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It sold land developments in off all other aircraft and Florida and Arizona. leased out three 990s to Modern's headquarters Nordair during the 1968 were moved to Miami from Trenton, New Jersey, summer season. Following a painful period which and Gulf American ordered five 990s from included a realignment and more layoffs, Modern American Airlines to replace the airline's con- Air began to turn the corner toward profitability. 72 Above: N5605 (msn 9) poses at Hartford-Springfield in July 1974. (Terry Waddington collection) Opposite Page, Lower: Modern Air's first color scheme featured "The Silver Palace" titles.
Swissair's first Coronado (msn 7) carried a United States registration for pre-delivery test flights. , Ltd. (Swissair) three unmodified examples in january 1962, ten months behind schedule. A fourth 990 arrived at Zurich on February 3, two days before shake-down Swissair originally planned to operate its 990 flights commenced to nearby destinations, includfleet from Switzerland to the Middle and Far East ing Vienna and London. A Coronado flew to South America on and to South America, beginning in summer 1961.
It appears that none of the returned airplanes were reactivated prior to resale, including msn 25, which came back from both Internord and MEA, claiming no less than three different tail numbers! The last example to depart for good was msn 25, delivered to Spantax on May 18, 1972. Launch customer American Airlines stood by its decision to acquire the 990, but only operated the type for seven years. American's 990 first-class lounge. (Scott Haskin collection) Scandinavian Airlines System Thai International Airways As previously mentioned, SAS originally ordered two Convair 990s, and later canceled the order more out of economic necessity than dissatisfaction with the airplane.