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Piedmont Airlines’ pilots approve the new contract, will fly American Eagle jets

Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express and American Eagle) (Salisbury, MD) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), voted to ratify amendments to their current agreement with the company. With 86 percent of the pilot group participating in the ballot, 77 percent of those pilots voted to approve the modifications to their current contract, which includes plans to refleet the airline as well as guaranteed opportunities for Piedmont pilots with the airline’s parent company, American Airlines.

“With much of our fleet of Dash 8s nearing replacement age, we needed to look long term as to what was best for the pilots on the property now, and what would provide career options for pilots just joining Piedmont,” said Capt. Bruce Freedman, chairman of the Piedmont unit of ALPA.

Under the modified agreement, Piedmont pilots can now take advantage of a seniority-based flow-through procedure to fly at American Airlines, and pilots have secured flying at Piedmont by obtaining minimum fleet commitments. In exchange, Piedmont pilots agreed to increase their share of medical premium payments and, over time, revise pay scales to reflect more commonly used industry approaches.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. The Bombardier DHC-8 turboprop fleet is gradually being repainted. However the Dash 8s will need to be replaced and this new agreement paves the way for the company to fly American Eagle jets in the future. Bombardier DHC-8-314 N329EN (msn 290) departs from the Charlotte hub.

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Republic Airlines Embraer 170 veers off the runway into the grass at Kansas City while performing an engine run-up

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Republic Airlines (2nd) (part of the Republic Airways Holdings group) (US Airways Express) (Indianapolis) Embraer 170 veered off of the runway at Kansas City International Airport this morning around 4:30 a.m. and ended up into the adjacent grass area while performing an overnight engine maintenance run-up. The nose wheel ended up being wedged into a gully that created a slow and difficult  process to remove the aircraft. There were no injuries or apparent damage to the airliner.

Read the full report and video from KCTV Channel 5: CLICK HERE

PSA Airlines to introduce the new Bombardier CRJ900 on July 31

PSA Airlines (2nd) (American Eagle and US Airways Express) (subsidiary of American Airlines Group) will introduce its new Bombardier CRJ900s (three delivered so far) on July 31 per ch-aviation.

Although painted in American Eagle colors (above), the CRJ900s will initially be operated for US Airways mainly from the Charlotte and Philadelphia hubs.

Copyright Photo: Brian Peters/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GWGQ became N547NN (msn 15317) when it was handed over on June 4, 2014.

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Current Route Map for PSA Airlines:

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Video: Delivery of the first Bombardier CRJ900 to PSA Airlines:

US Airways to launch two new routes to Canada from Los Angeles

US Airways (Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth) will launch two new routes from Los Angeles to Canada on October 2. The carrier will start US Airways Express Bombardier CRJ900 daily service to both Edmonton and Vancouver according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N934FJ (msn 15034) of Mesa Airlines taxies at Long Beach.

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American Airlines and PSA Airlines show off the first American Eagle Bombardier CRJ900 at DFW

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and PSA Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express and American Eagle) (Dayton) yesterday (May 20) showed off the first Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) to the media at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The aircraft was flown by Bombardier.

The aircraft is not officially handed over to American and PSA and currently carries the temporary registration of C-GWGQ (msn 15317). This aircraft is the first of 30 CRJ900s that will be operated for American Eagle. The first delivery will be in June. The routes have not yet been specified.

The aircraft will be on display at the Dayton base today.

Bombardier issued this statement:

Bombardier Aerospace unveiled the first of 30 enhanced CRJ900 NextGen aircraft ordered by American Airlines Group Inc. in December 2013. The purchase agreement also included options on an additional 40 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft was unveiled to American Airlines employees and the media during a celebratory event on May 20 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and will be showcased  in Dayton, Ohio the following day, to team members at American Airlines Group’s ’ wholly owned subsidiary, PSA Airlines, Inc. PSA Airlines will operate the 30 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft under the American Eagle brand.

American Airlines is the first customer to benefit from the latest enhancements to the CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, which provides up to 5.5 per cent fuel burn reduction over earlier-generation CRJ900 aircraft.

“The new Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airliner will optimize our fleet to fly the right size aircraft to the appropriate markets and lower operating costs by replacing older aircraft,” said Kenji Hashimoto, Senior Vice President – Regional Carriers, American Airlines. “With an impressive interior that allows us the flexibility to offer First Class, Main Cabin, as well as additional Main Cabin Extra seats, we are delighted to showcase our first CRJ900 NextGen aircraft in Dallas/Fort Worth and Dayton and look forward to introducing it to our customers later this year.”

“In addition to offering American Airlines significant fuel cost savings per aircraft, as well as outstanding operational flexibility, the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will provide customers with an improved experience that includes bright cabins resulting from large windows and LED lighting as well as large overhead bins,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Together with the fuel burn enhancements and upgraded cabin amenities, we are firmly cementing the CRJ NextGen family of aircraft as the benchmark in regional aviation.”

The CRJ900 NextGen aircraft’s advanced technologies include a conic-shaped exhaust nozzle that improves exhaust flow and reduces fuel consumption; various weight-saving initiatives; and a modern six-screen glass cockpit featuring the Rockwell Collins Pro Line IV integrated avionics suite, whose robust open architecture delivers reliable performance with growth capability to meet future communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management requirements.

