The transformation of commuter/regional airlines over the last 40 years has been nothing short of dramatic. Deregulation, cabin-class airliners, codesharing and top-shelf management have helped change commuter carriers from marginal players with shaky finances into billion-dollar Regionals that have become part of the industry's core. While Regionals can be found worldwide, their earliest and greatest development was part of the US landscape. In the 1960s, most US commuter airlines were, ...

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