Austin Express

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Austin Express
Founded August 13, 1997
Ceased operations December 31, 2000
Operating bases
Headquarters Austin, Texas, United States

Austin Express Inc. was a commuter airline headquartered in Austin, Texas, United States.[1][2][3] The airline incorporated on August 13, 1997. It was originally managed by ten former Conquest Airlines executives.[4] All of the owners and key personnel of Austin Express were formerly employed by Conquest which had also been based in Austin.[5] Bradfield Martino, Austin was the first ad agency to advertise the airline and a The New York Times article stated that the resulting ad account billings were estimated at over one million dollars.[6] Its operations began on January 5, 1998, with a small fleet of Fairchild Swearingen Metro III propjets.[1]

The airline operated out of Robert Mueller Municipal Airport before moving all operations to Austin Bergstrom International Airport following the closure of Mueller.[7][8] The cover of the March 18, 2000 Austin Express system timetable stated the airline was offering daily flights between the Texas cities of Austin (AUS), Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPT) and Tyler (TYR).[9] The airline ended scheduled passenger flights on Sunday, December 31, 2000 and then became a charter air carrier.[10]


  1. ^ a b "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 18-12 2002. 81.
  2. ^ "Contact Us!" Austin Express. November 14, 1999. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Austin Express. May 2, 2001. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  4. ^ Breyer, R. Michele. "Commuter lines plan fall takeoff." Austin American-Statesman. September 5, 1997. D1. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "A fitness determination of Austin Express, Inc." U.S. Department of Transportation. September 23, 1997. 2/9. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  6. ^ Cropper, Carol Marie. "THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING -- ADDENDA; Accounts." The New York Times. Friday December 12, 1997. Retrieved on October 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Welcome." Austin Express. January 27, 1999. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  8. ^ Hoitt, Debbie and Kelly Daniel. "So long, old airport." Austin American Statesman. May 22, 1999. A1. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
  9. ^, March 18, 2000 Austin Express system timetable
  10. ^ "ABIA WELCOMES VANGUARD AIRLINES’ NON-STOP SERVICE TO KANSAS CITY; COMMUTER FLIGHTS TO TYLER AND CORPUS CHRISTI TO END." Austin Bergstrom International Airport. December 28, 2000. Retrieved on October2 6, 2009.

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