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    [title] => JetPiedmont.com || Milestones in the History of Piedmont Airlines
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    [website] => www.jetpiedmont.com
    [address_1] => P.O. BOX 25864
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    [city] => WINSTON-SALEM
    [state] => N.C.
    [zip] => 27114-5864
    [phone] => 336-765-4363
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                    [date] => 1940-07-02
                    [milestone] => Piedmont Aviation incorporated in North Carolina as an aircraft sales and service business
                    [book_source] => 1
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            [1] => Array
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                    [date] => 1941-07-01
                    [milestone] => Civil Aeronautics Board approves Piedmont Aviation as the only federally licensed repair and overhaul facility between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [2] => Array
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                    [date] => 1944-06-06
                    [milestone] => Piedmont Aviation applies to the CAB to conduct scheduled local service to cities in the Southeast.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [3] => Array
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                    [date] => 1947-04-04
                    [milestone] => The CAB awards Piedmont a Certificate of Public Covenience and Necessity, allowing it to begin scheduled service over four routes. The certificate is placed on hold pending an appeal by an unsuccessful applicant that eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [4] => Array
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                    [date] => 1947-12-12
                    [milestone] => The CAB reaffirms its decision to award Piedmont a certificate, clearing the way for the airline to begin operations.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [5] => Array
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                    [date] => 1948-01-01
                    [milestone] => Piedmont Airlines (PI) formed as a division of Piedmont Aviation.
                    [book_source] => 1
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            [6] => Array
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                    [date] => 1948-02-20
                    [milestone] => PI makes its first scheduled flight between Wilmington, N.C. and Cincinnati, Ohio.
                    [book_source] => 1
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            [7] => Array
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                    [date] => 1948-05-14
                    [milestone] => PI provides air service along all routes authorized by the CAB.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [8] => Array
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                    [date] => 1950-02-06
                    [milestone] => The U.S. Supreme Court overturns an Appeals Court decision and upholds the CAB's decision to give a certificate to PI.  This ends the legal challenges to PI's right to operate an airline.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [9] => Array
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                    [date] => 1951-04-01
                    [milestone] => PI publishes first issue of employee paper, the Piedmonitor.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [10] => Array
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                    [date] => 1952-05-26
                    [milestone] => The CAB renews PI's certificate for seven years in "special recognition" of its outstanding service.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [11] => Array
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                    [date] => 1954-02-26
                    [milestone] => PI carries its millionth passenger since it began scheduled service.  It is the first local-service airline to carry a million passengers.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [12] => Array
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                    [date] => 1954-12-01
                    [milestone] => Construction begins on PI's new office building and hangar across from Winston-Salem's Smith Reynolds Airport.  The complex is completed in February 1956.
                    [book_source] => 1
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            [13] => Array
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                    [date] => 1955-06-01
                    [milestone] => PI carries first class mail for the first time.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [14] => Array
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                    [date] => 1955-12-06
                    [milestone] => CAB awards PI a permanent certificate.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [15] => Array
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                    [date] => 1957-11-08
                    [milestone] => PI files a route application with the CAB which includes service to ATL and DCA. If approved, the new service would add 2,952 route miles and 10 new cities and nearly double the system. Approval comes almost five years later on March 20, 1962.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [16] => Array
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                    [date] => 1958-11-14
                    [milestone] => Regular service with the F-27 begins between Cincinnati and Wilmington.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [17] => Array
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                    [date] => 1961-02-01
                    [milestone] => The company applies for authority to provide helicopter service between Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore, but service never materializes.
