Atlantic Southeast Airlines was an American airline based in the A-Tech Center in College Park, Georgia,[1][2] flying to 144 destinations as a Delta Connection carrier and, as of February 2010, commenced service as a United Express carrier. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. ASA operated nearly 900 flights each day. Its main hub was at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

In November 2011, ASA and ExpressJet Airlines received a single operating certificate from the FAA and in December 2011, all flights were branded as ExpressJet.

History Edit

On March 12, 1979, the company was incorporated as Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. with headquarters established in the Atlanta area. June 27 saw the start of operations with one 19-passenger Twin Otter aircraft between Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. From 1979 to 1999 the call sign for ASA was "ACEY". In 1999 there was confusion with call sign for FAA- NM based fighter unit w/ call sign "ACER". FAA insisted one change call sign- ASA was the one to change, since they had used the call sign for the least amount of time. June 27, 1999 ASA changed to call sign CAA "Candler" after founder of Coke, Asa Candler. On March 15, 2006 ASA was allowed to change its call sign back to ACEY, after the NM fighter unit defunct.[3][4] Over the years, ASA's ICAO identifier changed from ASE to CAA to ACY to ASQ..Template:Citation needed

The company went public when the initial stock offering was completed in 1982. On April 1, 1983 the company acquired Southeastern Airlines. About a year later, in 1984, ASA joined the Delta Connection Program as one of the first regional partners.Template:Citation needed In 1985 Atlantic Southeast Airlines was headquartered in what is now College Park.[2][5] After only a few years as a true regional airline, the company was named 'Regional Airline of the Year' by Air Transport World in January 1987.Template:Citation needed

In 1995 ASA was headquartered in a building in the Atlanta City limits.[6][7]

ASA initiated jet service with introduction of BAe 146 aircraft in 1995. Two years later, the company began using the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) for service from its Atlanta hub. CRJ service from the Dallas/Fort Worth hub began in 2000.

On September 8, 1998 the company was honored as one of the global aviation and aerospace industry's best managed companies by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine.

Delta Air Lines acquired the company on March 22, 1999, increasing its stake in Atlantic Southeast Airlines from 28% to 100%, and operations began on May 11 of that year. In 2000, Comair, a Delta Connection partner, joined ASA in announcing industry's largest regional jet order. Also in 2000, ASA went international with flights to Toronto, Canada, from Atlanta.

In 2001, President Skip Barnette was named Regional Airline Executive of the year by the 2000 Commuter/Regional Airline News. Near the end of 2001, ASA carried the 2002 Olympic Flame between Miami, Florida and Mobile, Alabama, as part of Delta's sponsorship of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

In 2002, ASA received and began using its first Delta Connection 70-seat CRJ700 aircraft. All previous CRJs were CRJ200 models, which only offered 50 seats. Also in 2002, ASA began service to its 100th airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio. By June 2003, ASA had received its 100th CRJ. In 2004, a special-edition CRJ700 was delivered to ASA to celebrate its 25th anniversary of passenger service.

On August 15, 2005, Delta announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell ASA to SkyWest, Inc. for $425 million, and on September 8, 2005, SkyWest announced that the acquisition had been completed, and that the code shares and flying would commence that night.

Shortly after the completion of the purchase by SkyWest, Inc. the decision was made to close ASA's Salt Lake City hub and transfer 12 of ASA's CRJ700s to SkyWest Airlines. Eventually only 4 of the 12 airplanes were transferred between the certificates. SkyWest Airlines also took delivery of the remainder of ASA's regional jet orders, as 5 additional CRJ700s and 17 CRJ900s. Template:Citation needed

On June 1, 2006, ASA filed with the US Department of Transportation for an exemption to begin service from Los Angeles International Airport to nine Mexican destinations under the Delta Connection brand. This service is contingent on US as well as Mexican government approvals. ASA also announced the opening of a Los Angeles crew base on December 1, 2006, to support the expanded west coast operations. ASA began operations at its new Los Angeles focus city on December 15, 2006.

On December 20, 2006, Skywest Inc. announced that 8 Comair CRJ700 aircraft would be transferred to Atlantic Southeast Airlines and operated out of Delta's Cincinnati hub beginning in January 2007. This followed a request for proposal put out by Delta Air Lines aiming to reduce costs of its Delta Connection service.

On December 30, 2008, Delta announced that 10 CRJ900 aircraft would be allocated to Atlantic Southeast Airlines beginning in April 2009. Eight aircraft will be delivered from the factory and two already in service with Pinnacle Airlines will be transferred to ASA. As part of the fleet enhancement, 20 CRJ200 aircraft will be removed from ASA's Delta Connection Agreement beginning in June 2010.

