Trans States Airlines

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Trans States Airlines
Trans States Airlines (TSA - Trans States).png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1982 (as Resort Air)

As American Eagle: LaGuardia Airport (New York)
Pittsburgh International Airport

As United Express:
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
O'Hare International Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport
Denver International Airport
Frequent-flyer program AAdvantage
(American Eagle)
Mileage Plus
(United Express)
Airport lounge Admirals Club
(American Eagle)
United Club
(United Airlines)
Alliance Star Alliance (United Express)
Oneworld (American Eagle)
Fleet size 81 (17 Orders)
Destinations 70
Parent company Trans States Holdings, Inc.
Headquarters Bridgeton, Missouri
Key people Hulas Kanodia (Chairman)
Richard A. Leach
Fred Oxley

Trans States Airlines is the 22nd largest[1] and fastest growing 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.[2]

As of 2011, Trans States Airlines employed 650 people throughout North America. The airline operates over 240 daily flights in 70 cities as United Express for United Airlines and American Eagle for American Airlines. In total, TSA carried 3.6 million passengers in 2015.[3]


The company began operations as Resort Air in 1982.[4] 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.[4]

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.

Airline Operations[edit]

Trans States Airlines is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri where its main training facility and maintenance facility are located. The airline has crew domiciles in Chicago–O'Hare, St. Louis and Washington–Dulles. It operates hubs for United Express in Houston at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and in Washington, DC at Washington Dulles International Airport.[3]


An ERJ 145EP at Washington Dulles International Airport

As United Express[edit]

As American Eagle[edit]

United States[edit]


Crew Bases[edit]

  • Chicago-O'Hare
  • Denver
  • St. Louis
  • Washington-Dulles
  • Raleigh–Durham (2016)


As of October 2015, the Trans State Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[6]

Trans State Airlines Fleet
Type Active Orders Passengers Operated For Notes
Embraer ERJ 145EP/MP 29 50 United Express
Embraer ERJ 145LR 15[7] American Eagle
Embraer ERJ 145XR 22 15 United Express Receiving Aircraft from ExpressJet
Mitsubishi MRJ70 20 76 Deliveries begin in 2017
Total 66 15

In October 2009, Trans States Holdings announced an agreement to purchase 50 Mitsubishi MRJ90 with options for 50 more.[8] Trans States Holdings holds conversion rights to take the smaller, 76-seat MRJ70 instead of the 92-seat MRJ90 dependent on the scope clause environment by the time the airline takes delivery in 2016.[9] 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.[10]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • June 16, 2010
    • Trans States Airlines Flight 8050, operated and marketed as a United Express flight, overran the runway at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and sustained damage to the front of the aircraft with a nose gear collapse. Both pilots and one passenger sustained minor injuries.[11]
  • March 1, 2011 at 6:45 am EST
    • A US Airways Embraer 145 operated by Trans States Airlines was being pushed back from the gate at Bradley International Airport for a departure to Pittsburgh when the front nose gear collapsed and the front of the plane dropped to the tarmac. None of the 29 passengers were injured.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • 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.


  1. ^ "Corporate Grouping of Top 50 Regional Airlines". February 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Trans States Airlines :: Corporate Information". Retrieved 2012-10-05.  "Executive Offices Trans States Airlines 11495 Navaid Rd. Suite 340 Bridgeton, Missouri 63044"
  3. ^ a b "Trans States Airlines :: About Our Airline". Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  4. ^ a b TSA History November 12, 2009
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  6. ^ "Trans State Airlines". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
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  8. ^ "Trans States Holdings Signs LOI with Mitsubishi Aircraft for Purchase of 100 MRJ Aircraft" (PDF) (Press release). 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  9. ^ "Mitsubishi Specifies Certification Schedule for MRJ". AIN Online. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Trans States Airlines takes on six ex-Passaredo ERJ-145s". CH Aviation. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  11. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Trans States E145 at Ottawa on Jun 16th 2010, runway overrun". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
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