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Background: The Airline Deregulation Act took effect of December 1, 1978. The main purpose of the Act was to remove government control from commercial aviation and expose the passenger airline industry to market forces. This Act changed the face of civil aviation in the US. Air Mail would continue to be carried by Air Carriers but the old system of CAM and FAM routes would evolve into Air Mail flown by individual US airlines to both domestic and foreign destinations.

Northeastern International Airways was established in 1980. It inaugurated flight service between Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip NY and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport FL using a second-hand Douglas DC-8 aircraft. It expanded quickly acquiring additional aircraft and launching new routes targeting sunny vacation destinations.

         In 1984 Northeastern leased some wide-body Airbus A300 aircraft but these were too large for the airline's route network and precipitated a financial crisis.

Airbus A-300

QS-D30N 840409 West Palm Beach FL Northeastern International Airways $26.00

QS-D60NW 841115 Saint Petersburg FL Northeastern International Airways $38.00

        Northeastern International Airways initiated service cut-backs and lay-offs before finally filing for bankruptcy protection in 1985. Attempts to restart it failed and it was liquidated in 1986.


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