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.
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The Regional Airline Association (RAA) board of directors elected Atlantic Coast Airlines president Tom Moore chairman of the association during its annual fall membership meeting last month in Washington, D.C. Moore replaces Andy Price, president of Plattsburgh-N.Y-based CommutAir.
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.
An unsettling air of ambivalence descended on Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport last month as Comair pilots ended an 89-day strike that cost Delta Air Lines at least $200 million and an untold number of non-striking employees their jobs.
Today’s economy probably has less effect on corporate aircraft use than most believe. Understanding how the economy affects business aviation requires an understanding of how the nature of business aircraft use has changed over the past 15 years or so, according to Barbara Beyer, president of Arlington, Va.-based Avmark.
Arinc Direct’s flight planning solution is now supporting more than 150 aircraft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region–over 100 more than at the time of EBACE 2007, said the company.
“Quite literally Arinc is adding new customers week after week, representing the charter operators and corporate flight departments that are household names in the European industry,” said Bob Richard, senior director of Arinc Direct.
Airline executives whose predictions of regional divestitures raised eyebrows just two years ago watched their prophesies turn to hard reality in late February, as Northwest Airlines announced its intention to spin off its Memphis-based Express Airlines I subsidiary and Continental Airlines revisited its plans to divest itself from Continental Express.
American Airlines has responded to a contractual limit on ASM growth at its regional affiliates with a plan to strip the AA* code from certain St. Louis-based flights operated by American Connection partners Chautauqua, Trans States and Corporate Airlines. American claims the move will give it another six to nine months to decide the fate of its San Juan, Puerto Rico-based Executive Airlines subsidiary.
Scope-clause negotiations between US Airways and the Air Line Pilots Association reached an impasse just days after the beleaguered airline early last month recruited former Continental Express president David Siegel to replace Stephen Wolf as CEO. The talks broke down soon after the sides reported significant progress toward a settlement, the outcome of which could determine the airline’s direction for years to come.
Even though regional airline traffic is up 13 percent from the second quarter of last year, and regional airliners account for 34 percent of the overall domestic fleet, the industry cannot continue to pay for security expenses.