Northwest Airlines has extended the deadline for regional partner Pinnacle Airlines to pay another $21.7 million in aircraft sublease security deposits to April 15, as the sides continue to negotiate the terms of “their future business relationship.” In September Northwest requested that Pinnacle pay the additional funds by March 1, but the Memphis-based regional has refused.
Jonathan Ornstein’s mission to sink at least one of Hawaii’s two major airlines officially begins June 9, when Mesa Air Group’s new Go! subsidiary starts flying 16 daily round trips with three Bombardier CRJ200s from Honolulu to Kona, Kahului in Maui and Kauai for $39 each way. On June 30, as it adds service from Honolulu to Hilo, it plans to nearly double service to 31 round trips a day and increase the CRJ fleet to five.
A subtle change in the material used in an electrical component caused seven fires in Bombardier CRJs, according to an NTSB recommendation released on March 30. Tyco Hartman, the manufacturer of the component, changed the material and didn’t notify Bombardier that the new part was coated with a different material that turned out to be susceptible to moisture-induced arc-tracking.
A former Comair flight attendant faces 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of setting fire to one of the airline’s Bombardier CRJs, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Rome, Ga.
Some 10 months after Bombardier launched the 50-passenger Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, the first aircraft has entered service with Alberta, Canada-based Suncor Energy, parent company of Sunoco service stations. Suncor Energy will operate shuttle service for employees and contractors six days a week between its Calgary headquarters and Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.
Mann Aviation at Fairoaks Airport southwest of London began taking in more business aircraft interior refurbishment work about two years ago and recently added a new 5,500-sq-ft facility dedicated to that aspect of its business. It includes cabinetry and upholstery shops as well as hangarage.
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