Houston-based ExpressJet and Delta Air Lines will end their code-share relationship effective September 1, and ExpressJet will cease all scheduled flying under its own brand on September 2, the companies announced last month. The moves will result in the removal from service of 39 Embraer ERJ 145s from the ExpressJet fleet.
Embraer ERJ 145 family
American Eagle will cut its daily schedule by 37 flights at New York La Guardia Airport, 34 flights in Chicago and seven in Boston, close its stations in Albany, N.Y.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Samana, Dominican Republic; and ground 29 of its 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s along with 25 Saab 340 turboprops as American Airlines proceeds with plans to slash capacity this fall by 12 percent systemwide.
Three-year-old JetBlue Airlines has become the launch customer for the new Embraer 190, signing a firm order for 100 of the twinjets, with options for 100 more. Slated to start taking deliveries of the airplanes in the third quarter of 2005, the carrier will outfit each aircraft with 100 two-by-two leather seats at 32-inch pitch and its signature DirecTV satellite television at every seat.
Rolls-Royce, which has laid off nearly 4,000 aircraft engine workers in the UK over the last two years, revealed that another 540 positions are being cut through resignations and layoffs at the company’s Indianapolis facility. A company spokesman said commercial engine orders have dropped 40 percent in the past two years. The Indianapolis facility makes engines for helicopters, corporate aircraft and regional jets.
A near midair collision on Monday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport that involved an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet and a Part 91-operated Bombardier Learjet 60 is under investigation by the NTSB. At 12:47 p.m. local time, the regional jet was departing Runway 32L and the Learjet–N252RP, owned and operated by Electrolux Home Products–was landing on Runway 9R.
Chinese regional carrier Kun Peng Airlines has placed an order for five Embraer 190s in a deal that further sets the foothold the Brazilian manufacturer has gained in mainland China.
For the first time in recent memory the U.S. regional airline industry could experience a drop in passenger boardings during the second half of this year as skyrocketing fuel costs prompt the nation’s major airlines to reconsider the use of their partners’ most fuel-thirsty assets.
Jet Aviation Dusseldorf has received LBA maintenance approvals for the Embraer ERJ-135 and -145, the company’s first for those types. The approval allows JA Dusseldorf to perform line and base maintenance, including airframe, engine and avionics, along with modifications.
General Electric, the global giant with $126 billion in annual revenue, is at NBAA ’02 (Booth No. 633) with the expressed intent to expand its role in corporate and regional aviation.
With the ink still wet on its FAA certificate, the super-midsize Embraer Legacy flies above Florida’s intercoastal waterway en route to Orlando. It had already received approval from its native Brazil and Europe’s JAA. FAA approval clears the way for the first U.S. deliveries of the model, scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.