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Regional Carrier Trans States Airlines Makes Final Flight
Trans States Airlines’ final flight landed at Denver International Airport Wednesday morning. Operating as UAL4695 from Springfield, Mo., the aircraft landed at 10:38 a.m according to FlightAware24. It spent 2 hours 23 minutes in flight.
The final flight of my company, Trans States Airlines since United pulled the plug early. Unemployment is making the future scary but I’m hopeful things will work for the better. #transstates #waterski pic.twitter.com/Adl45rCa2X
— Capt. Roan (@CaptRoan) April 1, 2020
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) April 1, 2020
Trans States Airlines was an American regional airline that operated on behalf of United Express. The airline announced in early March that it would go out of business today in response to United’s Coronavirus-induced capacity reduction. Trans States Airlines had originally planned to operate until the end of the year, at which point United had plans to make changes to its United Express feeder services.
“While I’m still grappling with the fact that this sad day has come much sooner than planned, I can’t help but reflect with great pride on our journey together and some of the many accomplishments that have made us a true pioneer in the regional industry,” said Rick Leach, Trans States’ President and CEO, in a message to employees.
Trans States Airlines: 1982-2020.
Flew you a few times over the years, thanks for the safe rides. pic.twitter.com/k0E2KStGxH
— Eric (@GoldboxATL) April 1, 2020
The United States has already passed a multi-billion-dollar airline bailout package as part of a larger $2 trillion economic stimulus package. The $25 billion should, among other things, prevent layoffs through Sept. 30. Congress had already said that any government money should be put towards preserving jobs rather than stock buybacks or government bonuses. Advocacy group Airlines For America has advocated for upwards of $60 billion in government assistance.
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