                    [book_source] => 0
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            [18] => Array
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                    [date] => 1961-12-04
                    [milestone] => PI agrees to buy 17 44-passenger Martin 404 aircraft from TWA for $3.25 million.  First 404 service begins January 15, 1962.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [19] => Array
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                    [date] => 1962-02-20
                    [milestone] => PI retires the last of its DC-3 aircraft on the 15th anniversary of its first scheduled flight.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

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                    [date] => 1962-03-06
                    [milestone] => CAB authorizes multiple new routes in nine states plus Washington, D.C., expanding PI's system by 50 percent.  New service ties PI's system to Baltimore and Atlanta.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [21] => Array
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                    [date] => 1962-06-01
                    [milestone] => First PI stewardess training class held in Winston-Salem.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [22] => Array
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                    [date] => 1963-01-06
                    [milestone] => PI and Allegheny Airlines (predecessor to USAir) offer a joint fare, the lowest air fare ever offered in the world by scheduled carriers. For $99, a foreign passenger may buy a ticket permitting unlimited travel for 30 days over the airlines' routes. The fare is the first joint tariff ever offered by any local service carriers.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

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                    [date] => 1963-12-17
                    [milestone] => A PI F-27 becomes the first commercial aircraft to land on a new landing strip near the Wright Brothers Monument at Kitty Hawk, N.C., marking the 60th anniversary of powered flight.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [24] => Array
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                    [date] => 1964-10-21
                    [milestone] => PI's Board of Directors authorizes a cash dividend of 10 cents per share on the company's common stock.  It is the first cash dividend to be paid by any publicly-owned local service airline.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [25] => Array
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                    [date] => 1964-10-31
                    [milestone] => For the first time in PI's history, the airline boards 100,000 passengers in a single month.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [26] => Array
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                    [date] => 1964-12-04
                    [milestone] => PI achieves its goal of carrying one million passengers in a year.  It ends the year having carried 1,078,028 passengers.  In October that year it had exceeded 100,000 passengers in a month for the first time, having carried 100,824 passeners.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

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                    [date] => 1966-01-20
                    [milestone] => PI orders six 90-passenger Boeing 737 jets with an option for six more, the largest such order placed by a local-service airline.  Delivery begins in April 1968.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [28] => Array
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                    [date] => 1966-04-20
                    [milestone] => PI orders 10 44-passenger Fairchild-Hiller-227B prop-jets to replace the aging F-27.  Delivery begins in November 1966.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [29] => Array
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                    [date] => 1966-09-30
                    [milestone] => CAB authorizes PI to begin service to New York City and new service to Washington, D.C. at Dulles International Airport.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [30] => Array
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                    [date] => 1966-11-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens the Piedmont Aerospace Institute to train aircraft mechanics and technicians.  It remains open through December 1984.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [31] => Array
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                    [date] => 1967-03-15
                    [milestone] => PI leases two Boeing 727 jet airliners to use pending delivery of B-737s.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [32] => Array
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                    [date] => 1967-03-15
                    [milestone] => The FH-227B is put into service.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [33] => Array
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                    [date] => 1967-04-01
                    [milestone] => PI breaks ground for new $8 million home office and maintenance facility at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem.  Building is occupied in August 1968.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [34] => Array
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                    [date] => 1967-10-18
                    [milestone] => PI board authorizes purchase of 21 Nihon YS-11 jets to replace aging Martin 404s.  Delivery begins in May 1968.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [35] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1968-04-09
                    [milestone] => PI's first Boeing 737, the PI Pacemaker, sets new speed record for twin-jet transports during delivery flight, flying 2,501 miles from Seattle to Wilmington in four hours and 47 minutes.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [36] => Array
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                    [date] => 1968-05-16
                    [milestone] => PI takes delivery of first YS-11.  The Cherry Blossom Pacemaker is put into service on May 19.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [37] => Array
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                    [date] => 1968-08-01
                    [milestone] => Regular service with the B-737 begins.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [38] => Array
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                    [date] => 1968-10-25
                    [milestone] => New headquarters building on North Liberty Street in Winston-Salem is dedicated.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [39] => Array
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                    [date] => 1969-12-01
                    [milestone] => PI begins service to Chicago.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [40] => Array
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                    [date] => 1970-02-15
                    [milestone] => Last of the Martin 404s is replaced with YS-11.  PI now operates a fleet powered only by jet turbines.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [41] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1971-05-08
                    [milestone] => PI opens new Central Reservations Office in Winston-Salem with computerized reservation system.  
