The Air Current

Plans for a merger between U.S. regional airlines Republic Airways and Trans States Holdings are on ice, according to three people briefed on the situation. And the likely demise of the deal originates with United Airlines, the people said.

Trans States (parent company of Trans States Airlines, Go Jet Airlines and Compass Airlines) and Republic earlier in the summer had signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the framework for a merger. The agreement, exclusively reported by The Air Current, set the companies on a course for joining the second and third largest U.S. regional carriers. An announcement of the merger had been expected as early as August.

Jon Ostrower is Editor-in-chief of The Air Current. Prior to launching TAC in June 2018, Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network's global coverage of the business and operations of flying. Ostrower joined CNN in 2016 following four and half years at the Wall Street Journal. Based first in Chicago and then in Washington, D.C. he covered Boeing, aviation safety and the business of global aerospace. Before that, Ostrower was editor of the award-winning FlightBlogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Ostrower, a Boston native, graduated from The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs with a bachelor's degree in Political Communication. He is based in Seattle.

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