As of March 31, 2014, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,817 CRJ Series aircraft, including 343 CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. Worldwide, CRJ Series aircraft are in service with more than 60 airlines and more than 30 customers operate corporate variants of the aircraft. The aircraft are operating in over 50 countries on six continents, and on average, a CRJ aircraft takes off every 10 seconds somewhere in the world. CRJ Series aircraft have transported more than 1.4 billion passengers and have logged more than 39 million flight hours and over 32 million takeoffs and landings.

Read the full story from the Dallas News: CLICK HERE

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American and US Airways announce eight new domestic routes

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth), together with US Airways (Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix), today announced the addition of eight new domestic routes from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia and Phoenix, providing customers increased access to the combined airline’s global network. Scheduled to launch this fall, the new routes include service to five destinations in the Midwest, including Bismarck, North Dakota, a new destination for the combined carrier.

Beginning September 3, 2014, customers in Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR) will have access to twice-daily nonstop regional service to both Charlotte and Philadelphia. These routes will be operated as US Airways Express with Bombardier CRJs.

The remaining routes will launch on October 2 and include service between:

Charlotte and Evansville, Indiana (EVV), operated three times per day as US Airways Express with a Bombardier CRJ

Charlotte and Fort Wayne, Indiana (FWA), operated daily as US Airways Express with a Bombardier CRJ

Chicago (O’Hare) and Bismarck (BIS), operated daily as American Eagle with an Embraer ERJ 145

Dallas/Fort Worth and Bismarck, operated daily as American Eagle with an Embraer ERJ 145

Philadelphia and Fort Wayne, Indiana, operated twice-daily as US Airways Express with a Bombardier CRJ

Phoenix and Cleveland (CLE), operated daily by US Airways with an Airbus A320

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. PSA Airlines’ (2nd) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N703PS (msn 10137) arrives back at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.

Video: US Airways continues to repaint its fleet in the new American livery:

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American Airlines and US Airways issue their fleet plans

American Airlines Group (American Airlines and US Airways) (Dallas/Fort Worth) has issued its new fleet update (see below) for 2014. Overall the fleet will grow by only three aircraft this year. The Group will take delivery of 83 new mainline aircraft during 2014, namely 10 Airbus A319s, 42 A321s, three A330-200s, 20 Boeing 737-800s, two 787-8s and six 777-300s (more Airbus aircraft than Boeing aircraft). The Group expects to retire during 2014 26 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82/83s (MD-80s), 14 Boeing 737-400s, 22 757-200s, 13 767-200s and five Airbus A320s.

The last eight Boeing 737-400s being operated by US Airways (top) are expected to be retired before the end of the third quarter (September 30).

On the regional side, the Group is significantly reducing its Embraer ERJ 140 fleet but it will also operate a large amount of inefficient 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s (138) and Embraer ERJ 145s (118).

Here is the full report:

American Fleet Update 4.2014 (AAG)

In addition, according to Airline Route, American Airlines and US Airways will begin assigning certain routes to either American or US Airways:

Effective June 1: American Airlines routes to be operated entirely by US Airways:

Charlotte – Chicago (O’Hare)
Charlotte – Miami
Los Angeles – Phoenix

Effective July 2, the following American routes will be operated by US Airways:

Miami – Detroit
Miami – New Orleans
Miami – Raleigh
Miami – Tampa

Effective July 2, the following US Airways routes will be operated by American:

Phoenix – Detroit
Phoenix – Newark
Phoenix – Orange County
Phoenix – Seattle

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. A significant milestone is approaching quickly. US Airways has had a long association with the Boeing 737 and the last 737-400 is expected to be retired before the end of September according to this fleet update. Boeing 737-4B7 N433US (msn 24555) taxies to the runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American is quickly replacing the older Boeing 767-200 ERs currently being operated between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles with newer Airbus A321s. The last AA 767-200 is expected to be retired on May 7 according to ch-aviation although the type will continue with US Airways into 2015. American Airlines’ Boeing 767-223 ER N335AA (msn 22333) departs from Los Angeles bound for New York (JFK).

 

Piedmont Airlines’ flight attendants ratify the new contract

Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) flight attendants, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), have voted to ratify a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that was reached on March 6. The new contract was ratified by the airline’s 180 flight attendants who are based in Harrisburg, PA; Salisbury, MA; Charlottesville, VA; Roanoke, VA and New Bern, NC.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-102 N908HA (msn 015) of Piedmont Airlines (2nd) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.

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US Airways announces its routes to be dropped from Washington’s Reagan National Airport

US Airways (Phoenix) according to Airline Route, has announced the anticipated US Airways and US Airways Express route deletions and dates from Washington’s Reagan National Airport as required by the Department of Justice (DOJ) agreement as a prerequisite for the American Airlines-US Airways merger.

May 22, 2014: San Diego

June 5: Augusta, Fayetteville, Fort Walton Beach, Jacksonville (NC), Little Rock and Omaha

June 19: Tallahassee

July 2: Islip, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pensacola and Savannah

August 19: Detroit

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 N508AY (msn 3740) arrives at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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US Airways to add three new routes from Philadelphia

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) have announced the addition of new regional service in June from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, West Virginia, Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Kentucky, and Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Memphis, Tennessee, adding three new routes to the airline’s network.

Following the launch of the new service, American Airlines and US Airways will serve 127 destinations in 25 countries from Philadelphia.

US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Charleston will be operated once daily (except Saturday) by regional partner Piedmont Airlines with a Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft.

US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Lexington will be operated three times per day by regional partner Air Wisconsin with a Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.

