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Aeroamerica

By Patrick Mondout

Aeroamerica, which was a descendant of Air Club International, began flying in early 1974 with worldwide charter and contract flights. Perhaps its most successful base was in Berlin, where it had many military contracts. By 1978, the year of deregulation, it obtained domestic scheduled authority and began offering scheduled Boeing 720 service between Seattle and Spokane. This was followed by scheduled Seattle to Honolulu service.

By 1976, Aeroamerica had a substantial business flying its planes for other airlines in the Middle East and North Africa. Carriers under contract include EgyptAir, Pakistan International Airways (PIA), Saudia, and Somali Airlines. This newfound business disappeared by late 1978, and financial problems followed.

Aeroamerica was found to be in violation of various federal regulations and had its authority to fly to Europe and the Hawaii revoked. On November 15, 1979, Aeroamerica went under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the FAA grounded the airline on the grounds that its now bankrupt condition could affect safety. By June 1980 the FAA completely withdrew Aeroamerica's certificate.

By 1982, it had resolved most of its FAA problems and began offering charter flights as it had started almost a decade earlier, but it was too late for Michael Falconer and his airline. It's assets were sold off shortly thereafter.

Known Fleet: Boeing 707s and 720s; BAC 1-11s.

 

References:
Davies, R.E.G. Airlines of the United States Since 1914. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982.
Hengi, B.I. Airlines Remembered: Over 200 Airlines of the Past, Described and Illustrated in Colour, Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing, 2000.
Norwood, Tom W. Deregulation Knockouts, Round One. Sandpoint, ID: Airways International, 1996.
Heppenheimer, T.A. Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995.

 

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"Ex employees should check out the reunion site: http://www.aeroamerica.net/."

--Anonymous

"I worked at Aeroamerica in 1975 or thereabouts, in Seattle as an airplane cleaner. A bit of trivia is that one of my co workers was one John Keister, who would go on to (relative) fame in Seattle as host of the television program "Almost Live". Needless to say, at Aeroamerica when we worked there, much wackiness ensued."

--rkt


 

FLYING FACTS

Airline: Aeroamerica

AKA: Aero-America

Location: US

Flew: January 7, 1974 - 1980; 1982

Status: No longer exists


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