Royale Airlines

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Royale Airlines was a regional / commuter airline with headquarters on the grounds of Shreveport Regional Airport in Shreveport, Louisiana.[1]

Royale operated scheduled passenger flights in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida from the 1960s to the late 1980s. It flew mainly turboprop aircraft such as the Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante, Beechcraft Model 99, Short 330 and Grumman Gulfstream G-I with the latter being a regional airliner version of Grumman's successful propjet business aircraft. Royale also flew two (2) Douglas DC-9-14 jetliners on services from Houston primarily to Brownsville, TX (BRO) on behalf of Continental Airlines. For a short period between 1985 and 1986 Royale operated de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft acquired from Metro Airlines which had moved its operations to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in Texas and also to Atlanta, Georgia. These Twin Otter STOL (short take off and landing) turboprop aircraft were primarily utilized to shuttle passengers between the Clear Lake City, Texas STOLport, which was located near the NASA Johnson Space Center, and Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH, now Houston George R. Bush Intercontinental Airport). Royale codeshared with Continental Airlines and provided passenger feed at Continental's Houston hub during the final years of operation prior to its bankruptcy Chapter 11 filing on Sept. 9, 1987.

Destinations Served[edit]

The following destination information is taken from Royale Airlines system timetable route maps from 1974 to 1987.[2]

  • Alexandria, LA (ESF)
  • Austin, TX (AUS)
  • Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
  • Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX (BPT)
  • Brownsville, TX (BRO)
  • Clear Lake City, TX (CLC, airport no longer in existence)
  • College Station, TX (CLL)
  • Fort Polk, LA (POE)
  • Houston, Texas (IAH) - Hub
  • Jackson, MS (JAN)
  • Lafayette, LA (LFT)
  • Lake Charles, LA (LCH)
  • Lake Jackson, TX (LBX)
  • Laredo, TX (LRD)
  • Memphis, TN (MEM)
  • Morgan City/Patterson, LA (PTN)
  • Monroe, LA (MLU)
  • Natchez, MS (HEZ)
  • New Orleans, LA (MSY) - Hub
  • Pensacola, FL (PNS)
  • San Antonio, TX (SAT)
  • Shreveport, LA (SHV, the airline's home base)
  • Victoria, TX (VCT)

Fleet[edit]

Cessation of Operations[edit]

The airline encountered financial difficulties and then ceased operations during the late 1980s. Royale's Chapter 11 bankruptcy was changed to Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February 1989.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 29, 1986. 120.
  2. ^ departedflights.com, Royale Airlines route maps

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