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Old Timer's Airline Quiz and Discussion

Old Jun 7, 16, 9:30 am
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Originally Posted by Seat 2A View Post

47. A big Nor’easter is bearing down on The Cape bringing wicked cold and up to 5” of snow. You quickly decide to flip the tables on Mother Nature and fly down the coast to Tampa where sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s are projected for the weekend. Unfortunately, with less than seven days advance notice, you soon discover that airfares on all the usual airlines are way too expensive given your meager wage as an Anchovy Trainer out at Woods Hole. Sigh… guess you’ll be putting on snow tires and shoveling snow this weekend after all…

The next day, while casually perusing the sports section of the Boston Globe, (Awright! The Bruins won!!!) you come across an ad for an airline you’ve never heard of but one that nonetheless promises low fares to both Tampa and Orlando from Boston. A quick call to their -800 number reveals that the airline offers a direct flight between Boston and Tampa but that two intermediate stops will be made enroute. The price is right – even for an Anchovy Trainer – and so you quickly make a reservation and then start packing your bags.

Identify the airline, the aircraft and the two intermediate stops that you’ll make enroute to Tampa.
47. This sounds like yet another new start up that fate was not kind to: Eastwind Airlines (W9). I'll guess the routing was Boston (BOS) - Trenton (TTN) - Greensboro (GSO) - Tampa (TPA). Before they went under, I believe Eastwind did add several new B737-700s to their small fleet. However, at this time in 1997, I think the equipment would have been a used B737-200.

Eastwind jumped into and out of various routes in the eastern U.S. during its existence. Service to ATL, FLL, PVD, RIC, ROC and TPA was initiated and then discontinued. One constant appears to have been their service to Trenton, NJ as I believe no other air carrier was operating jet service into TTN at this time.

P.S. - Prior comment from Seat 2A: ".....and then it's back to lovely Needles, CA for the night." Well, I hope you're dressed for warm weather there, my friend. As in very warm weather as the high temp in beautiful downtown Needles on the banks of the mighty Colorado River is forecast to be 111 degrees F today.

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Old Jun 7, 16, 6:44 pm
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43. Here’s a flight that operates uniquely between this airline’s northernmost and southernmost points. And here’s a hint: The northernmost point is Fairbanks, Alaska. The southernmost point is just up the road from Mexico. Along the way four enroute stops are made. Based upon the fact that this is 1997 and we’re not talking about Alaska Airlines; can you identify the airline, the destination, the intermediate stops and the aircraft utilized?

One almost final guess: FAI-ANC-SEA-RNO-LAX-TUS

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Originally Posted by Seat 2A View Post
43. Here’s a flight that operates uniquely between this airline’s northernmost and southernmost points. And here’s a hint: The northernmost point is Fairbanks, Alaska. The southernmost point is just up the road from Mexico. Along the way four enroute stops are made. Based upon the fact that this is 1997 and we’re not talking about Alaska Airlines; can you identify the airline, the destination, the intermediate stops and the aircraft utilized?

One almost final guess: FAI-ANC-SEA-RNO-LAX-TUS

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LAS?
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
47. A big Nor’easter is bearing down on The Cape bringing wicked cold and up to 5” of snow. You quickly decide to flip the tables on Mother Nature and fly down the coast to Tampa where sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s are projected for the weekend. Unfortunately, with less than seven days advance notice, you soon discover that airfares on all the usual airlines are way too expensive given your meager wage as an Anchovy Trainer out at Woods Hole. Sigh… guess you’ll be putting on snow tires and shoveling snow this weekend after all…

The next day, while casually perusing the sports section of the Boston Globe, (Awright! The Bruins won!!!) you come across an ad for an airline you’ve never heard of but one that nonetheless promises low fares to both Tampa and Orlando from Boston. A quick call to their -800 number reveals that the airline offers a direct flight between Boston and Tampa but that two intermediate stops will be made enroute. The price is right – even for an Anchovy Trainer – and so you quickly make a reservation and then start packing your bags.

Identify the airline, the aircraft and the two intermediate stops that you’ll make enroute to Tampa.


