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Encyclopedia > Air Midwest
Air Midwest
IATA
ZV
ICAO
AMW
Callsign
AIR MIDWEST
Founded 1965
Hubs Kansas City International Airport
Frequent flyer program MesaMax
Fleet size 20
Destinations 43
Parent company Mesa Air Group, Inc.
Headquarters Wichita, Kansas
Key people Greg Stephens (President)
Website: http://www.mesa-air.com
1970's Logo
This article is about the regional airline based in Wichita, KS. For the article regarding the renamed Midwest Express, see Midwest Airlines.

Air Midwest (IATA: ZV, ICAO: AMW, and Callsign: Air Midwest) is a FAA Part 121 certificated air carrier operating under air carrier certificate number AMWA510A issued on May 15, 1965. It is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas and is a subsidiary of Mesa Air Group. It operates flights as US Airways Express, including a code share with Midwest Airlines, and as Mesa Airlines. It serves 43 cities in 14 states. Image File history File links Airmidwestlogo125x98. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Airport diagram Airport from the east. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ: MESA) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based commercial aviation holding company that operates three regional airline subsidiaries: Mesa Airlines, Freedom Airlines, and Air Midwest, and five supporting subsidiaries. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Kansas County Government  - Mayor Carl Brewer (D) Area  - City 359. ... Official language(s) English[2] Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Midwest Airlines Boeing 717 taxiing for departure at John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana, California, USA) in February 2004 For the Egyptian airline see: Midwest Airlines (Egypt) Midwest Airlines is an American scheduled passenger airline based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operating from General Mitchell International Airport. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Kansas County Government  - Mayor Carl Brewer (D) Area  - City 359. ... Official language(s) English[2] Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Area  Ranked 15th  - Total 82,277 sq mi (213,096 km²)  - Width 211 miles (340 km)  - Length 417 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ: MESA) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based commercial aviation holding company that operates three regional airline subsidiaries: Mesa Airlines, Freedom Airlines, and Air Midwest, and five supporting subsidiaries. ... US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... Code sharing is a business term used in the airline industry for a procedure whereby one airline operates a service using its own flight number, e. ... Midwest Airlines Boeing 717 taxiing for departure at John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana, California, USA) in February 2004 For the Egyptian airline see: Midwest Airlines (Egypt) Midwest Airlines is an American scheduled passenger airline based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operating from General Mitchell International Airport. ... Mesa Airlines (IATA: YV, ICAO: ASH, and Callsign: Air Shuttle), a subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, is a US airline headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona which operates flights as Air Midwest, United Express and US Airways Express. ...

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History

Air Midwest was founded in Wichita, Kansas in May 1965 by Gary Adamson as Aviation Services, Inc. Using a single Cessna 206, Adamson transported human remains for area mortuaries. Later, Aviation Services held out for charter and in 1967 began scheduled service flying between Wichita and Salina.


As Frontier Airlines withdrew from the western Kansas market in 1968, Aviation Services moved in to assume air service. In 1969, it changed its name to Air Midwest and ordered Beech 99 aircraft to keep up with its expansion. Frontier Airlines was formed by a merger of Arizona Airways, Challenger Airlines, and Monarch Airlines on June 1, 1950, with headquarters at Stapleton Field in Denver, Colorado. ...


By 1978, it was operating a fleet of 10 Metroliners and was expanding from Kansas and into New Mexico, Iowa, and Nebraska.


In 1985, Air Midwest merged with Scheduled Skyways, a Fayetteville, Arkansas based air carrier, in hopes of gaining a codeshare to feed Republic Airlines' Memphis hub. It seemed like a good merger for Air Midwest: Air Midwest would expand by acquiring routes in Arkansas to complement its existing routes in the midwest. Both carriers operated Metros, and Air Midwest had an opportunity to win a codeshare with Republic. RC timetable, April 1985 Republic Airlines (IATA: RC, ICAO: REP, and Callsign: Republic) was an airline formed on 1 July 1979 by the merger of North Central Airlines and Southern Airways. ...


Unfortunately, Republic picked a different air carrier to feed its Memphis hub. Air Midwest discovered many hidden problems with the badly neglected aircraft of Scheduled Skyways, that forced it to perform the required maintenance to keep the aircraft flying. The next few years after the merger with Scheduled Skyways pushed Air Midwest to the verge of bankruptcy.


Although Air Midwest was unsuccessful in gaining a codeshare with Republic through the Scheduled Skyways merger, it was able to acquire codeshare agreements with Ozark Airlines as Ozark Midwest, Eastern Airlines as Eastern Air Midwest Express, and American Airlines as American Eagle in 1985.


