AS US LEGACY CARRIERS COME TO grips with soaring fuel costs, the pain is trickling--in some cases pouring--down onto their regional partners. This reversal of fortune comes after more than a decade of impressive growth that saw regionals assume an ever-expanding role in the nation's air transportation network, deploying hundreds of 50-seat regional jets (and smaller numbers of 70/90-seaters) to markets for which slower but more fuel efficient turboprops would not have been practical and to ...

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