Milwaukee-based Midwest Express regional subsidiary Skyway Airlines will adopt the name Midwest Connect on January 1 as part of a company-wide identity campaign that will also see the parent airline change its name to Midwest Airlines. Midwest Express CEO Tim Hoeksema said the decision to remove the “Express” designation from the mainline came about because customers associate the name with a commuter operation.
Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines added its fourth code-share contract last month when it inked a 10-year deal with Delta Air Lines to fly at least 22 Embraer regional jets from Orlando, Fla., as Delta Connection.
The U.S. air transportation system lost one more source of “essential” service last month when Big Sky Airlines officially went out of business. Billings, Mont.-based Big Sky flew its last Beech 1900 service on March 8, leaving another seven communities isolated from the nation’s scheduled airline network.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Pan Am International Flight Academy has installed a Bombardier CRJ flight training device at the school’s Deer Valley, Ariz. facility. Equipped with a wrap-around visual system similar to those used in level-C flight simulators, the FTD uses a navigation database encompassing the entire continental U.S.
Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines announced last month that it will transfer all the routes now flown by its Skyway Airlines regional subsidiary to independent affiliate SkyWest Airlines. The transition will occur during March and April and involve the replacement of all 12 of Skyway’s Fairchild Dornier 328Jets with as many as eight SkyWest CRJ200s.
Mesa Air Group chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein once again embraced the old adage “never say never” when the unpredictable industry veteran recently revived his airline’s association with a pair of estranged partners.
Milwaukee-based Midwest Express last month suspended lease and debt payments on 38 of its 58 airplanes, including several Fairchild Dornier 328JETs and Beech 1900s flown by its wholly owned regional subsidiary, Skyway Airlines.
Pilots of Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines planned to walk an informational picket line on March 28 at Louisville International, Ky., and Indianapolis International Airports in protest of the parent company’s plans to start a nonunionized carrier called Republic Airlines.
Morrisville, N.C.-based Midway Airlines has reinvented itself for the sixth time in its checkered history, this time as a US Airways Express affiliate flying Bombardier CRJs.
Great Lakes Aviation appears to have escaped a brush with certain bankruptcy thanks to a recently signed agreement with Raytheon Aircraft that gives the Wichita-based manufacturer a 36-percent stake in the long-foundering airline.