Crown Airways

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Crown Airways was a regional airline operating for USAir Express with its headquarters on the grounds of DuBois Regional Airport in Washington Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, near Falls Creek.[1][2]

Crown Airways
Commenced operations1969
Ceased operations1994
Operating basesDuBois Regional Airport
AllianceUSAir Express
Fleet size12 Nord 262s
3 de Havilland Canada Dash 7s
HeadquartersWashington Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States


A privately owned company, Crown Airways started as Allegheny Commuter in March 1969.[2] By 1981, Allegheny Commuter was operating twelve French Nord 262 turboprops and three de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops. Service was flown from Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC and much of the northeast U.S..[3]

Short 330 of Henson Airlines in Allegheny Commuter livery.

Crown Airways was taken over in a leveraged buyout in 1990 by two of its executives, Albert Beiga and Philip Burnaman.[4] Crown Airways ceased to exist as an independent entity in 1994 when it was purchased by Mesa Air Group.[5]

Allegheny Commuter feeder airline code share service for Allegheny Airlines followed by USAir Express code share service on behalf of USAir was also operated by several other air carriers primarily in the eastern and northeastern U.S. These airlines included Aeromech, Air Kentucky, Air East, Air North, Britt Airways, Chatauqua Airlines, Fischer Brothers Aviation, Henson Airlines, Pennsylvania Commuter Airlines, Pocono Airlines, Ransome Airlines, Southern Jersey Airways and Suburban Airlines. The Allegheny Commuter System created by Allegheny Airlines pioneered the practice of code sharing by smaller air carriers with larger airlines.


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  1. ^ "Washington township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on February 14, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 22–28, 1995. 65.
  3. ^ Lowman, Ron (January 12, 1981). "U.S. airline boss loves our Dash 7s". Toronto Star. p. B08.
  4. ^ Kohn, Bernie (February 5, 1991). "Crown Airways Earns Its Wings With Commuters". Pittsburgh Press. p. D1.
  5. ^ Mesa Air Group web site. Retrieved July 9, 2013 Archived August 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine