Sunday, December 24, 2017

Chaparral Airlines (American Eagle) - March, 1987

Chaparral Airlines was a regional airline based in Abilene that began service during the 1970s. Chaparral operated Beechcraft 99 and CASA 212 twin turboprop aircraft as well as Piper prop aircraft at this time. In 1979, Chaparral was operating nonstop flights to both Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and was also flying nonstop to Austin (AUS) and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). The air carrier then introduced larger, 37-passenger Grumman Gulfstream I-C turboprops which is a stretched regional airline version of the successful Gulfstream I business prophet. In 1984, Chaparral was operating nonstop flights from Abilene to Austin (AUS), Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) and Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) with direct, one stop service to San Antonio (SAT) via Austin. Chaparral would eventually become an American Eagle air carrier flying code share service on behalf of American Airlines.


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