Mississippi Valley Airlines

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Mississippi Valley Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
XV - -
Commenced operations July 22, 1968
Ceased operations 1985
Operating bases La Crosse Municipal Airport
Fleet size See Fleet below
Destinations See Destinations below
Headquarters La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
Moline, Illinois, United States

Mississippi Valley Airlines (IATA--XV), was a regional air carrier serving the Upper Midwestern region of the United States. It was founded as Gateway Aviation, and had its headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin.[1] It began scheduled flight operations on July 22, 1968 between La Crosse Municipal Airport and both Chicago (O'Hare International Airport) and Milwaukee (General Mitchell International Airport).[2] The carrier changed its name to Mississippi Valley Airways in October 1969. It became Mississippi Valley Airlines (MVA) and moved its headquarters to Quad City Airport in Moline, Illinois in January 1982.[3][4] The airline merged into Air Wisconsin in 1985.[5]


Turboprop fleet[edit]


Although the airline had no fatal accidents, it lost one aircraft during in-flight operations, a Twin Otter which hit trees upon landing at La Crosse, Wisconsin.[6]


  1. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. July 26, 1980. 330. "Head Office: 2763 Reed Road, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601, USA."
  2. ^ "Gateway Opens New Air Taxi Routes Monday" 'The Milwaukee Journal' July 18, 1968 p.19
  3. ^ "Commuter Airlines of the United States" by R.E.G. Davies and I.E. Quastler. 1995 The Smithsonian Press. p.372
  4. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 98." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  5. ^ "Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation". Funding Universe. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  6. ^ [1]