Boston-Maine Airways will agree to
temporarily stop flying by end-February if US regulators grant the embattled
carrier a one-month reprieve.
The US DOT is threatening to strip
airline’s operating certificate and reject its expansion plan, citing the
carrier's lack of adequate finances, managerial competence and regard for the
Boston-Maine, which operates under
the Pan Am Clipper Connection banner, replies in a DOT filing the 'show cause'
order came as a shock and the carrier needs more time
Should the department's order be
finalized it will close a lengthy review into Boston-Maine, which became the
focus of a US DOT office of inspector general investigation in 2005 after
submitting false financial documents to the regulator.
Boston-Maine adds its “voluntary
suspension of all flight operations on February 29 should eliminate any concern
the department might have about a potential risk of harm to the public if the
show cause order procedural dates were postponed for 30 days".
The Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based
carrier asked the department to postpone the carrier's deadline to prove its
financial stability to April 2 from March 3.
In the show cause order, the US DOT
says Boston-Maine does not possess "the financial wherewithal to continue
or expand its operations without posing an undue risk to consumers and their
Additionally, the carrier lacks
"the managerial competence necessary to oversee its current and proposed
DOT also says it does not have
confidence in Boston-Maine's regard for the laws governing its services
"to ensure that its aircraft and personnel conform to applicable safety
standards and to ensure that acceptable consumer relations practices will be
The airline's long-standing request
to grow its 727 operations was also suspended pending completion of the probe.
Pan Am Clipper Connection flies
daily roundtrips between from Portsmouth
to Bedford, Massachusetts and Trenton,