American Eagle flight attendants voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the bankrupt airline last month. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) said the deal contains “substantial improvements” over management’s original bankruptcy term sheet as well as its so-called Last Best Final Offer. Eighty-seven percent of the AFA members who cast ballots voted in favor of the agreement.
Aviation International News » October 2012
Three months after launching scheduled domestic service in the UAE with flights to Sir Bani Yas and Delma Islands from Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, Rotana Jet extended its offering on September 19 to double-daily Embraer ERJ-145 service from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Fujairah. Exactly a week later, the upstart regional airline started twice-daily flights from Abu Dhabi International to Al Ain.
Pinnacle Airlines subsidiary Colgan Air performed its last revenue flight on September 5. Flight 3923, a Bombardier Q400 operating as United Express, flew from Washington Dulles International Airport to Albany International, arriving at 8:11 a.m. local time.
Pinnacle entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection April 1 and on that same day announced its plan to “wind down” all its turboprop flying and close Colgan by November 30. United’s ability to reach a deal quickly with Republic Airways to fly the 28 Q400s leased by Colgan allowed Pinnacle to accelerate the closure process.
Warsaw-based Eurolot has converted options on six Bombardier Q400 turboprops to a firm order worth $190 million based on list prices, the Canadian manufacturer announced last month. Once delivered, the new airplanes will increase the size of Eurolot’s Q400 fleet to 14 while replacing aging ATR 42s and 72s. Eurolot placed a firm order for eight Q400s with options on another 12 in early March and took delivery of the first in mid-May.
NetJets is adding in-flight Aircell Internet service to another 100 or so aircraft in its fleet. In 2010 the fractional operator initially opted for Aircell Internet service aboard more than 250 of its jets, and the additional 100 systems will expand NetJets’ connected fleet by about 40 percent. The installation process is already under way at Duncan Aviation, and NetJets expects the entire retrofit program to be completed by mid-2014.
At press time, Hawker Beechcraft and potential buyer Superior Aviation Beijing were still radio silent some three weeks after the September 1 deadline for exclusive negotiations between the two companies ended. The passing of the exclusive negotiations deadline allows other interested parties to submit their own bids and enter into negotiations. Hawker Beechcraft filed for bankruptcy on May 3 and had been moving forward on restructuring when it was announced on July 17 that Superior Aviation had reached an “exclusivity agreement” to purchase HBC for $1.79 billion.
BLR Aerospace has named West Star Aviation an authorized dealer for its Super King Air winglets and associated products, including extended-length de-ice boots and LED lighting upgrades. Under the terms of the agreement West Star will provide and install BLR’s products on the King Air 90, 200 and 300 series at its Grand Junction, Colo.; Dallas; and Columbia, S.C. facilities.
Texas-based flight training provider Anson Air has broken ground on a new 24,000-sq-ft FBO facility at Sugar Land Regional Airport in Houston that will cater mainly to the region’s piston aircraft community. The $3 million office and hangar facility, expected to open next spring, will have its own avgas fueling operation. The corporate jet segment at the airport is served by the city-owned FBO, Global Select.
While pilots using Chicago Waukegan Airport await news of when the airport’s 6,000-foot Runway 5/23 might be extended to 7,000 feet–a more comfortable length for jet operations–interagency conflicts could ultimately lead to a reduction of the runway’s usable length.
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