Horizon Air on December 30 became the first scheduled-service passenger carrier to operate a flight using wide area augmentation system (Waas) technology. Equipped with dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew flight management systems, Horizon’s only Waas-capable 76-seat Bombardier Q400 carried out the trailblazing mission on a flight from Portland to Seattle.
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Mesa Air Group rang in the new year with a resolution of sorts, as it started the process of restructuring its operations by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on January 5. The move came some six weeks after United Airlines filed a court complaint to block Mesa’s efforts to replace some of the 50-seat CRJ200s scheduled for removal from the United Express system on April 30 with ten 70-seat CRJ700s.
Austrian low-fare airline Niki in late November converted purchase rights into firm orders for another two Embraer E190s, deliveries of which the companies have scheduled for the first half of next year. A firm order for five airplanes announced during the Farnborough Airshow in July 2008 included purchase rights on another five jets–either E190s or E195s.
Jim Ream, the CEO of Houston-based ExpressJet Airlines, has accepted a position with American Airlines as senior vice president of maintenance and engineering, effective January 1. ExpressJet board member Patrick Kelly has assumed Ream’s position in the interim while the board considers candidates to fill the position of CEO for the long term. Ream succeeds Carmine Romano, who has retired after serving 41 years with American Airlines.
The union that represents the pilots of US Airways has asked the Justice Department’s antitrust division to investigate the potential for anti-competitive effects of a proposed slot, gate and facility transaction between US Airways and Delta Air Lines at New York La Guardia and Washington Reagan National airports.
United Airlines has turned the proverbial tables on Mesa Air Group with an effort to block a plan by Mesa to replace some of the 50-seat CRJ200s scheduled for removal from the United system on April 30 with ten 70-seat CRJ700s. Mesa notified United of its intention to introduce the CRJ700s between October 15 and December 15 of this year; however, United claims in a complaint filed in the U.S.
Bombardier’s CRJ1000 program now appears unlikely to receive Canadian and EASA certification before the second half of next year–a delay of at least another three months–after a second software “glitch” grounded all test flying in September, Bombardier Aerospace COO Guy Hachey said today during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.
Over the past two years the profile of the “traditional” Essential Air Service applicant has changed dramatically. No longer the nearly exclusive domain of
Now that his company has joined the ranks of the major airlines with its takeover of Frontier and Midwest Airlines, an admission by Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford of a “jaundiced view” of the small regional jet market might not come as a surprise.
AvCraft Support Services and Colombia’s Indaer Industrial Aeronautica last month announced the formation of a joint venture to provide heavy maintenance on ATR 42s and 72s at AvCraft’s Myrtle Beach, S.C. facilities.