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Air Midwest Skyways union to deliver high productivity.

Merger has vaulted Air Midwest Skyways into a strategic position as the central United States mainline short-haul air transportation system. It now occupies a slot among the seven largest commuter/regional airlines of the nation.

The January 17 stockholder ratification of the merger between Air Midwest of Wichita, Kan., and Scheduled Skyways of Fayetteville, Ark., means that an integrated network of schedules serving 57 communities in 15 south and central states is, according to Air Midwest Skyways Inc. management, destined to bring better service to the markets and higher productivity to the airline.

Air Midwest Skyways routes extend to Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul on the north; to St Louis, Nashville and Birmingham on the east; to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Mobile and Pensacola, Fla. on the south; and to Denver and Albuquerque on the west (see maps).

Compatibility factor

The union culminates nearly four years of interest by Air Midwest--a certificated carrier founded by Gary Adamson 19 years ago--to broaden the airline's productivity base through affiliation with an existing carrier rather than by the stress of expansion within the system.

Some airlines considered included grounded Air Illinois and the floundering Air Virginia before the latter received an infusion of capital from new ownership.

President Adamson says the salient factor of the Air Midwest/Scheduled Skyways merger is the "high level of compatibility between the two carriers. …

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