Embraer EMB-120ER, Cedar City, Utah, March 16, 2003–At 10:45 p.m. MST Embraer N214SW, operating as Skywest Airlines Flight 3622 and flown by an ATP-rated pilot, sustained minor damage during its takeoff roll when the airplane departed the left side of Runway 20 at Cedar City Municipal Airport and struck a runway-remaining marker before coming to a halt in the adjacent field.
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.
Atlantic Coast Airlines last month petitioned a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to force United Airlines to reveal its plans for the continuation of the ACA’s United Express contract by February 28. Operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since December 9, United could reject or maintain the terms of the current agreement.
Last month’s rush to speculation over the effects of United Airlines’ decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection had just spread to include conjecture about its regional affiliates when Atlantic Coast Airlines released an illuminating statement on the status of its code-share relationship with the world’s second-largest carrier.
Bombardier employees in Montreal and Belfast might thank, among others, SkyWest Airlines for the Canadian manufacturer’s decision to boost regional
jet production this year. A firm order from the St. George-based carrier for 18 CRJ700s and four CRJ900s announced on November 30 raised last year’s CRJ sales totals to 136 and the production backlog for the ubiquitous regional jet series to 168.
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) elected Republic Airways chairman, president and CEO Bryan Bedford to assume the chairmanship of its 2007-2008 Board of Directors at its November 27-28 fall meeting in Washington, D.C. Bedford succeeds MAIR Holdings CEO Paul Foley. The RAA also elected Trans States Holdings’ Rick Leach vice chairman of the board, SkyWest’s Chip Childs treasurer and Cape Air’s Dan Wolf secretary.
Bombardier CRJ100, Lexington, Ky., Aug.
Five years of on-and-off negotiations between SkyWest Airlines subsidiary Atlantic Southeast and its 1,700 pilots ended on September 28, when the sides reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract.
SkyWest Airlines last month said it plans to acquire 22 more regional jets as part of a strategy to retire 23 Embraer Brasilia turboprops and add 66-seat jet capacity to its United Express network. SkyWest also intends to swap four 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s for four RJs configured with 76 seats under its Delta Connection banner.
The DOT’s office of inspector general is auditing the FAA’s parts certification and surveillance procedures to determine the effect of the increasing U.S. market share of foreign-built airplanes. Of particular interest is the FAA’s oversight of foreign parts from the growing segment of U.S. airlines flying regional jets from Brazil’s Embraer and Canada’s Bombardier.