Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein reported that load factors at his new inter-island Hawaiian market entrant dubbed Go! “significantly exceeded…expectations” during its first week of operation. Offering $19 introductory fares, Go! launched service with a pair of Bombardier CRJ200s on June 9 from Honolulu to Kona, Maui and Kauai, firing its first salvos in a fare war that saw rival Aloha Airlines give away 1,000 tickets. Most recently, Go!
Aviation International News » July 2006
The resurgent turboprop market showed no signs of retreat during late May’s Regional Airline Association convention in Dallas, where word leaked that Continental Airlines wants to field 24 Bombardier Q400s within its domestic U.S. system by early next year.
The relatively heavy traffic in the exhibit halls during this year’s RAA Convention in Dallas might have obscured an underlying atmosphere of anxiety if not for some uncomfortable moments during RAA chairman Jeff Pinneo’s overview of the issues discussed at the confab’s President’s Council meeting.
Pinnacle Airlines CEO Phil Trenary told a gathering of journalists at the RAA convention in Dallas in late May that he fully expects his airline to, in his words, “take a beating” once bankrupt major partner Northwest Airlines decides to seek revenue-sharing concessions. “Our time is very near,” said Trenary. “Will we take a beating? Yes. How much of one? We don’t know.”
Delta Air Lines has decided to allow the leases to lapse on Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ ATR 72s, spelling the end of the fleet by June 30 of next year, according to Jerry Atkin, the CEO of ASA’s parent company, SkyWest. The twelve 66-seat turboprops have survived an extended period of turboprop divestiture at the Atlanta-based airline by maintaining their usefulness primarily in southeastern leisure markets.
This month will mark the end of Kawasaki Aeronautica do Brasil’s wing production in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil, as the company transfers work packages for the metallic airfoil sections for the 190 and 195 airliners to Embraer as outlined in a letter of agreement signed by the parties in late May.
Fred Buttrell resigned his position as president of Delta subsidiary Comair in late May, days after a bankruptcy court judge rejected the airline’s request to void the union contract with its Teamsters-represented flight attendants. Buttrell, 43, had served in the post since last January, after a disastrous holiday scheduling snafu prompted Delta to relieve former president Randy Rademacher of his duties.
As regulatory agencies in Europe and North America grapple with whether to permit the use of personal mobile phones in flight, the companies that intend to sell and market the services not surprisingly are trying to convince the world that the concept is perfectly safe, will not foster air rage as some have claimed and that the concerns in general have been overblown.
The total 4-MHz slice of frequency spectrum that was the subject of the FCC’s 800-MHz auction is the same spectrum that has been allocated for air-to-ground calling for the last 20 years. The original idea was for as many as five competitors to offer air-to-ground calling services in flight, but only three players eventually emerged–and none was able to make money.
Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, Mich., last month announced it has received STC approval to install an electronic flight bag portable computer from CMC Electronics under the approved model list (AML) provision. The STC allows for the installation of the CMC Electronics CMA-1100 EFB in aircraft covered under the AML, which Pentastar noted includes the Falcon 2000 and 2000EX.