Air Transport World

U.S. regional/specialty carriers. (World Airline Report 1990)

Aero Coach: The Florida carrier reported to the Regional Airline Association that it suffered a traffic decline in 1990. Passenger boardings for the year were down 9% to 105,318.

Air America: The scheduled and charter carrier, which flew 354,152 passengers in 1989, stopped reporting traffic to DOT in December of that year and apparently has halted service.

Air L.A.: The Los Angeles-based independent carrier initiated the first service between Los Angeles and Tijuana in the spring, flying Bandeirantes. Air L.A., which is looking at additional destinations in northern Mexico, also serves the Grand Canyon, Palm Springs and Las Vegas. Its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Micronesia: Partially owned by Continental, which has talked of selling its interest, the Saipan-based carrier had a good year financially in 1990, according to reports that it filed with DOT. it posted an operating profit of $867,114 and a net prof it of $669,646 on revenues of $3.19 million, up from $2.2 million in 1989. It did not report its traffic results.

Air Midwest: No stranger to changing circumstances, Wichita-based Air Midwest underwent the biggest changes in its long history during the past year, culminating in its agreement early this year to be acquired by fellow regional Mesa Airlines. Mesa will operate Air Midwest as a subsidiary and expects to continue the USAir Express affiliation under which Air midwest feeds the major at Kansas City. It became a USAir code sharer in 1990 after the departure of its previous Kansas City partners, Eastern and Braniff. Mesa also plans to replace Air Midwest's fleet of Metros.

Late last fall, Air Midwest made another Major move when it sold its TWExpress operation at St. Louis to the other St. Louis TWExpress carrier, Trans States Airlines, for about $12 million. The deal included the transfer to Trans States of eight Brasilias and 15 Jetstream 31s.

Its 1990 activities resulted in Air Midwest's first profitable year since 1984. Although revenues were up only fractionally, to $81.4 million, operating profit nearly tripled to $3.37 million and the carrier posted a net profit of $3.97 million in contrast to a 1989 net loss of $2.4 million.

Traffic, meanwhile, was off slightly during the year, with RPKs dipping 1.9% to 286 million and passenger boardings falling 12.6% to 797,455.

Air Molokai: Although it has been found fit tentatively by DOT to resume commuter operations, the Hawaiian carrier had not begun flying at this writing. it told DOT that it would offer service among the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Oahu with Cessna 402s.

Air Nevada: The Las Vegas-based carrier continues to operate sightseeing flights to the Grand Canyon. its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Air Sedona: With increases of 36.7% in passengers and RPKs and only 25.1% in ASKS, the Arizona carrier cited its 1990 traffic-gap improvement as "the best among the smaller commuters." it boarded 6,593 passengers in its fleet of four single-engine Cessnas last year and foresees traffic growth of 15% this year as it opens a new route to Payson from Phoenix.

Air Vegas: The carrier ceased service in March to correct discrepancies found during an FAA inspection, then in April, it received authority to resume its commuter operations. Its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Airways international: The Miami-based carrier launched Cessna 402 service in 1989 and apparently continues to operate, although its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Alaska Island: Based in Petersburg, Alaska, the bush carrier told DOT that it flew 243 passengers in scheduled service in the year ended last Sept. 30. it also carried mail and freight on its routes in southern Alaska.

Allegheny Commuter: Outstanding passenger-traffic growth marked 1990 at the former Suburban Airlines but a 53% jump in capacity cut load factor by 3.7 points to 43.1%. The USAir Express posted gains of 38% to 841,049 in passenger boardings and 41% to 164.7 million in RPKs. Freight traffic was down 7.5% to 654,322 lb.

Allegheny Commuter flies three F27s, eight Shorts 360s and 13 Shorts 330s on routes in the northeastern U.S.

Aloha island Air: The Aloha Airlines subsidiary had a stellar year in 1990, Posting passenger boardings of 349,081 for a 24.2% increase over the 1989 total.

Alpha Air: The California carrier serves the Mammoth ski resort. its 1990 traffic results could not be obtained.

Alpine: Addition of three new cities expanded the Utah carrier's route system to 51 points in eight states in 1990. Although passenger boardings were down 11.9% to 2,301, RPKs increased 5.7% during the year. Alpine also flew 9.3 million lb. of freight.

Revenues dipped 3.6% to $2.75 million but Alpine slashed expenses by 11.8% to produce an operating income of $199,937 and a net of $125,991. In 1989, it had an operating loss of $37,264 and a net loss of $86,665.

Aspen: Acquired by Air Wis Services in mid-1990 and operated as a subsidiary, Aspen Airways now is being merged into sister United Express carrier Air Wisconsin in a cost-saving move and its name will disappear from the regional ranks to end a history stretching back 38 years.

Air Wis actually purchased only Aspen's jet routes serving the Colorado ski resort after which the carrier was named. its nonjet operations went to Mesa Airlines in a separate transaction. As a consequence, the 403,621 passengers and 130 million RPKs flown by Aspen last year were only about half of the 1989 total. Its 1990 services consisted of year-round BAe 146 flights between Denver and Aspen and winter flights to Aspen from Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Los Angeles.

Aspen reported to DOT that it suffered an operating loss of $2.3 million and a net loss of $1.4 million on revenues of $33.3 million last year. In 1989, it had an operating loss of $5.4 million and a net loss of $5.5 million on revenues of $59.8 million.

Atlantic Coast: One of the two operating divisions of United Express carrier WestAir (see listing elsewhere in this issue under Nationals), Atlantic Coast was formed in December, 1989 to serve United's Washington Dulles hub. It offers 205 daily departures to 28 cities in the eastern U.S.

Atlantic Southeast: Despite the temporary resurgence of Eastern Airlines, Delta Connection ASA managed small gains in traffic and revenues in 1990. With the final demise of Eastern and Atlanta-based Eastern Metro Express, ASA again is positioned for impressive growth as 1991 progresses. It plans to enter a number of new markets this year, among them Gulfport/Biloxi, Pensacola, Charlotte and Nashville. In 1990, passenger boardings were virtually level at 2,001,635, RPKs rose 3.3% to 686.8 million and freight traffic increased 3.5% to 2.2 million lb. On the financial front, revenues were up 3.9% to $187.2 million but net dipped to $25.4 million from $27.6 million. ASA's fleet grew during the year to 43 Brasilias, 13 Bandeirantes and two Dash 7s. An additional 16 Brasilias are on order.

Baker: The Alaskan carrier reported to DOT that it flew 15,161 passengers and 1.8 million RPKs in the year ended Sept. 30.

Bar Harbor: One of three carriers making up the Continental Express division of Continental Airlines, Bar Harbor serves the major's Newark, LaGuardia and Boston hubs. its sister carriers are Britt and Rocky Mountain. Bar Harbor's 1990 traffic was down about 2% to 1,072,843 passengers.

Barrow Air: The Point Barrow-based bush carrier flew 3,244 passengers during the year ended Sept. 30.

Bellair: Based in Sitka, bush carrier Bellair flew 5,457 passengers in the year ended Sept. 30, it reported to DOT.

Bemidji: Passenger boardings and freight traffic were down again in 1990 at the Minnesota carrier but RPKs increased, thanks to a change in route structure. The passenger total fell 7.5% to 9,115, RPKs rose 1.9% to 764,726, and freight poundage declined 26.4% to 7,945.

Bering Air: The Nome-based carrier reported to DOT that in the year ended Sept. 30, it flew 26,313 passengers and 5. …

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