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Atlantic Southeast Airlines
Founded 1979
Hubs As Delta Connection

As United Express

Frequent flyer program SkyMiles
Mileage Plus
Member lounge Delta Sky Club
Alliance SkyTeam
Star Alliance


Fleet size 153
Destinations 128
Parent company SkyWest, Inc.
Headquarters College Park, Georgia
Key people Brad Holt
(President / COO)
ASA headquarters in College Park

Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. (ASA) is 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 is a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. All flights are operated as Delta flights numbered 4915-5722. All Delta Connection flight numbers were recently changed as a result of the Delta/Northwest merger. ASA operates nearly 900 flights each day. Its main hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).



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 1979-1999 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.[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.[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.[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.[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]



The Atlantic Southeast Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft as of January 12, 2010[11]:

Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) Fleet
Aircraft Total
Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER 105
Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700ER 38
Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900ER 10

As of October 2009, the average age of planes in the Atlantic Southeast Airlines fleet was 7.1 years.[12]

Most aircraft are operated as Delta Connection, though 14 CRJ 200 aircraft operate as United Express.[13]


Previous aircraft

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


  1. ^ "Contact." Atlantic Southeast Airlines. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "City Maps." 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
  11. ^ Atlantic Southeast Airlines fleet list at Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  12. ^ Atlantic Southeast Airlines Fleet Age
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Atlantic Southeast Airlines

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