This sounds like yet another new start up that fate was not kind to: Eastwind Airlines (W9). I'll guess the routing was Boston (BOS) - Trenton (TTN) - Greensboro (GSO) - Tampa (TPA). Before they went under, I believe Eastwind did add several new B737-700s to their small fleet. However, at this time in 1997, I think the equipment would have been a used B737-200.

Eastwind jumped into and out of various routes in the eastern U.S. during its existence. Service to ATL, FLL, PVD, RIC, ROC and TPA was initiated and then discontinued. One constant appears to have been their service to Trenton, NJ as I believe no other air carrier was operating jet service into TTN at this time.


Correct! As always, your excellent bonus commentary renders any further comment from me superfluous. Spot on, JL!

P.S. - Prior comment from Seat 2A: ".....and then it's back to lovely Needles, CA for the night." Well, I hope your dressed for warm weather there, my friend. As in very warm weather as the high temp in beautiful downtown Needles on the banks of the mighty Colorado River is forecast to be 111 degrees F today.

According to the folks at Weather Underground, it'll be 112 tomorrow. Thankfully I'll be driving in air-conditioned ecstasy aboard a full sized rental and staying in an equally cool and comfortable room at the fabulous River Valley Motor Inn.
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43. Here’s a flight that operates uniquely between this airline’s northernmost and southernmost points. And here’s a hint: The northernmost point is Fairbanks, Alaska. The southernmost point is just up the road from Mexico. Along the way four enroute stops are made. Based upon the fact that this is 1997 and we’re not talking about Alaska Airlines; can you identify the airline, the destination, the intermediate stops and the aircraft utilized?

Per jlemon: One almost final guess: FAI-ANC-SEA-RNO-LAX-TUS
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Per S2A: You are so close that all you need to do is switch a single letter to be correct!

Per moondog: LAS?

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THE TIMELINE FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS MID-1992

1. Back in the early 1970s, New Haven, Connecticut enjoyed mainline jet service via Eastern Airlines DC-9-30s that flew up from Washington National. Through the eighties, propeller driven commuter aircraft provided the only lift out of the city. Now, in 1992, mainline jets have returned thanks to United Airlines which operates three daily flights with 737 jets ~ two from Chicago and one from White Plains (Westchester County) HPN.
A N S W E R E D


2. By 1992, 727-100s were becoming an increasingly rare sight at North American airports. However, every Monday and Friday morning at 7:15am, a 727-100 departs Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) bound for Cozumel (CZM) with one intermediate stop. A snack and a lunch are served enroute. Identify the airline and the intermediate stop.
A N S W E R E D

3. Way up north in Canada’s Northwest Territory, three airlines vie for your patronage on the fiercely competitive route between Yellowknife (YZF) and Cambridge Bay (YCB). Two of the airlines operate mainline jet equipment while the other utilizes a turbo-prop. Identify each airline and its respective equipment.

4. A thorough perusal of the schedules reveals that during the mid-summer of 1992, only one airline was operating mainline jet equipment into Tampa’s St. Petersburg International Airport (PIE), operating four flights a week from an unnamed American city. Identify the airline, the aircraft and the city of origin for these flights.

A N S W E R E D


5. Further perusal of the 1992 summer schedule reveals a single airline providing the only all economy configured flights between New York area airports and Ft. Lauderdale. Three flights per day are offered, one each from Long Island’s MacArthur Airport (ISP), New Jersey’s Newark International (EWR) and New York’s Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Identify the airline and the single aircraft type it operates on these three routes.

6. In mid-1992, passengers desiring nonstop transport between Anchorage and Honolulu were limited to this once a week, Saturday only flight. Identify the airline and aircraft involved.

