Trans States Airlines

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Trans States Airlines
Trans States Airlines (TSA - Trans States).png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1982 (as Resort Air)
AOC #RAIA379A[1]
HubsAs United Express:
Frequent-flyer programMileage Plus
(United Express)
AllianceStar Alliance (United Express)
Fleet size45
Parent companyTrans States Holdings, Inc.
HeadquartersBridgeton, Missouri
Key peopleHulas Kanodia (Chairman)
Richard A. Leach
Fred Oxley

Trans States Airlines, along with Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, is owned by Trans States Holdings and is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri.[2]

As of 2011, Trans States Airlines employed 650 people throughout North America; the airline currently operates over 240 daily flights in 70 cities as United Express for United Airlines. In total, TSA carried 3.6 million passengers in 2015.[3]


The company began operations as Resort Air in 1982.[4] As an independent commuter air carrier, Resort Air operated Swearingen Metro propjets from a small hub located in St. Louis (STL) with service to Carbondale, Illinois; Columbia, Missouri; Fort Leonard Wood, MO; Joplin, MO; Lake of the Ozarks, MO; Springfield, IL; and Springfield, MO.[5] In 1985, the company entered into an agreement with Trans World Airlines (TWA) to operate as Trans World Express serving six cities in Missouri and Illinois.

Resort Air changed its name to Trans States Airlines in 1989; that same year, TSA began operations on the west coast as USAir Express at Los Angeles (LAX) and by 1995 was serving Fresno, Monterey, Ontario, CA, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara nonstop from LAX with British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 propjets.[6] By 1999, Trans States was operating BAe Jetstream 31 flights from LAX as US Airways Express nonstop to just four destinations in California: Fresno, Palm Springs, San Diego and Santa Barbara.[7]

On the east coast, in 1995 TSA began operations as a code share feeder airline into New York City JFK Airport as United Express.[4] By 1999, Trans States had begun operations as a Delta Connection code share air carrier for Delta Air Lines at New York JFK Airport with Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets and British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 41 propjets with nonstop service to Albany, NY, Baltimore, Greensboro, NC, Hartford/Springfield, Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, VA and Rochester, NY.[8]

The call sign "Waterski" and the ICAO 3-letter identifier "LOF," which stands for 'Lodge of the Four Seasons', are from the early days when the company was operated as Resort Air and took visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

St. Louis TWA Express Hub Operations in 1990[edit]

Trans States was operating 48-passenger ATR-42 and 19-passenger Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner (Metro III model) propjets in Trans World Express code share service for Trans World Airlines at this time from the TWA hub in St. Louis with nonstop flights to the following destinations:[9]

St. Louis TWA Express Hub Operations in 1995[edit]

By 1995, Trans States had expanded its Trans World Express code sharing operations at the TWA St. Louis hub and was operating ATR-42, ATR-72, British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 31 and BAe Jetstream 41, and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops with nonstop flights to the following destinations:[10]


Trans States Airlines is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri, where its main training facility and maintenance facility are located. Crew domiciles are located in Chicago-O'Hare and Denver. Trans States currently flies solely as United Express. United Express flights are operated from both Chicago-O’Hare and Denver bases.