ASA had the lowest rate of on-time performance, and the worst rate of mishandled baggage among all 19 US air carriers reporting to the US Department of Transportation for the full-year 2006.[8] ASA's baggage handling performance improved slightly in 2007, but they once again ranked last out of all 20 reporting carriers for on-time performance.[9] It should be noted, however, that ASA is not directly responsible for the mishandled baggage problems since ASA baggage is handled by Delta Air Lines. Under Brad Holt's new leadership, on-time performance has been steadily improving, with full recoveries in markets such as Montgomery, Alabama, where ASA was honored for exceeding the city's expectation in improving performance.

After over five years of contentious negotiations with the Air Line Pilots Association, a new three year agreement was reached in late September 2007 with ASA's 1800 pilots. ASA's Flight Attendants represented by the Association of Flight Attendants reached a contract agreement as of August 2008.

On February 12, 2009 Atlantic Southeast created aviation history by having the first all female African American crew in United States history. Flight 5202, A Bombardier CRJ700, departed Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International enroute to Nashville International with Captain Rachelle Jones and First Officer Stephanie Grant at the controls, and Flight Attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers taking care of the passengers' needs. The return leg, Flight 5106 to Atlanta, had the same crew.[10]

On May 21, 2010 Atlantic Southeast unveiled a new brand (top of page on right), moving away from "ASA," and a new vision.

In August 2010, SkyWest announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with ExpressJet Holdings, whereby Atlantic Southeast, as SkyWest's wholly owned subsidiary, will purchase ExpressJet for $6.75 per share. Day one of the combined airlines was Friday, November 12, 2010. The combined airline will be based in Atlanta. ExpressJet currently operates as Continental Express and United Express. The airline expects to be operating under one certificate 4th quarter of 2011.[11]

On July 13, 2011, Atlantic Southeast announced that it will change its name to "SureJet" after completion of its merger with ExpressJet Airlines. However, the reaction of employee groups at both airlines was so negative that the new name was put on hold less than 24 hours after being announced. Brand information and press releases pertaining to "SureJet" have been removed from Atlantic Southeast's public and employee websites and the company's combined identity was reconsidered. On October 14, 2011, the company announced that Atlantic Southeast's official company name will change to ExpressJet Airlines on December 31, 2011. [12] On November 22, 2011, both Atlantic Southeast and ExpressJet gained approval from the FAA for a single operating certificate that would allow them to operate as a single carrier under the ExpressJet name making ExpressJet the largest regional airline in the world with more than 400 aircraft.[13]

Fleet Edit

As of January 2011, the Atlantic Southeast Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 8.4 years:[14][15][16]

Aircraft In Service Passengers
F Y Total
Bombardier CRJ200ER 112 0 50 50
Bombardier CRJ700ER 46 9 56 65
Bombardier CRJ900ER 10 12 64 76
Total 168

Most CRJ aircraft are operated as Delta Connection, though 14 CRJ-200 aircraft operate as United Express.

After the closing of the proposed merger with ExpressJet a large number of Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft (244) will join the fleet, all of these jets will be operated as United Express.[17]</s>

Previous aircraft Edit

Embraer Brasilia aircraft were retired from service in 2003, and aircraft that have not been sold are in storage at Hot Springs, Arkansas. The airline operated:

Incidents and accidents Edit

  • Flight 2366 (Lawton, Oklahoma, May 24, 1988; Crashed due to engine failure on take-off)[20]
  • Flight 2254 (Gadsden, Alabama, April 9, 1990; collided with a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 after takeoff from Northeast Alabama Regional Airport)
  • Flight 2311 (Brunswick, Georgia, April 5, 1991; killed 23, including former U.S. Senator John Tower and astronaut Sonny Carter)
  • Flight 529 (near Carrollton, Georgia, August 21, 1995)
  • Flight 5058 (Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport), September 2, 2011; Canadair CRJ-200 N875AS landed with the port main undercarriage retracted. There were no injuries amongst the 50 passengers and three crew on board.[21]


  1. "Contact." Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Retrieved on May 19, 2009. "Atlantic Southeast Airlines A-Tech Center 990 Toffie Terrace Atlanta, GA 30354-1363"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "City Maps." (Archive) City of College Park. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  3. ASA Silver & Soaring Go Publications 2004
  4. ASA History
  5. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 30, 1985. 56." Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  6. "Atlanta 1990 Tiger Map." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  7. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. March 22–28, 1995. 58. Retrieved on July 25, 2009.
  8. Air Travel Consumer Report - February 2007
  9. Air Travel Consumer Report - February 2008
  10. Airline makes history with first all-black female flight crew
  14. Atlantic Southeast Airlines fleet list at Retrieved 2011-01-14.
  15. Atlantic Southeast Airlines fleet list at
  16. Atlantic southeast Airlines fleet list at
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  18. 18.0 18.1 [2]
  19. Atlantic Southeast Airlines
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