Air Transport World

U.S. regional/specialty carriers.(World Airline Traffic Statistics)

2.80% of world passengers

0.83% of world RPKs

1.06% of world FTKs

Air Midwest: The Mesa Air Group division operates USAir Express service from Kansas City with 13 Beech 1900s. Its passenger boardings declined 3.3% last year to 358,600 and RPKs fell 5% to 109 million, it told RAA.

Air Nevada: Traffic was down at the Grand Canyon sightseeing cartier last year, with passenger boardings decreasing 5.7% to 83,298 and RPKs declining 6% to 24.8 million.

Air South: In its first full year of operations, the Columbia, S.C.-based, state-subsidized airline reported to DOT that it flew' 995,000 passengers and 566 million RPKs and attained a load factor of 48.8%.

AirTran: The Orlando-based carrier, which launched service in the fall of 1994, flew 438,017 passengers and 629.4 million RPKs in 1995, and achieved a load factor of 61%. AirTran operated seven 737s at year end, and took delivery of three more in January. Service was initiated to Akron/Canton, Allentown and Rochester on Feb. 1, bringing the number of cities in the network to 21.

Air 21: The Fresno, Calif.-based start-up began flying Dec. 20 with two Fokker F28s and added two more to its fleet early this year. It is serving cities in California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Its founder is Mark Morro, who earlier was a founder of American Eagle Wings West.

Air Vegas: The Las Vegas-based carrier reported to RAA that its passenger boardings rose 22.5% last year, to 145,178 and RPKs were up 21% to 42 million.

Alaska Central: This carrier told RAA that it flew 72,790 passengers and 8 million RPKs last year. Comparative figures were not provided.

Allegheny: The USAir subsidiary's traffic continued to decline last year. Passenger boardings were down 10.1% to 1,738,913 and RPKs dipped 2.7% to 534.2 million.

Alpine: Traffic growth resumed at the Utah-based carrier last year, as passenger boardings rose 17.2% to 4,399. With initiation of service in February between Salt Lake City and Ely, 1996 boardings are forecast to climb to 7,800.

Alpine recorded an operating profit of $742,000, up from $516,528, and a net of $254,033, down from $258,052, on a 30.6% increase in revenues to $7.7 million.

Atlantic Coast: Restructuring paid off for the Enited Express last year as it posted a record net profit of $12.9 million after Iosing $25.1 million in 1994. Operating revenues were down 1.2% to $157 million but expenses were slashed more than 21% to $144.1 million, producing an operating profit of $12.8 million in contrast to a 1994 operating loss of $23.3 million. Yield rose to 44.1 cents per RPM from 39.7 cents.

On the traffic from, passenger boardings fell 7.8% to 1,424,716 and RPKs were down 11.3% to 561 million. However, load factor rose 3.3 points to 47.7% as the result of a 17.5% drop in ASKs.

Av Atlantic: Traffic growth resumed at the Florida-based charter airline last year. Boardings rose 31.6% to 104,000 and RPKs climbed 15.7% to 164.5 million.

Aviation Services West: The SkyWest subsidiary flew 57,237 passengers and 15.6 million RPKs last year, it told RAA.

Bahamasair: The Puerto Rico-based carrier posted gains of 4% in both passengers and RPKs last year, to 678,198 and 157.9 million.

Baker: The Kotzebue, Alaska-based airline's passenger boardings jumped 49% to 20,598 in 1995, but RPKs were ahead only 4% to 1.9 million.

Bellair: The Maskan carrier's passenger boardings plunged 37% last year to 3,007, it told DOT.

Bering: The Nome-based airline had a good year in 1995, reporting to DOT that its passenger boardings climbed 30% to 41,943 and RPKs jumped 35% to 9.7 million.

Big Sky: A traffic turnaround marked 1995 at the Montana cartier, as passenger boardings advanced 19.6% to 24,982 and RPKs rose 17. …

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