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What was Allegheny Airlines?

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Allegheny Airlines was an airline that operated out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was headquartered at Washington National Airport in Arlington County, Virginia, from 1952 to 1979. It is the predecessor of what is now U.S. Airways..

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Allegheny Airlines was founded by Richard du Pont and Alexis Felix du Pont, Jr. It began as All American Aviation Company and started providing mail delivery and passenger flights on March 7, 1939. It was one of a number of carriers that developed and became successful as a result of the Air Mail Act of 1925, according to Aviation Online Magazine. In 1949, it was renamed All American Airways and switched from mail delivery to passenger service. On Jan. 1, 1953, it was renamed again to Allegheny Airlines. Over the next two decades, the company expanded to include more destinations.

Allegheny Airlines introduced its Allegheny Commuter System and became the first airline to create a network of affiliate regional airlines. The acquisitions of regional carriers such as Lake Central Airlines and Mohawk Airlines contributed to the company’s growth. As deregulation began, Allegheny looked to shed its image as a regional airline and changed its name to USAir on Oct. 28, 1979. USAir eventually renamed itself U.S. Airways, but it continued to use the Allegheny name and kept its trademark.

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