Delta Air Lines plans this month to start installing onboard Wi-Fi on 223 regional jets flown by Delta Connection carriers, making Delta the first U.S. carrier to deploy the service across its entire mainline and dual-class regional fleets.
News and issues relating specifically to regional airlines, including aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training; and coverage of annual conventions of the U.S. Regional Airline Association (RAA) and European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
The Teamsters-represented pilots of Seattle-based Horizon Air ratified a new five-year labor contract in late November, officially ending some four years of negotiations, the airline announced last month. Nearly 77 percent of Horizon’s 613 pilots voted, and some 59 percent of those voted in favor of the agreement.
Indian low-fare carrier SpiceJet plans to buy as many as 30 Q400 turboprops from Bombardier in a deal worth up to $900 million.
“The [SpiceJet] board has approved a firm order for 15 and 15 on option,” SpiceJet CEO Neil Mills told AIN. “It has gone to the aircraft review committee and we expect to sign the agreement most probably by the end of [November]. We expect the deliveries to commence from June 2011.
Brazil’s Embraer and China’s AVIC International Leasing Co., signed a memorandum of understanding today at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, China, outlining the terms of a new agreement designed to create financing opportunities for selling Embraer aircraft in the Chinese and international markets.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Houston-based ExpressJet Holdings. Under the terms of the $133 million transaction, ExpressJet Airlines becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), itself a unit of SkyWest.
Gulfstream International Group, the parent company of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Gulfstream International Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in an effort to restructure its debt and secure long-term financing. Gulfstream said the filing, registered with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, would not affect its flight schedule.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 last month passed a noise-testing program involving eight certification flights from Italy’s Turin-Cuneo Levaldigi Airport. According to Sukhoi, preliminary results show full compliance with ICAO CAEP IV noise requirements.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Caribbean Airlines signed a firm order in late September covering nine ATR 72-600s worth some $200 million at list prices. To come configured in a 68-seat layout starting late next year, the airplanes will replace five de Havilland Dash 8-300s and allow Caribbean Airlines to add frequencies between Trinidad and Tobago and surrounding destinations.
Vietnam’s Air Mekong, 30 percent owned by U.S. regional airline SkyWest, on October 9 launched domestic services with four 86-seat Bombardier CRJ900s subleased from the St. George, Utah-based regional.
The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) project officially entered its manufacturing phase on September 30, when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Aircraft held a ceremony in Nagoya, Japan, to mark the start of production of the first MRJ. During the event, MHI technicians began cutting aluminum for a frame component associated with the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer.