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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 Northeast Airlines leased a single Boeing 707 from Trans World Airines (TWA) to begin jet service to Florida in the winter of 1959-60. Subseuqently 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 $109; Day coach $83; Deluxe night $75; Night coach $66; from Philadelphia to Miami: First class $86; Day coach $67; 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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