An ERJ 145EP at Washington Dulles International Airport
List of destinations[11] (as of 1 March 2019)
City Country (Subdivision) IATA Airport Notes
Birmingham United States (Alabama) BHM Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
Flagstaff United States (Arizona) FLG Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
Tucson United States (Arizona) TUS Tucson International Airport
Fayetteville United States (Arkansas) XNA Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
Little Rock United States (Arkansas) LIT Little Rock National Airport
Monterey United States (California) MRY Monterey Regional Airport
Colorado Springs United States (Colorado) COS City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport
Denver United States (Colorado) DEN Denver International Airport Hub
Durango United States (Colorado) DRO Durango-La Plata County Airport
Grand Junction United States (Colorado) GJT Grand Junction Regional Airport
Gunnison United States (Colorado) GUC Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport Seasonal Service
Hayden/Steamboat Springs United States (Colorado) HDN Yampa Valley Airport
Montrose/Telluride United States (Colorado) MTJ Montrose Regional Airport
Fort Walton Beach United States (Florida) VPS Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport
Idaho Falls United States (Idaho) IDA Idaho Falls Regional Airport
Chicago United States (Illinois) ORD O'Hare International Airport Hub
Moline United States (Illinois) MLI Quad City International Airport
Peoria United States (Illinois) PIA General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Evansville United States (Indiana) EVV Evansville Regional Airport
South Bend United States (Indiana) SBN South Bend International Airport
Des Moines United States (Iowa) DSM Des Moines International Airport
Wichita United States (Kansas) ICT Wichita Eisenhower National Airport
Kansas City United States (Missouri) MCI Kansas City International Airport
Louisville United States (Kentucky) SDF Louisville International Airport
Detroit United States (Michigan) DTW Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Grand Rapids United States (Michigan) GRR Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Lansing United States (Michigan) LAN Capital Region International Airport
Traverse City United States (Michigan) TVC Cherry Capital Airport
St. Louis United States (Missouri) STL Lambert-Saint Louis International Airport
Springfield United States (Missouri) SGF Springfield-Branson National Airport
Billings United States (Montana) BIL Billings Logan International Airport
Great Falls United States (Montana) GTF Great Falls International Airport
Helena United States (Montana) HLN Helena Regional Airport
Kalispell United States (Montana) FCA Glacier Park International Airport FAA LID code is GPI
Missoula United States (Montana) MSO Missoula International Airport
Lincoln United States (Nebraska) LNK Lincoln Airport
Omaha United States (Nebraska) OMA Eppley Airfield
Albuquerque United States (New Mexico) ABQ Albuquerque International Sunport
Santa Fe United States (New Mexico) SAF Santa Fe Regional Airport
Buffalo United States (New York) BUF Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Rochester United States (New York) ROC Greater Rochester International Airport
Greensboro United States (North Carolina) GSO Piedmont Triad International Airport
Raleigh/Durham United States (North Carolina) RDU Raleigh-Durham International Airport
Bismarck United States (North Dakota) BIS Bismarck Municipal Airport
Dickinson United States (North Dakota) DIK Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport
Fargo United States (North Dakota) FAR Hector International Airport
Minot United States (North Dakota) MOT Minot International Airport
Williston United States (North Dakota) ISN Sloulin Field International Airport
Akron/Canton United States (Ohio) CAK Akron-Canton Regional Airport
Cleveland United States (Ohio) CLE Hopkins International Airport
Columbus United States (Ohio) CMH John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Dayton United States (Ohio) DAY Dayton International Airport Past destination
Oklahoma City United States (Oklahoma) OKC Will Rogers World Airport
Tulsa United States (Oklahoma) TUL Tulsa International Airport
Medford United States (Oregon) MFR Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport
Erie United States (Pennsylvania) ERI Erie International Airport August 20th Start
Providence United States (Rhode Island) PVD T. F. Green Airport
Greenville/Spartanburg United States (South Carolina) GSP Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
Rapid City United States (South Dakota) RAP Rapid City Regional Airport
Sioux Falls United States (South Dakota) FSD Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Knoxville United States (Tennessee) TYS McGhee Tyson Airport
Memphis United States (Tennessee) MEM Memphis International Airport
Amarillo United States (Texas) AMA Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
El Paso United States (Texas) ELP El Paso International Airport
Lubbock United States (Texas) LBB Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
Midland United States (Texas) MAF Midland International Airport
Roanoke United States (Virginia) ROA Roanoke Regional Airport
Madison United States (Wisconsin) MSN Dane County Regional Airport
Milwaukee United States (Wisconsin) MKE Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
Casper United States (Wyoming) CPR Casper-Natrona County International Airport
Cody United States (Wyoming) COD Yellowstone Regional Airport
Montréal Canada (Quebec) YUL Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Current Fleet[edit]

