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Southern Airways Express acquires Air Choice One

Southern Airways Express has announced it is acquiring Air Choice One (St. Louis):

Southern Airways Express, one of the largest commuter airlines in America, has acquired St. Louis-based Air Choice One (Multi-Aero, Inc.). The move will strengthen the Essential Air Service offerings to the marketplace on the heels of the recent announcements of regional airline SkyWest and commuter airline Boutique’s intention to terminate service to at least 31 cities in the program.

This is Southern’s fifth airline acquisition in the last eight years. Southern was founded in Memphis, Tenn. in 2013 and has since grown into one of the largest commuter airlines in America. Now serving 38 cities from Nantucket to Honolulu, Southern has consistently ranked as one of the most reliable and on-time airlines in the nation. In 2021, excluding weather, Southern completed 99.3% of its nearly 64,000 scheduled flights.

The addition of Air Choice One grows Southern’s fleet size to nearly 50 aircraft and increases the number of pilots that Southern flows to the larger carriers. Since 2018, Southern and SkyWest have partnered to build the most successful pilot cadet program in the country, soon to be creating hundreds of pilots per year for the industry.

As part of the acquisition, Air Choice One CEO Shane Storz will join Southern as an executive vice president. In addition to decades of industry experience, he will bring a leadership team and other support staff that will be absorbed into Southern’s current infrastructure, allowing for safe, strong, and healthy growth over the ensuing months and years.

Air Choice One currently has one contract in the Essential Air service program: Jonesboro, Ark. Service from Jonesboro will be rebranded as Southern, allowing the city to enjoy Southern’s interline connectivity to major carriers. Southern has interline ticketing and baggage agreements with American, United and Alaska Airlines.

In addition to the immediate benefits, growing Southern’s fleet size further enhances the airline’s commitment to sustainable aviation. Southern has agreements with multiple technology companies to retrofit its aircraft with hybrid-electric, electric, and hydrogen-powered engines once those technologies are approved for commercial use, making Southern the worldwide leader in the next generation of passenger air service.

In 1979, Multi-Aero, Inc. d/b/a Air Choice One was established in St. Louis, Missouri, as an innovative and multi-faceted aviation company. Air Choice One is a family-owned and operated company with over 60 years of combined Aviation experience!

We can provide rural communities the convenience to connect to the national transportation system via international airport hubs such as St. Louis Lambert (STL) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). This connection allows our passengers to connect to other airline flights or get to their desired destination.

Air Choice One is issued an EAS contract to operate between Ironwood, MI and Chicago (O’Hare)

Air Choice One Caravan N1258B (Flt)(Air Choice One)(LR)

Air Choice One (Multi-Aero, Inc. dba) (St. Louis) has been awarded a two-year Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to provide scheduled passenger airline service for Ironwood, Michigan. The regional carrier will operate Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft (above) to Chicago (O’Hare) effective on June 1, 2014. The contract expires on May 31, 2016. Air Choice One also operates Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain aircraft. The company started scheduled airline service in 2010 with service to Decatur, Illinois and Burlington, Iowa.

The company issued this statement:

The Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a 2 year EAS contract to St. Louis based airline, Air Choice One. Air Choice One is pleased with the decision and is excited to be expanding their service area further North. Ironwood, MI has been without air service since February 2014. Air Choice One will begin service out of the Gogebic-Iron County Airport in early Summer 2014. The area’s new air carrier is also introducing a new hub to the citizens of Ironwood, Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Chicago O’Hare is the 5th largest international airport in the United States and the Company hopes the change will drive new tourism North toward Ironwood given the seamless connection.

The air carrier already has established EAS contracts in Burlington IA, Decatur IL, and Jonesboro AR, and operates a second hub at St. Louis International Airport. Ironwood’s commercial air service will be provided on the Cessna Grand Caravan, a top of the line turbine powered aircraft which offers plush leather seating and spacious leg room. Collectively, Air Choice One has grown their EAS cities 519%+ (from FY 09/10 – FY 12/13) and continues to seek opportunities to expand their air service throughout the Midwest.

Shane Storz, Air Choice One CEO, commented “We are extremely pleased to add Ironwood to our growing route system. We are hopeful that with our new hub service to Chicago, the community of Ironwood will once again come on out and support their local airport. We want to thank all of those throughout the community that have supported our effort to restore a first class connection to a great airport in Chicago. “

Air Choice One was founded in 1979 and is a family owned and operated organization.

The company describes itself this way:

Air Choice One logo

Air Choice One was established and incubated as a “next generation” scheduled commuter airline by Multi-Aero, Inc., a St. Louis, MO-based aviation company. The vision for Air Choice One was to break from the classic commuter stereotype and offer the comfort and convenience of “First-Class” to all travelers. We deliver on that vision through our reliable aircraft, community-specific flight scheduling, and executive style cabins — all supported by our highly skilled team of flight operations and maintenance experts, who bring a combined resource of more than 60 years service to the industry.

Air Choice One was launched as a scheduled airline providing service to hard-to-reach communities. Our offering is predicated on providing increased flexibility of air travel at reduced fares. We support community development by increasing business productivity, as well as, enhancing the travel experience for business and leisure travelers alike.

Air Choice One offers an extraordinary opportunity for smaller communities — the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of efficient, scheduled airline service into larger cities, like St. Louis and Chicago, packaged in a “First-Class” service and seating format. Our goal is to deliver the highest quality and reliability in scheduled commercial air service.



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