Continuing money problems forced Air Midwest to sell its Nashville hub and Saab 340 aircraft to American in 1987. TWA acquired Ozark in 1986 and forced Air Midwest to surrender some of its St Louis routes because TWA already had a code share partner in St Louis, ResortAir (today's TransStates Airlines).


Eastern abruptly pulled out of Kansas City leaving Air Midwest no one to feed. Air Midwest quickly negotiated a codeshare agreement with Braniff, just in time for Braniff to go bankrupt.


In 1990, Air Midwest negotiated a codeshare agreement with USAir. On July 12, 1991 Air Midwest published a message to all employees, "St. Louis hub sold to TransStates, all else to Mesa." is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


Operations under Mesa Air Group

From 1991 until 1997, Air Midwest operated 12 Beechcraft 1900s flying from its Kansas City hub as USAir Express. In 1997, Mesa Air Group underwent a corporate reorganization: Mesa Airline's FloridaGulf, Liberty Express, and Independent divisions were merged into Air Midwest.


Today, Air Midwest operates services for Essential Air Service and also has aircraft operating as US Airways Express under an agreement with US Airways in Phoenix and in independent operations as Mesa Airlines brand and division out of Albuquerque and Dallas/Fort Worth. Air Midwest also operates as US Airways Express from a hub in Kansas City, with smaller operations at Phoenix, Charlotte, Chicago Midway Airport, Dallas and Omaha, Nebraska. There are currently 20 airplanes in service, down from a height of 118. The Airline Deregulation Act, passed in 1978, gave US airlines almost total freedom to determine which markets to serve domestically and what fares to charge for that service. ... US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... US Airways is an American low-cost airline[1] headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, owned by US Airways Group, Inc. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... A brand includes a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ... This article is about the largest city of New Mexico. ... The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex encompasses the metropolitan divisions of Dallas–Plano–Irving and Fort Worth–Arlington, within the U.S. state of Texas. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... Chicago Midway Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW) is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, located on the citys southwest side. ... “Dallas” redirects here. ... “Omaha” redirects here. ...


On January 8, 2003, Air Midwest had its first fatal accident when Air Midwest Flight 5481 departing out of Charlotte for Greenville-Spartanburg crashed 37 seconds after takeoff. All 19 passengers and two crewmembers were killed in the accident. is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... US Airways Express Flight 5481, a Beechcraft 1900D operated by Air Midwest as US Airways Express under a franchise agreement, crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames 37 seconds after leaving Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina...


For a period of three weeks in August 2006, Air Midwest operated as Delta Connection, flying three Beechcraft 1900D from John F. Kennedy Airport to Providence, RI and Windsor Locks, Connecticut, as a stop-gap measure for Freedom Airlines, another subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, until it was relieved by Chautauqua Airlines. Delta Connection jet landing at BWI airport on March 4, 2007 Delta Connection is the name under which eight regional airlines operate short and medium haul routes for mainline carrier, Delta Air Lines. ... Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, a state of the United States of America. ... Windsor Locks is a town in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... Freedom Airlines (IATA: F8, ICAO: FRL, and Callsign: Freedom Air) is a FAA Part 121 certificated air carrier operating under air carrier certificate number FDKA087K issued on April 1, 2002. ... Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ: MESA) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based commercial aviation holding company that operates three regional airline subsidiaries: Mesa Airlines, Freedom Airlines, and Air Midwest, and five supporting subsidiaries. ... Chautauqua Airlines is an airline based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. It operates scheduled passenger services on more than 670 flights daily to cities in 30 states, Canada and the Bahamas, through feeder services under the names Delta Connection for Delta Air Lines, AmericanConnection for American Airlines, Continental Express for Continental...


On February 1, 2007, Air Midwest began operations at Chicago Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois to three Illinois airports: Decatur, Marion, and Quincy. The Greater-Chicago Area featuring Chicago-Midway and OHare International Airports Chicago Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW, FAA LID: MDW), also known simply as Midway Airport, is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, United States, located on the citys southwest side, eight miles from Chicagos Loop. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Decatur Airport (IATA: DEC, ICAO: KDEC) is a public airport located 4 miles (6 km) east of the city of Decatur in Macon County, Illinois, USA. Facilities Decatur Airport covers 2,100 acres and has three runways: Runway 06/24: 8,496 x 150 ft. ... Williamson County Regional Airport (IATA: MWA, ICAO: KMWA) is a public airport located a few miles west of Marion, Illinois. ... Quincy Regional Airport (IATA: UIN, ICAO: KUIN), also known as Baldwin Field, is a public airport located a few miles east of Quincy, Illinois. ...


Destinations

Currently, Air Midwest serves 43 cities in 14 states. // This is a list of destinations and airports that Air Midwest currently serves. ...


