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What Happened To Big Sky Airlines

Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:10 am

What happened to Big Sky Airlines? I haven't heard much in the buy out. Mesaba was in talks to buy them.
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RE: What Happened To Big Sky Airlines

Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:32 am

Hope they do well, that all I can say. I think Meslabbbaa bought them already, but has no intentions of changing them. I can be corrected though!
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RE: What Happened To Big Sky Airlines

Thu Aug 28, 2003 11:41 am

They're still alive and kicking throughout the midwest/northwest United States. Have a look at their website:

About this time last here or so all of their DFW region routes were cut and replaced with Mesa B1900s (I think it was Mesa 1900s)..

There has been no noticeable side effects to the public from the Mesaba buy out. No new fares. No new aircraft. Etc..etc.. There was an ad in the Billings Gazette from ALPA a while ago claiming Big Sky and Mesaba are just joining to screw the pilots  Sad

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RE: What Happened To Big Sky Airlines

Thu Aug 28, 2003 12:18 pm

Don't forget that they have an alliance with America West, connecting with American West flights in Denver, Billings, Boise and Spokane. You can check out the Big Sky route map on either their website or on America West's. They also started service last year to Olympia, Wash., the only commercial carrier to fly to that city.
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RE: What Happened To Big Sky Airlines

Tue Sep 02, 2003 11:44 pm

Big Sky was allegedly purchased by MAIR Holdings to be able to grow outside the business MAIR has with Northwest. It seems to have been an awful investment though... overpriced and hemoraging cash to the tune of $250K a MONTH. Big Sky has lost several opportunities with UA for the DEN business and rumors abound that Big Sky is bidding on Frontier business. But without an infastructure or training programs to support RJs, they don't look very attractive as a candidate. Sure, MAIR has good credit and no debt, but that's only thanks to XJ for creating the profits and cash the company has today. It's bringing MAIR Holdings earnings down which is making XJ look bad. Mesaba Airlines and its efficient profitable operation is supporting Big Sky.

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RE: What Happened To Big Sky Airlines

Wed Sep 03, 2003 12:43 am

Mesa 1900Ds now fly GQs old routes out of DFW. I flew DFW to HRO (Harrison, Arkansas) last week on them through HOT. Only three to five people on the flight besides myself. Hope they don't give up the route.
Big Sky used to fly from HRO on to WMH (Mountain Home, Arkansas) and then on to STL, but Mesa let those routes go.