7. Identify the four U.S. airlines that serve Cancun, Mexico.
A N S W E R E D

8. In mid-1992, American Airlines was big on San Juan, Puerto Rico, offering nonstop service from fourteen different mainland U.S. airports. Identify each of them.
A N S W E R E D

9. The Oklahoma City to Kansas City route used to be Braniff country. Not anymore. In mid-1992 the only nonstop service is provided via this airline with six mostly daily flights. Name it.
A N S W E R E D

10. If you wanted to take advantage of Fifth Freedom rights to fly foreign carriers within North America, Montreal probably offered more options than any other city on the continent. Let’s examine just a couple here: Identify the two foreign airlines operating between Montreal and Chicago. While you’re at it, go ahead and identify which type of aircraft each airline operated on the route.

11. Not so many years earlier, 747s were commonly seen on domestic services around North America. Los Angeles in particular enjoyed 747 flights from cities as diverse as Seattle, Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas and Denver to name just a few. Today – in 1992 – aside from Hawaii schedules - Los Angeles is served by just three 747 flights originating in North America. Each flight is operated by a different airline. Identify the airline and the route flown.
A N S W E R E D

12. If you want to fly aboard a 737-400 out of Albuquerque, there’s only a single flight departing each day. Identify the airline and the destination airport.
US Air identified. Still looking for the destination

13. If you want to fly upon a DC-9-10 out of Phoenix, you’ll have to call this airline. Which airline is it?
A N S W E R E D

14. Identify the only city in Montana receiving jet flights that does not have any nonstop interstate jet services.
A N S W E R E D

15. Once upon a time, Nantucket, MA was the beneficiary of DC-9 jet flights from the likes of Northeast and New York Air. These days (1992), Nantucket is served by just a single jet flight. Identify the airline, the equipment and the route.
A N S W E R E D


THE TIMELINE FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS SPRING 1994

16. At this time there are four foreign airlines that enjoy Fifth Freedom rights between Los Angeles and Mexico City. Identify each airline and the aircraft it flies on this route.
LACSA A320 and Malaysian 747-400 identified so far...

17. Speaking of Mexico, I’ve been able to find four Mexican airlines that fly mainline jets into the U.S. Don’t worry none about them jets – just identify the airlines.
A N S W E R E D

18. Speaking further of Mexico, there’s an airline that operates a one-stop turboprop flight between Mexico City and San Antonio, TX. The flight stops in San Luis Potosi. Identify the airline and the aircraft used.
A N S W E R E D

19. You are enjoying a nice late winter afternoon in Spokane, Washington when friends call and ask if you’d care to join them on a road trip along Route 66 through the Mojave Desert. The timing is a bit sudden – they’re leaving from their home in Santa Monica tomorrow morning – but as luck would have it the one and only nonstop flight from Spokane to LAX departs in a couple of hours at 6:35pm. Identify the airline and the aircraft operating this flight.
A N S W E R E D

20. If you live in Milwaukee and want to fly nonstop to Florida over the winter, this airline offers the only daily nonstop flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Orlando and Tampa. Identify the airline.
A N S W E R E D

21. If you live in Nashville and want to fly to West Palm Beach, there’s only one flight per day, albeit a one-stop flight. It’s got some vintage equipment though, and a cheap fare to boot. Identify the airline, the equipment and the enroute stop.

22. Identify the airline that – as of early 1994 - flies mainline jets into more Colorado cities than any other. While you’re at it, identify those Colorado cities as well.

23. Worcester, MA has enjoyed jet service from a variety of airlines over the years. Alas, in early 1994 there was only a single jet flight out of town. Identify the airline, the jet and the destination served.

24. Despite the short distances involved, US Airways operates intra-state mainline jet service to five North Carolina Cities from Charlotte. Identify those cities.
A N S W E R E D

25. Identify 8 state capitols that once had mainline jet service but as of mid-1994 no longer do.
A N S W E R E D

THE TIMELINE FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS EARLY 1996


26. Aspen, Colorado was receiving nonstop flights from four different cities, each operated by a different airline. Identify each airline, the city it served Aspen from and the aircraft it used for that service.
A N S W E R E D

27. If you want to fly upon a jet between Miami and Jacksonville, only one airline will fit the bill with four daily or almost daily flights. Identify the airline and the aircraft utilized.
A N S W E R E D

