Northeast Airlines

Early Jetliners to Florida

Northeast Airlines The Northeast Airlines route network originally covered New England and the major cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. Flights to Florida commenced in 1957 with Douglas DC-6B propeller aircraft between Boston and Miami with intermediate stops.

Northeast Airlines Howard Hughes, who owned TWA, acquired control of the airline in 1962 and Northeast Airlines was quickly able to lease a single Boeing 707 from the larger airline to begin jet service to Florida in the winter of 1959-60. This led to an agreement to lease six Convair 880 jets from TWA starting in 1960 for year round operation on the routes to Florida. In 1961, they became the first airline to start jet service at Ft. Lauderdale. By 1963, their Convair 880's were operating 16 flights daily each way linking Montreal, Boston, New York (Idlewild) and Philadelphia with Jacksonville, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.


Sample one-way fares from Boston to Miami: First class $109; Day coach $83; Deluxe night $75; Night coach $66; All fares are in U.S. dollars.


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C880 - Northeast Airlines
Convair 880 Northeast Airlines
Series: None Engines: 4 x GE J79 Thrust: 11650lb (5284kg) Wingspan: 120ft (37m) Length: 129ft (39m) Height: 36ft (11m) Passengers: 110 Max weight: 184500lb (83689kg) Range: 2845mi (4578km) Max cruise: 615mph (990kph)
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