Air Transport World

U.S. regional/specialty carriers.(special section: 1994 World Airline Report)

Air LA: With its acquisition of Minnesota-based Capitol Air and proposed purchase of Texas-based Conquest. Air LA set out to construct an integrated route system served with Metros. However, the Conquest acquisition fell through in April and Air LA said it will concentrate on existing routes and its code-sharing tie with Aeromexico.

In its 1994 fiscal year ended June 30, Air LA posted an operating loss of $4.1 million, up from $1.7 million, and a net loss of $3.9 million, up from $1.6 million, on revenues of $900,542. In calendar 1994, it told DOT, it flew 34,796 passengers and 10.8 million RPKs.

Air Midwest: This Mesa Air Group division operates USAir Express service from a Kansas City hub with 13 Beech 1900s. It reported to DOT that it flew 370,899 passengers and 114.9 million RPKs in 1994. Its passenger total was up 1.1% from 1993.

Air Molokai: The Hawaiian carrier reported to DOT that it flew 41,308 passengers, 2.7 million RPKs and 929,309 lb. of freight in 1994.

Air Nevada: The Grand Canyon sightseeing carrier reported to DOT that it flew 87,755 passengers and 26.4 million RPKs in 1994. The passenger figure was tip 1.1% from 1993.

Air St. Thomas: The Caribbean carrier told DOT it flew 15,372 passengers and 2.5 million RPKs.

Air South: The Columbia, S.C.-based carrier launched service last September and by year end, was operating four 737-200s on routes in the eastern U.S. It took delivery of three more 737S during the spring. In 1994, Air South flew 115,835 passengers and 61.5 million RPKs.

Air Sunshine: Based in Ft. Lauderdale, Air Sunshine has a fleet of five Cessna 402s. It reported to DOT that it flew 10,326 passengers and just under 3 million RPKs in 1994.

AirTran: The former Conquest Sun was acquired by Mesaba parent AirTran Corp. last year. Early this year, it was spun off into a separate carrier, AirTran Airways, to resolve a scope clause dispute with Northwest.

AirTran Airways launched service on Oct. 6 with two 737-200s and acquired a third in December. During the period it operated in 1994, it flew 29,480 passengers and 41.4 million RPKs with a load factor of 36.2%.

Air Transport International: The Little Rock-based carrier's traffic was up once again in 1994, as its FTKs rose 7.1% to 369.2 million. It also flew 7,000 passengers and 19.8 million RPKs during the year, it reported to DOT.

Air Vegas: The Las Vegas-based carrier told DOT that it flew 118,488 passengers and 34.7 million RPKs in 1994.

Airways International: The Miami-based carrier reported passenger boardings of 73,753 and RPKs of 22.9 million to DOT. It flies 26 Cessna 402s and two Shorts 330s.

Alaska Island: The Alaskan carrier told DOT that it flew 4,918 passengers, up 174%, last year.

Allegheny Airlines: The USAir subsidiary's traffic was down once again in 1994, with passenger boardings dipping 7.4% to 1,935.354. It flew 548.7 million RPKs during the year. The carrier changed its name from Allegheny Commuter early this year to "more accurately reflect the recent transition ... to an airline that operates a modern high-tech fleet compose exclusively of Dash 8 aircraft."

Aloha Islandair: The Aloha Airlines subsidiary flew 364,719 passengers and 42.1 million RPKs in 1994 in its eight Twin Otters, according to RAA. Its passenger total was up 1%.

Alpha Air: The Los Angeles-based TWExpress realigned its route system last year and the result was a 46.1% jump to 68,646 in passenger boardings but a decline of 13.2% to 18.3 million in RPKs.

Alpine: Utah-based Alpine flew 3,875 passengers, 1.8 million RPKs and 9.4 million lb. of freight in 1994. Comparative 1993 figures were not provided.

American Eagle: The news was good and bad at the AMR Corp. subsidiary last year. The good news was that it observed its 10th anniversary on Nov. 1, boarded its 60 millionth passenger in July, and saw its revenues rise 10.7% to $612 million. The bad news came in the form of fatal crashes involving an ATR 72 and a Jetstream 31. Traffic results for the four carriers that make up American Eagle are reported individually elsewhere in this section.

Arctic Circle: The Alaskan carrier reported to DOT that it flew 4,614 passengers and 1.3 million lb. of freight in 1994.

Arizona Airways: In its first full year of operation, the Tucson-based carrier flew 47,223 passengers and 21 million RPKs.

Atlantic Coast: Restructuring charges associated with return of Brasilias and Dash 8s to their lessors and termination of Florida operations saddled the United Express carrier with a $23.3 million operating loss and a $25.1 million net loss in 1994. Revenues were up 6.6% to $158.9 million. In 1993, Atlantic Coast had an operating profit of $2.6 million and a net of $37,000. It told RAA that its 1994 passenger boardings were ahead 6.8% to 1,545,872 and RPKs advanced 3.3% to 634. …

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