Jet America Pilot Hat Badge
Long Beach, CA 1981-1987
The airline began operating on November 16, 1981, with a flight from its base at Long Beach to Chicago O'Hare International. The airline later added service to five other destinations. Late in 1986, the airline received a buyout offer from the Alaska Air Group. The airline accepted Alaska's bid and by the end of the year the acquisition had been completed. After initially attempting to operate the two airlines separately but finding it costly to do so, Jet America was merged into Alaska Airlines on October 1, 1987.