AFTER A DECADE OF robust growth and financial success,US regional airlines are facing a challenging future as they deal with aging fleets of 50-seat jets that are increasingly expensive to operate at today's record fuel prices, pilot shortages, potential consolidation of their mainline partners and slowing demand for their services. Last year, mainline domestic RPM growth outpaced regional carrier growth for the first time since 1995, according to FAA's "Aerospace Forecast 2008-2025." ...

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