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [42] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1975-10-25
                    [milestone] => Last FH-227 makes its final flight.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [43] => Array
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                    [date] => 1977-12-31
                    [milestone] => PI exceeds four million passengers for the year.  The final tally is 4,167,954 passengers.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [44] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1978-09-25
                    [milestone] => PI stock listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [45] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1980-04-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens a second reservations office, in Nashville, Tenn.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [46] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1981-03-25
                    [milestone] => PI announces order for eight more 737s with options for 20 more, to begin delivery in 1982.  Order will make PI's 737 fleet the largest in the world.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [47] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1981-05-06
                    [milestone] => Tom Davis steps down as president and takes new role as chairman and CEO; Executive Vice President William R. Howard is named president.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [48] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1981-06-08
                    [milestone] => PI opens third reservations center, in Orlando, Fla.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [49] => Array
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                    [date] => 1981-08-03
                    [milestone] => PI opens the Thomas H. Davis Training Center in Winston-Salem for training pilots, flight attendants, avionics technicians, station agents and dispatchers.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [50] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1981-12-11
                    [milestone] => Norfolk & Western Railway becomes the largest holder of PI stock with purchase of approximately 20 percent of PI's outstanding shares.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [51] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1982-01-01
                    [milestone] => PI sponsors NASCAR race team of Richard Childress, making it the first airline to sponsor a NASCAR.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [52] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1982-03-14
                    [milestone] => YS-11 service ends with retirement of the Shenandoah Valley Pacemaker.  For the first time, no aircraft in PI's fleet uses propellers.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [53] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1982-03-29
                    [milestone] => PI opens fourth reservations center, in Reston, Va.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [54] => Array
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                    [date] => 1982-05-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens Presidential Suites at 18 locations on its route system.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [55] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1982-05-02
                    [milestone] => PI pioneers the modern hub system with opening of new $64 million terminal in Charlotte, N.C.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [56] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1982-07-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens hub in Dayton, Ohio.  Hub soon defies analysts' predictions and exceeds traffic projections.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [57] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1982-07-02
                    [milestone] => Flight 328, a B737-200 traveling from Norfolk to Newark, is flown by an all-female crew, a first for PI and the airline industy. In the cockpit are Captain Cheryl Peters and First Officer Becky Rose; and flight attendants include Paula Lanier, Dolly Wenat, and Cindy Perry.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [58] => Array
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                    [date] => 1983-05-04
                    [milestone] => PI founder Tom Davis retires as chairman and CEO.  Piedmont President William R. Howard is named CEO.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [59] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1983-05-08
                    [milestone] => PI opens $11.5 million maintenance facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [60] => Array
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                    [date] => 1983-07-15
                    [milestone] => PI begins operations at third hub, in Baltimore, Md.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [61] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1983-07-29
                    [milestone] => PI receives approval to acquire Henson Aviation, Inc. as a subsidiary.  Henson begins operations as a PI regional airline on October 30, 1983.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [62] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1983-12-31
                    [milestone] => PI ends 1983 as the 10th largest airline in the United States, and the 17th largest in the world, with 11.7 million passengers in 1983.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [63] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1984-04-01
                    [milestone] => PI begins West Coast service with daily flights to Los Angeles from Charlotte and Dayton.  With Los Angeles service, PI offers first-class service for the first time.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [64] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1984-04-01
                    [milestone] => Fokker F-28 joins PI's fleet.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [65] => Array
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                    [date] => 1984-11-01
                    [milestone] => PI introduces its Frequent Flyer Bonus Program.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [66] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1984-11-15
                    [milestone] => PI joins the ranks of the major airlines with annual sales in excess of $1 billion.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [67] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-01-01
                    [milestone] => Air Transport World magazine awards PI its prestigious "Airline of the Year" award for 1984.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [68] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-03-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens a fifth reservations center, in Dayton, Ohio.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [69] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-04-19
                    [milestone] => PI takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-300, a significant improvement over the 737-200 models.  The B-737-300 begins service on May 1.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [70] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-05-01
                    [milestone] => PI signs agreement with Sunbird Airlines, making it the first commuter carrier tied into PI's reservation and route system. 
