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U.S. small regionals-commuters. (World Airline Report 1986)

U.S. small regionals/ commuters

Aero Coach: The Florida carrier posted outstanding traffic increases in 1986, with passenger boardings rising 25% to 60,356 and RPKs at 20.5 million. The airline achieved a 60.4% load factor.

Aero Virgin Islands: Traffic growth slowed at the Virgin Islands carrier in 1986, but remained healthy as passenger boardings rose 3.7% to 158,104. The 1987 forecast is for growth of 4.4%. Aero Virgin plans to add three Martin 404s to its fleet of five Douglas DC-3s this year.

Air Kentucky: The privately held Allegheny Commuter declines to release its traffic data. It carried about 95,000 passengers in 1985 and was anticipating increases in 1986.

Airlift Int'l.: Grounded in the U.S. since Jan. 1, 1986, because its fleet of one DC-8-54 and two DC-8-61s was not noise-compliant, Airlift has continued operating in Chapter 11 bankruptcy supported by its maintenance base in Miami and occasional non-U.S. charters and leases. Since February it has been operating a Fairchild FH-227 on Caribbean-area service. With hopes that the noise-suppression kits it has bought will be certificated soon, Airlift has plans to begin flying in the U.S. again this year.

Air New Orleans: The carrier's entry last July 1 into a Continental Express code-sharing agreement has been so successful that it expects its traffic to double in 1987, moving it into the ranks of the large regionals. Passenger boardings totaled 104,539 in 1986, up 11.1% from 1985, but RPKs soared 54.8% to 32.8 million on the strength of new routes.

Air New Orleans took delivery in May of two Jetstream 31s and a Beech C99 and now flies four Jetstreams and nine C99s.

Airpac: The Alaskan carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 1986 after returning its single BAe 146 to the manufacturer. Airpac continues to attempt to reorganize and resume service.

Air Puerto Rico: The carrier launched service last July, sharing World Airways' designator code, but lost that affiliation when World terminated its scheduled operations. Unable to compete successfully against American and Eastern partners at San Juan, Air Puerto Rico suspended service and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in March 1987. It operated five Shorts 330s and a leased McDonnell Douglas DC-9. Traffic figures for 1986 were not available.

Air Sedona: The Sedona, Ariz.-based commuter enjoyed good traffic growth in 1986, flying 3,423 passengers, up 31%, and 534,238 RPKs, up 32.9%, in its all-Cessna fleet of one 206, one 182 and two 172s. Load factor was 55.1%.

The carrier, which launched scheduled service between Sedona and Bullhead City in February 1987, is forecasting increases of 12.5% in both passengers and RPKs this year.

Alliance: The Wisconsin carrier began providing Essential Air Service from several cities to Chicago O'Hare Airport in 1986, and during the year it carried 4,144 passengers in its two Cessna 402s and two 404s. It expects boardings to reach 8,500 this year.

Alpine Air: Utah-based Alpine boarded only 1% more passengers in 1986 than in 1985, a total of 2,255, but its RPKs soared 70% to 1.1 million and its freight nearly tripled to 1.2 million lbs.

Atlantic Gulf: The Florida carrier, which continues to try to effect a financial reorganization, did not operate during 1986.

Atlantis: The South Carolina-based Eastern Express carrier's passenger boardings fell 9.1% to 82,393 in 1986, but RPKs climbed 17.3% to 34.1 million.

Atlantis has filed an antitrust action against Eastern and its Eastern Metro Express partner charging them with conspiring to prevent Atlantis from serving certain markets feeding Eastern's Atlanta hub. …

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