As of January 2019, the Trans State Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12][13]

Trans State Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Active Passengers Operated For Notes
Embraer ERJ-145 45 50 United Express Fleet includes 9 LR and 36 XR variants
Total 45

In October 2009, Trans States Holdings announced an agreement to purchase 50 Mitsubishi MRJ90 with options for 50 more.[14] Trans States Holdings holds conversion rights to take the smaller, 76-seat MRJ70 instead of the 92-seat MRJ90 dependent on the scope clause environment by the time the airline takes delivery,[15] it has not been announced what subsidiary these aircraft will operate for; Compass, GoJet, or Trans States.

In April 2013, Trans States Airlines began taking delivery of six former Passaredo Linhas Aéreas ERJ-145s.[16]

In 2015 Trans States began parking their United Express ERJ-145ER's, in exchange for ERJ-145XR's transferred from ExpressJet Airlines.

Previously operated turboprop aircraft[edit]

Prior to becoming an all-jet airline, Trans States operated several different turboprop aircraft types including:

These propjet aircraft were operated in code share feeder services for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Trans World Airlines (TWA), USAir and US Airways.[17]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • July 14, 2004
  • June 16, 2010
    • Trans States Airlines Flight 8050, operated and marketed as a United Express flight, overran the runway at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and sustained damage to the front of the aircraft with a nose gear collapse. Both pilots and one passenger sustained minor injuries.[18]
  • March 1, 2011 at 6:45 am EST
    • A US Airways Embraer 145 operated by Trans States Airlines was being pushed back from the gate at Bradley International Airport for a departure to Pittsburgh when the front nose gear collapsed and the front of the plane dropped to the tarmac. None of the 29 passengers were injured.[19]
  • September 4, 2011
    • Trans States Airlines Flight 3363 originating from Chicago IL, operated as a United Express flight, left the runway during landing at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. The aircraft, with 44 passengers on board, sustained damage to the main gear and belly, as well as to the right wing. There were no injuries to passengers or crew.[20]
  • February 22, 2012
    • Trans States Airlines operating as United Express Flight 3350 originating from Chicago O'Hare, IL to Rochester, NY was on approach to land but overran the end of the runway by about 50–75 feet and came to a stop with all gear off the paved surface. There were no injuries; the passengers disembarked via mobile stairs and were bussed to the terminal.


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ "Trans States Airlines :: Corporate Information". Retrieved 2012-10-05. "Executive Offices Trans States Airlines 11495 Navaid Rd. Suite 340 Bridgeton, Missouri 63044"
  3. ^ "Trans States Airlines :: About Our Airline". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  4. ^ a b TSA History Archived 2010-11-24 at the Wayback Machine November 12, 2009
  5. ^, May 1, 1984 Resort Air route map
  6. ^, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Los Angeles flight schedules for USAir Express
  7. ^, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Los Angeles flight schedules
  8. ^, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), New York JFK flight schedules
  9. ^, 1990 Trans States Airlines/Trans World Express route map
  10. ^, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), St. Louis flight schedules
  11. ^ "Route Map". Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Trans States Airlines Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  13. ^ "Trans State Airlines". Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  14. ^ "Trans States Holdings Signs LOI with Mitsubishi Aircraft for Purchase of 100 MRJ Aircraft" (PDF) (Press release). 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  15. ^ "Mitsubishi Specifies Certification Schedule for MRJ". AIN Online. 2013-05-07. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  16. ^ "Trans States Airlines takes on six ex-Passaredo ERJ-145s". CH Aviation. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-06-01.
  17. ^, photos of Trans States Airlines aircraft
  18. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Accident: Trans States E145 at Ottawa on Jun 16th 2010, runway overrun". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  19. ^ "Plane Emergency At Bradley". tribunedigital-thecourant.
  20. ^ "No injuries after plane slides off Ottawa runway". Ottawa.

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