U.S. Essential Air Service

U.S. Essential Air Service
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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

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Delta Adds New Interline Partner

Colorado-based Denver Air Connection, or DAC for short, has announced a new interline baggage agreement with Delta Air Lines via Facebook. This is a significant accomplishment for the airline, and it will become DAC's third airline partner after United and…

Advanced Air to Operate U.S.’s Longest Dornier 328 Flight

Hawthorne, Calif.-based Advanced Air has unveiled another round of expansion, bringing with it two more cities to its network, including Crescent City and Oakland, Calif.; one of which is an Essential Air Service (EAS) community, and the other becomes the…

Denver Air Connection Adds 17th Route

Colorado-based Denver Air Connection, or DAC for short, has added a 17th route to their network. The new flight will depart from one of its existing Essential Air Service communities. The new route departs from Pierre, South Dakota, a city…

Sun Country Seeks More Subsidized Air Service

Sun Country, a Minneapolis/St. Paul-based ultra-low-cost carrier which operates a fleet of Boeing 737-800s, has begun the process of applying for more Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts. Roughly a year ago, the carrier took the aviation community by surprise winning…

Essential Air Service: Where Are the Biggest Markets

Essential Air Service (EAS) is truly a hot issue with EAS routes changing more in the past year than they have in the past five, with airlines requesting to terminate service left and right. The top EAS carriers have also…