Petra Airlines (Amman) is a new charter airline based in Jordan. It is named after the famous historic site in the country. The new airline is a member of the Rum Group for Transportation and Tourism Investment PSC. The company took delivery of the first of two A320 aircraft (A320-212 JY-PTA, msn 459) on October 7 in Amman. Riad Khashman, the Chairman and CEO of Rum Group and Petra Airlines, said that the delivery of Petra’s first A320 constitutes the beginning of the company’s operations, which fulfilled the requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) as a commercial air carrier.
The company is expecting to take delivery of the second A320 later this month.
Petra Airlines entered into maintenance agreements with Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (JorAMCo) and Airbus International, by which Petra Airlines will receive logistical and technical support for its aircraft.
Strategic Airlines (Brisbane) is getting ready to operate its Airbus A320-212 F-GSTR (msn 436) for Solomons (Solomon Airlines) (Honiara) on the Honiara-Brisbane route.
Northwest Airlines-NWA (subsidiary of Delta Air Lines) (Minneapolis/St. Paul) and Delta Air Lines are cooperating with the federal investigation concerning an incident that occurred yesterday evening (October 21). The flight crew of flight NW 188 from San Diego to Minneapolis/St. Paul overflew its MSP destination by approximately 150 miles! The flight was also reportedly out of radio contact for over one hour. The crew finally realized its mistake and requested ATC permission to turnaround and fly back to MSP. The pilots have been suspended pending the results of the investigation. The crew members were reportedly arguing over pilot and company issues. The aircraft involved was Airbus A320-212 N374NW (msn 1646).
US Airways (Phoenix) and Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) have concluded a major agreement that will permit US to expand its Washington (Reagan National) hub operations. US will acquire 42 pairs of slots at DCA. The transaction is expected to save US $75 million a year. The company will retain the US Airways Shuttle. Most of the routes being dropped are US Airways Express flights.
US Airways press release:
The move will permit Delta to establish a LaGuardia hub. DL will gain 125 pairs of slots at LGA and 11 additional gates.
Delta Air Lines press release: