The world’s most commercially successful line of regional jets added a pair of new blemishes to its technical record late this spring, when both wholly owned Delta Connection subsidiaries confronted some unsettling moments during scheduled CRJ operations.
Aviation International News » July 2002
Swiss International Airlines (formerly Crossair) on May 28 took delivery of the final Embraer ERJ-145 of a firm order for 25, thus completing the first phase of a fleet-renewal program scheduled to introduce the first production 70-seat Embraer 170 next spring. Also the 600th Embraer regional jet delivered, the 50-seat jet flew from São José dos Campos, Brazil, to Basel, Switzerland, via Natal, Brazil, the Cap Verde Islands and Casablanca.
Milwaukee-based Midwest Express regional subsidiary Skyway Airlines will adopt the name Midwest Connect on January 1 as part of a company-wide identity campaign that will also see the parent airline change its name to Midwest Airlines. Midwest Express CEO Tim Hoeksema said the decision to remove the “Express” designation from the mainline came about because customers associate the name with a commuter operation.
Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines added its fourth code-share contract last month when it inked a 10-year deal with Delta Air Lines to fly at least 22 Embraer regional jets from Orlando, Fla., as Delta Connection.
The Regional Airline Association will not challenge a May 31 Appeals Court ruling that upheld the legality of a new FAA interpretation of a long-standing duty-time rule, according to RAA technical affairs director Dave Lotterer. The ruling, issued by a District of Columbia circuit court judge, allows the FAA to enforce a November 2000 clarification of a 1985 rule that limits pilot duty days to 16 hr under FAR Part 121.
A comparison of the small regional carrier Cape Air to the old television series Wings, which focused on the often humorous doings of a small Cape Cod-based regional airline, is inevitable. In truth, there are some similarities. It is a small operation, by today’s regional airline standards, based in Cape Cod at Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass.
The regional airline industry lost a legend on June 12, when Dick Henson succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 92.
US Airways’ campaign to reverse its course toward financial ruin began exactly where new CEO David Siegel promised last month, as the company confirmed its intention to proceed with a series of initiatives aimed at developing its competitive position in the regional airline segment. Perhaps most significantly, it confirmed its plans to reactivate the operations of its idle Potomac Air subsidiary under the name MidAtlantic Airways.
Officials at Sukhoi have revealed next to nothing about the company’s proposed supersonic business jet program over the last 12 months. However, during a joint U.S./Russian roundtable discussion on aviation issues in May, Sukhoi general director Mikhail Pogosyan, one of the speakers, said “certain progress” had been achieved during a joint feasibility study with Boeing, not only on the Russian Regional Jet, but also on the SSBJ.
Gulfstream rolled out the first fully conforming GV-SP in a ceremony for employees on June 19. Soon after the airplane (S/N 5001) was turned over from production to flight operations to be prepared for its first flight, expected by the middle of this month. The first test aircraft, which took its maiden flight on August 31 last year, is a modified GV that replicates the 6,750-nm (NBAA IFR, eight pax, four crew) GV-SP.