- Mainline (flight)
A mainline flight is a flight operated by an airline's main operating unit, rather than by regional alliances, regional code-shares or regional subsidiaries. In the USA, examples of mainline passenger airline flights include those operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines but it would not include flights operated by regional airlines American Eagle Airlines or Comair with Regional jets or the services of mainline "non-airline" regional airline marketing brands such as AmericanConnection, Delta Connection, or United Express aboard lower-capacity narrowbody jets and turboprop aircraft, such as those produced by Embraer or Bombardier, that do not have transcontinental range.
Often US mainline airline carriers operate in-house brands such as the Delta Shuttle, or the mainline United's Ted, and United p.s. to cater to business segments such as the short-range air shuttle, low-cost, or premium-service flights which normally would not support the traffic or revenue yield needed for the traditional operation of larger mainline aircraft with over 100 passenger seats between selected city pairs.
All of the - mainline legacy - airlines listed below operate international, intercontinental, or transoceanic airline services using jet airliners. Additionally, all the - mainline legacy - carriers listed happen to be within the group of United States airline carriers known to statistically be major carriers.
All of the following airlines in some form operate in association with a regional component. All legacy carriers are among the group of US airlines known as "mainline" carriers.
Major U.S. Mainline Carriers Mainline Legacy Carriers Non-Mainline but "owned"
Regional Affiliate Carriers
Non-Mainline Regional Brands Non-Branded
American Airlines (MQ) American
(OW) Executive Airlines
AmericanConnection Cape Air
US Airways PSA Airlines
US Airways Express Winair Delta Air Lines Comair Delta Connection American Eagle Airlines
United Airlines No regional affiliates United Express Great Lakes Aviation
"Non-Legacy Carriers" using "mainline" equipment Alaska Airlines Horizon Air Alaska Horizon
Frontier Airlines No regional affiliates "Frontier Airlines operated by Lynx Aviation"
"Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines"
Great Lakes Aviation JetBlue Airways* No regional affiliates No regional brands Cape Air Airlines using "mainline" equipment minus any regional components AirTran Airways* No regional affiliates No regional brands SkyWest Airlines Hawaiian Airlines** No regional affiliates No regional brands Island Air Other Major U.S. Airline Carriers using Mainline Equipment Air Carrier Non-Mainline but "owned"
Regional Affiliate Carriers
Non-Mainline Regional Brands Non-Branded Regional
Allegiant Airlines* No regional affiliates No regional brands Atlas Air No regional affiliates No regional brands North American Airlines*** No regional affiliates No regional brands Omni Air International No regional affiliates No regional brands Ryan International Airlines* No regional affiliates No regional brands Spirit Airlines* No regional affiliates No regional brands Southwest Airlines* No regional affiliates No regional brands Sun Country Airlines No regional affiliates No regional brands USA3000 Airlines* No regional affiliates No regional brands USA Jet Airlines* No regional affiliates No regional brands Vision Airlines No regional affiliates No regional brands World Airways* No regional affiliates No regional brands
(*) These airlines operate mainline equipment but do not wholly "own" regional airlines or have "non-owned" regional affiliates.
(**) Hawaiian Airlines does operate transoceanic international and intercontinental ETOPS services but does not have a regional component
(***) North American Airlines does operate transoceanic international and intercontinental ETOPS services as a supplemental / charter airline carrier, but does not have a regional component
- , AA and early references to mainline, regional and B-scale
Pre-1978 Legacy, "Regionals" and "Intrastate Carriers" Legacy carriers Reorganized Legacys
(reorganized through Chapter 11 filings)
"Regional trunk carriers"
and "Intrastate carriers"
often confused as Legacys
Pre 1978 Low-Cost "Intrastate Carriers"
and Regional "Third Level Carriers" not
to be confused with Legacy Carriers
"Start-ups" and subsidiaries after
1978, "rebranded" as traditional
Legacys, Intrastates or Regionals
Defunct Legacys Rebranded Legacy and trade
names "resurrected" now defunct
List of airlines of the United States
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