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10 Biggest Regional Airlines  
User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4673 times:

What is the biggest Regional Airline now in United States? Not counting flights, just fleet number. (jet and props)
Give me your 10 top answers. Here is what I think. Correct me if I'm wrong.

1)American Eagle
2)ACA
3)ASA
4)Comair
5)Mesa
6)Chautauqua
7)Trans States Airlines
8)Allegheny Airlines
9)Piedmont
10)PSA

Rafal

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User currently offlineJetskipper From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4654 times:

You forgot Continental Express, had an all jet fleet with over 175 aircraft.

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

Yes you are absolutely right.
So here is how it is. Any corrections?
1)American Eagle
2)ACA
3)ExpressJet
4)ASA
5)Comair
6)Mesa
7)Chautauqua
8)Trans States Airlines
9)Allegheny Airlines
10)Piedmont

Rafal


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5821 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4639 times:

Where is Skywest? Their fleet is 150 aircraft as of this month.


"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4637 times:

1. American Eagle
2. ExpressJet (dba Continental Express)
3. ASA
4. ACA
5. Mesa
6. Horizion
7. Comair
8. TSA
9. Republic
10. Air Wisconsin


User currently offlineLowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

You also forget Pinnacle and Mesaba, both of which have fairly large fleets. Also, in terms of number of aircraft, I believe that Cape Air and Great Lakes would also be on the list somewhere, although they might be in the top 15.

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4605 times:

Actually in terms of fleet, I don't think Horizon is in the top 10. Currently they only have 62 aircraft in the fleet. I think they're getting another 10 or CRJ-700 in the next year or so, but they'll also be retiring the last of their F28s (4).


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User currently offlineSESGDL From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3489 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4590 times:

Comair is larger than ASA and ACA.

Jeremy


User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

Great Lakes has only about 30-35 aircraft I believe (with 6, soon 7 Brasilias with the rest being the B1900Ds)

I'll miss those Horizon F.28s  Sad I have plenty of photos of them in Billings, MT I'm in the process of scanning (will submit them to a.net and jp.net)

...Serge


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4573 times:

Ok, after posting this I did little research.
I took some of the numbers from airlines web pages and some from NAAH 3rd edition.

TOP 10:

1) American Eagle - 256
Executive Airlines aka American Eagle - 32 so it bring total for AE 288
2) ExpressJet Airlines - 186
3) ASA - 150 (including 4 leased from Comair)
4) Skywest Airlines - 139 (including 15 leased from Comair)
5) Comair - 119 (but they leased 15 to SkyWest and 4 to ASA)
6) Mesaba Airlines - 110
7) ACA - 105
8) Horizon Air - 70
9) Mesa Airlines - 67
10) Chautauqua Airlines - 65


11) Piedmont Airlines - 62
12) Air Wisconsin - 54
13) Great Lakes Airlines - 53
14) Air Midwest - 52 aircrafts
15) Trans States Airlines - 45
16) Allegheny Airlines - 44
17) Skyway Airlines - 26
18) PSA - 25 (just 25)





User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Oops.. I totally forgot about the cargo B1900Cs Great Lakes still has (DEN-BIL-MSO and back is the only route they fly). Anyone know how many they have? I think its only 1 or 2 but I can't be sure...

...Serge


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5821 posts, RR: 28
Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

I think your list with the numbers is more accurate but just an update on the fleet sizes.

Skywest as of December 2002 has 149 aircraft
http://www.skywest.com/info/images/December%20FACT%20SHEET.htm




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User currently offlineRamper@iah From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4503 times:

I find it somewhat amusing that several of the airlines on the list have the "regional" label attached to them. For example, take Expressjet; an airline that has a route structure spanning from coast to coast, 11 destinations in Mexico, and five in Canada. Hell, if that's considered regional, an airline like Air Tran should be on the list also. Their longest route is 944 miles (ATL-BOS).

User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4421 times:

ACA has a total of 110 RJ's and 31 turboprop a/c. which is a larger fleet than ASA or Comair.


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User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4415 times:

Doesn't Mesaba have more than 110?

I thought that they have at least 90 Saabs and 35 ARJs


User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5821 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4337 times:

Mesaba's most recent traffic press release mentioned 116 aircraft as of Dec 4. See the last paragraph at this link:
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/021204/42076_1.html

ACA says that it currently has 136 aircraft at the bottom of this press release about its relationship with UAL.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/021211/dcw046_1.html

ExpressJet says it has 190 aircraft as of Dec 2 in this press release:
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/021202/dam045_1.html

That updates Lindy's numbers to look like this:
1) American Eagle - 256
Executive Airlines aka American Eagle - 32 so it bring total for AE 288
2) ExpressJet Airlines - 190
3) ASA - 150 (including 4 leased from Comair)
4) Skywest Airlines - 139 (including 15 leased from Comair)
5) ACA - 136
6) Comair - 119 (but they leased 15 to SkyWest and 4 to ASA)
7) Mesaba Airlines - 116
8) Horizon Air - 70
9) Mesa Airlines - 67
10) Chautauqua Airlines - 65



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineRob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4302 times:

Don't forget about the largest independent regional airline, Cape Air http://www.flycapeair.com/.


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User currently offlineRagousis From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 10 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

Skywest is the largest independent regional airline. I don't know why you think Cape Air is. The Airlines contract work out to Skywest, but Skywest is independently owned.

User currently offlineRob2507 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

OK Ragousis, let me rephrase that...they are the largest independently owned and operated regional airline.

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