Northwest Airlines

October 16, 2006 - 8:28am

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.

October 5, 2006 - 9:00am

Bombardier announced a 100,000-sq-ft expansion plan at its factory-owned service center at Love Field in Dallas. Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take one year.

September 28, 2006 - 8:50am

A federal district court judge struck a severe blow to the management of Mesaba Airlines last month when he overturned an earlier bankruptcy court ruling that gave the company permission to reject its labor contracts with its pilots, mechanics and flight attendants. Judge Michael Davis of the U.S.

September 27, 2006 - 4:46am

The management of Mesaba Airlines issued a proposal for pay concessions to its pilots last month that, if adopted, would slash salaries by between 13 and 19 percent. The proposal calls for a 19-percent pay cut for Avro RJ captains, a 17-percent decrease for Saab 340 captains and a 13-percent reduction for Bombardier CRJ captains. First officers would face an average pay cut of 13 percent.

September 27, 2006 - 4:45am

Bankrupt Northwest Airlines has turned the financial screws on its existing Airlink partners by asking for bids from several regional airlines to fly RJs carrying up to 76 passenger seats.

September 26, 2006 - 9:38am

Gordon Newstrom, founder of Mesaba Aviation, died in December. He was 93. An expert floatplane pilot, Newstrom in 1944 founded Mesaba Aviation, the predecessor to Mesaba Airlines.

September 26, 2006 - 4:27am

The experiment in discount-fare, 50-seat RJ flying known as Independence Air (formerly Atlantic Coast Airlines) ended once and for all when the company transported its last passenger on January 5, a year and a half after it severed ties with former mainline partner United Airlines.

September 26, 2006 - 4:21am

The pilots of Northwest Airlines have threatened to strike if management proceeds with plans to launch a new regional airline as proposed in a newsletter distributed to the company’s 34,000 employees last month. Tentatively named NewCo, the new unit would replace Northwest’s DC-9s with one hundred five 77- to 100-seat jets flying as a Northwest Airlink affiliate.

September 25, 2006 - 2:26pm

ExpressJet began shopping in earnest for a new mainline partner last month as Continental Airlines prepared to ask for bids from other regional airlines to fly roughly a quarter of the Continental Express network. Continental formally notified ExpressJet that it planned to withdraw 69 of the 274 Embraer regional jets from their capacity purchase agreement after the sides failed to reach terms on a new service contract.

September 21, 2006 - 6:24am

Northwest Airlines has extended the deadline for regional partner Pinnacle Airlines to pay another $21.7 million in aircraft sublease security deposits to April 15, as the sides continue to negotiate the terms of “their future business relationship.” In September Northwest requested that Pinnacle pay the additional funds by March 1, but the Memphis-based regional has refused.

 
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