations.

The motion to revoke Boston-Maine's DOT air carrier certificate was brought by the Air Line Pilots Association. The DOT specifically cited the numerous instances where the airline's officials had failed to follow federal laws and regulations and had filed false financial data with the Department in its application for authority to fly large aircraft. The DOT concluded that it would have never granted the large aircraft authority had it known of the false information filed by Boston-Maine.

The DOT also rejected the carrier's arguments that it was not responsible for the Company's former General Counsel and Vice President's filing of such false information (Boston-Maine had asserted that this individual had acted alone, without the Company's knowledge or involvement).[7]

On February 28, 2008, Boston-Maine Airways ended its Jetstream-operated scheduled passenger service. March 29, 2008, was the last 727 flight.[3]

Beginning in July 2008, the company moved 8 of its planes to Concord Municipal Airport in New Hampshire, with the intent to keep them there until buyers took the planes. Parked on the ramp were six Jetstream 31s to be sold, but one Jetstream and a Cessna Citation I were placed in the corporate hangar operated by Concord Aviation Services.[citation needed]


Destinations


Boston-Maine Airways and the Pan Am Clipper Connection served the following destinations at various times during its existence:[8][9][10][11][12]

Pam Am Destinations as 2005 from the flypanam.com website
Pam Am Destinations as 2005 from the flypanam.com website

Fleet


The Boston-Maine Airways fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of June 2007):[2]

Boston-Maine Airways fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Notes
BAe Jetstream 31 6 On the ramp at Concord Municipal Airport to be sold[citation needed]
Boeing 727-200 3 In "cold storage"
Total 9

Boston-Maine Airways also formerly operated 2 CASA C-212-200 Aviocar.


See also



References


  1. "Contact Us." Pan Am Clipper Connection. January 11, 2007. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  2. "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 88.
  3. Pan Am stops flying Archived June 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. USA Today. 2008-03-03.
  4. McCord, Michael (August 5, 2005). DOT begins probe of Pease airline Archived March 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. The Portsmouth Herald.
  5. Huettel, Steve (August 13, 2005). Pan Am cancels flights for 2 months. St. Petersburg Times.
  6. McCord, Michael (October 14, 2005). No more Pan Am flights at Pease Archived August 22, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. The Portsmouth Herald.
  7. Haberman, Shir (2008-02-04). "U.S. DOT ready to pull Boston-Maine's license to fly". Seacoastonline.com. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  8. "Pan Am May 23, 2001 Route Map". www.departedflights.com.
  9. "Pan Am (Boston-Maine Airways) January 4, 2005 Route Map". www.departedflights.com.
  10. "Pan Am (Boston-Maine Airways) June 13, 2006 Route Map". www.departedflights.com.
  11. "Pan Am (Boston-Maine Airways) November 6, 2006 Route Map". www.departedflights.com.
  12. "Pan Am (Boston-Maine Airways) February 28, 2007 Route Map". www.departedflights.com.



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[de] Boston-Maine Airways (1999)

Boston-Maine Airways (im Außenauftritt Pan Am Clipper Connections) war eine amerikanische Fluggesellschaft mit Hauptsitz in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
- [en] Boston-Maine Airways

[fr] Boston-Maine Airways

Boston-Maine Airways ou BMA (code AITA : E9 , code OACI : CXS) était une compagnie aérienne américaine de l'État du Maine, basée à Portsmouth (New Hampshire). Son aéroport principal était Pease International Airport (en). Elle était propriétaire du nom commercial de la défunte Pan Am qu'elle utilisait comme Clipper Connection. Elle a cessé toute activité le 29 février 2008.



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