An FAA review of maintenance procedures following the August 26 crash of a Colgan Air Beech 1900D near Hyannis, Mass., has found that Raytheon service manuals incorrectly depict the installation of a key part of the airplane’s elevator trim system.
Three regional airlines will fill the service void left in 12 small and medium-size communities in six states by the March 9 closure of Smyrna, Tenn.-based Regions-Air. Great Lakes Aviation has emerged as the big winner of the trio, drawing half the cities in a new contract with American Airlines that calls for the Cheyenne, Wyo.-based regional to fly from St.
This year’s RAA Convention couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time and place for Memphis, Tenn.’s hometown airline. The proud new owner of a second operating subsidiary and revamped service contract with Northwest Airlines, Pinnacle Airlines has officially shed the manacles of a highly restrictive code-share deal and joined the open market for regional services.
Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air will fly fifteen 74-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops under a 10-year capacity purchase agreement that Colgan’s new owner, Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines, signed with Continental Airlines last month. The deal will see Colgan fly the new airplanes, scheduled for delivery from this December through June of next year, from Continental’s Newark, N.J. hub starting next January.
Pinnacle Airlines bought Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air for $20 million last month. The deal gives Memphis-based Pinnacle, which has flown exclusively for Northwest Airlines during its entire existence, immediate access to code-share revenue from Colgan partners Continental Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
Apparently done pouring 50-seat jet capacity into a system overflowing with Embraer 145s, Continental Airlines continues to explore the possibility of adding more turboprops to its network, according to Continental managing director of scheduling and planning Karen Zachary.
Raytheon Beech 1900D, Rockland, Maine, Aug. 2, 2005–As Colgan Air Flight 4972, dba US Airways Express, was taking off from Knox County Regional Airport, the yoke did not move when the commercial-rated first officer called, “V1 rotate.” The ATP-rated captain pulled harder and the yoke came back abruptly and the airplane “jumped” into the air. The captain said he was able to maintain controlled flight.
SkyWest Airlines parted ways with Continental Airlines earlier this year in large part because the Houston-based major airline wanted its regional partner to fly 50-seat Saab 2000s, SkyWest CEO Jerry Atkin told AIN during last month’s RAA convention in Cincinnati.
Colgan Air will take Shuttle America’s place at Washington Dulles Airport as the Saab 340 turboprop provider for United Airlines (UAL) under an agreement-in-principle reached between Colgan and UAL last month. Already flying 10 Saab 340Bs for Continental Airlines from Houston, Colgan will add six more of the 34-seat propjets for United starting October 4.
The resurgent turboprop market showed no signs of retreat during late May’s Regional Airline Association convention in Dallas, where word leaked that Continental Airlines wants to field 24 Bombardier Q400s within its domestic U.S. system by early next year.
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