Not bound by the borders of the state that shares its name, Air Wisconsin Airlines flies throughout the eastern half of the US. The regional carrier operates under the US Airways Express banner, providing connecting service for US Airways to approximately 70 cities in more than 25 states and in three Canadian provinces. Air Wisconsin maintains a fleet of about 70 aircraft, consisting of 50-seat Canadair regional jets (CRJs) made by Bombardier. In addition to its passenger transportation operations, Air Wisconsin Airlines provides ground-based services, such as passenger check-in and baggage handling, on behalf of United Air Lines, at about 30 airports. Air Wisconsin Airlines began operations in 1965.
Even in the wake of the Great Recession that whittled down profits for many passenger airlines', Air Wisconsin and its parent company US Airways, still remain profitable -- enough so that Air Wisconsin recalled every one of its furloughed pilots and is actively seeking new recruits. Parent US Airways reported a net profit of $447 million in 2010, representing its second highest profit in the company's history. Given the apparent health of the airline, its pilots, who are a part of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), entered into negotiations with Air Wisconsin in fall 2010. By early 2011 ALPA's seven pilot groups formed an alliance known as the US Airways Express Pilots Alliance (USEPA). Members include Air Wisconsin, Colgan Air, Mesaba Airlines, Mesa Air Group, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Trans States Airlines.
The company is in the midst of its three-year plan initiated in 2009 to revamp its technology for communicating flight schedules. The effort includes a Web-based crew schedule that replaces phone and fax notifications for Air Wisconsin' 1,000-plus pilots and flight attendants. – less