Air Transport World

U.S. Regional/Specialty, Part 1

3.12% of world passengers

0.90% of world RPKs

0.28% of world FTKs

Air Midwest: The Mesa Air Group division flew 410,296 passengers in Its US Airways Express service last year, up 13.6% from the 1996 total.

Air Nevada: Traffic was down once again at the sightseeing carrier, with passenger boardings dropping 8.3% to 71,064.

Air St. Thomas The Virgin Islands carrier's passenger boardings were down 6.8% to 8,372 last year.

Air South: Shortly after its third anniversary, the troubled Columbia, S.C.-based carrier shut its doors on Aug. 28, when it was unable to obtain additional financing.

Prior to its demise, Air South flew 455,350 passengers and 387.7 million RPKs in 1997. Both figures were up substantially from its 7-month 1996 totals.

However, its losses were mounting. In the 1997 first half, it told DOT, it had an operating loss of $14.6 million, up from $10 million, and a net loss of $15.4 million, up from $9.9 million, on a 12.6% increase in revenues to $31.5 million.

Air Sunshine: The Ft. Lauderdale-based carrier reported to DOT that its passenger boardings were up 42% in 1997 to 26,030, while RPKs rose 3% to 5.3 million.

AirTran Airways: The Orlando-based carrier merged in November with its sister carrier, the former ValuJet, whose name had been changed to AirTran Airlines.

AirTran Airways reported to DOT that its traffic was essentially flat last year, with passenger boardings rising 1% to 1,086,000 and RPKs level at 1.5 billion. It suffered an operating loss of $12.4 million and a net loss of $15.3 million on revenues of $105.6 million.

Air Vegas: The Las Vegas-based carrier's traffic declined last year, with passenger boardings falling 6.3% to 136,348.

Alaska Seaplane: This carrier began reporting to DOT in the second half of 1997, during which it flew 1,151 passengers and 167,485 lb. of cargo and mail.

Allegheny: The US Airways subsidiary had another good year in 1997, with passenger boardings rising 13% to 2,035,162.

Aloha Islandair: Traffic soared at the Aloha Airlines subsidiary last year, with passenger boardings Jumping 17.3% to 422,414.

Alpine: The Utah-based carrier is looking forward to "our best year in company history" in 1998, as it launches new cargo routes and institutes a profit-sharing plan. It also plans to add two Beech l900s and a 12th Beech B99 to its fleet, and is forecasting growth of 15.6% In passenger boardings and 23.5% in RPKs.

Alpine remained profitable in 1997, even though revenues were down 8. …

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