U.S. airlines have managed to stay profitable during a period of recession and spiking fuel prices, but small- and medium-sized airports have paid the price in reduced domestic air service, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study.
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Air Services, a division of Constant Aviation specializing in commercial aircraft maintenance and headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, opened a satellite accessory and composite facility in Columbus, Ohio. Stephen Maiden, Air Services president, said the satellite facility is dedicated to a single customer, which he declined to identify.
An analysis of the competitive effects of the proposed merger of Continental and United Airlines by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that combining the airlines would eliminate one effective competitor (defined as providing at least 5 percent of traffic between airports) in 1,135 city pairs, affecting almost 35 million passengers.
Constant Aviation, a Nextant Aerospace company started by Kenn Ricci and Michael Rossi, was developed when the pair bought FBOs on Birmingham International Airport in Alabama and on Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio. They separated out both FBOs’ maintenance functions and rebranded them Constant Aviation. The FBOs otherwise continued to operate as always.
The combination of fractional providers Flight Options and Raytheon Travel Air (RTA) into Cleveland-based Flight Options LLC is expected by the end of this month, according to Flight Options CEO and founder Kenn Ricci. Government antitrust approval was granted in the middle of last month, clearing the merger’s last big hurdle.
CommutAir’s flight operations department accelerated preparations last month for a major expansion scheduled to start March 16 in Cleveland, where the Plattsburg, N.Y.-based Continental Connection affiliate plans to nearly double its capacity by year-end with 12 new destinations.
The FAA is investigating a November 29 incident in which an Embraer Legacy operated by fractional provider Flight Options hit a parked company Legacy while trying to taxi around it at the company’s home base, Cleveland-Hopkins Airport. There were no injuries, but both business jets incurred “substantial damage” when the right wing of the taxiing Legacy hit the tailcone of the parked Legacy, according to the FAA.