US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Memphis will also be operated three times per day by regional partner Air Wisconsin with a Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Piedmont Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-102 N936HA (msn 145) approaches Washington’s Reagan National Airport for landing.

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US Airways Express/American Eagle to return to Watertown, New York

US Airways (American Airlines) (Phoenix) will resume passenger service to Watertown, New York on May 8. US Airways Express service was last operated in April 2007 from and to Pittsburgh. This time, US Airways Express (soon American Eagle) 50-seat CRJ200s will be operated to and from the Philadelphia hub with two flights a day.

Read the full report from 7 News in Watertown: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N241PS (msn 7909) of PSA Airlines (2nd) taxies at the Charlotte hub.

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Mesa Air Group to expand its partnership with US Airways

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Mesa Airlines) (Phoenix has announced it has reached an agreement with US Airways, Inc. (Phoenix) to extend the term covering its original 38 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft currently in operation and for the addition of four CRJ900 aircraft to its current fleet of 47 aircraft under the US Airways Express contract. The term of the agreement covering the 38 aircraft was extended until 2021 and the term for the 4 additional aircraft is 8 years from their induction date. No further details of the agreement were released.

Mesa currently operates 69 aircraft with approximately 396 daily system departures to 77 cities, and recently announced an additional 30 Embraer 175 aircraft will be flying for United Airlines. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!.

Eventually the company will become a new American Eagle branded operator with the final merger of the two AOCs into one for American Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N919FJ (msn 15019) of Mesa departs from the Charlotte hub.

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PSA Airlines’ pilots ratify a new contract, airline to receive 30 large regional jets

PSA Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Dayton) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have ratified tentative agreements reached with the managements of PSA Airlines and its parent company, US Airways Group Inc. (Phoenix), that guarantee the placement of 30 large regional jets at PSA. With 85.99 percent of eligible pilots casting their ballots, 61 percent voted in favor of the agreements.

The agreements are contingent on the merger of US Airways Group and AMR Corporation by December 31, 2015.

The agreements include a commitment by US Airways Group to place a minimum of 30 large regional jets on the PSA operating certificate. PSA pilots will also be granted seniority-based interviews and guaranteed additional job offers at US Airways. In exchange, PSA pilots agreed to pay adjustments, changes to medical premiums, and an extension of their contract to 2023. Coming six months to the day after the pilots ratified a new contract, the agreements also provide PSA pilots with greater job security at PSA, furlough protections, and opportunities for first officers to upgrade to captain positions more quickly.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/Airlinersgallery.com. PSA currently operates 35 smaller Bombardier CRJ200s and 14 of the pictured CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10). N702PS (msn 10135) departs from the Charlotte hub.

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Department of Justice opposes American’s $19.9 million severance package for departing CEO Tom Horton

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is facing resistance from the Department of Justice according to this report by Reuters. The DOJ is opposing American Airlines’ Chapter 11 reorganization plan to pay outgoing CEO Tom Horton $19.9 million in severance pay (the CEO that got AA into bankruptcy). The unions have opposed this large payout after being asked to give back on salaries and benefits.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

In other news by Reuters, American Airlines is warning regulators that any requirement to give up certain airport slots could lead to a reduction in service to smaller markets from slot-controlled airports. American Airlines and US Airways (Phoenix) are seeking a merger approval to build the world’s largest airline.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. American Eagle Airlines‘ (2nd) Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N508AE (msn 10072) climbs away from Washington’s Reagan National Airport, one airport that could see a reduction in slots for the merged carrier.

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Piedmont Airlines’ DHC-8-102 N934HA makes a wheels-up landing at Newark this morning

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Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) had an incident around 0100 this morning at Newark Liberty Airport. The crew operating a flight from the Philadelphia hub to Newark were forced to make a wheels-up landing at Newark with Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N934HA (msn 139) after it was unable to lower the gear. 31 passengers and three crew members were able to walk away from the incident.

Read the full account (with a video) from ABC Channel 7: CLICK HERE

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PSA Airlines’ pilots ratify the new contract

PSA Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Dayton), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have voted to ratify a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that was reached on February 14. The new contract was ratified by the airline’s 515 ALPA-represented pilots who are based in in Dayton, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. PSA Airlines’ (2nd) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N261PS (msn 7959) climbs away from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport hub.

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Piedmont Airlines’ pilots ratify the new contract

Piedmont Airlines (US Airways Express) (2nd) (Salisbury), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have voted to ratify a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that was reached on February 1. The new contract was ratified by Piedmont Airlines’ 375 ALPA-represented pilots who are based in Charlottesville, Virginia.; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.; New Bern, North Carolina; Roanoke, Virginia and Salisbury, Maryland.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 N807EX (msn 292) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport hub.

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Map: US Airways keeps the historic name and logo in play with Piedmont although the aircraft are branded as US Airways Express (soon American Eagle). Piedmont operates the regional feeder routes for US Airways in the eastern United States mainly serving the Philadelphia and Charlotte hubs:

Piedmont (2nd) 3:2013 Route Map

 

PSA Airlines and ALPA reach a tentative agreement for a new contract

PSA Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Dayton), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents the airline’s 515 pilots.

ALPA will be presenting the details of the tentative agreement to its members for a ratification vote in the coming weeks.  The tentative agreement would cover the airline’s 515 pilots, who are based in Dayton, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N207PS (msn 7873) climbs away from the Charlotte hub.

