Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 45 Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2777 times:
In going through some of my old pictures, I stumbled across this one. It is of an Air LA Metroliner at LAX. I believe I took this in 1994. I never really knew anything about this airline. Routes? History? Number of planes? Final disposition of the carrier?
Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2702 times:
Air LA ceased ops in 1995. They operated intra-California routes covering LAX, Stockton, Fresno, and Bakersfield. They also operated to Las Vegas and Phoenix, as well as some interesting routes to Mexico: Tijuana to both LAX and Las Vegas, and Hermosillo to Phoenix.
If I remember correctly they operated with both Metroliners and Cessna 402's.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7902 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
Air LA started life as a charter airline in the late 1970s. It first started scheduled operations using Piper Navajo Chieftan aircraft including N27319 and N27819 in May 1982. It operated services from LAX to Blythe, Burbank, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. It gradually expanded its network to take in Bermuda Dunes/Palm Desert, Bullhead City/Lauglin (NV), Ontario (CA) and Las Vegas and, in February 1993, its first international route to Tijuana. In co-operation with AeroMexico it then expanded its network to cover additional locations in Baja California including Ensenada and San Felipe.
Seven SA 227 Metroliners were added to Air LA's fleet around 1993 (N165SW and N451LA to N456LA with the last of these also being operated as N3022R before it was re-registered). A little after this (1994?) Air LA took over Capitol Air of St Paul (MN) and started services from Chicago Midway to Hermosillo in Mexico and to Phoenix (AZ). But it ceased trading in September 1995.
In addition to the Navajo Chieftans and Metroliners Air LA operated Jetstream 32s (N332QA and N322QC) a Beech King Air (N105K), Beech 200 Super King Airs (N39YV and N123YV), Cessna 402Cs (N6840U and N36916), Cessna 414As (including N1DR and N376CE and three EMB 110s (N101TN, N216EB and N800AC)
Latinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
At one point, AeroMexico was considering buying a 25% stake in the company and turning it into an American version of AeroLitoral (now AeroMexico Connect) to develop a hub in Tijuana that would feed to secondary destinations in California that at the time didn't have direct service to Mexico (Fresno, Bakersfield). The plan was dropped in 94/95 after the Mexican economic crisis. Air LA folded shortly thereafter.
Access-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1940 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2218 times:
Wrong wrong wrong.........
Air LA was what became of Iowa Airways after they ceased operations as a Midway Connection carrier...And Iowa Airways was an offshoot of Stuart Adcock's Airline Tennessee Airways based out of Knoxville, Tn. that flew Cessna 402s and EMB 110s initially but he then got Navajos...He initially shifted some of the Navajo Cheiftains (actually T-1020s) north and flew them from DBQ-CID-DSM to OMA as an Independant airline but, they also did a 4 rt service from DBQ to MDW as a Midway Connection.....serving Midway Airlines#1.The Bandits joined the fleet a little later... Waterloo was added too to the DBQ to MDW routes as was Elkhart Indiana and Benton Benton Harbor and Flint Michigan after service to those cities was terminate by Air Wisconsion after the merger with MVA....
So when Iowa Airways shut down Ops the people running the show moved the Company out to LA and Began service as Air LA.....
On the other hand, Capitol Air that started service into Midway Airport from the Downtown St. Paul Airport had NOTHING to do with Air LA.....After Capitol Air failed as a carrier of sorts flying from STP to both MDW and MKE.....the airline was acrtually taken over by Idaho based Empire Airways, but eventually they stopped those flights.. Empire actually helped out a lot of fledgling carriers much like Big Sky does today...
.So no there was never any fligths from MDW to Mermosillo Mexico!!! Operated by Air LA or Capitol.... Where in blue hell did that come from????
I worked with former Iowa Airways people thet left the compnay to work for Great Lakes.......And the former Chief Pilot fior the small commuter airline that I worked for from 1988-1990 Called Propheter Aviation, he left to go fly for Air LA...