Domestic Duties: The Story of BA’s Shuttle Service
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Domestic Duties: The Story of BA’s Shuttle Service

DALLAS – When Eastern Airlines (EA) launched its no-frills hourly “shuttle” link between New York La Guardia (LGA), Washington National (DCA), and Boston Logan (BOS) in 1961, it marked a pivotal moment in aviation history.

These high-frequency, ‘air-bridge’ flights, with their simplified fare and class structure, were groundbreaking. Passengers could turn up at the airport, board a plane and pay for their ticket on board. Everyone was guaranteed a seat. If the plane were full, the airline would provide another.

BA Boeing 757-236 ‘Bamburgh Castle’ (G-BIKR) pictured at BFS in 1986 operating a “Super Shuttle” service. Photo: Ardfern, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Bringing the Shuttle Concept to Europe

In March 1974, the UK had a new national carrier. British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways (BEA) were merged to form British Airways (BA).

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Featured Image: The first Boeing 757 to visit EDI in 1983 (G-BIKB). Photo: aceebee from Camberley, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

European Deputy Editor
Writer and aviation fanatic, Lee is a plant geek and part-time Flight Attendant for a UK-based airline. Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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