0Atlantic Coast Airlines ended 13 years of 19-seat aircraft operations when it retired the last of its Jetstream 32 turboprops on December 3. The Sterling, Va.-based airline began shedding the British-built turboprops from its fleet in mid-2000, when it flew 28 of the generally efficient but outdated airplanes to points throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Two separate turboprop fractional operations have not done well. Atlanta-based Corporate Aircraft Partners, founded two years ago, eventually put six Jetstream 32s in operation with an hourly rate of $1,830, but the company was unable to sell enough shares to make the program successful. In September it ceased operation and furloughed some 16 pilots. Meanwhile, last February Chicago Cessna Caravan dealer J.A.
Two-place, side-facing divans for Jetstream operators are now available from seating specialist Aviation Fabricators. The Clinton, Mo.-based company received both supplemental type certification and parts manufacturing approval from the FAA in March. The package, available in a right- or left-side version, includes sidewall-mounted harness kits, seatbelt track-mounted hold-down fittings and seatbelts.