Atlantic Southeast Airlines Pilot Hat Badge 2nd Issue
Different finish on insignia of 1st & 2nd Issue
Atlanta, GA 1979-2011
On March 12, 1979, the company was incorporated as Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. with headquarters established in the Atlanta area. June 27 saw the start of operations. On April 1, 1983 the company acquired Southeastern Airlines. In 1984, ASA joined the Delta Connection Program. Delta Air Lines acquired the company on March 22, 1999. On August 15, 2005, Delta announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell ASA to SkyWest, Inc. In August 2010, SkyWest announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with ExpressJet Holdings, whereby Atlantic Southeast, as SkyWest's wholly owned subsidiary, will purchase ExpressJet. Day one of the combined airlines was Friday, November 12, 2010. On October 14, 2011, the company announced that Atlantic Southeast's official company name will change to ExpressJet Airlines on December 31, 2011. On November 22, 2011, both Atlantic Southeast and ExpressJet gained approval from the FAA for a single operating certificate that would allow them to operate as a single carrier under the ExpressJet name.