Higher labor and training costs, phase-out of obsolete aircraft and more stringent flight and duty time regulations are key issues facing regional airline operators preparing to recertify under FAR Part 121 rules by March, 1997. Regional Airline Assn. officials estimate that of the 69 member airlines, 28 will be transitioning from Part 135 to Part 121 and another eight will retain split FAA certification. Only about 4% will remain solely Part 135 operators. These airlines fly ...

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