Midwest Airlines will replace all but nine of its Boeing 717s with 12 Embraer 170s flown by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways as part of an effort to restructure its fleet and fend off bankruptcy. As part of the deal, Midwest announced that Republic flight crew would fly the 12 E170s as Midwest Connect, temporarily replacing Midwest Airlines Boeing 717 crew until they receive training on the Brazilian equipment.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest on September 8 will drop service to seven airports from Milwaukee as financially troubled code-share partner Midwest Airlines moves to cut systemwide capacity by 34 percent. The cuts involve Baltimore/Washington; Hartford, Conn.; Louisville, Ky.; Muskegon, Mich.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; St. Louis; and Wausau, Wis.
Republic Airways and Delta Air Lines in late July reached an agreement to remove the Indianapolis-based regional airline’s final eleven 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s from service. Original schedules called for Republic to remove the airplanes at a rate of two per month between this coming November and April next year. The revised agreement resulted in the removal of three aircraft on July 31, followed by four on August 31.
BEECH BE1900D, MILWAUKEE, WIS., JUNE 7, 2003–At 2 p.m. CDT Beech N901SK, operated by Skyway Airlines as Flight 1233, reported lateral control problems shortly after takeoff from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). The crew declared an emergency and the aircraft returned to MKE, where it landed without incident.
Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford’s characterization of the Chautauqua Airlines pilots’ vote in favor of US Airways’ “Jets for Jobs” arrangement as “a day late and a dollar short” prompted Teamsters Local 747 representatives to mail strike ballots to the 700-strong pilot group. The union planned to count the ballots on June 20.
Last month’s ratification of a cost-cutting deal by the 1,400 pilots of Air Canada Jazz could set the country’s regional airline industry on an entirely new course if management succeeds with a reorganization plan centered on a broader scope of operation for the Air Canada regional subsidiary.
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.
Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Great Lakes Aviation has won the right to serve 20 new markets under its recently signed code-share contract with Frontier Airlines. The expanded deal brings to 35 the total number of cities Great Lakes will serve under the Frontier code. Now flying to 16 cities under the Frontier code (eight of which were added November 15), Great Lakes will add a further 20 destinations on December 14.
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) board of directors elected Atlantic Coast Airlines president Tom Moore chairman of the association during its annual fall membership meeting last month in Washington, D.C. Moore replaces Andy Price, president of Plattsburgh-N.Y-based CommutAir.
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.