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Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 4:01 am

...any guesses or info?
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 4:07 am

The largest is American Eagle, followed, I believe, by Comair. Apparently, though, 3 USAirways Express carriers will be sold to ACA if the UA/US deal goes through. This would make ACA the second largest.
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 4:08 am

Actually, i think Mesa Air is larger then COMAIR, well maybe the Mesa Air Group is but they are huge!
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 6:00 am

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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 10:52 am

Feom the Aviation Week Aerospace Source Book, Comair is MCUH larger than Mesa Air Group. Mesa flew 3,504,000 passengers, for a total of 887,000,000 Revenue Passenger Miles, Comair flew 5,469,436 passengers, for a total of 1,823,664,000 Revenue Passenger Miles. These figures are from the 1999 book, which is the most current available online. My 2000 book is in Atlanta, but I'm currently in San Diego, so I don't have the most current numbers.
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 12:47 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if Comair carried more than the others because they are a subsidiary for the most profitable, and most travelled airline in the world (as of 1999 and I bet it didn't change last year).
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 12:51 pm

Where does Sky West fit into the picture?
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Sun Feb 25, 2001 3:42 pm

Mesa is the largest INDEPENDENT, as in not wholly-owned by a major. Mesa is actually considered a National airline in status but their largest bird is an RJ.
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 12:23 am

I think American Eagle

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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 1:37 am

I think American Eagle, because I saw something that said American Eagle "World's largest regional carrier"

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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 3:27 am

1. American Eagle............11,5 millions passengers
2. Continental Express.......6,6 millions passengers
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 4:59 am

Hmm..how about Air Wisconsin? They must be pretty big handling UNited Expres sout of Denver and ORD!
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 8:21 am

Air Wisconsin.......3,5 millions passengers
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 2:16 pm

AS has to be the biggest regional carrier, their region being the west coast with the occasional flight to Chicago.
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 6:11 pm

AS aren't considered a regional (Numeorus flights in Mexico and they used to serve Russia), Horizon Air is the regional feeder of Alaska Air Group.

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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 8:00 pm

Just a guess... does Southwest Airlines still count as a regional airline? They are somehow...
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Mon Feb 26, 2001 11:27 pm

Speaking of Horizon Air, they operate about 550 flights a day and carried 5, 044,000 pax last year, so they could be considered to be one of the larger regionals.
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Tue Feb 27, 2001 1:06 am

I think SkyWest is in the top five. According to the Jauary press release SkyWest is the nations largest independant regional airline serving 67 cities with close to 1000 daily departures. Passenger boardings for January alone was 421,212 (that comes out to a little over 5 million a year). Another press release said SkyWest is the fourth largest regional airline in the nation.

What is the criteria? Is it passengers carried? Is it profits? number of aircraft? number of departures?
 
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RE: Which *Regional* Airline Is Largest?

Tue Feb 27, 2001 1:11 am

RPMs are the general unit for measuring airline size...