Air Transport World

U.S. regional/specialty carriers. (1991 World Airline Report)

Adirondack: Based in Glens Falls, N.Y., the carrier began flying a Navajo Chieftain on a Rutland, Vt.-Glens Falls-Newark route last June, reportedly without the necessary DOT and airport authority. It shut down its operation in December.

Aero Coach: The Florida carrier halted operations during 1991 and its assets were sold to what is now Florida Air.

Airlift International: After the failure of its most recent reorganization plan, the charter carrier, which operated under Chapter 11 bankruptcy for more than 10 years, filed for final liquidation early this year.

Airlift may not yet be dead, however. George Batchelor, who heads International Air Leases, purchased its assets for $3.9 million in March and says he will rebuild it into "a vital, pulsating airline for the South Florida community." Batchelor also owns cargo carrier Arrow Air.

Airmark: The California-headquartered carrier, whose operating base is in Orlando, Fla., has been found fit by DOT to provide charter service.

Airmark's operating certificate was revoked by FAA at the end of 1991 because it allegedly was holding out its services to the public in violation of FAR Part 125 charter rules. It is seeking Part 121 certification.

Air Micronesia: Bankrupt Continental Airlines entered an agreement to sell its majority interest in the Guam-based carrier last year but it backed out of the deal early this year and announced its intention to retain its ownership.

This spring, it appointed its senior VP-operations, Donald Breeding, as Air Micronesia president/CEO.

The carrier reported an operating profit of $500,386 and a net of just under $2 million for 1991 on revenues of $3.5 million, up 10.3%. Its traffic results for the year could not be obtained. Air Micronesia operates under Continental's FAA and DOT certificates.

Air Midwest: The Mesa Airlines subsidiary, which sold off its TWExpress operation to TransStates last year, now operates as a USAir Express carrier, serving its partner at Kansas City with 15 Beech 1900s.

It carried 423,017 passengers in 1991, down 47% from the year before.

Air Nevada: The Las Vegas-based carrier, which operates sightseeing flights to the Grand Canyon, boarded 61,270 passengers in 1991. Comparative data for 1990 were not available.

Air Puerto Rico: Operating under bankruptcy protection since 1987, Air Puerto Rico has asked that its assets be liquidated under Chapter 7.

Air Sedona: Although 1991 was "a good year" for the Arizona carrier, Air Sedona was unable to match its "very big" 1990 traffic results, said President Jack Seeley. Passenger boardings were down 7.7% to 6,087 but are expected to grow to 6,850 this year. Air Sedona flies three single-engine Cessnas.

Airways International: The Miami-based airline carried 49,428 passengers last year in its fleet of Cessna 402s.

Comparative 1990 figures were not available. Airways International flies to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Alaska Island: The smallest Alaskan bush carrier flew just 72 passengers on scheduled routes in 1991, according to DOT. It also carried 23,398 lb. of mail.

Allegheny Commuter: The USAir-owned carrier enjoyed another good year in 1991, flying 965,166 passengers for an increase of 14.8% over its 1990 total. It operates a fleet of three F27s, eight Shorts 360s and four Dash 8s on routes in the northeastern U.S.

This year, Allegheny Commuter is being merged with another USAir-owned carrier, Pennsylvania Airlines. The combined carrier will retain the Allegheny Commuter name and will be headed by Pennsylvania Airlines President Bill Clark.

Aloha Island Air: The Aloha Airlines subsidiary continued to grow in 1991, flying 358,800 passengers for an increase of 2.8% over 1990.

Alpine Air: The Utah carrier's passenger boardings fell 13% to 2,011 in 1991 but it is forecasting good growth to 3,200 passengers this year. It is flying five Piper Chieftains, four Beech 99s and a Piper Chevenne, and has another Beech 99 on order.

Revenues of $5.18 million last year produced an operating gain of $23,000.

American Eagle: The AMR Corp. subsidiary had an eventful year in 1991. Highlights included the June merger of Command Airways and Nashville Eagle into Flagship Airlines, initiation of service to 18 new cities, opening of the Eagle System Operations Control Center and Eagle Training Center at Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport, and placement of the five Eagle carriers under FAR Part 121 (ATW, 1/92).

American Eagle also took delivery during the year of 79 new aircraft, which it says was the largest number ever delivered to a regional carrier and the second-largest one-year delivery to any carrier, large or small. The Eagle group flies a total of 267 aircraft.

The five Eagles--Executive, Flagship, Metroflight, Simmons and Wings West--boarded 7,940,000 passengers in 1991, up 11.8% from the 1990 total. They are looking for total growth of 22.2% this year.

Atlantic Coast: The East Coast division of WestAir was sold last summer to a group of investors headed by former Pan Am Chairman Edward Acker (ATW, 4/92). The group paid $14.2 million and assumed indebtedness of $2.8 million.

Atlantic Coast, which operates as a United Express carrier serving its partner's Washington Dulles hub, last year had 646,153 passenger boardings, up 105%, and 261.5 million RPKs, up 86% from its first full year of operation in 1990.

Atlantic Southeast: The final demise of Eastern Airlines helped to send Delta Connection ASA's traffic and profits soaring in 1991, as it entered eight new markets out of its Atlanta hub.

Passenger boardings for the year rose 12.5% to 2,251,036 and RPKs were up 17.5% to 806.9 million. On the financial front, ASA put its larger major and national brethren to shame with an operating profit of $52.5 million and a net of $32.5 million on a surge of 18.5% to $221.9 million in revenues. The profit figures were up from an operating gain of $39.9 million and a net of $25.4 million in 1990.

At year-end, ASA was flying 49 Brasilias, 11 Bandeirantes and two Dash 7s and had nine more Brasilias on order.

Baker: The Alaskan bush carrier reported to DOT that it flew 8,273 passengers, 959,238 RPKs, and 1,586,775 lb. of mail in 1991.

Barrow: The Point Barrow-based carrier flew 2,231 passengers and 791,593 lb. of mail on its scheduled routes in 1991.

Bellair: Based in Sitka, Alaska, Bellair flew 5,012 passengers, just over 1 million RPKs, and 555,557 lb. of mail in 1991, according to DOT reports.

Bemidji: As a result of strong Northwest Airlink competition, traffic continued to fall at the Minnesota carrier in 1991. It flew 3,034 passengers on its two daily Queen Air flights to Minneapolis, down from 9,225 in 1990.

Bering Air: The Nome-based carrier flew 27,114 passengers, 5.8 million RPKs and 3,959,381 lb. of mail last year.

Big Sky: Emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July was the highlight of 1991 for the Montana carrier, which managed to chalk up profits and small gains in traffic despite the recession.

On the traffic front, Big Sky's passenger boardings rose 4.2% to 23,124 while RPKs advanced 2% to just under 8 million. Growth of 3.6% in passengers and 4% in RPKs is forecast this year.

In the fiscal year ended last June 30, the carrier reported an operating gain of $242,441 and a net of $557,221. Revenues were down 32% to $4.57 million as a result of the downsizing that occurred as part of the bankruptcy reorganization. …

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