Certification setbacks have postponed Embraer’s plans to deliver the first Legacy business jet to launch customer Swift Aviation. The Phoenix-based charter company now hopes to take delivery of its first airplane by mid-December, immediately after Embraer gains its expected FAA approvals. The Brazilian manufacturer also plans to deliver a Legacy to an anonymous domestic customer around the same time.
Embraer ERJ 145 family
French authorities on December 13 acted on a court order to seize one of Crossair’s Embraer ERJ-145s at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport at the behest of Air Lib, the French airline formed through the consolidation of former Swissair subsidiaries Air Liberté and AOM.
As Chautauqua Airlines took delivery of its first four 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s on December 1, the Air Line Pilots Association prepared to intensify efforts to bar the Indianapolis-based airline–or any carrier other than American Eagle–from providing feed for American Airlines under the American Connection marketing identity.
American Eagle last month announced plans to launch regional jet service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning next month, with service to Albuquerque, N.M., Phoenix and Oakland, Calif. A long-time turboprop operator at LAX, American Eagle plans to provide the service with new 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s.
Since mid-September, a French operator has been flying the first Embraer ERJ-135 dedicated to charter in Europe. The Chambéry-based firm feels it has filled a gap in charter capacity. The twinjet, registered F-GYPE, is operated by Hex’Air, a small airline whose sister company, executive charter operator Pan Européenne Air Service, markets it alongside its own business aircraft.
EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ROANOKE, VA, OCT. 16, 2001–Thirty passengers, two pilots and one flight attendant walked away from a hard night landing in gusty crosswinds. The aircraft, however, didn’t fare as well. Although the RJ was substantially damaged in the excursion, it was flown on a scheduled flight to Charlotte the next day.
In an unexpected turn of events, Midwest Express and Fairchild Dornier have resolved their dispute over the cancellation of the 428JET program, leading to a follow-on order for four 32-seat 328JETs and options for 10 of the high-wing regional jets for the Milwaukee-based carrier’s regional subsidiary, Skyway Airlines.
American Airlines’ absorption of TWA took a major step forward when the Dallas-based American signed a pair of new code-share agreements with TWExpress partners Trans States and Chautauqua Airlines. As part of the multi-year agreements, Indianapolis-based Chautauqua and St.
EMBRAER EMB-145LR, CHESTER, MASS., MARCH 26, 2002–FAA inspectors found a “baseball size” hole in the left elevator of a Chautauqua Airlines–d.b.a. America West Express Flight 5058–aircraft after it encountered lightning on approach into Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, Conn. All three crewmembers and 14 passengers escaped injury in the incident.
Milwaukee-based Midwest Express has informed Brazil’s Embraer that it wants to delay delivery of its Skyway subsidiary’s first ERJ-140 regional jets until January 2004, roughly a year later than originally planned. Midwest Express attributed its decision to the generally weak condition of the airline industry and its desire to concentrate on the introduction of new Boeing 717s into its mainline fleet.