Lynx caught in FAA snare

 - September 27, 2007, 6:49 AM

Frontier Airlines’ new regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, will not start service as scheduled on October 1 due to its failure to meet minimum FAA airworthiness standards. Frontier has arranged with code-share partners Republic Airways and Horizon Air to fly Embraer E170s and Bombardier CRJ700s from Denver in place of Lynx’s Bombardier Q400 turboprops to launch cities Wichita on October 1, followed by Rapid City, S.D., and Sioux City, Iowa, on October 5. According to a Frontier spokesman, the reasons for the certification delay center on “bureaucratic-type stuff,” including deficient documentation of contingency plans for information technology failures. Frontier has taken delivery of two of the 10 Q400s for which it placed a firm order last year. It had planned to add six more destinations to the Lynx schedule by year-end.