Rio Airways Pilot Hat Badge 2nd Issue
Killeen, TX 1970-1987
Rio Airways was a regional passenger airline. The airline was founded in Corpus Christi and then they were bought by Ted Connell of Hood Airlines and he moved headquarters to Killeen. Rio acquired Davis Airlines in 1977. Rio Airways operated briefly in a code-share arrangement with Delta Air Lines whereby Rio flights were booked and sold under the "Delta Connection" brand name. Prior to operations at DFW it operated at Dallas Love Field. The Connell's who owned Rio, sold it in early 1986 to a group of investors from Houston, Texas.