9/29/1972: Air Florida Commences Operations

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Miami-based Air Florida (QH) commenced revenue operations in 1972 using a number of second-hand Lockheed Electras.

Businessman Eli Timoner had seen the rise of Pacific Southwest Airlines (PS) in California and wanted to emulate its success with his new intrastate airline.

With twice-daily flights between Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), and St. Petersburg (PIE), the airline quickly carved out a niche for itself.

An Air Florida Lockheed L-188 Electra lands at Miami International Airport in 1976. When Ed Acker joined the airline in 1975, he changed the carrier’s color scheme from orange and blue to blue read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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