Metro Airlines, originally
Houston Metro Airlines, was a commuter airline
that was headquartered in Houston, Texas, United States.
airline holding firm
with the acquisition of a number of different
In 1969 the airline was founded to serve the Houston area.
In 1972 the airline carried between 90,000 and 100,000 passengers
per year. It displayed a profit of $156,510 U.S. dollars
in an eight-month period.
In 1978 Metro enters the "stand up widebody cabin age" when the
first orders for 5 Shorts 330
These aircraft would be used to
compliment the Twin Otters
use, upon higher demand routes, and offered far more comfortable
seating for passengers and required Metro to make provisions for
to join the ranks
of the regional airline
Airlines operated out of Dallas/Fort
Worth International Airport under the American Eagle Airlines brand
beginning on November 1, 1984. In 1985 the airline
announced that it would end service to Houston Intercontinental
Airport (now George Bush Intercontinental
Metro Airlines acquisitions
Metro Airlines spun
airline, Metro Airlines
off and formed a holding company of airlines. Among the "airline
holdings" acquired by Metro
- Brockway Air -
acquired in the summmer of 1989, Metro changed its name Air
Northeast, but operated as a banner carrier codeshare parter for TW
- Chaparral Airlines merged into the (Metro Leasing)
operations of the Metroflight - "the American
Eagle codeshare branded banner flying"
- Metro Express II- spun
off from the original Metro airlines - "the Eastern Express branded
banner flying and Metro Airlines"
- Sunaire - name changed
to Aviation Associates operated for / as Eastern
Express in the Carribean
In May 1993 Metro Airlines went bankrupt. The airline assets were
promptly purchased and renamed by AMR
whom were already involved with Metro Airlines by
way of the "banner carrier" codeshare flying Metro Airlines
performed for AMR as Metroflight,
which was begun
cooperatively by the legacy carrier
airline and the regional
middle part of the 1980's.
Destinations served by Metro Airlines include:
- "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March
30, 1985. 95." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
- Weiss, Michael. " METRO AIRLINES TO SHIFT SERVICE FROM HOUSTON."
The Dallas Morning News. August
14, 1985. Retrieved on March 25, 2009.
- Cray, Douglas W. " Airlines for Commuters." The New York
Times. Business/Finance F17. September 10, 1972. Retrieved
on March 25, 2009.
- " Save Time and Money. Fly Metro and Delta to the
Northeast or Midwest" (advertisement). The Victoria
Advocate via Google News. May 13, 1974. Retrieved on
March 25, 2009.