Trans States Airlines to wind down operations by the end of the year

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Trans States Airlines management has told its employees it wind down and will cease all operations on December 31, 2020. The carrier which operates for United Airlines as an United Express carrier will slowly wind down its operations.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The holding company, Trans States Holdings, also operates Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines.

Trans States Airlines began as Resort Air in 1982. It operated just a handful of Metro II aircraft and carried just under 7,000 passengers during its first year of operation—tourists, primarily, between its headquarters in St. Louis ​and a popular lake two hours south of the city (hence the call sign “Waterski,” which Trans States still uses to this day). 

However, things hav​e changed a great deal since 1982.  Since that time, Resort Air has evolved from a small boutique carrier into Trans States Airlines.

Trans States serves over 4.5 million passengers a year, with approximately 237 daily flights providing service to over 70 cities in North America. Trans States operates the Embraer 145 on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and United Airlines (as United Express). Headquartered in St. Louis, Trans States has crew domiciles in Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), St. Louis (STL), Raleigh- Durham (RDU), and Washington D.C. (IAD).

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