Northwest Airlink subsidiary Express Airlines I will move to an all-regional-jet fleet and Minneapolis-based Mesaba Airlines will provide all Northwest Airlines’ Saab 340 service in Memphis, Tenn., under a new agreement that saw Mesaba reduce its service fees to Northwest by 10 percent during last year’s fourth quarter.
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All four of Delta Air Lines’ regional affiliates benefited from the company’s continuing network realignment last month, as Delta concentrates ever more intently on “rationalizing” capacity and cutting costs with regional jets.
Mesa Air Group’s recently signed code-share agreement with Frontier Airlines calls for the Phoenix-based regional airline to begin flights from Denver International Airport to San Jose, Calif., and Houston as Frontier JetExpress, starting February 17. The 8:45 a.m.
After being purchased last year by American Airlines, TWA and its callsign ceased to exist, but not airplanes with its livery. Although all previous TWA flights are using American as their callsign, the airplanes still have TWA markings. The former TWA airplanes will be repainted in American colors, but the changeover is expected to take several years.
Delta Air Lines’ “realignment” of its regional subsidiaries reached the top levels of management last month, when Delta senior v-p of strategy and business development Fred Buttrell became president and CEO of Delta Connection. Buttrell replaced long-time Comair CEO David Siebenburgen, considered by many the father of the regional jet movement in the U.S.
Last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for an election to allow the pilots at fractional aircraft operator Raytheon Travel Air to vote for union representation. If it is verified that 35 percent or more of RTA pilots have requested an election, it will be so ordered. The only fractional pilots now unionized are those flying for NetJets, who belong to IBT Local 284.
In a move widely expected to portend an industry trend in years to come, Continental Airlines last month confirmed its intention to sell 20 percent of its now wholly owned Continental Express subsidiary on September 1, laying the foundation for an eventual full spin-off of the Houston-based regional airline.
Mesa Air Group last month reversed its decision to establish a new Cincinnati base and canceled all the flights scheduled to six cities from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for July 8. Mesa contacted all affected passengers and reaccommodated them on Delta Air Lines or Comair flights.
In the fallout from the failed merger of General Electric and Honeywell, Honeywell’s board of directors last month huddled to contemplate whether the company has a legal case against GE for failing to use “reasonable best efforts” to win approval for the proposed deal in Europe.
“There are definite signs the market is improving. We’re starting to see aircraft sales pick up at the broker level and we’re holding our own in the market, at least in the first quarter of this year, and we’re hoping it will continue in the second quarter,” James Donlan told AIN.