Denver and the state of Colorado are offering an incentive package aimed at preventing nearly 25% of Frontier Airlines' workforce from being relocated, while new parent Republic Airways Holdings apparently does not plan for the carrier to have a CEO.
Midwest Airlines pilots and flight attendants likely will find themselves out of work when the carrier, acquired over the summer by Republic Airways Holdings, begins to return its nine remaining 717s to Boeing next month.
The worst economy in at least 40 years remains the biggest challenge for US airports and they are doing all they can to retain air service as airlines cut back on flights, says Airports Council International-North America President Greg Principato. "Airports are cutting their budgets to make it possible for airlines to serve their communities," he tells ATW's Airports Today, adding that they have been forced to furlough or lay off employees as carriers have reduced service.
Airports have to focus on customer service along with revenue diversification and future growth if they hope to remain competitive at a time when airlines are reducing capacity, Airports Council International DG Angela Gittens told representatives at the Airport Business and Trinity Forum in Macau in late September.
British Airways launches its all-business-class service between London City and New York JFK today. The service, which will be offered twice-daily by mid-October, will be operated on specially configured A318s with 32 lie-flat business class seats. The launch flights bear numbers formerly used for Concorde services, BA001 to BA004. "For the first time, New York has a tailor-made premium service to the London Canary Wharf area on its doorstep," said BA Executive VP-Americas Simon Talling-Smith.
A wealth of information is available on aviation safety, but improvement is needed in coordinating and sharing the best safety practices that could benefit the entire industry, ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin said yesterday at the annual FAA International Aviation Safety Forum in Washington.
Bombardier Aerospace reported a 36.6% dip in fiscal second-quarter operating profit to $154 million from the $243 million posted in the year-ago period.
Revenue fell 4% to $2.4 billion in the three months ended July 31 as the company delivered 80 aircraft comprising 51 business jets, 28 commercial aircraft and one amphibian. It delivered 89 in the year-ago period. Its order book for the quarter declined by a net of 38 units as it secured commitments for 15 commercial and 27 business aircraft but suffered 80 business cancellations. It booked 175 orders last year.
The legal wrangling between Delta Air Lines and regional partner Mesa Air Group has heated up again now that Delta has filed suit to cancel its contract with Mesa subsidiary Freedom Airlines, which operates 22 ERJ-145s as Delta Connection.
Milwaukee's General Mitchell International, which has felt the pinch of a faltering economy and a failing local carrier, is looking forward to better times with the arrival of Southwest Airlines this fall.
Over the past year, the airport was affected adversely by the financial problems of Midwest Airlines and a subsequent 40% reduction in flying. In prior years, Midwest accounted for more than half of the flights out of MKE. In the first five months of 2009, traffic was down some 15% compared to 2008.
GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO wait. Bombardier Aerospace is betting on the truth of that adage as its CSeries development program kicks into high gear after what only can be described as a challenging beginning since the company first proposed the aircraft in early 2004.
Airports are not the major cause of the economic woes of the airline industry, Airports Council International World Director Angela Gittens told ATW's Airports Today. In recent months, IATA and the Assn. of European Airlines, as well as individual carriers like Ryanair, have complained about airport fees and charges in vocal and sometimes harsh terms. IATA even erected a metaphorical "Wall of Shame" with the names of airports it believes are guilty of overcharging airlines.