The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has deferred proposed security requirements for fractional ownership flights operating into Europe. ECAC discussed the issue at a meeting early last month, but at press time a spokesperson reported that no final decision had been reached. The DOT has proposed that Europe adopt the twelve-five standard security program required for U.S. air-taxi aircraft that have mtows of more than 12,500 pounds.
Despite a widely acclaimed business idea–scheduled per-seat service with executive jets for its members–Geneva-based Club Airways filed for bankruptcy protection early last year and ceased operations. However, a new group of investors, headed by Eric Kohn from the UK, acquired the name, license and membership lists of Club Airways in the middle of last year.
In a move advertised as another triumph for Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell’s economic stimulus plan, Republic Airlines has agreed to establish a new overnight maintenance facility and crew base at Pittsburgh International Airport that will employ between 60 and 70 mechanics and 60 to 70 pilots and flight attendants.
European scheduled business aircraft service Club Airways International is providing a daily round-trip connection between the Swiss cities of Geneva and Basel to allow executives from the luxury goods industry to attend two key trade shows next month. The temporary service will operate during the BaselWorld jewelry exhibition (March 30 through April 6) and the SIHH watch show in Geneva (April 3 through 9).
Several executive changes at Flight Options have followed in the wake of Raytheon’s full acquisition of the Cleveland-based fractional provider in late December. Chief marketing officer Cameron Gowan is out, and company leader Michael Scheeringa is solidly in.
US Airways plans to transfer the last of the assets of MidAtlantic Airways to Republic Airways on May 28, marking an inauspicious end to what once formed the basis of US Air’s strategy to emerge from bankruptcy. Another 368 employees, most of whom remain in Philadelphia, will lose their jobs, although many will get a chance to work for Republic, which has agreed to place a heavy maintenance facility in Pittsburgh.
PSA Airlines last month fired 13 employees in connection with an April 26 wildcat strike of some 70 ramp and gate workers that disrupted service for more than three hours. The Teamsters-represented workers staged the walkout in frustration over a 7-cent-per-hour wage-hike offer from management. The sides had been involved in negotiations for some four years.
Airbus airline and corporate jet versions of the A319 and A320, as well as the A321, recently received FAA approval for 180-minute extended-range commercial operations (ETOPS). These aircraft received ETOPS approval from the EASA in March 2004. FAA and EASA approvals for corporate and airline versions of the A318 are expected in the second half of this year. Boeing received FAA approval for ETOPS on the basic BBJ
August 1 marks the deadline for PSA Airlines pilots to agree to US Airways’ conditions for placing 20 Bombardier CRJ900LRs with the wholly owned subsidiary over the course of a year, starting at the end of next year’s first quarter.
Do not fly any more illegal charters.
That is what the FAA, since March 2 last year, has attempted to tell Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Finally, on June 12, the Department of Transportation issued a consent order in which Platinum Jet agreed to stop flying illegal charters, without admitting that it had broken any laws.