Air Transport World

US Regional/Specialty.(Statistical Data Included)

2.3% of world passengers

0.76% of world RPKS

0.01% of world FTKs

Air Nevada: The Las Vegas sightseeing carrier moved its operations to Hawaii early last year and now flies under the name Pacific Wings. It told AvStat/RAA that it flew 6,936 passengers from Las Vegas before transferring the remainder of its bookings to Eagle Canyon Airlines.

Alpine: Although its boardings were up 31.3% in 1998, the Utah carrier feels that "passenger business is too marginally thin" in its area and plans to concentrate on freight in 1999.

Alpine enjoyed a good year financially, posting an operating profit of $108,720, up from $52,280, and a net of $65,232, up from $39,210, on a 31.3% jump in revenues to $526,720. It flies a Navajo and two Cheyenne IIIs.

Arctic Circle: The Alaskan carrier, which flies a mixed fleet headed by a Caravan and three Skyvans, reported that its revenues rose to $4.8 million last year from $4.4 million in 1997.

Atlantic Coast: Like its Major partner, the United Express carrier has been expanding rapidly at its Washington Dulles hub as it continues to add Canadair RJs to its fleet. At year end it had 14 CRJs in service and 29 on order. It also has launched huh operations at Chicago O'Hare, offering RJ service to six destinations.

Net profits in 1998 more than doubled to $30.4 million as revenues soared 41.1% to $289.9 million. Passenger boardings jumped 51.9%, RPKs surged 88.8% and load factor improved 7.3 points to 56.2%.

Austin Express: The Texas carrier launched service late last year with a Metro III and told AvStat/RAA that by year end it had flown 8,374 passengers.

Big Sky: The Montana-based EAS carrier opened a second operation in Dallas last year, taking over EAS routes in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. As a result its passenger boardings more than doubled.

Business Express: The New England carrier was acquired earlier this year by AMR Eagle Holding, parent of American Eagle and Executive, but continues to operate as a separate airline, codesharing with Delta and Northwest as well as American. It flies 43 Saab 340s and holds 20 orders and 40 options for the Embraer RJ-135, with initial deliveries scheduled for August. It operates from hubs at Boston Logan and New York LaGuardia and told AvStat/RAA that its boardings were down 0.9% in 1998.

Cape Air/Nantucket: Another good year was put into the hooks by Cape Air and its subsidiary as passenger boardings rose 19. …

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