Lone Star really had two components: the Metros that were used on EAS routes and the Do-328s to Mexico. I cannot remember how everything transpired, but here's the best I can remember:
Lone Star was acquired by a Colorado investment company called Peak International, controlled by the Crown family. Peak, in turn, formed Exec Express II
which, in turn, formed Aspen Mountain Air. Peak filed to have Lone Star's certificate transfered to Exec Express II
. The official name of the airline was then Exec Express II
d/b/a Aspen Mountain Air.
There was a spat between Peak/AMA
and a start-up called Jet Aspen, who was planning to use BAe-146s. It was controlled by Harold Parretti, a long-time airline exec, but nothing ever came of the airline.
In the end, Exec Express II
out-sourced the EAS flying to Metro Airlines (San Antonio), which took on three passenger Metros for the service, while AMA
maintained the stations. This was until AMA
could get out of the EAS contracts and focus solely on the Do-328 operation.
At one point, AMA
had applied for slots to Chicago/O'Hare and planned to expand by connecting points in the US midwest with Branson, MO
. This was the final stages of AMA
's life, though.
had the Do-328s for service to Mexico (also Pensacola, FL
), a minimal codeshare was started with American Airlines, which continued until the demise of AMA
Hope this helps.