New England Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #NEAA703G[1]
Operating basesWesterly State Airport
Fleet size7
Parent companyNew England Airlines, Inc.
HeadquartersWesterly, Rhode Island
Key peopleWilliam Bendokas (President)

New England Airlines is a regional airline based in Westerly, Rhode Island, USA. With a main base at Westerly State Airport, it provides scheduled service to Block Island and operates charters to other airports along the Northeast coast.


The airline was established and started operations in 1970.[2] New England Airlines has been in continuous service since then, under the same private ownership. It was and is the only scheduled airline with its primary bases of operation in Rhode Island. This was designed to fulfill the loss of service from a short-lived airline called Viking Airways, which folded in the 1960s.[3]

The airline is noted for its provision of cargo delivery services, including Chinese food (and other restaurant orders) delivered from the mainland to the Block Island airport in as little as 90 minutes.[4] The airline only has a half dozen pilots during the winter and over a dozen during the summertime. According to the owner, half of the business comes from charter requests for business workers in the New York area and other locations along the northeast coast.[3]

Destinations for scheduled flights

City Airport IATA Code Destinations Notes
Rhode Island Rhode Island
New Shoreham Block Island State Airport BID Westerly
Westerly Westerly State Airport WST Block Island


The New England Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5][2]

New England Airlines fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Notes
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander 3 0
PA-32-300 Cherokee Six 3 0
PA-28-180 Archer 1 0
Total 7 0 -



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