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ASA celebrates 25 years.(Regional News)(Atlantic Southeast Airlines)

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, marked its 25th anniversary in June with the delivery of a CRJ700 bearing a special livery commemorating the occasion. "We realized there were a lot of so-called commuter airlines around, but not one in Atlanta," said George Pickett, one of the three co-founders of ASA in 1978. The Regional began with a single 19-passenger de Havilland Twin Otter that flew between Atlanta and Columbus, Ga.

Pickett, along with cofounders John Beiser and Robert Priddy, met while working at Southern Airways. The trio spoke at a luncheon in Atlanta recently, sharing memories of the early days of the carrier. "After deregulation, everybody and his brother wanted to start an airline," said Priddy. …

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