Delta Air Lines subsidiary Delta AirElite Business Jets acquired Kinston, N.C.-based Segrave Aviation last month. Delta AirElite operates the Hawker 400XP and 800, Learjet 60, Challenger 604, GIV and G550; Segrave already operates essentially the same equipment, bringing the combined managed fleet to 45 aircraft and 200 employees.
Aviation International News » March 2010
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.), a staunch ally of general aviation and a founder of the new House General Aviation Caucus, is retiring at the end of his current term in Congress at the end of this year. He currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Ehlers is also co-chairman of the aviation caucus, which seeks to educate policymakers about the value of general aviation, including business aviation.
ALPA-represented pilot groups from Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Compass, Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines last month established the Delta Connection Pilots Alliance (DCPA). The group lists as its primary goals improvement of safety, training, work environment and the customer experience. It claims to seek to remove competitive pressures and establish a collaborative working philosophy that cultivates industry best practices at each airline.
Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) last month launched a new code-share partnership with United Airlines covering flights into and out of Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles International Airports. ASA began the service with a February 11 flight between O’Hare and Columbus, Ohio. It now flies eight weekday flights from O’Hare and 15 weekday flights from Dulles using eight newly refurbished 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.
Air Canada Jazz has signed an MOU with Bombardier that outlines the terms of a firm order for 15 Q400 turboprops, sending a clear signal to rival Porter Airlines of its intention to compete directly on routes from Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport with virtually identical airplanes.
New UK domestic regional airline Varsity Express plans single weekday flights between Oxford (60 miles northwest of London) and Edinburgh, Scotland, starting March 1. For the first 10 days, the flights will offer all seats for £49 (about $85) one way. Thereafter, fares will range from £49 to a walk-up “business-class” price of £149 (about $250).
Barely 10 days after Embraer’s E190 gained certification to fly the steep approach into London City Airport, Switzerland’s Baboo became the first airline to take advantage of the new capability when it flew one of its three 100-seaters between Geneva and the single-runway Stolport on February 10. The airplane replaced one of Baboo’s pair of Bombardier Q400s for the landmark flight.
The NTSB laid the primary blame on the pilots of Colgan Air Flight 3407 for the crash on February 12 last year that killed 50 people and perhaps more unflattering comparisons between the respective safety standards that prevail at regional airlines and their mainline counterparts.
Responding to new Environmental Protection Agency guidelines that could eventually become law, Octagon Process has developed a Type 1 de-icer fluid that uses less propylene glycol than typical fluids. According to Octagon president Joe McGrail, when propylene glycol gets into wetlands, it breaks down and microorganisms form and attack the glycol.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has updated its online Teterboro Airport training tool, which covers critical safety information for pilots operating from the busy airport. The tool includes graphical presentations of runway incursion hot spots, scenarios for common pilot errors, aircraft lighting configurations and takeoff procedures.