Wings Airways

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Wings Airways
IATA
WQ
ICAO
WAW
Callsign
WING SHUTTLE
Founded 1976
Commenced operations February 21, 1977
Ceased operations Early 1991
Operating bases Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Fleet size 3 different types of aircraft.
Headquarters Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Key people Henry McNeil and Richard Fox

Wings Airways was a commuter airline based out of Wings Field in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

The airline focused primarily on shuttling passengers to nearby airports throughout the region. Wings Airways promised faster commute times to and from major airports for those living in neighboring suburban areas of Philadelphia. The primary route served by the air carrier was the short hop between Wings Field (BBX) in Blue Bell and the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) which was a flight of less than 15 minutes. From the late 1970s to the late 1980s, Wings operated a high frequency shuttle service between BBX and PHL with up to 22 round trip flights on weekdays.[1]

However, the airline then shutdown during the early 1990s due to the construction of Interstate 476 and other highways and freeways in the greater Philadelphia area, which made it easier for those living in the suburbs to access Philadelphia International Airport. According to a publication by 2004 newsletter from Wings Field, there were 152 operations a day at Wings Field (55,540 for the year) during the airline's peak in 1990.[2]

Fleet[edit]

Wings Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total
Britten-Norman Trislander Unknown
Britten-Norman Islander Unknown
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1

All three of the above aircraft types featured short takeoff and landing (STOL) performance.

Destinations[edit]

United States:

See timetables at http://www.airtimes.com/cgat/usc/wings.htm

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 & Dec. 15, 1989 editions of the Official Airline Guide (OAG), Blue Bell-Philadelphia flight schedules
  2. ^ Wings Connections - Vol. 1, Summer 2004