According to the 1 July 1961 VIASA timetable, the CCS to JFK route was scheduled for 4:00. The southbound trip was scheduled for 4:10. A Pan American timetable effective 1 August 1961 showed flight times of 4:15 for both directions between JFK and CCS. Pan Am’s services were via “JET” which was either a 707 or DC-8.
The April 1, 1967 timetable doesn’t show nonstop CCS/JFK service via the 880. It was DC-8 now. However, there were CCS-SDQ (Santo Domingo)-JFK services via both CVR-880 and DC-8. The 880 was scheduled for 10 minutes less on both segments, northbound and southbound.
The 1961 timetable had an advertisement about the 880. It said (the misspellings and the way Convair 880M is straight from the ad)
Up to this writing there is no commercial airliner in the world faster than the Convair 880 M, rated at 615 m.p.m. cruising speed.
Everything, its cheerful interior, its comfortable seats, helps make your flight more restful and enjoyable. The aerodynamic projectil-like shape of the Convair 880 M combined with its jet propulsion, permits this plane to fly near the speed of sound, high above the clouds while the passenger inside the comfortable cabin may relax in a quiet vibrationless (sic) atmosphere.
Your travel in a Convair 880 M will be an unforgettable experience. Make your reservation ahead of time. Make sure your next flight to New York is in a Convair 880 M via VIASA.
The VIASA service started 1 August 1961.
In today’s world the airlines pad their schedules quite a bit. The fuel costs are also higher today so airlines fly slower. There is also additional air traffic around major airports. Take these three things together I’m actually surprised that the AA flight is only roughly 20 minutes longer than the 1960’s.