The Northeast Airlines route network was concentrated in New England until 1944, when authority to add New York City was granted. Rights to serve Florida were obtained in 1957, which also included the intermediate points of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. Douglas DC-6B propeller aircraft were employed to reach Florida, including the coveted nonstop route between New York (La Guardia) and Miami.
Northeast Airlines leased a single Boeing 707 from Trans World Airines (TWA) to begin jet service to Florida in the winter of 1959-60. Subsequently they leased six Convair 880 jets from TWA in 1960 for year round operation on the routes to Florida. In 1961, they became the first carrier with scheduled jet service to Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville. Finally in 1962, Howard Hughes, who owned TWA, acquired control and by 1963, the Convair 880's were operating 15 daily flights 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 (F)$109; Day coach (Y)$83; Deluxe night (T)$75; Night coach (N)$66; from Philadelphia to Miami: First class (F)$86; Day coach (Y)$67; All fares are in U.S. dollars.
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