Arizona Airways (1993–1996)

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Arizona Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsTucson International Airport
HeadquartersTucson, AZ
Key peopleJim Swartz (CEO)

Arizona Airways (IATA: VZICAO: AZYCall sign: Arizair) was an airline that was conceived as a regional airline to provide service to cities throughout the Southwestern United States and the Mexican state of Sonora from Texas to California.[1] The airline was in service between 1993 and 1996.[1]


Originally announced in late 1991, Arizona Airways envisioned to create 165 jobs and generate $70 million to the local economy.[1] In March 1992, the carrier was given its FAA approval.[2] After it was given approval, service was initially to commence in June 1992, with three roundtrips each business day and two each on Saturday and Sunday between Tucson and San Diego.[2] By July 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the airline a route from Tucson to Hermosillo.[3] At the time of this announcement, the airline also stated it was considering flying all of its domestic flights out of Avra Valley Airport in neighboring Marana due to the higher gate fees at Tucson International Airport; however, these plans never materialized.[3] Growth of the airline was rapid in its first year resulting in the carrier offering more flights from Tucson than any other carrier by April 1994.[4]

However, by July 1995 the carrier was unable to pay its fees at the airport and sought out an alliance with Minneapolis-based Great Lakes Aviation to generate additional revenue.[5] In August 1995, the deal with Great Lakes became official and the carrier was rebranded as Arizona Airways Express.[6] The carrier was then merged into Great Lakes Airlines on January 15, 1996.


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  1. ^ a b c d e Herr, Jeff (1991-12-31). "Tucson-based airline could add 165 jobs, give financial boost". The Arizona Daily Star.
  2. ^ a b "Arizona Airways clears FAA hurdle". The Arizona Daily Star. 1992-03-07.
  3. ^ a b "Tucson nets new air lanes to Hermosillo". The Arizona Daily Star. 1992-07-30.
  4. ^ a b c Ducote, Richard (1994-04-18). "New Ariz. Airways taking flight in market; Has expanded staffing level, air destinations". The Arizona Daily Star. pp. 8D.
  5. ^ Ducote, Richard (1995-06-07). "Alliance with Great Lakes to enable Arizona Airways to pay debt". The Arizona Daily Star. pp. 3B.
  6. ^ Christman, Bob (1995-08-10). "Arizona Airways has new owners". The Arizona Daily Star. pp. 4B.
  7. ^ JP Airline Fleets 1995/1996
  8. ^ a b c d "Arizona Airways". AirTimes: A Collector's Guide to Airline Timetables. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-30.
  9. ^ a b "Arizona Airways flying to Guaymas". The Arizona Daily Star. 1994-07-15. pp. 3B.
  10. ^ Ducote, Richard (1995-06-01). "Arizona Airways considering ways to pay off its bills". The Arizona Daily Star. pp. 3B.

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