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An Advanced Air Super King Air 350 in Albuquerque (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Advanced Air Modifies and Expands Route Network

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Advanced Air has had quite the route change up in the past couple of months and has added routes to some communities that haven’t been part of the national air system in over ten years.

First up was Gallup, N.M., where the airline introduced service back in August 2022 with flights to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport. During the first three months of service in the community, they achieved a 69% load factor. This number usually would seem on the lower side, but it is actually a good number considering they haven’t had airline service since 2008 with Great Lakes Airlines.

An Advanced Air King Air 350 at Phoenix Sky Harbor (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Shortly after that, the airline announced they would no longer be partnering with and operating flights on behalf of Taos Air to the ski community of Taos, N.M. A few summers ago, AirlineGeeks flew on them from Austin to Carlsbad, Calif. with a connection in the small ski community. That trip report article can be found HERE, flights to that community are now operated by Dallas-based JSX.

An Advanced Air Dornier 328Jet wearing the Taos Air livery (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Finally, just a few months ago, the airline announced they would be reintroducing another community back into the national air space system; Las Cruces, N.M. This community has been without commercial airline service for nearly 18 years. The last airline service Las Cruces had was back in 2005 when Westward Airways served the community with Pilatus PC-12s to Albuquerque.

Advanced Air began service here very recently, on Jan. 16, 2023, and will offer seven weekly flights to Albuquerque on their Beechcraft King Air 350s, which seat 8 passengers. They will offer two daily flights on Mondays and Fridays, and one flight a day Tuesdays through Thursdays, with no flights occurring on the weekends.

An Advanced Air Super King Air 350 in Albuquerque (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

The new flights to Las Cruces are able to operate — thanks to the New Mexico Rural Air Service Enhancement or RASE for short — which provides a guarantee that small communities without scheduled operations could attract regular air service, like Advanced, to provide access to large or medium-sized airports. This program provides funding that comes from a mix of state and local city money to entice airlines to enter the smaller markets in New Mexico.

This RASE program is a version of the well-known Essential Air Service (EAS) program, the only difference is that the EAS program is a country-wide program. Gallup was the first community to receive funding under RASE, which is also flown to by Advanced Air. The RASE contract in Las Cruces began on Jan.16 with the flights and will run for two years until mid-January 2025.

With Las Cruces, this brings Advanced Air up to 12 destinations on a mix of King Air 350s, Pilatus PC-12s and Dornier328Jets, Which includes their seasonal destinations from Mammoth Lakes in California.

Advanced Air’s route map as of January 2023 (Photo: Advanced Air)

 

All routes and schedules discussed in this article are subject to change without notice.

Author

  • Joey Gerardi

    Joe has always been interested in planes, for as long as he can remember. He grew up in Central New York during the early 2000s when US Airways Express turboprops ruled the skies. Being from a non-aviation family made it harder for him to be around planes and would only spend about three hours a month at the airport. He was so excited when he could drive by himself and the first thing he did with the license was get ice cream and go plane spotting for the entire day. When he has the time (and money) he likes to take spotting trips to any location worth a visit. He’s currently enrolled at Western Michigan University earning a degree in Aviation Management and Operations.

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