North Carolina Newspapers

    Volume 1 Numbers March 13, 1989
USAir plans to grow its fleet of
McDonnell Douglas MD-82s by
as many as 40 aircraft starting in
January 1992.
All American Airways President
Robert Love (far right) counts
down the final minutes before the
departure of the airline’s first
revenue passenger flight at Wash
ington National Airport on March
7,1949. Flight crew members
included (from I to r) First Officer
Franl( Petee, All American Chief
Pilot Norm Rintoul, and Captain
Tom Kincheloe. ^
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Henson Airlines President
Ronald Holley: Aviation got
in his blood and changed his
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Piedmont and USAir employ
ees in maintenance and engi
neering are seeing what it
lakes to “Take Off Together.”
USAir celebrates 40 years of
revenue passenger service
Nineteen hundred and eighty nine marks a very important year in
the history of USAir. It will be remembered as the year we put it all
together—the Piedmont merger, orders for many new aircraft, a near
doubling of employees under the USAir Group umbrella, the year
USAir became known as a major force in the airline industry.
But to some employees and those
close to the company who have
watched it grow and thrive through
the years, 1989 marks another very
important date—the fortieth anniver
sary of USAir’s first revenue passen
ger flight.
It was a cold, blustery March
morning. Gathered around the DC-3
were the crew, federal officials, and
All American Airways President
Robert M. Love. Love checked his
watch. It was very important that this
flight leave on time.
It was March 7,1949, and this was
the first scheduled passenger flight of
All American Airways.
All American had been in the
transportation business for more than
ten years with its unique airmail
piclaip service. The first air carrier
certificated after the passenger of the
1938 CivU Aeronautics Act, All Ameri-
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