European regional airlines don’t need to be told that fuel prices could stunt their growth. But one industry official believes that operators must start to view high fuel costs in the broader context of all expenses, and resist the temptation to blame them for all losses. Speaking at the ERA gathering, Professor Judith Patterson reminded operators of commercial aviation’s fundamental dependence on petroleum, “unlike other transport modes.”
Aviation International News » November 2005
A complete change of approach to its business and, not least, punctual performance have helped Binter Canarias become the European Regions Airline Association airline of the year for the third time.
The first 25 years of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) has been a story of “bold creativity, progressive thinking and community service,” according to ERA president and Aegean Airlines COO Antonis Simigdalas.
Mesaba Airlines became the latest casualty of Northwest Airlines’ financial meltdown last month, when it followed its sole mainline code-share partner into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move followed weeks of speculation about the effects of Northwest’s failure to pay its Airlink partners millions of dollars in flying fees and subsequent plans to remove as much as half of the seating capacity from Mesaba’s fleet.
Swiss International Air Lines will once again segregate its regional operations under the auspices of a new subsidiary, the company announced last month. Named Swiss European Air Lines, the wholly owned operating unit will take possession of Swiss’ remaining Embraer ERJ 145 and Avro RJ85/100 fleet before year-end.
Comair will dispose of as many as 30 regional jets and slash between 600 and 1,000 jobs as part of a plan to cut costs by $70 million a year, the company announced last month.
Air Wisconsin Airlines plans to close its Appleton maintenance facility and move its 105 jobs to other facilities by next May. The decision follows Air Wisconsin’s loss of United Airlines flying from Outagamie County Regional Airport, its headquarters for the past 40 years.
Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines has transferred the last of its once 23-strong fleet of Embraer 170 jets to its sister carrier, Shuttle America. The move relieves parent company Republic Airways of penalties it has had to pay American Airlines for scope-clause violations. The contract signed by American and its pilots prohibits any American Connection carrier from flying jets that hold more than 50 seats for any partner.
SkyWest Airlines and Bombardier have agreed to convert a firm order for 18 CRJ200s held by SkyWest’s new Atlantic Southeast Airlines division to positions on 70-seat CRJ700s. As part of the deal, SkyWest has also placed firm orders for another four CRJ700s, all to fly under its Delta Connection contract. The deal coincided with a U.S.
Noted New York attorney Michael Haber has filed a $400 million class-action lawsuit on behalf of 230 MidAtlantic Airways pilots against ALPA, US Airways, America West, Republic Airways and Republic’s owner, Wexford Capital.