February 17 will see the launch of scheduled business aircraft services linking Geneva, London and Paris. Club Airways is a private membership service that will market seats in Learjet 45s operated through Bombardier’s Flexjet Europe program at fares that will be roughly 50-percent higher than equivalent fully flexible business-class tickets.
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Air Wisconsin last month placed a firm order for six more 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200s to serve its recently inaugurated code-share relationship with Orlando, Fla.-based AirTran Airways. The transaction, valued at $140 million, represents the partial conversion of a conditional order for 26 of the Canadian jets. It increases the size of the Appleton, Wis.-based airline’s order book to 64 airplanes, 27 of which it has already accepted.
All four people in a Learjet 36A escaped injury after the jet collided with elk on takeoff and subsequently crashed after overrunning the runway at Astoria (Ore.) Regional Airport on December 3. N546PA was registered to CFF Air of Wilmington, Del., and was being operated in conjunction with a Canadian Armed Forces training exercise. The NTSB said that at or near V1 the airplane hit several elk on the runway.
The FAA is reviewing possible hazards to aircraft operations and revised ATC procedures that would be caused by a proposed 2,000-ft antenna tower 4.8 nm east southeast of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
the Department of Transportation in 2003 cited adverse weather as the leading cause of airline delays. Between May and October of last year, however, delays and late arrivals caused by the airlines themselves, rather than by nature’s worst, took the top spot, affecting nearly 15 percent of the 3.7 million flights during that period, according to DOT Bureau of Transportation statistics. The number of flights struck by weather-
Bombardier’s repair facilities at Indianapolis International Airport are now the Indianapolis Jet Center. The Canadian company moved out on October 31, and Keeker Aviation reopened the doors the next day under the new name.
Eagle Creek Aviation Services (ECAS) is opening a Learjet Service Center at Eagle Creek Airport (EYE) in Indianapolis. The company’s FAA Diamond Award-winning repair station will work on Learjet 23s through 25s. Located a few miles northwest of the city center, the facility anchors the regional airport. EYE is the closest airport to downtown Indianapolis and the growing business/technology corridor on the city’s northwest side.
The environmental management system at New York’s Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains has become the third such airport entity in the U.S. to win ISO14001 approval. The internationally recognized standard is among the toughest in the world, and airport management has committed significant time and resources to gaining the recognition.
Ross Aviation and Centre Partners have announced their entry into the FBO market with the acquisition of Denver Air at Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield, Colo.
A plan implemented last year to offset the city and county tax burden on airplane owners at Pitt-Greenville (N.C.) Airport has attracted more aircraft owners to the airport. The Greenville City Council and Pitt County Board of Commissioners each unanimously voted to continue funding this year for a stimulus plan that provides about $150,000 in credits to aircraft owners. The two governments will split the cost equally.