Airways this summer is planning to launch new flights to Caribbean
and US destinations, and boost its fleet of Boeing 727-200s.
affiliate of now-defunct Pan American Airways, Boston-Maine currently flies
under the banner Pan Am Clipper Connection using three 727s and ten BAe Jetstream 31 turboprops.
June 23, the Portsmouth
, New Hampshire-based carrier will offer scheduled
service linking its base with Columbus,
Orlando Sanford in Florida.
The airline will then offer connecting flights to San
Juan and Aguadilla, Puerto
Rico and Santo
Domingo and Punta Cana in the Dominican
June 30, Boston-Maine will also introduce scheduled service from Newburg, New
York to Clearwater/St
and Orlando Sanford.
of these services were previously operated by Pan Am, which closed in November
2004 amid a dispute with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The union,
which represented Pan Am pilots, accused the carrier’s parent Guilford
Transportation Industries of shifting 727 flying to non-unionized Boston-Maine
in anticipation of the shutdown.
ALPA recently lost a court case against Guilford.
A US federal
appeals court in a split decision in March ruled that Guildford
acted legally when it transferred operations to Boston-Maine.
hopes the ruling will assist its two-year US DOT application to expand its
fleet of 727s.
of marketing Alexander Mouzas says Boston
Maine is “optimistic”
it will be granted the authority soon.
says the carrier has a fourth 727 in its possession that can be flown as soon
as regulatory authority is granted. The airline is also looking to add more
727s to the fleet, but under a “very conservative approach”.