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Arrow Air

Arrow Air was founded in 1950 as a cargo carrier. Deregulation tempted it into passenger service in the late Super70s, which continued into the Awesome80s.

On December 12, 1985, a chartered military flight carrying Americans home for the holidays crashed in Newfoundland killing all 258 passengers and crew.

Arrow Air

N919CL - a Douglas DC-8-73CF seen at Miami International in May 1983.

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Arrow Air is today what it started out as: a cargo airline.


Known Fleet: McDonnell-Douglas DC-8s (a very popular cargo aircraft) and DC-10s, and Lockheed L-1011s.

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Norwood, Tom W. Deregulation Knockouts, Round One. Sandpoint, ID: Airways International, 1996.
Petzinger, Thomas. Hard Landing: The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged the Airlines into Chaos. New York: Times Books, 1997.
Szurovy Geza. Classic American Airlines. Motorbooks International. 2003


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Airline: Arrow Air


Location: US

Flew: 1950 -

Status: Still flying as a cargo airline

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