America West’s decision to close its hub in Columbus, Ohio, has forced it to sever its relationship with code-share partner Chautauqua Airlines. Between early April and mid-June, America West will gradually downsize the hub to a planned four mainline flights per day, a development that freed Chautauqua’s 12 Columbus-based Embraer ERJ-145s to fly as Delta Connection, starting April 1.
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As Atlantic Southeast Airlines president Skip Barnette maintains, few established companies emerge from a five-year, 25-percent annual growth plan untouched by organizational turmoil and swollen debt-to-capital ratios. So how has ASA, four years into just such a plan, maintained its reputation for fiscal discipline and operational performance while doubling its capacity since Barnette assumed control of the company in 1999?
Bombardier has decided to further increase production of its CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets to one aircraft every three days, the company announced today during a review of its third-quarter FY2008 financial results. In August Bombardier said it planned to boost the rate from this fiscal year’s 50 to 57 in FY09, but projections for further backlog growth have prompted the hike to 64 per year.
Bombardier announced it has added two more service facilities for Challenger and Global business jets, bringing its total number of aircraft-support facilities around the world to 44. Of those, seven are OEM service centers and 37 are authorized service or line-maintenance facilities.
Bombardier CRJ100, Lexington, Ky., Aug.
Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire has been authorized by Delta Air Lines’ business jet charter operation, Delta AirElite, to be its first Canadian affiliate partner. Under the authorization, Innotech-Execaire can fly Delta AirElite Members and charter passengers to point-to-point destinations within Canada. The Canadian company operates and manages about a dozen jets, including Challengers, Hawkers and a Citation Excel.
Delta AirElite, which has operated an aircraft management and charter service since 1991 when it was still Comair Jet Express, took a step toward further expansion last month with the announcement of its Delta AirElite Fleet Membership block-charter program.
Forty-eight hours before the Regional Airline Association staged its annual convention at the Phoenix Civic Center from May 18 to 21, the season’s first 100-degree day marked the start of another long, oppressive summer in the Sonoran desert of the American Southwest.
Memphis-based Northwest Airlines subsidiary Express Airlines I on May 8 officially changed its name to Pinnacle Airlines ahead of an initial public offering expected to raise $400 million.
Bombardier landed the first regional jet sale to a U.S. carrier this year when Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines converted options to firm orders on three 50-seat CRJ200s last month. The order, valued at some $68.7 million, brings to 237 the number of 50-seat CRJs ordered by ASA and fellow Delta subsidiary Comair, of which 191 have been delivered and another 46 remain on backlog.