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [71] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-05-01
                    [milestone] => First B737-300 enters service.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [72] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-09-14
                    [milestone] => PI's computer reservations system, the CAREsystem, opens in Winston-Salem.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [73] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-10-01
                    [milestone] => PI begins Florida Shuttle service with 68 daily intrastate flights serving 10 locations.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [74] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-10-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens F-28 Training Center in Tampa, Fla.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [75] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-10-02
                    [milestone] => PI announces merger agreement with Empire Airlines based in Utica, N.Y.; the acquisition is completed May 1, 1986.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [76] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-11-01
                    [milestone] => Britt Airways and Jetstream International join the PI commuter system.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [77] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1985-11-01
                    [milestone] => PI Flight 481 makes history as the first commercial aircraft to fly with a windshear detection/alert system.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [78] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1986-05-01
                    [milestone] => PI opens fourth hub, in Syracuse, N.Y., and begins service to 11 locations previously on Empire's route system.  Locations include Ottawa and Montreal, Canada, making PI an international carrier.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [79] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1986-05-30
                    [milestone] => PI boards two million passengers in a single month.  Only five other carriers have ever achieved this milestone.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [80] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1986-06-04
                    [milestone] => For the first time, PI is the launch customer for a new airliner with announcement of an order for 25 Boeing 737-400s.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [81] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1987-01-12
                    [milestone] => PI purchases its corporate headquarters building, One Piedmont Plaza, and adjacent building, Two Piedmont Plaza; and announces plans to lease both a new three-story addition to its computer reservations center and a new office building next to its Winston-Salem reservations center.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [82] => Array
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                    [date] => 1987-03-06
                    [milestone] => PI and USAir, the last of the original local service airlines still in operation, reach agreement to merge.  Agreement is announced the following Monday, March 9, 1987.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [83] => Array
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                    [date] => 1987-04-23
                    [milestone] => PI receives approval to begin trans-Atlantic service to London.  Service is inaugurated June 15.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [84] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1987-05-01
                    [milestone] => London reservations office opens.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [85] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1987-06-15
                    [milestone] => PI makes its first trans-Atlantic flight from Charlotte to London.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [86] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1987-08-13
                    [milestone] => William R. McGee, one of PI's original employees, is named president and CEO upon resignation of William R. Howard.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [87] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1987-10-30
                    [milestone] => U.S. Transportation Department approves Piedmont-USAir merger.  PI becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of USAir Group on November 5.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [88] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1988-02-20
                    [milestone] => PI celebrates 40 years of scheduled airline service.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

            [89] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1988-06-24
                    [milestone] => Tom Schick is named president and chief operating officer upon William R. McGee's resignation.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [90] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1988-09-06
                    [milestone] => PI opens new 80,000 square-foot Flight Training Center, including the world's first B-737-300/400 training simulator, at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [91] => Array
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                    [date] => 1988-09-15
                    [milestone] => PI takes delivery of world's first Boeing 737-400.  The airplane is christened the Thomas H. Davis Pacemaker in honor of PI founder Tom Davis; other B-737-400s will not be named.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [92] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1989-08-04
                    [milestone] => PI operates its last flights.  Operations continue the next day as USAir.
                    [book_source] => 1
                )

            [93] => Array
                (
                    [date] => 1989-08-05
                    [milestone] => PI and USAIR merge.
                    [book_source] => 0
                )

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