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Piedmont Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) reach a tentative agreement on a new contract

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), has announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents the airline’s 375 pilots. The tentative agreement is subject to language being finalized, which is expected to occur over the next few weeks.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Piedmont Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-102 N936HA (msn 145) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte hub.

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Piedmont Airlines’ fleet and passenger service employees ratify the contract

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (subsidiary of US Airways) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) fleet and passenger service employees have voted to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement previously announced on May 31. The new four and a half year agreement was ratified by Piedmont Airlines’ more than 3,000 employees who are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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PSA’s pilots to US Airways management: Get a new contract done now!

PSA Airlines‘ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (subsidiary of US Airways) (Dayton) pilots, represented by ALPA, are angry over the length of negotiations with US Airways (Phoenix) management over the length of the current negotiations for a new contract. The union issued the following statement:

“June 9, 2012, is the third anniversary of the start of contract negotiations for the pilots of PSA Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. PSA pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), are marking this milestone with a strong message to company executives: now is the time to reach a deal that rewards PSA pilots for the valuable service they provide to their airline and their passengers.

“PSA pilots demand to be recognized for the exceptional contributions we make to our airline’s operations,” said Capt. Jesse Coeling, chairman of ALPA’s PSA chapter. To underscore this point, PSA pilots are promoting the message “Our Day Has Value” in a show of unified support for their Negotiating Committee.

PSA pilots, who fly under the US Airways Express brand, have been in negotiations with management since June 2009; the two parties have been working with a federal mediator since October 2011. The next bargaining session will be held June 11–14, 2012. “Frankly, three years is too long to be in negotiations,” Capt. Coeling said. He notes that much has changed in the U.S. airline industry since 2009, and the future is uncertain, making this the right time to reach a deal.

“Securing a fair, improved contract now not only recognizes the important role our pilots play in our airline’s operations, but also provides the necessary stability for PSA and US Airways to succeed in this dynamic environment,” Capt. Coeling said. “We are committed to achieving this goal, and we call on our management to come to the bargaining table next week ready to work toward an agreement by the end of the summer.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Piedmont Airlines and the CWA union reach a tentative agreement

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (Salisbury), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), has announced tit has reached a tentative agreement on a new, four and a half year collective bargaining agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), the representative of the airline’s more than 3,000 fleet and passenger service employees. Details of the agreement will be made available by the CWA.

The CWA will be presenting the details of the tentative agreement to its members for consideration with an endorsement for ratification, which is expected to take place in July. Once ratified, the new agreement will extend through January, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

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Mesa reinforces its on-time performance again in March

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Mesa Airlines) (Phoenix), the number one on-time regional airline in 2010 and 2011, announces its number one rank among US regional airlines for on-time arrivals in March 2012, as reported by US Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Transportation Statistics in the Air Travel Consumer Report, the industry recognized measure of performance. Mesa’s operational performance has ranked it as the number one On-time Regional Airline every month since April 2010, and the latest award reinforces Mesa’s continued commitment to serve our Code Share Partners and passengers with safe, reliable on-time air transportation. In addition to continuing its status as the number one on-time regional airline, Mesa was ranked first among regional carriers with the fewest mishandled bags and was ranked first among all airlines for having the fewest complaints per 100,000 passengers carried.

The airline’s accomplishment is especially impressive given the airline’s footprint of service in 34 states nationwide, including significant service at four of the nation’s five busiest airports. Mesa Airlines operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!, a Low Fare airline which is about to enter its 6th year of offering low fares to visitors and residents of Hawai’i as the second largest inter-island airline based on passengers carried.

With these announcements about its on-time performance, Mesa is building its case for reliability.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

United Express-Mesa Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

US Airways Group reports April revenue was up by 9 percent

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today announced April and year-to-date 2012 traffic results. Mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 5.0 billion, up 2.1 percent versus April 2011. Mainline capacity was 6.1 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 1.6 percent versus April 2011. Mainline passenger load factor was 83.0 percent for the month of April, up 0.4 points versus April 2011.

According to the company, April consolidated (mainline and Express) passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased approximately nine percent versus the same period last year.

For the month of April, US Airways’ preliminary on-time performance as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was 90.6 percent with a completion factor of 99.7 percent.  Both metrics were all-time Company records.

The US Airways Group includes mainline-operated US Airways flights as well as US Airways Express flights operated by wholly-owned subsidiaries PSA Airlines (2nd) (Dayton) and Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (Salisbury).

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

US Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways Express-Piedmont Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

US Airways starts nonstop flights from Cincinnati and Des Moines to Washington Reagan National today

US Airways (Phoenix) today began connecting its customers in Cincinnati and Des Moines, Iowa with the launch of new daily, nonstop flights to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport.

On March 25, US Airways began connecting its customers in 11 communities with new nonstop service to the District’s downtown airport.  The airline also recently announced new service to six additional communities that will begin later this spring and summer.  As of July 11, US Airways will have a total of 22 nonstop routes to communities of all sizes served from Reagan National.

US Airways’ wholly owned subsidiary PSA Airlines will operate daily service to Cincinnati on 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ200) aircraft. Flight 2487 begins today. All other flights begin May 3.  Beginning May 15, US Airways’ customers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will depart from the Main Terminal (Terminal 3) as the airline shifts its operations to a new ticketing area.  The flight schedule for the new flights is as follows:

To Reagan National (DCA)Flight  Departure      Arrival       

2490       6:00 a.m.      7:44 a.m.

2492     12:40 p.m.      2:24 p.m.

