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A United Airlines Boeing 737-800 taxiing out for a flight at West Palm Beach Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

United Becomes Latest U.S. Carrier to Schedule Tag Flights

As airlines reduce schedules and flying hours, yet another airline has followed the suit of Alaska Airlines and JetBlue: United Airlines. The main condition of airlines being eligible to receive money from the federal government under the CARES Act is that they are required to maintain a minimum level of service to cities the carriers served before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Airlines are taking very unusual approaches to this requirement, one such way is creating new or ‘tag’ routes…

The Checkered History of McClellan-Palomar Airport

All airports have periods of growth and decline, but very few have such dramatic service changes, multiple times in a row. That’s exactly what has happened at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., located roughly 30 miles north of San Diego. The airport has had four different carriers serve the airport…

Revisiting Ogdensburg International Airport: One Year Later

Situated on the St. Lawrence River on the border with Canada, Ogdensburg, N.Y. is a town lost in time. Like many in New York state, the quiet border town’s time has long since passed with a near-constant population decrease since 1930, when the town’s population was at its greatest. Once…

Mesa Airlines Signs Memorandum of Understanding for Up to 100…

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mesa Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding for the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M100 that could see the American regional service operator taking 50 firm orders with options for an additional 50 aircraft. If negotiations are completed, deliveries will begin on 2024. Announcing the deal at the Annual…

Regional Carrier ExpressJet Begins Embraer E175 Service

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express regional carrier, began commercial service with its newest fleet type, the Embraer E175, on Thursday. The first flight, UA4042, departed Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, coincidentally the airline's two main bases, at 8:10 a.m. and arrived on-time at 11:17 a.m.,…

SkyWest Announces New Ogdensburg Service, Cancels Massena Plans

The regional arm of United Airlines will be launching new service to one of the most remote outposts of New York State as previously announced plans to serve Ogdensburg, N.Y. now has a firm state date. From May 3, Ogdensburg International Airport in northern New York will see a complete…

SkyWest Airlines Sells Off ExpressJet to Joint Venture

U.S. regional airline SkyWest Airlines has announced the sale of subsidiary ExpressJet Airlines to a joint venture that includes United Airlines. The deal is worth $70 million in cash as well as the joint venture assuming all liabilities of ExpressJet, which has long struggled with profitability. The joint venture, ManaAir,…

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…

Regional Reconstruction: The Decline of the 50-Seat Jet

While the mergers of the last ten years have changed the way people fly and the experience they have in aviation in the United States, the regional jet image is changing as well. In the late 1990s through mid-2000s, airlines were determined to make the 50-seat or smaller market with…