WestJet was founded in 1996 by a team of partners with the idea that paying less doesn’t have to mean getting less. The company started with only three planes, five destinations, and 220 employees. They have come quite a long way since then! Today they fly 767 planes to more than 88 destinations. Plus, theirs is one of the youngest fleets of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft. They now employ nearly 10,000 “WestJetters” dedicated to providing a great guest experience. WestJet’s vision is to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world by 2016.
Endeavor Air is a subsidiary of Delta Airlines. Endeavor Airlines was founded as Express Airlines in 1985 and changed its name to Pinnacle Airlines in 2002. The company filed for reorganization in 2012 and remerged as Endeavor Air in August 2013. Pinnacle Airlines had originally signed on with Delta to provide its connection flights between smaller regional airports. After the reorganization, Endeavor Air was a wholly owned component of Delta, representing the rich history that Delta has with Endeavor Air for passengers who need to move from a smaller to a larger airport. Endeavor Air has 114 destinations and is Delta’s largest provider of connecting flights, after ExpressJet. Endeavor Air operates 1,000 daily flights between destinations in the United States and Canada. Their jets include the Bombardier CRJ-200 and the Bombardier CRJ-900, for a total of 162 airplanes with 14 more on order. One of the nice things about Endeavor Air is that they are wholly owned by Delta, meaning that the same rates and provisions will apply with Delta, as well as carriage policy.
SWISS International Airlines has been operating for 13 years and offers competitively priced tickets. They allow one free checked bag per passenger and are on time 79% of the time. They serve 106 destinations across the world and offer a number of entertainment options for the passengers on flights including top movies and TV shows.
British Airways is a full service global airline and the largest international carrier in the United Kingdom. In fact, the home base at London Hearthrow, is the world’s busiest international airport. They fly to more than 170 destinations in 70 countries carrying over 40 million customers each year; they have approximately 40,000 employees—15,000 cabin crew, 3,600 pilots and 5,500 engineers—and nearly 300 aircraft in their fleet, which is made up of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer planes. British Airlines celebrated their 90th anniversary on August 25, 2009. This large, historically significant company can trace its origins back to the very beginning of civil aviation in 1919.
SkyWest Airlines is a specialized regional carrier that is headquartered in St. George, UT. According to most FAA sources, SkyWest Airlines is a major airline. However, they operate on a regional airline and belong to the RAA (Regional Airline Association). SkyWest operates to 180 cities in various states and provinces, as well as five cities in Mexico and the Bahamas. SkyWest Airlines has partnerships with the following commercial carriers: Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways Express, Delta, and American Airlines. In 2013, SkyWest carried nearly 30 million passengers.
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) was the predecessor of Air Canada and inaugurated its first flight in September 1937. In 1964, TCA had become Canada’s national airline and changed its name to Air Canada. Today Air Canada is among the 20 largest airlines in the world. They have a combination of Boeing, Airbus and Embraer aircraft and 27,000 employees. A founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network, they fly to over 190 destinations across five continents. Between Air Canada and their partner airline, Air Canada Express, they served over 38 million passengers in 2014 alone.
Hainan Airlines is an airline out of China. They are relatively small with few destinations but good ticket prices to those destinations. They offer the same standard quality provided by many other airlines.
ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. is based in College Park, Georgia. SkyWest, Inc, owns ExpressJet. ExpressJet has been owned by different carriers and has also been its own airline. Continental Airlines previously owned it. In its corporate history, it has been an autonomous business entity. The partnership between SkyWest and ExpressJet goes back to August 2010. ExpressJet was purchased for $6.7 per share. The company is now the world's largest regional airline. The two companies hold a single operating certificate that consolidates their carrier capacity. The company has more than 400 aircraft and currently also operates as American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express. The bulk of ExpressJet planes consist of the Embraer ERJ-145, several of which fly under the American Eagle, Delta Connection, or United Express names. ExpressJet suspended its independent plane flights in 2008 and now operates under carrying capacity agreements with the companies listed above. As a result of these carrying capacity agreements, ExpressJet can fly 2,200 daily flights to 190 airports in 40 US states, the District of Columbia, Bahamas, Canada, and Mexico.