Trans States Holdings

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Trans States Holdings
Private company
Founded1982 as Resort Air
Key people
Hulas Kanodia (Chairman & CEO)[2]
Richard A. Leach (President)[1]
SubsidiariesCompass Airlines
GoJet Airlines
Trans States Airlines
A GoJet CRJ-700

Trans States Holdings, Inc. is a privately owned holding company for three regional airlines: Compass Airlines, GoJet Airlines and Trans States Airlines. The holding company is headquartered in Bridgeton, Missouri near St. Louis Lambert International Airport.

Trans States Airlines was originally formed in 1982 as Resort Air, entering into an agreement with Trans World Airlines to operate feeder services in the states of Missouri and Illinois under the Trans World Express brand name.[3] In 1989 the company changed its name to Trans States Airlines. GoJet Airlines was formed in 2005 by Trans States Holdings to operate feeder service for United Airlines under the United Express brand name using a fleet of Bombardier CRJ700 70–seat regional jets.[4] In July 2010, Delta Air Lines sold Compass Airlines to Trans States Holdings as part of a cost reduction scheme, which included the sale of Mesaba Airlines to the Pinnacle Airlines Corp. at the same time.[5]


Trans States Holdings operates an all narrow-body regional jet fleet, totaling 152 aircraft, with 100 additional on order, as of January 2019.

Trans States Holdings Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Operated by Operated for
F J Y Total
Bombardier CRJ700ER 25 6 16 48 70 GoJet Airlines United Express
22 Delta Connection
Embraer ERJ145 (LR & XR) 45 50 50 Trans States Airlines United Express
Embraer 175LR 36[6] 12 12 52 76 Compass Airlines Delta Connection
20 American Eagle
Embraer 175-E2 0[7] 50 76 TBA
Mitsubishi MRJ-90 0[8] 50 70-90

Trans States Holdings has operated a number of different turbo-prop aircraft since its inception, but has operated an all regional jet fleet since 2006.

Former Fleet
Aircraft Operated Reference
Fairchild Swearingen Metro II 1985–2006 (no later than) [3][9]
Fairchild Swearingen Metro III 1985–2006 (no later than) [3][9]
ATR 42 1986–2003 [3][10]
Jetstream J32 1989–2000 [3]
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 1991–1995 [3]
ATR 72 1991–2003 [3][10]
British Aerospace Advanced Turbo Prop 1993–2006 (no later than) [3][9]
BAe Jetstream J41 1995–2006 [3][9]
Bombardier CRJ200 2007 [11][12]


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  2. ^ "Trans States Airlines Names Leach President". Nevada Daily Mail. 1 August 2003. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Trans States Airlines :: TSA History". Trans States Airlines. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  4. ^ McLaughlin, Tim (29 June 2005). "GoJet is all set up with noplace to go Startup airline still must clear hurdles set up by regulators". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. NewsBank. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  5. ^ Schlangenstein, Mary (1 July 2010). "Delta Sells Regional Carriers to Focus on Main Routes". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Compass Airlines - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Trans States Holdings Orders 50 Embraer E175-E2s". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  8. ^ de Freytas-Tamura, Kimiko (2 October 2009). "Japan's passenger jet lands big order". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d "Trans States Airlines Implements All Jet Fleet Plan By Fall 2006" (Press release). Trans States Holdings. 8 February 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Mesa specifies 70-seaters for US Airways flights". Flight International. Reed Business Information. 17 December 2002. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Northwest reveals plans for new regional subsidiary -". The Business Journal of Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI: American City Business Journals. 30 March 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  12. ^ Freed, Joshua (17 August 2007). "Northwest subsidiary to launch new Embraer 175 on Tuesday". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010.

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