2496*      5:20 p.m.      7:04 p.m.

From Reagan National (DCA)Flight  Departure       Arrival

2491    10:10 a.m.       12:00 p.m.

2495*     3:00 p.m.         4:50 p.m.

2487      9:05 p.m.        10:55 p.m.

Republic Airlines, a US Airways Express carrier, will operate daily service, with the exception of Saturdays, to Des Moines on dual-class 69-passenger Embraer ERJ 170 aircraft. Flight 3483 begins today. All other flights begin May 3. The flight schedule for the new flights is as follows:

To Reagan National (DCA)Flight  Departure      Arrival      

3480*   6:00 a.m.        9:12 a.m.

3482     4:10 p.m.        7:22 p.m.

From Reagan National (DCA)Flight  Departure       Arrival

3481    1:50 p.m.         3:28 p.m.

3483    8:10 p.m.         9:48 p.m.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.
US Airways Express-PSA Slide Show: CLICK HERE
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

Republic Airways Holdings narrows its loss in the 1Q, Frontier still a drag on the holding company

Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) reported a net loss of $7.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, compared to a net loss of $22.4 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Republic revenues decreased 4.5%, compared to the prior year’s first quarter on a 4.7% decrease in block hours. As of March 31, 2012, Republic operated 19 fewer 37-50 seat aircraft than a year ago, resulting in lower block hour production. Republic also redeployed 14 of 17 EJet aircraft that were flown on behalf of Frontier in 2011 back into fixed-fee service with Delta.

Income before taxes for Republic was $10.9 million for the quarter, compared to a pre-tax income of $3.1 million for the first quarter of 2011. The improvement in Republic’s first quarter result stems from a significant reduction in pro-rate flying and related losses that were incurred in the first quarter of 2011 on sub-99 seat aircraft operating on behalf of Frontier.

Fuel costs for Republic were $59.8 million for the quarter, a decrease of $15.8 million from the prior year’s first quarter. The price per gallon increased 7.8% from $3.09 to $3.33 for the quarter, but the increase in pricing was more than offset by the reduction in consumption associated with the significant reduction in pro-rate operations.

Cost per Available Seat Mile (CASM), including interest expense but excluding fuel, increased 4.5% to 8.44¢ for the first quarter of 2012, from 8.08¢ for the same quarter of 2011. The increase is a result of unassigned aircraft expenses, increased employee benefit costs and higher maintenance expenses.

As of March 31, 2012, Republic operated 56 aircraft with 44-50 seats and 126 aircraft with 69-80 seats under fixed-fee commercial agreements. Additionally, Republic operated three aircraft with 50 seats and 19 aircraft with 74-99 seats under pro-rate agreements with Frontier. Seventeen 37-76 seat aircraft were unassigned as of March 31, 2012. The Company recently entered into long-term, offshore agreements to sublease three of its E170 aircraft, which are expected to be delivered to the new lessee between June and September of 2012.

The Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) continues to be a drag for the holding company. However Frontier made improvements during this quarter. For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, Frontier posted a pre-tax loss of $21.6 million compared to a pre-tax loss of $39.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Frontier’s total revenues increased 19.2% to $342.4 million for the quarter, compared to $287.3 million for the same period in 2011. Capacity on Frontier, as measured by ASMs, was up 10.8% from the prior year’s first quarter, reflecting the year-over-year effect of the addition of A319 and A320 aircraft to the fleet during the first half of 2011. Load factor for the first quarter was a record 84.7%, and an increase of 4.1 points from the first quarter of 2011. Total revenue per ASM (TRASM) was 11.41¢, up 7.5% from the same quarter in 2011.

The operating unit cost for Frontier operations, excluding fuel, was 7.68¢ for the quarter, a 5.1% decrease compared to 8.09¢ for the same quarter of 2011, due primarily to an increase in average aircraft seat density and lower non-fuel expenses in the current quarter. Frontier’s unit cost for the first quarter of 2012 includes approximately 0.84¢ related to certain expenses associated with pro-rate operations between Republic and Frontier.

Under the Company’s arms-length pro-rate agreements, Republic is allocated an industry standard pro-rata portion of ticket revenue, while Frontier retains all connect revenues as well as ancillary revenues on regional flights. Frontier maintains certain rights to deploy the regional aircraft and maintains control of pricing and revenue management. Frontier also retains responsibility for all customer service expenses, including airport rents. Selling and distribution costs are shared between Republic and Frontier.

Fuel costs for Frontier were $131.9 million for the quarter, an increase of $26.8 million from the prior year’s first quarter. The fuel cost per gallon, including into-plane taxes and fees, increased 18.5% to $3.39 for the first quarter of 2012, compared to $2.86 for last year’s first quarter. The first quarter 2011 result included a gain on fuel hedges of $8.7 million, or $0.23 per gallon. There were no hedge positions for the first quarter of 2012.

As of March 31, 2012, Frontier operated a total of 60 Airbus aircraft. During the second-quarter of 2012, Frontier will be reconfiguring its fleet of 15 A320 aircraft (see above) to include six additional seats, increasing seat density from 162 to 168 seats. Frontier also plans to add one A320 aircraft during the second quarter of 2012, increasing its A320 operational fleet to 16 aircraft. Certain of Frontier’s aircraft operate under fixed-price, multi-year charter agreements. Revenues earned under these agreements are reported as other revenue in our consolidated statement of operations.

