Florida Airlines

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Florida Airlines Route Map 1974
Florida Airlines
Founded 1960
Ceased operations 1981
Destinations Regional Florida
Company slogan The Florida Connection
Headquarters Tampa, relocated to Sarasota in August 1974

Florida Airlines was a commuter airline based in Florida that operated from 1960 to 1982. It is said to have had the largest Douglas DC3 fleet in the world in 1976[1] Airline deregulation eventually resulted in the demise of the airline.[citation needed]


In the sixties Florida Airlines operated a fleet of aircraft described in the below table.[2]

Florida Airlines Fleet - 1960s
Aircraft Total
Piper Apache 3
V-tailed Bonanza 2
Beechcraft D18 - 55C, 90Z 3
Piper Aztec -69Y, 60Y, 37Y 3
Douglas DC-3 - N8701, N6102 2
Cessna 402 - 97Q 1

Corporate history[edit]

  • Incorporated on February 8, 1960 as Florida Air Taxi, Inc. in Tampa, Florida with William Taylor as owner; he had purchased the company in the early 1950s from L. A. Stevens.[3]
  • Corporate name was changed to Florida Airlines, Inc. on October 17, 1969[3]
  • Company sold to Lee H. Hill, Sr. and Lee H. Hill, Jr., owners of Hill-Donnelly Publishing company in 1969
  • Company sold by the Hills to Arthur C. Allyn in late 1973. Allyn had previously owned the Chicago White Sox baseball team and Executive Airlines. He was also the owner of Sarasota Jungle Gardens and a significant philanthropist in the Sarasota area.
  • Purchased Air South and Shawnee Airlines in 1975[1]
  • Filed for Bankruptcy protection and suspended services in January 1980[4]
  • Recommenced operations as Southern International Airlines (SIA) based at Sarasota in early 1980 (operating under the 'Air Florida Commuter' banner)[1]
  • December 2, 1981 Southern International Airlines (SIA) operations were suspended[1]
  • Corporation was dissolved on December 14, 1982[5]


The cities that Florida Airlines served in the 1970s:[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Florida Airlines". Sunshine Skies: Historic Commuter Airlines of Florida and Georgia. Sunshineskies. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Florida Airlines". Florida Airlines: Website. Bill Odell. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Florida Airlines". Florida Dept of State : Website. 18 Feb 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Florida Airlines". Google News Archives. Retrieved 15 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Florida Airlines". Florida Dept of State : Website. 18 Feb 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Florida Airlines Timetable". AirTimes Website. AirTimes. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 

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