Boston-Maine plans new 727 services

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Boston-Maine Airways this summer is planning to launch new flights to Caribbean and US destinations, and boost its fleet of Boeing 727-200s.

An 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.

Beginning June 23, the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based carrier will offer scheduled service linking its base with Columbus, Ohio and 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 Republic.

On June 30, Boston-Maine will also introduce scheduled service from Newburg, New York to Clearwater/St Petersburg, Florida and Orlando Sanford.

Some 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.

However, 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.

Boston-Maine hopes the ruling will assist its two-year US DOT application to expand its fleet of 727s.

Director of marketing Alexander Mouzas says Boston Maine is “optimistic” it will be granted the authority soon.

He 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”.