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February 15, 1985
The Chico-based airline began service in Orange County on Thursday, with three-times-daily flights from John Wayne Airport to the Central California city. Nine passengers boarded the inaugural 8:15 a.m. commuter flight to Fresno, the first such commercial air service between the two points since Far West Airlines suspended operations in December. In the last two years, three airlines serving the Fresno-Orange County route have failed due to financial problems.
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November 19, 1991 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WestAir Holdings, which operates the West Coast's largest commuter airline, on Monday agreed to a sweetened takeover offer valued at an estimated $32 million. The buyer, Mesa Airlines of Farmington, N.M., had originally proposed to merge with Fresno-based WestAir in a stock-swap deal valued at about $26 million. Under the agreement based on the new offer, each of WestAir's approximately 6.4 million shares would be exchanged for 0.2941 share of Mesa.
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BUSINESS
June 6, 1989
Paul Rasmussen, 48, has been named to the new position of senior vice president-operations for WestAir Airlines, the WestAir Holding Inc. subsidiary operating as United Express. Rasmussen has been a consultant to WestAir since October, 1988.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1991 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WestAir Holdings, which owns the West Coast's largest regional airline and operates commuter service for United Airlines, said Thursday that it had received an unsolicited takeover offer valued at an estimated $26 million. The Fresno-based airline, which also operates under the United Express name, said it would review the stock-swap proposal that would merge WestAir into Mesa Airlines, a regional carrier based in Farmington, N.M.
BUSINESS
September 6, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
In hopes of filling a void left by American Airlines' cancellation of three daily nonstop flights between Orange County and Sacramento in July, WestAir Airlines said Tuesday that it will begin daily round trips on that route beginning Oct. 15. WestAir's 30-passenger commuter planes, flying as United Express, will travel the corridor with three nonstop round-trip flights from Sunday through Friday and two trips on Saturdays.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WestAir Commuter Airlines said Thursday that it will add seven flights to its schedule at John Wayne Airport beginning Dec. 1. The new flights will expand its service to Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles. Fresno-based WestAir, which currently flies 12 daily round-trips from Orange County as United Express, said it added the flights because its annual passenger allocation at John Wayne Airport for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1990, has been boosted 46.6%, to 121,660 from 82,994.
BUSINESS
November 6, 1990 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER and SANTA ANA
Investment banker Russell Diehl is a frequent flier. But with increasing frequency, when he flies it is not in a jet but in a 19- to 37-passenger turboprop plane. Diehl is among the growing ranks of business executives on the go who have found the best way to get from here to there is often not on a jumbo jet. Instead, they rely on commuter airlines which now handle much of the major airlines short-haul traffic.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1991 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WestAir Holdings, which operates the West Coast's largest commuter airline, on Monday agreed to a sweetened takeover offer valued at an estimated $32 million. The buyer, Mesa Airlines of Farmington, N.M., had originally proposed to merge with Fresno-based WestAir in a stock-swap deal valued at about $26 million. Under the agreement based on the new offer, each of WestAir's approximately 6.4 million shares would be exchanged for 0.2941 share of Mesa.
BUSINESS
November 6, 1990 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER and SANTA ANA
Investment banker Russell Diehl is a frequent flier. But with increasing frequency, when he flies it is not in a jet but in a 19- to 37-passenger turboprop plane. Diehl is among the growing ranks of business executives on the go who have found the best way to get from here to there is often not on a jumbo jet. Instead, they rely on commuter airlines which now handle much of the major airlines short-haul traffic.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
West Air said Tuesday that it is talking with United Airlines about taking over the routes of a troubled Virginia airline that halted operations Monday. West Air, based in Fresno, said it wants to take over the routes of Presidential Airways, which fed passengers from small East Coast cities to United Airlines' hub at Washington's Dulles International Airport. Presidential filed for bankruptcy protection in October.
BUSINESS
October 27, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WestAir Commuter Airlines said Thursday that it will add seven flights to its schedule at John Wayne Airport beginning Dec. 1. The new flights will expand its service to Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles. Fresno-based WestAir, which currently flies 12 daily round-trips from Orange County as United Express, said it added the flights because its annual passenger allocation at John Wayne Airport for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1990, has been boosted 46.6%, to 121,660 from 82,994.
BUSINESS
September 6, 1989 | JOHN O'DELL, Times Staff Writer
In hopes of filling a void left by American Airlines' cancellation of three daily nonstop flights between Orange County and Sacramento in July, WestAir Airlines said Tuesday that it will begin daily round trips on that route beginning Oct. 15. WestAir's 30-passenger commuter planes, flying as United Express, will travel the corridor with three nonstop round-trip flights from Sunday through Friday and two trips on Saturdays.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1989
Airline Orders Planes: WestAir, California's largest regional airline, said it has signed an agreement to lease 37 foreign aircraft to modernize its fleet. The $200-million package includes the lease of 15 British Aerospace Jetstream 31s and 22 Jetstream Super 31s. It also includes options on an additional 15 Jetstream Super 31s. Fresno-based WestAir Holding Inc.'s airlines serve 43 cities in seven Western states using both jet and jet-prop aircraft.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1991 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
WestAir Holdings, which owns the West Coast's largest regional airline and operates commuter service for United Airlines, said Thursday that it had received an unsolicited takeover offer valued at an estimated $26 million. The Fresno-based airline, which also operates under the United Express name, said it would review the stock-swap proposal that would merge WestAir into Mesa Airlines, a regional carrier based in Farmington, N.M.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1989
Paul Rasmussen, 48, has been named to the new position of senior vice president-operations for WestAir Airlines, the WestAir Holding Inc. subsidiary operating as United Express. Rasmussen has been a consultant to WestAir since October, 1988.
BUSINESS
May 24, 1989
Airline Orders Planes: WestAir, California's largest regional airline, said it has signed an agreement to lease 37 foreign aircraft to modernize its fleet. The $200-million package includes the lease of 15 British Aerospace Jetstream 31s and 22 Jetstream Super 31s. It also includes options on an additional 15 Jetstream Super 31s. Fresno-based WestAir Holding Inc.'s airlines serve 43 cities in seven Western states using both jet and jet-prop aircraft.
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