When Trans States Airlines began as Resort Air in 1982, it operated just a handful of Metro II aircraft and carried just under 7,000 passengers during its first year of operation—tourists, primarily, between its headquarters in St. Louis and a popular lake two hours south of the city (hence the call sign "Waterski," which Trans States still uses to this day).
However, things have changed a great deal since 1982. Since that time, Resort Air has evolved from a small boutique carrier into Trans States Airlines, a carrier that now serves 3.5 million passengers a year. The Metro IIs have been replaced by an all-jet fleet of Embraer 145s, and Trans States now flies on behalf of United Airlines (as United Express), providing service to over 80 cities in North America with over 240 daily flights.
At Trans States, our mission is simple: To remain flexible and responsive to the
needs and challenges of our major partner(s) and the aviation industry, while striving
to do our best for our customers. We are
committed to providing safe, reliable
and on-time air transportation and to delivering the highest standards in
professionalism and customer service.
We’d love the opportunity to demonstrate this commitment to you in
person. Our over 900 employees look forward
to welcoming you onboard!
Crew and Maintenance Bases
- St. Louis (STL) also corporate headquarters
- Chicago (ORD)
- Denver (DEN)
- Moline (MLI) (MX only)
- Springfield (SGF) (MX only)