Republic’s total cash balance increased $25.8 million to $396.5 million as of March 31, 2012, compared to December 31, 2011. Restricted cash increased $67.6 million, to $219.0 million, from December 31, 2011. The Company’s unrestricted cash balance decreased $41.8 million, to $177.5 million, from December 31, 2011. A condensed cash flow statement has been provided in the tables section of this release.

Republic’s debt decreased to $2.31 billion as of March 31, 2012, compared to $2.36 billion at December 31, 2011. As of March 31, 2012, approximately 85% of the total debt is fixed-rate. The Company has significant long-term lease obligations for aircraft that are classified as operating leases and are not reflected as liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. At a 6.0% discount factor, the present value of these lease obligations was approximately $1.15 billion as of March 31, 2012. A condensed balance sheet as of March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 has been provided in the tables section of this release.

Republic has engaged Seabury Advisors to assist the company in a comprehensive restructuring effort for the Chautauqua Airlines subsidiary, which operates our small regional jets (see below).

Republic Airways Holdings is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.

Top Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Chautauqua’s future is somewhat murky pending recommendations for its future from Seabury.

Pinnacle to shed 450 pilot positions over the next 18 months

Pinacle Airlines Corporation (Memphis), currently reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, is planning to shed around 450 pilot positions over the next 18 months. The group intends to also shed 97 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400), SAAB 340B and Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft as it adjusts its contracts. Colgan Air will also be closed down by November 2012. The United Express and US Airways Express operations will also be terminated under the current reorganization proposals.

Read the full report from Memphis Business Journal: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. The current Colgan Air operates for United Express and US Airways Express

United Express-Colgan Slide Show: CLICK HERE

PSA Airlines’ flight attendants ratify the new contract

PSA Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Dayton), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways (Phoenix), represented by the Association of Flight Attendants(AFA) Council 75, have voted to ratify the new five-year collective bargaining agreement previously announced on February 23. The new agreement was ratified by PSA’s 268 AFA-represented flight attendants who are based in Dayton, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

US Airways Express-PSA Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways launches flights to 14 new destinations from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport

US Airways (Phoenix) yesterday (March 25) began new service to 11 communities and improved service to three from Washington, D.C’s Reagan National Airport. The airline launched nonstop flights to Birmingham, Ala.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Islip, N.Y.; Little Rock, Ark.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Pensacola, Fla.; Tallahassee, Fla. and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. US Airways will be the sole carrier to provide service to customers in these communities to Washington’s downtown airport.

New service also began to Memphis, Tenn.; Omaha, Neb. and Ottawa, Ontario.  These communities are currently served by other carriers at Reagan National. In addition to the 11 new communities the airline did not previously serve, it has also added improved service on existing routes between Reagan National and Savannah, Ga.; Bangor, Maine and Hartford, Conn.

On March 21, the airline also announced that it would begin service to six additional communities from the District’s downtown airport. Once these flights commence in June and July, the airline will have a total of 22 new routes served from Reagan National. The new flights are a part of US Airways’ plan to focus on its core service areas of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C.

Beginning July 11, 99 percent of the airline’s available seat miles (ASMs) will operate to or from its core service areas and US Airways Shuttle that operates hourly between Washington, Boston and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

US Airways Express-Republic Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways to add six new routes from Washington Reagan National in June

US Airways (Washington) has announced it will launch daily, nonstop service to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport when then airline launches new flights in June and July. Business, government and leisure travelers in San Diego, Augusta, Georgia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario will receive new access to DCA. New service to San Diego will begin on June 8, while service to all other communities will begin on July 11. Currently, no carrier at Reagan National offers nonstop service to San Diego, Augusta or Fayetteville. US Airways will fill the void with nonstop access from these communities to Reagan National Airport.

US Airways will have a total of 22 new routes from Washington D.C.’s Reagan National beginning this spring and summer as a result of slot swap with Delta Air Lines.

The new flights are the final phase in US Airways’ plan to focus on its core service areas of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. In January, US Airways announced expanded service from Washington, D.C. to 14 destinations from Reagan National Airport.  These flights will begin on March 25. The airline also announced nonstop flights between Reagan National and Cincinnati and Des Moines, Iowa that will start on May 2. Once the new flights begin, 99 percent of the airline’s available seat miles (ASMs) will operate to or from its core service areas and US Airways Shuttle that operates hourly between Washington, Boston and New York’s LaGuardia Airport. This represents a 16 percentage point change from 2006, when, following the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines, only 83 percent of the airline’s ASMs touched its core focus areas and US Airways Shuttle.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

US Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways Express-Republic Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

Republic Airlines starts flying Jackson-Washington Reagan for US Airways

US Airways (Phoenix) yesterday (March 4) launched new, daily nonstop service between Mississippi’s capital city, Jackson, and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. The route is the only nonstop service linking the State of Mississippi to the nation’s capital.

Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis), a US Airways Express carrier, will operate daily service on dual-class 69-passenger Embraer ERJ 170 aircraft.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) granted US Airways temporary authority to operate the new service using two slot exemptions at Reagan National Airport. Today (March 5), US Airways will petition the Department of Transportation to grant it the authority to fly the route permanently.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

US Airways Express-Republic Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

 

PSA Airlines and the Association of Flight Attendants reach a tentative agreement

PSA Airlines (2nd) (subsidiary of US Airways) (US Airways Express) (Dayton) has announced through US Airways it has reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement with Council 75 of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), which represents PSA’s 268 flight attendants. Details of the agreement will be made available by AFA.

