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ASA - ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES

One of the very few airlines in Sunshine Skies still flying is ASA, which began service on June 27, 1979 with a single route between Atlanta and Columbus, GA. The airline quickly became the largest commuter airline in Atlanta and is now one of the largest regional airlines in the world. ASA absorbed Southeastern Airlines on April 1, 1983 and became a Delta Connection carrier in 1984. Here is a look at the aircraft the airline flew before the introduction of the Regional Jets in 1997.

ASA began service in 1979 using de Havilland Twin Otters. N125SA is pictured at the old Atlanta terminal in 1980.

ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines Twin Otter


The Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante was added to the fleet in 1981.

ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines Embraer Bandeirante


The 48-passenger de Havilland Canada DHC-7, or Dash 7, ushered in a new level of passenger comfort for ASA in 1982 with a large pressurized cabin and flight attendants.

ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines Dash 7


The Shorts 360 flew with ASA from 1984 to 1989.

ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines Shorts 360.


ASA route map from 1984. 




A pair of Embraer Brasilias and a Dash 7 on the ramp at Atlanta on July 28, 1989. This great shot came from Flickr photographer emdjt42. ASA was the first airlicomo operate the Brasilia.

ASA's Brasilias N223AS and N230AS are seen on the ramp at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport on July 28th 1989.


ATR-72s joined the fleet in 1993 and remained in service with the airline until December 1, 2008.




In December 1995, ASA began jet service with five leased British Aerospace BAe-146s in an 88 passenger configuration. The planes flew with ASA until 1997 when they were replaced with Canadair Regional Jets.





Brasilia N258AS surrounded by regional jets at ATL in Decemeber 2002, looking old and out of place in its 1980s colors. The last Brasilia was retired on August 29, 2003. This photo came from Flickr photographer AV8NLVR.




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Updated December 13, 2010