28. These days, American Eagle will fly you nonstop between Los Angeles and Eugene, OR aboard a CRJ-700. Back in early 1996, this route was serviced with a single nonstop flight aboard a different airline and aircraft. Identify both, please.
A N S W E R E D

29. Back in 1976, I flew between Fresno and San Francisco aboard a United DC-8-61. Sixteen years later, the only jet service on this route is via a single flight aboard this airline. Identify the airline and the equipment.
A N S W E R E D

30. If you want to fly aboard a Fokker 100 out of Winnipeg, you’ll have to do so with this airline on this route. Identify both.
A N S W E R E D

31. Per the North American OAG referenced for this question, there are four foreign airlines serving Miami with 727-100 equipment. Interestingly, only two routes are involved, i.e. two airlines per each route. Given the regions covered by this OAG, identify the four airlines and – if you like – you may also have a go at the relevant routes.
Hanair & Haiti Trans Air flying PAP-MIA have been identified. The other route is CUN-MIA on which TAESA has been identified. We need one more... (No esta Mexicana)

32. This airline operated twice weekly flights routing MIA-STT-STX-MIA utilizing 727-200 equipment. Identify the airline.
A N S W E R E D

33. The fiercely competitive route between Colorado Springs and Las Vegas is the beneficiary of nonstop service from three airlines. Identify the airlines and the equipment each operates on this route.
A N S W E R E D

34. This airline offers more jet flights into Birmingham, Alabama than any other. Which airline is it?
A N S W E R E D

35. If you want to fly out of Bullhead City, AZ on a jet, you have to fly on this airline. Identify the airline, the equipment and the city served from IFP.
A N S W E R E D

THE TIMELINE FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IS LATE 1997


36. Bloomington, Illinois was served by a total of two jet flights – one each operated by a unique airline. One flight went west, the other southeast. Identify each route as well as the airline and aircraft that served each route.
A N S W E R E D

37. Lots of airlines provide service between the three Washington DC area airports and Chicago. However, only one airline provides nonstop service between Washington’s Dulles International and Chicago’s Midway Airport. Your mission – should you decide to accept it – is to identify both the airline and the aircraft utilized on this route.

38. Awright then, so here you are enjoying a pleasant spring evening at your shack in Frog Holler, Virginia when an old cellmate calls and asks if you’d be willing to marry him and this biker chick he met last weekend. The wedding will be next weekend at a “quiet” ceremony on Montara Point, just over the hill from SFO and not too far from your old digs at San Quentin, either. He’s even found an outfit that’ll quickly ordain you as a minister (the Church of the Sub-Genius, no less) and better yet, he’s even come up with the means to pay for your airfare out and back aboard a post deregulation carrier that offers a single almost daily one stop flight between IAD and SFO aboard an aging 737-200.

Whaaaaat? A 737-200?! You explain that a reformed hijacker like yourself would never consider crossing the country on anything less than a 757-200, even for a wedding! Your protestations carry no sway with him though, especially after he reminds you that he had your back on more than one occasion during the occasional yard scuffle as well as those two prison riots. Besides, he was unable hack into the systems of any of those larger airlines that fly big planes like 757s. Well… alright then.

Now then, can you identify the airline and the intermediate stop before you finish your bottle of Old Crow and teeter off to bed? G’wan, now…

A N S W E R E D

39. In most cases, travel during the “Good Old Days” was vastly superior to what passes as quality air transport these days. An exception however might be made on the Pittsburgh to Montreal route. At least in late 1997, that is. In the old days this route was flown aboard a Nordair 737-200. Nowadays you have the option of flying between Pittsburgh and Montreal aboard a foreign airline that’s taking advantage of its 5th Freedom rights. A snack is even served - if you’re in First Class. Boy oh boy – this sure beats a US Air DC-9-30! Identify the airline taking advantage of 5th freedom rights on this route as well as the aircraft it flies.
A N S W E R E D

40. You want to fly from Chicago to Las Vegas – but man oh man – the fares sure are expensive! But hey! Further investigation reveals that if you’re willing to depart out of Midway Airport – located on the city’s south side – there are two airlines that offer substantially cheaper fares. Identify both airlines as well as the aircraft that each airline operates.

