Trans States Airlines
|Founded||1982 (as Resort Air)|
|Hubs||As United Express:
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
O'Hare International Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport
Denver International Airport
|Frequent-flyer program||Dividend Miles
(US Airways Express)
|Airport lounge||US Airways Club
(US Airways Express)
|Fleet size||22 (50 orders/50 options)|
|Parent company||Trans States Holdings, Inc.|
|Key people||Hulas Kanodia (Chairman)
Richard A. Leach
Trans States Airlines is the 22nd largest American regional airline. Trans States Airlines, along with Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, is owned by Trans States Holdings and is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri.
As of 2011, Trans States Airlines employed 650 people throughout North America. The airline operates over 150 daily flights in 39 cities as United Express for United Airlines and US Airways Express for US Airways. In total, TSA carried 2.1 million passengers in 2011.
The company began operations as Resort Air in 1982. In 1985, the company entered into an agreement with Trans World Airlines to operate as Trans World Express serving six cities in Missouri and Illinois. The company changed its name to Trans States Airlines in 1989. That same year, TSA began operations as USAir Express with flights into Los Angeles. In 1995, TSA began operations as a feeder airline into JFK Airport as United Express.
The call sign "Waterski" and the ICAO 3-letter identifier "LOF," which stands for 'Lodge of the Four Seasons', are from the early days when the company was operated as Resort Air and took visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.
Trans States Airlines is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri where its main training facility and maintenance facility are located. The airline has crew domiciles in St.Louis and Washington-Dulles. It operates hubs for United Express in Chicago at O'Hare International Airport, Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and in Washington, DC at Washington Dulles International Airport.
As United Express
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Washington, D.C. area (Washington Dulles International Airport) Hub
As US Airways Express
- North Carolina
As of October 2013, the Trans State Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Embraer ERJ 145||28||2||3||—||50||(28) United Express
US Airways Express
|Orders are ex-Passaredo Linhas Aéreas jets|
In October 2009, Trans States Holdings announced an agreement to purchase 50 Mitsubishi MRJ90 with options for 50 more. Trans States Holdings holds conversion rights to take the smaller, 76-seat MRJ70 instead of the 92-seat MRJ90 dependant on the scope clause environment by the time the airline takes delivery in 2016. It has not been announced what subsidiary these aircraft will operate for; Compass, GoJet, or Trans States.
In April 2013, Trans States Airlines began taking delivery of six former Passaredo Linhas Aéreas ERJ-145s. Trans States also stopped its flights that it had operated as US Airways Express and either converted the three jets into United's livery or stored them.
Accidents and incidents
- July 14, 2004
- June 16, 2010
- March 1, 2011 at 6:45 am EST
- September 4, 2011
- Trans States Airlines Flight 3363 originating from Chicago IL, operated as a United Express flight, left the runway during landing at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The aircraft, with 44 passengers on board, sustained damage to the main gear and belly, as well as to the right wing. There were no injuries to passengers or crew.
- February 22, 2012
- Trans States Airlines operating as United Express Flight 3350 originating from Chicago O'Hare,IL to Rochester,NY was on approach to land but overran the end of the runway by about 50–75 feet and came to a stop with all gear off the paved surface. There were no injuries. The passengers disembarked via mobile stairs and were bussed to the terminal.
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