The AFA Master Executive Council (MEC) must first approve the tentative agreement before it can be sent to its members for consideration. This first step is expected to take place in the coming weeks. The tentative agreement would cover the airline’s 268 flight attendants, who are based in Dayton, Ohio; Knoxville, Tenn. and Charlotte, N.C.

Copyright Photo: Dave Campbell.

US Airways Express-PSA Airlines Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE

US Airways to connect Cincinnati and Des Moines with Washington’s Reagan National Airport

US Airways (Phoenix) announced today that it will launch new nonstop service from Cincinnati, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport on May 2.

Today’s news follows US Airways’ announcement in January that it will launch nonstop flights to 11 new destinations from Reagan National Airport on March 25. This spring the airline will announce more new flights to Reagan National Airport starting July 11.

US Airways’ wholly owned subsidiary PSA Airlines (Dayton) will operate daily service to Cincinnati on 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ 200 aircraft. Flight US 2487 starts on May 2. All other flights begin on May 3.

Republic Airlines (2nd) (Indianapolis), a US Airways Express carrier, will operate daily service, with the exception of Saturdays, to Des Moines on dual-class 69-passenger Embraer ERJ 170 aircraft. Flight US 3483 starts on May 2. All other flights begin on May 3.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

US Airways Express-PSA Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE

US Airways routes from DCA:

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US Airways announces the First Class installation on 110 regional jets

US Airways (Phoenix) announced today the completion of the first class installation on 110 US Airways Express regional jets, including 38 Embraer ERJ 175s, 20 ERJ 170s and 14 Bombardier CRJ700s and 38 CRJ900s operated by PSA Airlines (2nd), Mesa Airlines and Republic Airlines (2nd).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

US Airways-Mesa Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways to add two Express routes from Charlotte on March 25

US Airways (Phoenix) will add two Express routes from the Charlotte hub on March 25 according to Airline Route: Charlotte-Des Moines will be operated with CRJ200 aircraft and Charlotte-Omaha will be operated with CRJ700 aircraft.

In addition, the newly-announced Philadelphia-Salt Lake City mainline route will be launched on May 24 with Airbus A320 equipment.

In addition on March 25, US Airways will add 10 new routes from Washington (Reagan National) as a result of the slot swap with Delta Air Lines. US will add new routes from DCA to Birmingham, AL, Fayetteville, NC, Fort Walton Beach, Islip, Jacksonville, NC, Little Rock, Memphis, Omaha, Pensacola and Tallahassee.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Piedmont Airlines to cut 299 positions at LaGuardia

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) is playing to eliminate 299 positions at New York (LaGuardia) to the recently approved slot swap with Delta Air Lines. Delta is building up a new hub at LGA while US is downsizing at LGA and concentrating on Washington (Reagan National).

299 customer service agents and fleet service workers will lose their jobs in two stages: on March 25 and on July 11, 2012 according to this report by The Street.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional details.

US Airways-Piedmont Slide Show: CLICK HERE

SkyWest Airlines to start flying for US Airways on December 16

SkyWest Airlines (St. George) and US Airways (Phoenix) have finalized their previously announced tentative agreement to operate as a new US Airways Express carrier. Beginning on December 16, SkyWest Airlines will begin operation of six daily US Airways Express flights from US Airways’ hub in Phoenix. By the spring of 2012, SkyWest Airlines will operate approximately 49 flights to 19 destinations for US Airways Express.

SkyWest will serve US Airways’ Phoenix-based Express operation with 14 50-passenger Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft, replacing the CRJ200 and DHC-8 Express service currently operated by Mesa Airlines as US Airways Express. US Airways offers more than 267 daily departures from its Phoenix hub to 74 destinations. Eighty-six of the daily departures are operated by US Airways Express with service provided by a combination of SkyWest and Mesa.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock.

PSA Airlines’ pilots enter Into Federal mediated contract talks

PSA Airlines’ (2nd) (Dayton) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today, according to the union, took the next step toward reaching a new contract with senior management by meeting with a federal mediator from the National Mediation Board (NMB). PSA pilots, who fly regional aircraft under the US Airways Express brand, have been in direct contract negotiations with their management since June 2009.

According to the pilots, “ALPA and company executives initially made steady progress in the early stages of negotiations. The parties reached tentative agreements on many of the non-economic sections of the collective bargaining agreement. The pace of negotiations has slowed recently, as the two sides began discussing pay, work rules, retirement, and other money-related issues. No significant progress has been made since September 2010, and recent discussions have not been productive. The NMB was petitioned for mediator assistance in July 2011, and the request was granted shortly thereafter.”

Under the Railway Labor Act, airlines’ labor contracts do not expire; they become amendable. The PSA pilots’ contract became amendable on June 30, 2009. Mediation presents an opportunity for a neutral third party, appointed by the NMB, to facilitate the process. The mediator does not have the authority to impose conditions upon the parties or decide issues. Talks will continue until the parties reach a contract or until the NMB determines the parties are at an impasse and releases them into a 30-day cooling off period, which could be followed by a pilot strike.

US Airways Express-PSA Airlines Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for the full story of the airline.

Colgan Air to end most EAS service from Boston

Pinnacle Airlines Corporation (Memphis) has announced it will be discontinuing most of its operations in Boston, including service to Plattsburgh and other northeast airports operated for US Airways Express by Colgan Air’s SAAB 340Bs.

