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What Ever Happened To Wright Airlines?

Mon May 28, 2012 7:09 pm

At first they flew between Cleveland-Burke Lakefront-Detroit City Airport using Convair 640s.Then expanded to Columbus,Cincinnati and other Cities. Beleive it or not they flew to Columbus Don Scott Field(KOSU) for a short while,then moved over to CMH.
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RE: What Ever Happened To Wright Airlines?

Mon May 28, 2012 7:16 pm

They took over another commuter (Aeromech) in the early 1983 with a large EMB-110 fleet, then collapsed back to Burke Lakefront and a CV-600/640 operator in 1984 and eventually withered away. It was last operating an aircraft in 1989 as a charter operator from BKL with CV640 N862FW, though if that was the same (or actually another airline and the wrong info on the flightplan) Wright Airlines I cannot be sure.
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RE: What Ever Happened To Wright Airlines?

Mon May 28, 2012 7:38 pm

I was thinking they ceased operations around 1985. The cargo carrier where I was employed at the time purchased all the CV-600 aircraft from Wright for conversion to freighters. Registration # N74850, N74853 and N74855 were converted to cargo config and put into service. I think the others withered away at Hamilton Aviation in Tucson Az.
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RE: What Ever Happened To Wright Airlines?

Wed May 30, 2012 1:19 am

WRIGHT AIRLINES, INC., was established in 1966 by Jerry Weller and Ernie Rolls to provide service between downtown Cleveland and downtown Detroit. Based at BURKE LAKEFRONT AIRPORT, it served the businessmen of both cities and helped alleviate congestion at the two major airports. Wright first expanded its services beyond Cleveland and Detroit in 1970, and in 1972 became a certified, scheduled interstate air carrier. Gilbert Singerman, who became president of Wright in 1978, expanded the company into a leading regional carrier of both freight and passengers. In 1982 he expanded airline service into numerous other cities, and on 1 Oct. 1983 merged Wright with Aeromech Airlines of Clarksburg, WV, to create the 9th-largest regional airline in the U.S., with a fleet of 10 aircraft. It had moved part of its operation to CLEVELAND-HOPKINS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in June 1980. Expansion of both service and aircraft was too rapid, however, and late in 1984 Wright filed for protection under Chap. 11 of the Bankruptcy Law. Two months later, in Nov. 1984, it laid off 240 employees and reduced its schedule to 11 flights between Cleveland and Detroit each day. Losses continued, and Wright cut down to 3 round trips to Detroit daily. By Dec. 1985 the airline was in Chap. 7 liquidation and never emerged.
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