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RegionsAir Logo.jpg
IATA
3C
ICAO
CEA
Callsign
CORP-X
Founded 1996[1]
Commenced operations December 16, 1996[1]
Ceased operations May 25, 2007
Hubs

As AmericanConnection:
Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport
As Continental Connection:
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
As Corporate Airlines:
Nashville International Airport
As Midway Airlines:
Raleigh Durham International Airport

Frequent-flyer program Aviators (TWA)
AAdvantage (American)
OnePass (Continental)
Airport lounge Ambassador Club (TWA)
Admirals Club (American)
Presidents Club (Continental)
Alliance oneworld (American)
SkyTeam (Continental)
Fleet size 12 BAe Jetstream Super 31's
4 SAAB 340A's
Destinations 13 from St. Louis (TWA/American)
3 from Cleveland (Continental)
12 from Raleigh/Durham (Midway)
Parent company RegionsAir
Headquarters Smyrna, Tennessee
Key people Charles Howell President/CEO (after shutdown)
Website Regionair.com
former logo of Corporate Airlines

RegionsAir was a Part 121[clarification needed] regional airline. Its headquarters and maintenance base were located at the Smyrna Airport in Smyrna, Tennessee, USA|.[2] The hub airports for RegionsAir were Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE).

RegionsAir operated under a code-sharing agreement with TWA and American Airlines to provide flights to communities as AmericanConnection from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and as Continental Connection from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

RegionsAir ceased all operations on March 8, 2007 and furloughed all of its employees a month later.

History[edit]

RegionsAir was known as Corporate Express Airlines from 1996 to 1998, and then Corporate Airlines from 1998 to 2004. Operating as Corporate Express, it flew for Midway Airlines (JI) providing feed until their 1st shutdown in 2001 and also flew for TWA as Trans World Express out of St. Louis. At that time, the airline was run by Chuck Howell, who is now the President at Great Lakes Airlines. The airline changed its corporate name to RegionsAir in May 2004 to end confusion with similarly named airlines. RegionsAir had been the air service provider for many small communities as part of the Federally-subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) program.[3]

On October 7, 2005 Viva International, an aviation holding company, issued an irrevocable Letter of Intent to Purchase RegionsAir for an undisclosed sum, but nothing ever became of the LOI.

RegionsAir operated under a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines to provide flights to communities as AmericanConnection from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport until March 2007. At that time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the airline, saying there had been problems with the airline's training and certification program.[4][5]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On October 19, 2004 Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 crashed on approach to Kirksville, Missouri. Thirteen people died and two were injured. The NTSB has determined pilot error to be the cause of this accident.[6]

On March 2, 2007 the local Airline's FSDO office, FAA officials in DC, and the airline got into a disagreement over wording in the airline's training manuals. The airline voluntarily ceased scheduled operations until the items could be clarified. FAA officials found no discrepancies when they went over all pilots records. In the end, about 35 of the airline's flights were canceled that Saturday.[7][8]

On March 8, 2007 at 4:36pm the FAA again grounded RegionsAir due to discrepancies in the airlines training procedures for line-check airmen. As a result of this second grounding within one week, several regional airports serviced by RegionsAir announced intentions to replace the airline with other regional carriers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Norwood, Tom; Wegg, John (2002). North American Airlines Handbook (3rd ed.). Sandpoint, ID: Airways International. ISBN 0-9653993-8-9. 
  2. ^ "Employment." RegionsAir. October 28, 2005. Retrieved on May 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Essential Air Service
  4. ^ "FAA grounds RegionsAir, stranding W.Va. passengers". USA Today. 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  5. ^ "Press Release". AMR Corporation. 2007-03-20. 
  6. ^ "AAR-06/01 incident report". NTSB. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  7. ^ [1] Springfield Journal Register Article
  8. ^ [2] Decatur Herald & Review

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