1980s Airlines at Boston Logan

For many years there was an observation deck on the 16th floor of the Logan airport control tower. It was rigged with an ATC audio feed from the controllers just above and was a great place to observe the airport action. The 1980s were still days of film and on one roll I forgot to change the camera settings from ASA 400 to 200, resulting in some shots being a bit grainy.

Taken from the tower observation area is this shot of a Presidential Airways 737-200. Presidential was founded by a former PEOPLExpress manager and lasted just four years.

Presidential Airways 737-200 BOS

Late afternoon gives a peach colored backdrop to a departing Braniff 727 and parked Piedmont 737. Taken from somewhere in Terminal D.

Braniff 727 boston logan 1985
This Empire Fokker F-28 would soon be wearing Piedmont colors. Empire Airlines started out as an upstate New York carrier in 1976. They operated until 1985 when Piedmont bought and absorbed them.

Empire Fokker F-28 Boston

At the end of Terminal E sits a Northwest 757. I have the date as 1986.

Northwest Airlines 757 Boston Logan 1986

Businessman Frank Lorenzo started as an airline analyst at Eastern in the 1960s. He would later form Texas Air Holdings through which he eventually launched New York Air and acquired Eastern and Continental.

An Eastern A300 taxis to Terminal A with a New York Air MD-82 in the foreground. Eastern’s acquisition of the A300 was instrumental in Airbus getting a foothold in the U.S. airliner market.

Eastern Airtlines A-300 Boston 1986

The same New York Air MD-82 taxis in to the gate.

New York Air MD-82 Boston Logan

Lorenzo’s Texas Air Corp merged PEOPLExpress into Continental. Below, a 727 sports the PEOPLExpress livery on the fuselage with Continental tail and name.

Continental airlines 727-200 Boston Logan

A Command Airways Short 330 sits chocked on the ramp as an Eastern 727 taxis past. Command eventually became an American Eagle feeder for American Airlines.

Short 330 Boston Logan 1986

Request. I’d love to grow this post with additional photos and your comments. Have any pre-1990 Logan photos? Scan and send to me and I will post them here with proper credit (assuming the quality is okay). Send to dave (at) planeviz.com.

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  1. To whom it may concern:
    My father and I took a Command airlines flight between states in New England around 1982. Quite a bumpy ride but somehow I recall after thirty plus years. Did they divest, declare bankruptcy or merge?

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