41. Spirit Airlines hubs at Atlantic City and from there flies to a variety of destinations in Florida and the Northeast. Identify the only city Spirit flies to that’s south of Atlantic City and is NOT in Florida. As to the aircraft - Who cares? It’s probably an old DC-9-30, anyway.
A N S W E R E D

42. You’re having a great time with your buddies watching the Packers whoop up on the hapless Bears while enjoying copious samples of Sprecher’s premier and limited edition microbrews at Milwaukee’s famous Oriental Theater. Just as Brett Favre hits Antonio Freeman on a deep post pattern for his third touchdown of the game, the boss calls and sez you gotta be in Baltimore by tomorrow night. Dammit! You’re gonna miss the Broncos – Raiders game on Monday Night Football!

Sigh… Awright then. Ever the faithful and obedient servant of the corporation, you return home to check your trusty OAG and discover that there are no nonstop between Milwaukee and Baltimore and only a single direct one-stop flight through an airport you’ve never flown through before. Hmm… You thought you’d flown through every airport in the east but NO! Well alrighty then. This’ll be fun. Book it, Danno!

Now then, can you identify the airline, the intermediate stop and the aircraft utilized? Of course you can! Go for it!!!

A N S W E R E D

43. Here’s a flight that operates uniquely between this airline’s northernmost and southernmost points. And here’s a hint: The northernmost point is Fairbanks, Alaska. The southernmost point is just up the road from Mexico. Along the way four enroute stops are made. Based upon the fact that this is 1997 and we’re not talking about Alaska Airlines; can you identify the airline, the destination, the intermediate stops and the aircraft utilized?
A N S W E R E D

44. It’s a damp, wintery afternoon in southern Ohio when you get a call from an old friend requesting the pleasure of your company for a weekend of scuba diving in the Cayman Islands. You’re already thinking of how to get there before she’s even completed her request. Thankfully an ad in the Travel Section of last Sunday’s Cincinnati Enquirer shows you the way – a Saturday only nonstop departure straight from Cincinnati to Grand Cayman. Right on! Identify the airline and the aircraft you’ll be flying upon.
HINT: The airline has "International" as part of its title

45. Only two airlines fly jets into Lincoln, Nebraska. Don’t worry about what kind of jets they are or where they come from. Just name the airlines.
TWA has been identified as one of the airlines...

46. Every Saturday morning between 9:15am and 9:30am, four Continental Airlines jetliners depart Newark International Airport bound for four airports in Colorado. One of the airplanes is an MD-80, another is a 737-500 and the other two are 757-200s. Can you identify which airport each of these aircraft flew to?
A N S W E R E D

47. A big Nor’easter is bearing down on The Cape bringing wicked cold and up to 5” of snow. You quickly decide to flip the tables on Mother Nature and fly down the coast to Tampa where sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s are projected for the weekend. Unfortunately, with less than seven days advance notice, you soon discover that airfares on all the usual airlines are way too expensive given your meager wage as an Anchovy Trainer out at Woods Hole. Sigh… guess you’ll be putting on snow tires and shoveling snow this weekend after all…

The next day, while casually perusing the sports section of the Boston Globe, (Awright! The Bruins won!!!) you come across an ad for an airline you’ve never heard of but one that nonetheless promises low fares to both Tampa and Orlando from Boston. A quick call to their -800 number reveals that the airline offers a direct flight between Boston and Tampa but that two intermediate stops will be made enroute. The price is right – even for an Anchovy Trainer – and so you quickly make a reservation and then start packing your bags.

Identify the airline, the aircraft and the two intermediate stops that you’ll make enroute to Tampa.

A N S W E R E D

48. This airline provided a less expensive option to Air Canada and Canadian Airlines with twice daily one stop service between Calgary and Toronto. Identify the airline, the aircraft and the intermediate stop.

49. Who’d’ve ever thought that there would be sufficient demand to offer not one but three nonstop flights between Nashville and Colorado Springs? Not me. But yes, it turns out that in 1997 there are three almost daily jet flights between these two cities. Identify the airline and the aircraft utilized, please.

