Regional jet salesmen must have cringed at the recent negative press surrounding passenger complaints about the lack of room in RJ cabins. What with all the good news about profits and traffic growth, the traveling public’s recognition that comfort must often take a back seat to seat-mile costs tossed a sour note into the industry’s chorus of praise for the anointed saviors of small- and medium-sized communities.
Republic Airways Holdings
GE Capital Aviation Services has amplified threats to withdraw its regional jet financing deals with US Airways if pilots do not accept a revised letter of agreement (LOA 91) to loosen restrictions on RJ placement outside the airline’s wholly owned subsidiaries.
Frontier Airlines’ new regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, will not start service as scheduled on October 1 due to its failure to meet minimum FAA airworthiness standards.
Before the naysayers look askance at business aviation in Latin America and suggest that recent years of growth were something of an anomaly, they might consider the recent Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil, a show that can be described only as a resounding success.
Charter operator XOJet of San Carlos, Calif., announced with Cessna on Monday that it had ordered 30 Citation Xs worth $600 million. Yesterday, Bombardier joined XOJet in announcing that the companies had signed an agreement for XOJet’s purchase of 80 Challenger 300s, 20 firm and 60 on option, the largest single order to date for the Challenger 300. Total value of this order, if all options are exercised, is $1.9 billion.
New York-based ExcelAire (Booth No. 405) announced it has added three Gulfstreams to its fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft it operates to 18. The company will be adding a Gulfstream GIII, G450 and GV to the fleet, as well, which includes a Bombardier Global Express, five GIIIs, a GIV-SP, two Embraer Legacy 600s and a number of Hawkers and Learjets.
In 1998, the National Business Aviation Association started honoring companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident. NBAA Convention News talked with representatives from this year’s top honorees to find out about their
operations and the secrets of their successes.
Tecumseh Products, Tecumseh, Mich.
Dennis Bailey, aviation department manager
Luis Carlos Affonso is an aeronautical engineer and private pilot, the product of a Brazilian engineering education and a man for whom a life at Embraer is as much a calling as a profession. After 22 years with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, he stepped into the position of vice president of Embraer Executive Aviation in the spring of 2005 with the blessing of then president and CEO Mauricio Botelho.
For much of its 30-year history, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has had to work with a small staff consisting of just a handful of full-time employees. Indeed, the size of its payroll has been extremely modest compared with that of its U.S. counterpart, the National Business Aviation Association.
Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Shuttle America will sever all ties with US Airways effective October 2, leaving four more destinations without scheduled service from Pittsburgh International Airport. Last month Shuttle America ended all service between Fort Wayne and Pittsburgh, and between Bedford, Mass., and Trenton, N.J.