Mississippi Valley Airlines

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Mississippi Valley Airlines (IATA--XV), was a regional air carrier serving the Upper Midwestern region of the United States. Originally founded as Gateway Aviation, the carrier initially had its headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin,[1] and began scheduled flight operations on July 22, 1968 between La Crosse Municipal Airport and both Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) and Milwaukee (General Mitchell International Airport).[2] The carrier name changed to Mississippi Valley Airways in October 1969, later becoming Mississippi Valley Airlines, with the headquarters moving to Quad City Airport in Moline, Illinois in January 1982.[3][4] The airline merged with Air Wisconsin in 1985 and thus lost its previous identity.[5]




Although the airline had no fatal accidents, it lost one aircraft during in-flight operations, a Twin Otter which hit trees upon landing at La Crosse, Wisconsin.[6]


  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. July 26, 1980. 330. "Head Office: 2763 Reed Road, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, USA."
  2. ^ "Gateway Opens New Air Taxi Routes Monday" 'The Milwaukee Journal' July 18, 1968 p.19
  3. ^ "Commuter Airlines of the United States" by R.E.G. Davies and I.E. Quastler. 1995 The Smithsonian Press. p.372
  4. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 98." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  5. ^ "Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation". Funding Universe. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
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