Saint Louis, MO – Trans States Airlines announced today that
the company will transition to an all-regional jet fleet by fall 2006
and retire its remaining six British Aerospace J-41 turboprop
"This decision to reduce the number of aircraft types was a
difficult one, but is consistent with our overall business strategy of
fleet simplification and our ongoing review of ways to improve
efficiency in order to support our customers and airline partners,"
Trans States President Richard A. Leach said.
"Many of the cities we serve throughout the Midwest are
longstanding partners of Trans States. We would not have been able to
provide an industry leading product without the support of the
communities and the dedication of our employees." said Leach.
Trans States currently serves nine markets from St. Louis with its
J-41 fleet under its AmericanConnection® partnership. Four
markets – Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Madison, Wis.; Memphis, Tenn.; and
Fayetteville, Ark. – will have their existing service upgraded to
all-jet service between April and May.
Trans States will exit five markets – Columbia, Mo.; Decatur, Ill.;
Joplin, Mo.; Springfield, Ill.; and Springfield, Mo. Trans States and
American are working with AmericanConnection® partner
Regions Air to continue service to those cities.
"AmericanConnection carrier RegionsAir is contacting affected
communities to discuss possible replacement of the Trans States
service," said Loretta Kuss, American’s Regional Manager – Passenger
Sales in St. Louis. "We encourage those communities to work with
Regions Air to preserve service to St. Louis."
Trans States Airlines, a large regional airline serving the Midwest
and Eastern U.S. employs over 2,000 aviation professionals with
service to 62 cities and more than 300 daily flights. Trans States is
also the recipient of the Federal Aviation Administration's
Certificate of Excellence Diamond Award seven years in a row.
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