Wright Airlines

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Wright Airlines
Wright Airlines Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Focus cities Cleveland, Detroit
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Key people Gerald Weller
Website none, defunct airline

Wright Airlines, founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966, is regarded as the first United States regional airline. The airline was based in Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport. The airline has since gone out of business.


The founder and first president of the airline was Gerald Weller. This regional airline was the first to be financed through the sale of stock on Wall Street [1].

Wright was also considered to be a commuter airline. An example of how they operated was shuttle service with scheduled departures at one hour intervals being flown between Cleveland and Detroit with reservations not being required in advance [2].

During its existence, Wright Airlines had these acquisitions and mergers:

After each of these mergers, the Wright name was retained.


The aircraft livery of the airline varied, and through its existence was either orange and tan on white, blue and tan on white, or dark orange, orange and tan on white.

Destinations in 1984[edit]

According to its October 1, 1984 system timetable, Wright was serving the following destinations:[1]

Aircraft types operated[edit]

The airline flew a wide range of aircraft types selected according to the route and number of passengers.

Aircraft acquired when Wright Airlines purchased Aeromech 10/01/83

Safety record[edit]

The airline had a good safety record with few accidents or incidents. None are known to have been fatal accidents.

Similar but non-related airlines[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 1, 1984 Wright Airlines system timetable