In 1938, thirteen years after the first year-round scheduled passenger flights, the Civil Aeronautics Board certificated the domestic trunk carriers as the first level of the domestic airline industry. Originally serving local and regional air transportation needs, the trunk lines concentrated on transcontinental service after World War II. Other airline companies formed to transport passengers, cargo and mail in the vacated or ignored local markets. In 1955 the local service carriers, serving outlying areas, were permanently certificated as the second level of commercial air transport. In the 1960's the Civil Aeronautics Board awarded longer routes to the locals; their operations became more regional. Concurrently, a third generation of scheduled airlines was serving the transportation needs of small communities. In 1969, the Civil Aeronautics Board officially named them the commuter air carriers. Limited by a distinct parameter of aircraft size or weight and without direct subsidy, the commuters have achieved success where their predecessors did not. They are serving with optimism, perseverance and acumen what the others outgrew. Given a favorable outcome of current legislation, the future of the third level domestic airline industry augurs well. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wallace Research Cen, Embry-Riddle Aeronautl Univ

    Regional Airport
    Daytona Beach, FL  United States  32014
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 23-30
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  • Accession Number: 00196333
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM