Airline passenger traffic continues its climb out from recessionary lows, but faces headwinds caused by spiraling fuel prices.
Newly launched PrivateJet Share.com allows travelers to buy and sell individual seats on chartered aircraft. Individuals can use the site to post available seats for sale to pre-registered fellow members, with a 25-percent commission applying on each seat sold.
In an e-mail sent by Air Transport Association (ATA) president and CEO James May to airline customers, the ATA cites the heavy influx of business jets to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 as an example of how “private jets clogged the airways” and “paid barely anything to use or modernize our nation’s air traffic control system.” Although May and the ATA offer no evidence that the jets flying to Kentucky caused any airline delays or that they didn’t
Air Transport Association (ATA) president and CEO James May used a hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming last month as a bully pulpit to bash corporate jets and promote the airlines’ tax agenda.
ATA Execujet’s new fixed-wing Part 135 operation is likely to succeed, if its rotorcraft Part 135 operations are any indication. The company’s helicopter fleet currently includes a Eurocopter AS 355 TwinStar, Bell JetRanger and Bell LongRanger. The department also manages a Bell 407 for a private owner. Three rotorcraft pilots share the approximately 1,200 hours of flying time per year.
“When you’re on ATA, you’re on vacation,” used to be the airline’s marketing slogan. But the 10th largest airline in the U.S., American Trans Air (ATA), has shed its vacation-only image to attract more business passengers by cutting Part 121 charter service, expanding its scheduled service and upgrading to the newest fleet in the industry.
Goodrich has been selected by ATA to provide landing gear maintenance services in support of the Indianapolis, Indiana-based airline’s operations, covering all scheduled repair and overhaul on McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and Boeing 757, 737 Classic and Next Generation 737 aircraft, a fleet totaling 29 aircraft.
Prices for new Boeing jetliners could harden as the manufacturer works to manage production rates and outsourced parts supplies in the face of continuing high demand that Boeing says defies previous market cycles.
Hamilton Sundstrand (Hall 4 Stand F13) has inked a 10-year agreement with ATA Airlines to support its components fitted to the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 and 757s. Under the deal, worth $14 million, the United Technologies group will provide inventory management and logistics, and repair services for line-replaceable units under its comprehensive accessory repair and exchange program.
Italian FBO group Sky Services has broken a 40-year-old fuel monopoly at Milan Linate Airport. The independent company has faced protracted legal and bureaucratic battles to establish its right to handle business aircraft at Italian airports and has now defeated attempts by Milan airport authority ATA to prevent its selling fuel directly to business aircraft.