Suburban Airlines Shorts 360 N360SA
This was the first production Shorts
360, a somewhat sleeker derivative of the boxy SD3-30, and
Suburban were the
launch customer, although I believe they only ever owned one
other. The air-
craft was placed into
service in November of 1982. About this time the airline
was facing stiff
People Express in Newark, and pulled out of that station, adding,
Boston and Pittsburgh to
the network. Bob Garrard's shot (above) caught N360SA
National Airport in March 1985.
Began operations in
1957 as Reading Airlines on a
Reading-Newark route. Changed name to Suburban Airlines in 1968. Became
an Allegheny Commuter carrier in 1973 (but continued to operate one
Beech 99 as Suburban Airlines). Acquired by USAir Group in 1986.
Changed name to Allegheny Commuter Airlines in August 1989. In July
1992, Allegheny Commuter Airlines was merged into Pennsylvania
Airlines, but the Allegheny name was retained. The airline continued to
operate USAir Express services as a subsidiary of USAir Group. In 1995
the name was shortened to Allegheny Airlines. Operations were combined
into Piedmont /Airlines on July 1, 2004.