US Airways yesterday announced it would add first-class seating and service on 110 US Airways Express regional jets operated by Republic Airways, Mesa Air Group and PSA. Plans call for the airline to install first-class seating on Embraer 170s and 175s, along with Bombardier CRJ700s and CRJ900s, beginning in October with the E175 fleet. It expects to finish outfitting the three remaining fleet types by the end of next January.
A change in management philosophy at Seattle-based Horizon Air will next see it adopt the colors and livery of its parent company, Alaska Airlines, and largely retire the Horizon brand by some time early next year.
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group expected to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in late January approved its reorganization plan.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest placed a firm order with Bombardier last month for four CRJ700s. SkyWest plans to fly the airplanes under its Delta Connection code-share agreement in a 65-seat, dual-class configuration.
Contingents from France’s Brit Air and Spain’s Air Nostrum joined Bombardier executives in Mirabel, Quebec, last month to mark the first deliveries of the newly certified CRJ1000. Together accounting for roughly half of the remaining CRJ backlog, Brit Air and Air Nostrum have placed firm orders for 14 and 35 copies of the new 100-seat jet, respectively.
Delta Air Lines plans this month to start installing onboard Wi-Fi on 223 regional jets flown by Delta Connection carriers, making Delta the first U.S. carrier to deploy the service across its entire mainline and dual-class regional fleets.
The newest and largest member of Bombardier’s ubiquitous regional jet line, the 100-seat CRJ1000, has won certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Canadian manufacturer announced on November 10. Bombardier expects to start deliveries to the type’s first operator, Spain’s Air Nostrum, by year-end.
The newest and largest member of Bombardier’s ubiquitous regional jet line, the 100-seat CRJ1000, has won certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Canadian manufacturer announced today. Bombardier expects to start deliveries to the type’s first operator, Spain’s Air Nostrum, by year-end.
As airline traffic continues to recover from the global recession, airframe and engine manufacturers continue to develop new models and consider follow-on products. Several companies provided updates at the European Regions Airline Association assembly in Barcelona in late September.
Following the recent worldwide financial crisis and recession, regional airline services in Europe are set to change as operators move to introduce bigger equipment. Air Nostrum chief executive Carlos Bertomeu, for one, predicts that his carrier’s recent strategy to increase average capacity–and thereby reduce unit costs–will be copied elsewhere in the industry.