By virtue of the symbiotic relationship between Regional carriers and their mainline partners, the Regionals consistently are watching the bottom line as their partners consistently try to cut costs. There was a sharp reminder of this fact of life when United Airlines in early November issued an RFP to replace flying currently being done by its ally of nearly 20 years, Air Wisconsin. "It's costs, costs, costs," agrees Trans States Airlines President and COO Richard Leach. With the St. ...

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