Heralding a new generation in passenger travel to the U.S., Emirates Airline’s first Airbus A380 arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport at approximately 4:40 p.m. on August 1, concluding the mega jetliner’s first commercial flight to the U.S.
Aviation International News » September 2008
West Star Aviation is continuing to look for select niches to extend its large and small business aircraft service offerings, while at the same time strengthening its FBO brand, according to Rick Brainard, general manager of the company’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility.
France’s second-city airport is growing at a fast pace, building on Air France’s “euro-regional” hub. At Lyon Saint Exupéry, the new management team has reshuffled expansion plans, having postponed the addition of another pair of runways.
The DOT’s plan to auction a single round-trip slot at Newark Liberty International Airport on September 3 sets a perilous precedent U.S. regional airlines can ill afford to let stand, according to Regional Airline Association (RAA) president Roger Cohen.
When Bombardier and Embraer ended mass production of their respective 50-seat jets by 2006, it appeared that the regional airline industry’s love affair with the little RJs had run its course. With most major airline scope clauses relaxed to allow 70-and even 76-seat jets in their regional partners’ fleets, demand for the less cost-effective 50-seaters had essentially evaporated.
Pinnacle Airlines will remove from service 10 of subsidiary Colgan Air’s 40 Saab 340Bs next month as part of a plan to reduce its exposure to pro-rate flying, the company announced last month. The retirements will result in the removal of 12 markets from the Colgan system, all currently flown under the US Airways and United Express brands.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest on September 8 will drop service to seven airports from Milwaukee as financially troubled code-share partner Midwest Airlines moves to cut systemwide capacity by 34 percent. The cuts involve Baltimore/Washington; Hartford, Conn.; Louisville, Ky.; Muskegon, Mich.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; St. Louis; and Wausau, Wis.
Republic Airways and Delta Air Lines in late July reached an agreement to remove the Indianapolis-based regional airline’s final eleven 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s from service. Original schedules called for Republic to remove the airplanes at a rate of two per month between this coming November and April next year. The revised agreement resulted in the removal of three aircraft on July 31, followed by four on August 31.
Delta Air Lines has notified Mesa Air Group that it plans to cancel its contract to fly Bombardier CRJ900s. The notice, sent August 1, marks the second attempt by Delta to remove Mesa-flown jets from its system in recent months. A federal judge in late May issued an injunction barring Delta from ending Mesa’s contract to fly ERJ 145s.
Biggin Hill, UK-based helicopter charter operator Sky Charter has been designated the UK dealer for PZL Swidnik rotorcraft. The company has ordered three SW4 light singles and is expecting deliveries next spring.