When UAL Corp. announced earlier this year the creation of United BizJet Holdings, and that the new stand-alone enterprise would include a fractional-ownership program, some in the industry considered this a plain and simple “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy.
Indigo, which originally launched a “regular and frequent” business aircraft service with a Falcon 20 in February 2000, was scheduled to receive its first “upscale shuttle” version of the Embraer ERJ-135 late last month.
DORNIER 328, WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 17, 2002–Failure to follow operational procedures resulted in a serious injury to a U.S. Airways Express flight attendant during a scheduled Part 121 flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Pilots from two different regional airlines lost their jobs for alcohol-related offenses over the span of two weeks, further adding to an undercurrent of public suspicion produced by the July 1 arrest of two America West pilots for the same reason. On July 28 airport officials removed an ASA first officer from a scheduled flight from Wilmington, N.C., to Atlanta after a TSA security screener claimed to smell alcohol on his breath.
If you think you could write a book about all the bad airline experiences you ever had, too late–a flight attendant just beat you to it.
If aviation insurance news has been mostly bad since September 11, there is still one small bright spot in the industry. Life insurance premiums for corporate pilots have either remained stagnant or actually decreased since last September. And aviation operators have an increasing variety of choices for providing life insurance for their employees.
Attention Iron Chefs. Here’s a challenge for you. Try putting together those beautifully prepared and eminently eatable dishes in a kitchen the size of an apartment closet, with just enough counter space to open a can of soup. Or take a shot at whipping up a soufflé at 8,000 feet, or building an intricately stacked entrée at the same time you’re creating a sauce, grinding coffee beans and serving drinks to a dozen demanding passengers.
The board of Swiss International Air Lines on February 24 accepted management’s proposal to reduce its current fleet from 131 to 111 aircraft, furlough up to 700 employees and reduce routes. The airline grounded one Airbus A321, two MD-83s and 17 regional aircraft on March 30, which also marked the beginning of the summer timetable.
Among flight attendants, flight crews and schedulers and dispatchers, not to mention passengers, few subjects today are likely to elicit more heated discussion than the business aviation catering industry. The conversations generally cover the same issues: allegations of price gouging, the growing practice by FBOs of charging a handling fee for catering, worries about security and concerns over food safety.
This spring the long-awaited Subpart K to FAR Part 91 regulations is expected to go