Airline operations

Air Midwest operates as:

US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... The Beechcraft 1900 Beechliner is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop airplane manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of the Raytheon Company (now Hawker Beechcraft}. It was designed as and is primarily used as a regional airliner. ... Code sharing is a business term used in the airline industry for a procedure whereby one airline operates a service using its own flight number, e. ... Midwest Airlines Boeing 717 taxiing for departure at John Wayne Airport (Santa Ana, California, USA) in February 2004 For the Egyptian airline see: Midwest Airlines (Egypt) Midwest Airlines is an American scheduled passenger airline based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operating from General Mitchell International Airport. ...

Incidents and accidents

US Airways Express Flight 5481, a Beechcraft 1900D operated by Air Midwest as US Airways Express under a franchise agreement, crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames 37 seconds after leaving Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina... The Beechcraft 1900 Beechliner is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop airplane manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of the Raytheon Company (now Hawker Beechcraft}. It was designed as and is primarily used as a regional airliner. ... US Airways Express is a brand name used by several individually owned airlines or airline holding companies which provide regional airline and commuter service for US Airways. ... Charlotte Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT, ICAO: KCLT, FAA LID: CLT) is a major international airport located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... “Charlotte” redirects here. ... Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is an airport in Greer, South Carolina, USA, near Greenville, South Carolina and Spartanburg, South Carolina. ... Greer is a town between Greenville and Spartanburg in Greenville and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina. ... is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Beechcraft 1900 Beechliner is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop airplane manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of the Raytheon Company (now Hawker Beechcraft}. It was designed as and is primarily used as a regional airliner. ... Chicago Midway Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW) is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, located on the citys southwest side. ... The Decatur Transfer House in the background with a newly completed fountain in the foreground. ... Chicago Midway Airport (IATA: MDW, ICAO: KMDW) is an airport in Chicago, Illinois, located on the citys southwest side. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...

Fleet

As of June, 2007 Air Midwest has 20 aircraft in its fleet consisting of:

Type Number Passenger Capacity Routes
Beechcraft 1900D 20
19
All

Previous aircraft operated by Air Midwest include the Cessna 402, Beech 99, Metroliner, Jetstream 31 and the Saab 340. The Beechcraft 1900 Beechliner is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop airplane manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of the Raytheon Company (now Hawker Beechcraft}. It was designed as and is primarily used as a regional airliner. ... The Cessna 402 is a 6 to 10 place light twin piston engine aircraft. ... The Beechcraft Model 99 is a civilian aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation (now Raytheon). ... The Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner or the Fairchild Aerospace Metro is a 19-seat, pressurised, twin turboprop airliner first produced by Swearingen and later by Fairchild. ... The Handley Page HP.137 Jetstream is a small twin turboprop airliner, with a pressurised fuselage, designed to meet the requirements of the United States feederliner and regional airline market. ... The Saab 340 is a two-engine turboprop aircraft designed and initially produced by a partnership between Saab and Fairchild in a 65:35 ratio. ...


Frequent flyer program

MesaMax applies to Mesa Airlines flights that are operated by Air Midwest. It consists of a card, upon which flights are recorded with a stamp. Once 16 stamps have been recorded, the card may be redeemed for a single round-trip ticket on Mesa Airlines flights.


External links

References

  • Henderson, Danna (05-01-1989). "Robert Priddy's $1 million Midwest Gamble". Air Transport World (98). Retrieved on 09-22-2006. 
  • various (various). "Mesa Airlines Company Reports 1991-1993" (PDF). The Investext Group. Retrieved on 09-22-2006.
  • Mesa Air Group (various). "1995-2005 Annual Reports". Retrieved on 09-22-2006.

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Air Midwest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1008 words)
Although Air Midwest was unsuccessful in gaining a codeshare with Republic through the Scheduled Skyways merger, it was able to acquire codeshare agreements with Ozark Airlines as Ozark Midwest, Eastern Airlines as Eastern Air Midwest Express, and American Airlines as American Eagle in 1985.
Air Midwest operates for US Airways Express from hubs in Kansas City and Pittsburgh, with smaller operations at Phoenix and, beginning in February, Chicago Midway Airport.
For a period of three weeks in August 2006, Air Midwest operated as Delta Connection, flying three Beechcraft 1900D from John F. Kennedy Airport to Providence, RI and Windsor Locks, Connecticut, as a stop-gap measure for Freedom Airlines, another subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, until it was relieved by Chatauqua Airlines.
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Every member of the Midwest team is committed to offering "The best care in the air" on every flight, every day.
Their expertise in operating a corporate air shuttle led to the formation of K-C Aviation in 1969, providing aviation services and specializing in the meticulous customization of corporate aircraft.
The interior width of seat cushions on Midwest aircraft is 18" on Saver flights and 21" on Signature flights, compared with coach seating that is 17-18" wide on most airlines.
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