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US Regional Airline Fleets in 2022

by Matt Falcus

The vast airline networks of the United States are built on the regional connectivity provided by partner airlines which feed into their large hubs, where onward and international travel is possible.

Today there are hundreds of aircraft operating in these roles.

 

History of Regional Feeder Airlines

Eduard Marmet.Russavia at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons

First pioneered by Allegheny Airlines when it rebranded as USAir in 1979, the carrier retained links with Allegheny Commuter – a small airline which fed passengers into its hubs from smaller airports. This was the first example of codesharing, and Allegheny Commuter grew to incorporate services by many other smaller airlines, all operating flights under the USAir Express banner.

Following the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, the practice of providing these feeder services became common. Most of the larger airlines courted the services of smaller, independent airlines to feed passengers into hubs on their behalf.

 

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Regional Feeder Airlines in 2022

Today all of the major full service carriers utilise the services of other carriers under feeder brands. Often these other carriers will operate on behalf of multiple airlines, with parts of their fleet painted in the colours of one carrier, and others in the colours of another.

Unlike the small, independent operators of the 1970s and 80s, today the regional feeder providers are powerhouses in the industry, often with hundreds of aircraft and thousands of staff, and a widespread reach across the nation.

The main brands operating today are:

  • Alaska Horizon/SkyWest Horizon
  • American Eagle
  • Delta Connection
  • United Express

 

The other largest airlines in the United States are classified as low-cost- or ultra-low-cost-carriers and these typically do not utilise feeder carriers to feed their hubs as they tend to operate many more point-to-point services and fewer ‘frills’ like connections.

 

Regional Feeder Airlines and Fleets in 2022

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Horizon is the feeder brand for Alaska Airlines, serving its main hubs in:

  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle/Tacoma, WA

 

It is served by:

Horizon Air Q400 (c) William Musculus

Horizon Air (operating as Alaska Horizon)

  • 29x Bombardier DHC-8-402/402NG
  • 30x Embraer 175

 

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SkyWest Airlines (operating as Alaska SkyWest)

  • 33x Embraer 175 (+8 on order)

 

American Eagle

The feeder brand for American Airlines, American Eagle flights are operated by six different airlines at present, serving hubs in:

  • Charlotte
  • Chicago–O’Hare
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New York–JFK
  • New York–LaGuardia
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix–Sky Harbor
  • Washington–National

 

The airline partners of American Eagle are:

Envoy Embraer (c) Alan Wilson

Envoy Air

  • 59x Embraer ERJ-145
  • 4x Embraer 170 (+3 on order)
  • 98x Embraer 175

Mesa CRJ (c) Glenn Beltz

Mesa Airlines

  • 57x Bombardier CRJ900

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Piedmont Airlines

  • 54x Embraer 145

American Eagle CRJ 900

PSA Airlines

  • 2x Bombardier CRJ200ER
  • 61x Bombardier CRJ700
  • 67x Bombardier CRJ900

Republic Airways

  • 16x Embraer 170
  • 88x Embraer 175

N728SK, Bombardier CRJ-700, American Eagle, Phoenix Sky Harbor

SkyWest Airlines

  • 80x Bombardier CRJ700 (+10 on order)
  • 20x Embraer 175

 

Delta Connection

The feeder brand for Delta Air Lines, with three different airline providers, and hubs in:

  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Detroit
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • New York–JFK
  • New York–LaGuardia
  • Salt Lake City
  • Seattle/Tacoma

 

The airline partners of Delta Connection are:

Endeavor Air CRJ (c) Eric Salard

Endeavor Air

  • 52x Bombardier CRJ200
  • 18x Bombardier CRJ700
  • 123x Bombardier CRJ900

Republic Airways

  • 46x Embraer 175

SkyWest operating for Delta Connection

SkyWest Airlines

  • 5x Bombardier CRJ700
  • 41x Bombardier CRJ900 (16 being retired)
  • 71x Embraer 175 (+16 on order)

 

 

United Express

Finally, of the major passenger carriers, United Airlines’ feeder brand is United Express, with six independent airlines providing service out of these hubs:

  • Chicago–O’Hare
  • Denver
  • Houston–Intercontinental
  • Los Angeles
  • Newark
  • San Francisco
  • Washington–Dulles

 

The United Express airlines and fleets are:

Air Wisconsin

  • 55x Bombardier CRJ200

CommutAir

  • 79x Embraer 145

GoJet Airlines

  • 54x Bombardier CRJ550 (+20 on order)

N514MJ IAD

Mesa Airlines

  • 80x Embraer 175
  • (+200 Heart Aerospace ES-19 on order)

Republic Airways

  • 38x Embraer 170
  • 28x Embraer 175

N958SW, Bombardier Regional Jet CRJ200LR, United Express/Skywest, Los Angeles

SkyWest Airlines

  • 112x Bombardier CRJ200
  • 19x Bombardier CRJ700
  • 90x Embraer 175

 

There are, of course, many other independent and smaller airlines providing codeshare agreements with larger carriers to link smaller communities into hubs. Cape Air is one, which has agreements with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines.

The major freight operators also have regional feeder providers, like FedEx Express and UPS.

 

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