An integration fault in the Bombardier CRJ1000’s fly-by-wire rudder control system has forced the company to install a software revision in the flying prototype, caused delays to ground testing and contributed to the postponement of first flight until probably early next month. “When you put brand new hardware together like this there’s always a few surprises here and there,” CRJ program director Jean-Guy Blondin told AIN yesterday.
News and issues relating specifically to regional airlines, including aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training; and coverage of annual conventions of the U.S. Regional Airline Association (RAA) and European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
During a quarter in which all the big publicly traded regional airlines turned a handsome profit, it came as little surprise that Atlantic Coast Airlines led the pack, as the Sterling, Va.-based carrier prepared to embark on the most ambitious, and perhaps riskiest, undertaking in its 14-year history.
The former Maersk Air, reconstituted in a management buyout in June and renamed Duo, announced last month that it has severed its relationship with British Airways, after the UK flag carrier said it would cut in half its operations from Duo’s Birmingham, UK base.
Struggling Caribbean regional airline Liat and fellow money-losing international carrier BWIA will form the basis of a new West Indian airline under a plan by four island governments to stem the tide of red ink that habitually covers their balance sheets. The plan calls for the governments of Barbados, Antigua, St.
The trend toward consolidation and alliances among major airlines may concern some in the Justice Department, but it hasn’t restricted opportunities for regional carriers such as SkyWest Airlines, which last month inked its first code-share deal with US Airways.
India’s Air Deccan operated its inaugural revenue flight with one of six 48-seat ATR 42-320s on August 25, between its home city of Bangalore and Hubli, in the southwestern province of Karnataka. A second flight marked the start of regular service between the regional cities of Hyderabad and Vijayawada the next day. The new airline took delivery of its first leased ATR on August 8. The second arrived in Bangalore two weeks later.
Delta Air Lines on Friday notified Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group that it plans to cancel its contract to fly Bombardier CRJ900s as Delta Connection. The notice marks the second attempt by Delta to remove Mesa-flown jets from its system in recent months. A federal judge in late May issued an injunction barring Delta from ending Mesa’s contract to fly ERJ 145s.
Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines will continue flying its Bombardier CRJ900s as a Delta Connection carrier under its existing 10-year code-share contract. Delta informed Pinnacle in early June of its decision to dissolve the contract, effective July 31, due to performance shortcomings, but Pinnacle fought the decision, based on its assertion that Delta failed to collaborate on a mutually acceptable schedule as required under the contract.
Along with the commercial and networking benefits the Regional Airline Association Convention offers, the annual event gives showgoers a chance to discuss the state of the industry and its prospects for the future.
Swedish cargo operator Nord-Flyg has launched a Q400 PF (Package Freighter) program with Canada’s Cascade Aerospace using two of the Bombardier turboprops previously owned by SAS. Abbotsford, British Columbia-based Cascade also signed a letter of intent to convert another three Q400s for Nord-Flyg. The Swedish airline plans to use the airplanes for overnight package delivery in Europe, according to Bombardier.