Lindy
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10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:32 am

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

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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:46 am

You forgot Continental Express, had an all jet fleet with over 175 aircraft.
 
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:54 am

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

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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:57 am

Where is Skywest? Their fleet is 150 aircraft as of this month.
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:57 am

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
 
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 4:59 am

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.
 
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 5:20 am

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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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 5:45 am

Comair is larger than ASA and ACA.

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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 5:46 am

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)

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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 6:11 am

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)



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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 7:20 am

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...

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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 8:11 am

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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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 8:29 am

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).
 
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 1:44 pm

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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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sat Dec 28, 2002 1:51 pm

Doesn't Mesaba have more than 110?

I thought that they have at least 90 Saabs and 35 ARJs
 
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sun Dec 29, 2002 1:45 am

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
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Sun Dec 29, 2002 4:11 am

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


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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Tue Dec 31, 2002 5:05 pm

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.
 
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RE: 10 Biggest Regional Airlines

Tue Dec 31, 2002 11:38 pm

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