under the Pan Am Clipper Connection banner, Boston-Maine Airways suspended
scheduled flights effective February 29.
Hampshire-based airline flew Jetstream 31s on daily
roundtrips from Portsmouth to Bedford,
Massachusetts and Trenton, New Jersey.
suspended service in response to losing its regulatory bid to delay revocation
of its operating certificate, a Boston-Maine spokeswoman says, declining to
US DOT ruled February 1 that the
carrier “failed to continue to remain fit, willing, and able to fly as a
certificated air carrier”.
then asked the department to grant it an extension until April 11 to file
additional responses while it sought new financial backers or decided to
previously told regulators it would voluntarily cease operations on February 29
if granted the extra time. But DOT, in an order served February 19, denied the
spokeswoman also declined to comment on whether the ending of flights was
temporary or permanent. However, in its final order DOT said it believed 30
days was more than sufficient time for Boston-Maine to determine its course of
action. “Revocation of Boston-Maine’s economic authority, if made final, would
not preclude the sale of the company or its assets,” DOT noted.
department began investigating the privately held carrier in 2005 after it
discovered that Boston-Maine had submitted falsified financial documents.