Air Transport World

U.S. small regionals-commuters. (1984 Market Development Report)

U.S. Small Regionals/ Commuters

Aerostar: The Atlanta-based charter carrier was acquired by Flight International in May 1984.

AFS Airlines: The California-based carrier ceased operations during 1984.

Air Atlanta: Beginning service in February 1984 with routes from Atlanta to New York-Kennedy and Memphis, the carrier planned to open a new route to LaGuardia in late April 1985. In early April, Air Atlanta added freight service at all its destinations. The carrier operates five Boeing 727-100s seating 88 passengers, and is shopping for 727-200s. The airline refuses to release traffic information.

Air Kentucky: The traffic curve resumed its upward climb at Air Kentucky in 1984. Passenger boardings rose 31.9% to 104,071 while RPKs climbed 19.7% to 21.9 million. Freight, however, was down 11.6% to 89,909 lbs.

Airlift: The cargo and passenger charter carrier reported to DOT that it flew 117,000 passengers, 263 million RPKs and 7.8 million FTKs in 1984. Comparative traffic data for 1983 are not available.

Airmark: The charter carrier has suspended service until it can complete the installation of a hush kit on the single Boeing 707 that it operates.

Air National: The charter carrier filed in September for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. According to reports filed with DOT, it carried 38,000 passengers during the year.

Air North: The Burlington, Vt.-based carrier was absorbed into Brockway Air in 1984.

Air Sedona: The Arizona commuter, which launched scheduled service in 1983, flew 1,624 passengers and 249,000 RPKs in 1984 and is forecasting 2,082 boardings for this year. Air Sedona flies a Cessna 182 and a 172.

Airspur: After its acquisition by Evergreen Aviation International, Airspur Helicopters briefly operated fixed-wing service in the Los Angeles area, but ceased operations early in 1985.

Airways of New Mexico: The carrier was shut down by FAA in April 1985 for alleged FAR violations, but was expecting to be back in operation this month. In 1984, ANM flew 24,000 passengers in its fleet of six Cessna 402s.

Alpine Air: The Utah carrier flew 2,185 passengers in 1984, more than double its 1983 total.

American Central: Before being grounded by FAA in December, American Central had been having a great year. For the first 11 months of the year the airline had flown 57.9 million RPKs, 64.3% ahead of the previous year's 11-month totals. Enplanements to that date totaled 170,209.

However, the Dubuque, Iowa-based carrier was grounded Dec. 8 by FAA. Exactly one month later FAA allowed operations to resume. In the interim, James Pickett took over as president. Two months later, in early March, American Central filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but continued to operate, blaming revenue lost during the grounding for its problems. The airline had a fleet of 13 Embraer Bandeirantes before being grounded.

Atlantic Gulf: The Florida commuter, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, boarded 96,000 passengers in 1984. After its bankruptcy filing, it leased a BAC-111 from non-operating Air Illinois and has been conducting charter flights while working on a reorganization plan. It expects to resume regular operations this month with placement into service of the first of four Mohawk 298s that it is acquiring.

Atlantis: The Florence, S.C.-based carrier's plans to transform itself into an Eastern Airlines feeder on April 1, 1985, were delayed by an FAA suspension of its operating authority on March 21 for alleged multiple violations of FAR 135. Atlantis cleared what it termed "record-keeping' violations, however, and began operating four BAe Jetstream 31s under the Eastern Atlantis Express banner on April 8. Atlantis is feeding Eastern primarily at Charlotte, N.C.

In 1984, Atlantis boarded 81,462 passengers, virtually the same number as in 1983.

BAS: The large traffic increases of 1983 were not sustained in 1984. Passenger boardings fell 4.7% to 11,622 while RPKs dipped 2.8% to 2.8 million. Further significant declines are forecast this year.

BAS moved its corporate headquarters to the Youngstown, Ohio, municipal airport last year. It operates two Piper Navajo Chieftains and a Cessna 404.

Best: The Kentucky-based charter carrier, which operates McDonnell Douglas DC-9s, flew 92,346 passengers in 1984 to post a whopping increase of 89.1% over its 1983 traffic.

Big Sky: The route reorganization implemented by the Montana carrier in 1983 paid off in 1984 as passenger boardings jumped 32.9% to 51,536 and RPKs soared 36% to 20.4 million. Big Sky is conservatively forecasting increases of 14% in passengers and 2.1% in RPKs this year.

The fiscal year ending in July saw a major financial turnaround even though revenues were down 4.7% to $6.6 million. Expenses fell 12.1% to $6.26 million to produce an operating profit of $338,893 in contrast to a loss of $193,599 in the 1983 fiscal year. Big Sky had a fiscal 1984 net profit of $20,960 compared to a net loss of $644,044 a year earlier.

Business Express: The former Atlantic Air operates from a Bridgeport, Conn., hub over a route network extending from Boston to Baltimore with a fleet of five Beech 99s. It does not disclose its traffic figures, but is said to be carrying about 1,000 passengers a month.

Capital Air Services: The Manhattan, Kan. …

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