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Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the millions of dollars per day. This achievement boils down to one contingency for these two regional airlines: contracts. Air travel numbers are rebounding in the U.S., albeit gradually. As projected…

Mitsubishi and Bombardier to Close CRJ Deal in June

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Bombardier announced on Thursday that they will close their deal for the CRJ aircraft series on June 1. Bombardier is selling the line to Mitsubishi for $500 million whilst Mitsubishi will assume liabilities worth $200 million. Bombardier will maintain CRJ production until the aircraft’s backlog runs…

First Look: Inside United’s CRJ-550 Regional Jet

United’s new CRJ-550 enters regular passenger service on Sunday, and AirlineGeeks was invited to take a look at the airplane before its inaugural run. The reconfigured CRJ-700 is a stark departure from the regional jets of the past with comfortable seating and passenger-friendly amenities. United touts the 550 as, “the…

New Midwest Express Reaches Agreement to Start Service

Milwaukee-based Midwest Express has reached an agreement with Elite Airways to begin service, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported. No routes or a timetable for the start of flights has been announced. The announcement is a cumulation of two years of work for the Milwaukee group that is attempting to relaunch…

New Midwest Express Reaches Agreement to Start Service

Milwaukee-based Midwest Express has reached an agreement with Elite Airways to begin service, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported. No routes or a timetable for the start of flights has been announced. The announcement is a cumulation of two years of work for the Milwaukee group that is attempting to relaunch…

New Midwest Express Reaches Agreement to Start Service

Milwaukee-based Midwest Express has reached an agreement with Elite Airways to begin service, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported. No routes or a timetable for the start of flights has been announced. The announcement is a cumulation of two years of work for the Milwaukee group that is attempting to relaunch…

Elite Airways Returns to Long Island While Frontier Enhances Florida…

Following a year and four-month long absence, Elite Airways has decided it will return to Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip, New York with a twice-weekly flight to Melbourne, Florida and onward service to Bimini, Bahamas. The airline initially began serving the central Long Island airport in 2016 with flights…

Inside the Regionals: A Look Inside Mesa Airlines’ Headquarters and…

Regional airlines are the backbone of the current hub-and-spoke system employed by the world’s major airlines. For many pilots, their first foray into the airline world is through a regional airline. However, few people know what goes on behind-the-scenes of these airlines. Fortunately for us, Mesa Airlines was kind enough…