Gama Aviation announced today that the Scottish Ambulance Service has again selected the company to be its dedicated provider of air ambulance services, extending its contract for seven more years, to 2020. Gama’s Scottish fleet includes a Beechcraft King Air 200C at both Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports and a Eurocopter EC135T2 at both Glasgow and Inverness. The two EC135s will be replaced with two new EC145T2s next year.
International Airlines Group (IAG) has signed a binding agreement to sell Aberdeen, Scotland-based BMI Regional to Sector Aviation Holdings for £8 million ($12.9 million) in cash. The sale includes all BMI Regional’s fixed assets and long-term liabilities, including owned and leased aircraft.
BMI Regional flies a fleet of 18 Embraer ERJ 145s and ERJ 135s throughout the UK and Northern Europe. IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said the deal “should” secure some 330 jobs.
All 125 turboprops in Saab Aircraft Leasing (SAL)’s portfolio had found homes by the end of last year, leaving the company with not one of its aircraft available for lease or purchase. SAL executed 17 aircraft transactions during a period of limited availability.
Despite the encroachment of ever lighter new jet aircraft on the traditional marketplace for piston- and turboprop-powered models, there are always going to be requirements that can be cost effectively met only by rugged and versatile workhorses such as the Britten-Norman Islander.
In a move that drew groans from local politicians and airport authorities of small- and medium-sized cities across the British isles, British Airways has decided to cut 21 routes from its UK regional network and announced a complete withdrawal from its bases in Leeds- Bradford, in West Yorkshire, and Cardiff, Wales.
In an industry where airlines have all too often been run by aviators instead of businessmen, Aer Arann chief executive Padraig O’Ceidigh (pronounced ‘O’Kaygee’) has brought a cautious–if not typically Irish–approach to the airline. “The most important word in business is ‘no’,” he asserts.