Air L.A.

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Air L.A.
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations May 1982
Ceased operations September 1985
Parent company Air L.A. Inc
Key people Wayne Schoenfeld
Ken Dickey
Bill Wolf

Air L.A. (IATA: UE, ICAO: UED), a wholly owned subsidiary of Air L.A. Inc (NASDAQ: AILA) was an American regional airline headquartered in the Westchester area of Los Angeles, California.[1] It was founded by Wayne Schoenfeld, Ken Dickey and Bill Wolf. It ceased all operations in September 1995.[citation needed]


Air LA started life as a charter airline in the late 1970s. It first started scheduled operations using Piper Chieftain aircraft in May 1982. It served Blythe, Burbank, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. It gradually expanded its network to take in Bermuda Dunes/Palm Desert, Bullhead City(AZ)/Laughlin (NV), Ontario (CA) and Las Vegas.


In November 1990, Air L.A. added Mexico service through the acquisition of Air Resorts, another southern California-based commuter airline.

In April 1993, it had the distinction of entering into one of the first international codeshare agreements with Aeromexico. The relationship began initially on the Los Angeles to Tijuana route and expanded to another of other Mexican cities primarily out of Tijuana and Hermosillo. The airline bought Conquest Airlines in 1995.[2] In early 1995 Air L.A. also bought St. Paul, MN based Capitol Air (Not to be confused with the Capitol Air that operated jets, the Saint Paul based Capitol Air was a small commuter that served primarily Chicago Midway and Milwaukee from the St. Paul Downtown airport between mid-December 1993 and December 31, 1994).[3] In 1993, the airline operated a fleet of Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners, seating 19 passengers.

It served the following California cities: Los Angeles, San Diego, Ontario, California, Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton and Monterey. In Arizona, it served Phoenix. In Nevada, it served Las Vegas.

The airline also served two states in Mexico In Baja California, it served Tijuana, Ensenada, Mexicali and San Felipe. In Sonora, it served Hermosillo.

Destinations in 1989[edit]

Air LA was serving the following destinations in 1989 with scheduled passenger flights operated with British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 turboprop aircraft:[4]

Destinations in 1995[edit]

Air LA was serving the following destinations in 1995 with scheduled passenger flights operated with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprop aircraft:[5][6]


Air LA operated the following aircraft types during its existence:[7]


  1. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 22–28, 1995. 51.
  2. ^ "Article: CONQUEST INDUSTRIES SELLS AIRLINE SUBSIDIARY TO AIR L.A." PR Newswire. June 30, 1995. Retrieved on October 3, 2009.
  3. ^ "[1]" St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) - March 7, 1995 - 1D Business Twin Cities
  4. ^, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG)
  5. ^, Feb. 13, 1995 Air LA route map
  6. ^, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG)
  7. ^, photos of Air LA aircraft