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USAir Express

US Airways Express
Founded 1967
Frequent-flyer program Dividend Miles
Airport lounge US Airways Club
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 285
Destinations 141
Parent company US Airways Group
Headquarters Tempe, Arizona
Key people Doug Parker (CEO)
Derek Kerr (CFO)

US Airways Express is a flight connection service brand name for the spoke-hub of U.S. mainline carrier US Airways, under which a number of individually owned regional airlines operate short and medium haul routes. Mainline carriers often use regional airlines to operate services in order to increase frequency, serve routes that would not sustain larger aircraft, or for other competitive reasons. US Airways Express operations are conducted from smaller markets in the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas primarily centered around US Airways' major hubs and focus cities. US Airways Express will be rebranded as American Eagle following the US Airways merger with American Airlines


US Airways Express can trace its beginnings to 1967, when Henson Airlines began operating as Allegheny Commuter for Allegheny Airlines, predecessor to US Airways. The initial route was Baltimore-Hagerstown.[1] This is generally credited as the industry's first code-share agreement and the first major airline to use another airline as its commuter partner.[2] Henson Airlines was the major predecessor to today's US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines.

Pacific Southwest Airlines and Piedmont Airlines were both major carriers that merged with USAir, which later became US Airways, and the corporate names were retained to protect their trademarks. However, the routes, aircraft, and other characteristics of the rebranded regional carriers bear no relation to their namesakes.

The aircraft livery of US Airways Express aircraft is identical to US Airways' mainline colors except for the word Express which is attached to the basic US Airways livery. In April 2013, an internal memo distributed to American Eagle branded employees at AMR Corporation's subsidiaries: (OW) Executive Airlines and (MQ) American Eagle Airlines; indicated the US Airways Express banner and marketing brand, were expected to be discontinued although the remaining and independently operating airline subsidiaries, were expected to continue but operated with American Eagle branded colors.[3]



Airline IATA code ICAO code Call sign Aircraft operated Parent
Air Wisconsin ZW AWI Wisconsin Bombardier CRJ-200 CJT Holdings
Chautauqua Airlines RP CHQ Chautauqua Embraer ERJ-145 Republic Airways Holdings
Mesa Airlines YV ASH Air Shuttle Bombardier CRJ-900 Mesa Air Group
Piedmont Airlines US PDT Piedmont de Havilland Canada Dash 8-100
de Havilland Canada Dash 8-300
US Airways Group
PSA Airlines US JIA Blue Streak Bombardier CRJ-200
Bombardier CRJ-700
US Airways Group
Republic Airlines YX RPA Brickyard Embraer 170
Embraer 175
Republic Airways Holdings
SkyWest Airlines OO SKW SkyWest Bombardier CRJ-200 SkyWest, Inc.
Trans States Airlines AX LOF Waterski Embraer ERJ-145 Trans States Holdings


Aircraft operated as US Airways Express as of 1Q 2013:[4]

US Airways Express Combined Fleet (Total=285)
Aircraft Passengers Total Operated
Bombardier CRJ-900 9 First 70 Coach 38 Mesa Airlines
Bombardier CRJ-700 9 First 58 Coach 14 PSA Airlines
Bombardier CRJ-200 50 119 Air Wisconsin, PSA Airlines, SkyWest Airlines
Embraer 175 8 First 72 Coach 38 Republic Airlines
Embraer 170 9 First 60 Coach 20 Republic Airlines
Embraer ERJ-145 50 12 Chautauqua Airlines, Trans States Airlines
Bombardier Dash 8-300 50 11 Piedmont Airlines
Bombardier Dash 8-100 37 33 Piedmont Airlines

Former airlines

Airlines which have previously operated as US Airways Express or its predecessors include:

Airline Years of Operation Aircraft Operated Information
Air Midwest 1990–2008 Beechcraft 1900D Subsidiary of Mesa Air Group
Allegheny Airlines Ended 2004 de Havilland Canada Dash 8 Merged into Piedmont Airlines
CCAir 1987–2002 Cessna 402
Beechcraft Model 99
Short 330
Short 360
BAe Jetstream 32
de Havilland Canada Dash 8
Beechcraft 1900
CommutAir 1989–2000 Beechcraft 1900D Now flying under United Express[5]
FloridaGulf Airlines 1991–1997 Beechcraft 1900
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
Merged into Air Midwest
Liberty Express Airlines 1994–1997 Beechcraft 1900 Merged into Air Midwest
Midway Airlines 2002–2003 Bombardier CRJ100
MidAtlantic Airways 2000–2006 de Havilland Canada Dash 8-200
Embraer 170
Paradise Island Airlines 1989–1997 de Havilland Canada Dash 7
Ransome Airlines 1973–1982 Volpar Beech 18
Nord 262
Mohawk 298
de Havilland Canada Dash 7
Shuttle America 2001–2002 de Havilland Canada Dash 8-100
Saab 340
Now operates as United Express and Delta Connection
StatesWest Airlines 1990–1993 Beechcraft 1900
Beechcraft 1300
Colgan Air/Mesaba Airlines 2011 Saab 340

Accidents and incidents


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