Telling Three Decades of Regional Airline Stories in One Chart

Click here for the completed interactive chart It’s impossible to keep track of the regional airline industry in the US: who flew for whom? Who bought which rival, only to spin them off later and be bought by their mainline partner later? Who even exists anymore? What happened to all of the regional airlines we remember? As impossible a task as this is, we’ve taken a step toward visualizing the regional airline industry in the U.S. over the past three decades. It’s not yet perfect, but we are hoping this may jog some memories. This is not a chart of all regional airlines in the U.S. over the past 30 years. It is a chart of as many regional airlines with mainline code-sharing partnerships during that time. As a first draft, we’ve produced a flat image-ish file that can be zoomed as far as your browser will allow. Clicking the […]