Air Transport World

U.S. nationals. (1991 World Airline Report)

Air Wisconsin: Unable to pull out of a continuing financial nosedive on its own, the United Express carrier's parent, Air Wis Services, agreed to be acquired by United Airlines in a transaction that was completed early this year despite legal maneuverings by American Airlines to derail it.

Last year's notable event was the introduction of the Dash 8 into the Air Wisconsin fleet. Five Dash 8-100s and five Dash 8-300s were in service at year-end and an additional three-300s are on order. The carrier also flies 12 BAe 146s, nine ATPs and six F27s.

Traffic showed good gains last year, despite the recessionary economy, with increases of 6.7% to 2,534,954 in passengers and 9.3% to 850.5 million in RPKs. Further growth of 8.6% in passengers and 10% in RPKs is forecast this year.

In its DOT filings for 1991, Air Wisconsin reported that operating loss soared to $24.2 million and net loss to $33.1 million on a 7.5% increase to $211.3 million in revenues. In 1990, it had an operating profit of $671,000 and a net profit of $1.29 million.

Alaska Airlines: Like Southwest, Alaska Airlines once again bucked the U.S. industry trend and ended 1991 with a profit, its 19th in a row. Operating income of $19.6 million was up from $17. …

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