PVD757
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Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 3:20 am

Looking for some info for a project gang...a link or outright answers would be GREAT!

1. When did Alleghany Airlines become USAir and what is just a name change or where there other airlines involved in the transaction?

2. On that same date, did Alleghany become the wholly owned subsidiary of USAirways that is what we now know of?

3. When did Pilgrim Airlines become Business Express, and how did the name change/merger come about (i.e. any other airline involved in the transaction)?

4. When did AA Eagle purchase and then merge Business Express into Eagle?

5. When and how did CO and People Express come together (merger, acquisition, other)?

6. Need as much history about Bar Harbor Airways until it was absorbed into CO Express in August of 1990.

7. Need as much history about Commutair through the USAir days and when they switched to CO Connection.

Thanks in advance everyone. I'm doing so much research on so many carriers, I figured I'd help myself out and turn it over to some of the A-Net experts on the carriers I'm having some trouble with...
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 3:33 am

1. Allegheny became USAir in 1979 (I believe in October).
5. Great article on PE at http://www.airtransportbiz.com/. Click 'Airlines', then "PeoplExpress'.

Can't help much with the others, sorry.

Tom at MSY
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:53 am

Thanks Tom, found the data I needed for PE. I've also found the infor on the Commutair change-ver from US to CO (12/2/2000). If anyone has an old timetable for 2001, I need the date that Commutair resumed service to PVD (to ALB?) as a CO Connection carrier...

I'd also like to add Ransome Airlines, Henson Aviation, Pennsylvania Commuter, Pocono Airlines, and Metro Airlines Northeast to the list of airlines I need history on.
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:59 am

More specifically, I need to know when Ransome Airlines was a part od the Delta family. I have the dates when they were bought by Pan Am.

I just stubled upon Trans East International and New York Air being involved in the matrix too...
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:59 am

Add Mohawk to the list! C'mon, where's all the history buffs and timetable collectors today??
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:08 am

US Airway History
This charts the history of US Airways which includes Piedmont, Allegheny, Mohawk and PSA. Hope this helps.
 
timz
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:57 am

I guess you don't have Davies' book on commuter airlines? We'll see what he says.

What did you want to know about Mohawk?
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:03 pm

The Mohawk merger was not a pretty sight. Bob Peach Sr. was very distraught over lossing Mohawk to Allegheny. He commited suicide over it. His sons in the late 80's were able to aquire the name back from USAir and made a poor attempt at running an airline form UCA and later SYR. Mohawk (II) ceased 9/93 due to IRS problems.
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:25 pm

DAL, Mohawk II; were they independent or did they have something to do with a Horizon Airlines?
 
timz
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:36 am

From "Commuter Airlines of the US" by REG Davies and IE Quastler:

p295 "When, in June 1982, he had parted company with USAir and transferred Ransome's reservations to Delta, he had already initiated preliminary discussions with Dave Garrett, soon to become Delta's president. In May 1984, Dawson consummated the new association by announcing that Ransome Airlines had become part of The Delta Connection..."

same page "Pilgrim Airlines, from New London/Groton, founded in the early 1960s by old-timer Joe Fugere, had absorbed NewAir, and was itself engulfed by Business Express, a newcomer from Hartford that had been founded only in November 1984..."

In the back it says Business Exp bought Pilgrim on 28 Feb 1986.

There's more, of course. You probably need the book.
 
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RE: Aviation History Questions

Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:08 pm

Thanks Timz, I'll look into getting my hands on that publication...