Britt Airways

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For the French regional airline see: Brit Air
Britt Airways Beech 99 operating for Allegheny Commuter at Chicago O'Hare in 1975

Britt Airways (IATA: RU) was a United States commuter airline based in Terre Haute, Indiana. Britt primarily operated turboprop aircraft but also flew British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven twinjets at one point as well.

Foundation and operations[edit]

In 1971 Britt Airways purchased a fleet of Beech 99 light turboprop airliners and by late 1975 these were operated under contract as Allegheny Commuter flights on behalf of Allegheny Airlines.[1]

In 1985, the founder and owner of Britt Airways, Bill Britt, sold the airline to People Express. Frank Lorenzo's holding company, Texas Air Corporation, acquired People Express,[2] following Texas Air's acquisition of Texas International Airlines. Texas Air Corporation later acquired Continental Airlines and merged the carriers using Continental's name.

Britt Airways operated services under the Continental Express banner for Continental from Houston Intercontinental Airport (now George Bush Intercontinental Airport) in Houston, Texas and Newark International Airport (now Newark Liberty International Airport) in Newark, New Jersey.[3][4] Britt Airways also operated out of Cleveland Hopkins Airport, beginning in November, 1987, flying Swearingen Metro II (Fairchild Metroliner) aircraft.


Fleet information is taken from the Britt historical website,

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Continental Express Flight 2574


  • Eastwood, Tony. Turboprop Airliner Production List. 1998. The Aviation Hobby Shop. ISBN 0-907178-69-3.