Another brilliant Bob Garrard
photograph. This DC-9 was shot at Miami International in August
of 1972, and
displays a small Delta Air Lines logo on the nose. In the late
1960s and early 1970s
it was clear
that the airline would have to merge or go under (tantatmount to the
same thing, actually).
Airlines made a bid to acquire the smaller New England carrier, but the
CAB refused to
allow NEA's recently awarded Miami-Los Angleles route to go with the
deal. Northwest then with-
offer. With Storer Broadcasting no longer in control (they got
out in the early 1970s) NEA
option but to accept Delta
Air Lines offer to merge. This took effect on 1 August 1972.
This DC-9, along with most of the NEA fleet,
passed to the Delta Air Lines asset register. Thus
the conservative Boston-based airline which had served Maine and New
England faithfully for almost
passed into obscurity.