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Lou's corner. (the story of Chautauqua Airlines and its owners, E. Joel and Gloria Hall) (column)

Lou's Corner

In 1973, then known as Allegheny Airlines, a local service carrier serving the Northeastern U.S., wanted staff help in replacing Convair service between Jamestown, N.Y., and its so-called fortress hub at Pittsburgh, Pa.

Management asked E. Joel Hall, former Mohawk Airlines chief pilot, then Allegheny's chief of flight-crew training programs at Utica, N.Y. to assist in convincing the citizens of Jamestown that more-frequent service using smaller commuter-class transport planes would be better for them and the community, and less costly to the airline, because traffic volume was not sufficient to break even with the higher operating costs of the larger turboprops coming into the airline's fleet. …

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