Air Wisconsin Expands Ground Handling Agreement with United Airlines

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation today announced an expanded agreement with United Airlines, which adds ramp services to the overwing (passenger) services Air Wisconsin currently performs at United’s Washington Dulles (IAD) hub, and also increases from 23 to 27 the number of cities throughout the United States in which Air Wisconsin provides complete ground handling services for United Express flights.

Effective April 1, in a continuation of its long-standing ground handling relationship with United, Air Wisconsin began providing baggage loading, aircraft servicing and aircraft de-icing in addition to their existing ticket counter, check-in, gate and station operations services for over 200 daily United Express flights at Dulles. Air Wisconsin will also provide complete United Express ground handling services at Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), Birmingham, AL (BHM), Norfolk, VA (ORF) and Saginaw, MI (MBS).

“We are very pleased to announce this agreement with United Airlines which retains our current business and secures substantial growth of our ground handling operations,” said Air Wisconsin president and CEO James Rankin. “We appreciate the strong relationship Air Wisconsin has shared with United Airlines for over two decades, and we recognize the significant contribution our partnership with them has made to our overall success.”

Air Wisconsin vice president customer service Vince Portaro added, “Air Wisconsin customer service professionals consistently exhibit their commitment to exceptional service — for every passenger, on every flight, every day. It is this dedication that has enabled us to expand our partnership with United and grow our ground handling business. I also want to highlight the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District Lodge 143, which helped secure our new agreement with United.”

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation offers competitive wages, benefits and retirement plans, as well as significant opportunity for advancement. The company operates as the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, performing ground handling services for United Express and Northwest Airlines at over 30 locations throughout the US. Additionally, Air Wisconsin operates its fleet of 70 Canadair Regional Jets as US Airways Express, with nearly 500 departures per day to 69 cities in 26 states and two Canadian provinces. Further information can be found at