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Jet America Airlines was an airline that operated domestic flights in the United States between 1981 and 1987 . It was headquartered in Signal Hill, California, near Long Beach. [1 ] [2 ] [3 ]
History [ edit ]
Headed by executives from
AirCal and Air Florida, the airline began operating on November 16, 1981, with a flight from its base at Long Beach Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The airline later added service to five other destinations. The airline operated a fleet of eight McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft, plus two Boeing 707 aircraft in Philadelphia during the summer of 1984 for charter work.
In 1985 Jet America joined with
Disney to advertise a direct route from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Long Beach Airport for people to visit Disneyland in its 30th anniversary year. Many of these ads were played during Texas Rangers baseball games or were placed in the team's programs and calendar.
Late in 1986, the airline received buyout offers from
Delta Air Lines and Alaska Air Group. The airline accepted Alaska's bid and by the end of the year the acquisition had been completed. After initially attempting to operate the two airlines separately but finding it costly to do so, Jet America was merged into Alaska Airlines on October 1, 1987. [4 ]
Destinations [ edit ]
At its height
Jet America served a total of 12 destinations in the
Jet America operated a total of ten aircraft:
References [ edit ]
Norwood, Tom W. (1996). Deregulation Knockouts, Round One. Sandpoint, Idaho: Airways International. pp. 56–57. ISBN 0965399303. OCLC 37263082.