Delta Puts Own Stamp on ASA

Takeover of ground operations aimed at reducing lost bags and solving other problems.

* 1979: Founded with one plane --- a prop-driven Twin Otter --- flying between Atlanta and Columbus.

* 1984: Became a Delta contract affiliate and grew into one of the regional airline industry's most prosperous players. Delta took part ownership, compiling a 28 percent stake.

* 1999: Delta paid $700 million for the 72 percent stake it didn't already own, and ASA became a subsidiary, with separate workers and managers.

* 2005: Fighting in vain to stave off bankruptcy, Delta sold ASA to Utah-based SkyWest for $425 million. But ASA remained a Delta Connection airline.

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