Boston-Maine moves closer to having its certificate stripped by DOT

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Boston-Maine Airways has lost its regulatory bid to delay revocation of its operating certificate.

The US DOT had ruled 1 February that the carrier, which uses the name Pan Am Clipper Connection, “failed to continue to remain fit, willing, and able to fly as a certificated air carrier”.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Boston-Maine then asked the department to grant it an extension of time, until April 11, to file additional responses while it sought new investors or decided to liquidate.

Boston-Maine, which flies Jetstream 31s but had sought to expand with Boeing 727s, said it would voluntarily cease operations on February 29 if granted the extra time, but DOT, in an order served February 19, denied the extension.

The agency “believes that 30 days is more than sufficient time for Boston-Maine to determine an appropriate course of action. Revocation of Boston-Maine’s economic authority, if made final, would not preclude the sale of the company or its assets.”

The agency had begun investigating the privately held New England-based carrier as long ago as 2005 after it found that Boston-Maine had submitted falsified financial documents.

It could not immediately be determined if Boston-Maine would abide by its vow of a late February shutdown, an action that would leave the Trenton/Mercer County airport in New Jersey without any scheduled air service.

Airline labour had raised some of the most serious charges against the carrier, which is controlled by the same individuals who won rights to the Pan Am name and have used it for their other principle asset, a regional railroad in New England. That railroad was formerly the Boston & Maine.