50. Three airlines provided nonstop service on the fiercely competitive route between Orlando and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Identify each airline and – if you feel up to it – the aircraft type each airline was operating.
A N S W E R E D

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I party answered 11 but don't know the full answer.
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the timeline for the following questions is mid-1992
11. Not so many years earlier, 747s were commonly seen on domestic services around north america. Los angeles in particular enjoyed 747 flights from cities as diverse as seattle, phoenix, detroit, dallas and denver to name just a few. Today – in 1992 – aside from hawaii schedules - los angeles is served by just three 747 flights originating in north america. Each flight is operated by a different airline. Identify the airline and the route flown.
Here's my guess:
AC YYZ-LAX B747-200 Combi
UA ORD-LAX B747-200
CO EWR-LAX B747-100
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Here's my guess:
AC YYZ-LAX B747-200 Combi
UA ORD-LAX B747-200
CO EWR-LAX B747-100
I'm going to guess CO iah-lax (continuing onto HNL and Syd) with a 747-200. They flew the same route with DC10s several years prior.
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(1992) 11. Not so many years earlier, 747s were commonly seen on domestic services around North America. Los Angeles in particular enjoyed 747 flights from cities as diverse as Seattle, Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas and Denver to name just a few. Today – in 1992 – aside from Hawaii schedules - Los Angeles is served by just three 747 flights originating in North America. Each flight is operated by a different airline. Identify the airline and the route flown.

Per VH-RMD: I partly answered 11 but don't know the full answer.

Per Mr. Roboto: Here's my guess:

AC YYZ-LAX B747-200 Combi Correct!
UA ORD-LAX B747-200 Incorrect!
CO EWR-LAX B747-100 Correct!

Per Moondog: I'm going to guess CO iah-lax (continuing onto HNL and Syd) with a 747-200. They flew the same route with DC10s several years prior.

Mr. Roboto comes closest. Of course routes like ORD-LAX were operated for years by AA, CO, UA & TW and IAH-LAX by NA (Fri only) but not in 1992.

We're down to just one more... The other airline was operating over a route very close to one of the above correct routes...
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11- based on "very close" I will posit TWA operating the -100 on JFK-LAX
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11- based on "very close" I will posit TWA operating the -100 on JFK-LAX

And.... we have a winner!
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14. Identify the only city in Montana receiving jet flights that does not have any nonstop interstate jet services.
we have already ruled out the state capitol (Helena), and I recall with reasonable certainty that Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, and Missoula had jet service in the early 90s (one or more of Delta/SkyWest from SLC, Horizon from SEA/GEG, Northwest from MSP, United from DEN) ... I'm thinking there are only two other cities in MT -- Butte (BTM) and Kalispell (FCA) -- that could even be candidates for the answer, and since upthread we recently addressed FCA I'll go out on a limb here with BTM
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23. Worcester, MA jet service in 1994

In light of the fact that the remaining questions in this set fall into the "difficult" category, don't expect any miracles from me on this one, but I'd like to start by proposing that the airline was US, NW, or CO. As an aside, the only flight I ever utilized from there was on US to PIT on a DC9, but this was in the mid 1980s.
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14. Identify the only city in Montana receiving jet flights that does not have any nonstop interstate jet services.

We have already ruled out the state capitol (Helena), and I recall with reasonable certainty that Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, and Missoula had jet service in the early 90s (one or more of Delta/SkyWest from SLC, Horizon from SEA/GEG, Northwest from MSP, United from DEN) ... I'm thinking there are only two other cities in MT -- Butte (BTM) and Kalispell (FCA) -- that could even be candidates for the answer, and since upthread we recently addressed FCA I'll go out on a limb here with BTM.

I spent a lot of time flipping through the OAG to check and double check this one. Butte is correct! In fact, Butte enjoyed mainline jet service from Delta but only as an add-on city from Helena. There were no nonstop flights to or from Salt Lake City.

In 1976 I flew interstate into Butte from Idaho Falls aboard a Western 737-200, continuing on to Helena and Great Falls.
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