According to the airline, Pinnacle is notifying the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) this week of its need to relinquish its various Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts linked to Boston.

Read the full story from WPTZ: CLICK HERE

Colgan Air Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for information on Colgan.

SkyWest Airlines to operate 14 CRJ200s for US Airways Express at Phoenix, replacing Mesa Airlines

SkyWest Airlines (St. George) and US Airways (Phoenix) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to operate 14 Bombardier CRJ200s as an US Airways Express carrier. The agreement, subject to final resolution, is upgradeable to larger CRJ700s. The 14 CRJ200s will replace CRJ200s and DHC-8 aircraft currently being operated by Mesa Airlines (Phoenix) at the PHX hub.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Please click on the photo for additional details.

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Delta and US Airways announce a new agreement to transfer slots in New York and Washington

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and US Airways (Phoenix) today (May 23) announced a new agreement to transfer takeoff and landing rights at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington’s Reagan National airports. The agreement, filed today with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), revises a 2009 transaction agreed between Delta and US Airways and approved by the DOT, but under terms not acceptable to the carriers, and never completed. The new agreement enables Delta and US Airways to expand service and increase competition at two of the nation’s key cities, and provides the opportunity for additional access to LaGuardia and Reagan National for new entrants and airlines with a limited presence at the airports.

Under the agreement, Delta would acquire 132 slot pairs at LaGuardia from US Airways and US Airways would acquire from Delta 42 slot pairs at Reagan National and the rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015, and Delta would pay US Airways $66.5 million in cash. In addition, the transaction could result in the divestiture of up to 16 slot pairs at LaGuardia and eight slot pairs at Reagan National to airlines with limited or no service at those airports. The completion of the transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including government and regulatory approvals. A slot pair is the authority to operate one takeoff and one landing.

Both carriers believe the competitive landscape in both cities has changed significantly since the transaction was first proposed in 2009. New entrants and smaller carriers, including AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines, have gained considerable access to slots at both LaGuardia and Reagan National and expanded service at these and other airports in the New York and Washington regions. Also, mergers between United Airlines and Continental Airlines and Southwest and AirTran have dramatically sharpened competition on the East Coast generally and particularly in the New York and Washington regions. Nonetheless, to address concerns previously raised by the Department of Transportation, the agreement provides for the divestiture of up to 16 slot pairs at LaGuardia and eight at Reagan National if required by the regulatory authorities.

The two airlines will dismiss their appeal of the DOT’s order regarding the original 2009 transaction that is currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Dismissing the appeal clears the way for DOT to consider the revised application.

Delta’s expanded operation at LaGuardia will allow more and improved connecting service in New York, and ensure economically viable service to small communities, while creating an expanded network that will be particularly valuable for New York business customers. The airline will approximately double the number of nonstop destinations it serves from LaGuardia, including top business destinations and many cities not currently served nonstop by Delta or US Airways.

Delta will replace turboprop aircraft currently operated by US Airways with larger jets, adding as many as 4 million additional roundtrip seats available at LaGuardia without increasing congestion.

As part of the agreement, Delta will take control of US Airways’ Terminal C to create an expanded main terminal for customers. Delta will operate a total of 18 gates in Terminal C, and add one additional gate at Delta’s Terminal D, for a total of 29 gates in the two terminals. A 600-foot connector will be built to connect the two terminals. Delta also will convert the existing US Airways lounge in Terminal C to a Sky Club, while continuing to operate its current Sky Club in Terminal D.

Delta will continue to operate its popular hourly Delta Shuttle from its six gates at the Marine Air Terminal. In addition, Delta will spend up to $117 million to expand, renovate and consolidate terminals C and D over the next two years. Overall, the transaction will directly and indirectly generate an estimated 6,000 new jobs in New York.

Since making a strategic decision to build New York into a hub earlier this decade, Delta has made major investments across the region, boosting its economic impact to more than $13 billion annually. The airline is currently constructing a $1.2 billion project that will enhance and expand Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, creating a state-of-the-art facility for New York’s fastest growing global airline.

US Airways’ popular hourly Shuttle service between LaGuardia, Reagan National and Boston that is operated on dual-class mainline jets will remain unchanged as a result of the transaction. Also, US Airways will continue to offer its customers high-frequency schedules from LaGuardia to its Charlotte, N.C. and Philadelphia hubs and Pittsburgh with more than 60 daily weekday flights. All US Airways flights from LaGuardia will continue to arrive and depart from nine gates and parking positions in Terminal C and US Airways will build a new, state-of-the-art 5,000-square foot US Airways Club.

At Reagan National, US Airways’ expanded operation will connect more small, medium and large communities with the nation’s capital and create additional flight options throughout the airline’s route network. US Airways expects to further increase its use of dual class mainline aircraft and soon to be dual class larger regional jets at Reagan National. The move will benefit customers by increasing the number of available seats between Washington and favorite destinations without increasing congestion.

US Airways plans to add at least 15 new destinations from Washington, to its network as a result of the transaction and competition will be further enhanced by US Airways adding service to popular destinations that are currently served by other carriers. As a result, business and leisure travelers as well as military and government employees will have more access to the nation’s capital and its downtown airport.

Following full implementation of the new schedule, US Airways will operate approximately 230 peak-day departures at Reagan National, a 20 percent increase over current service levels. The airline anticipates an increase of approximately 20 to 25 percent in passenger enplanements at Reagan National as a result of the new flights and schedule improvements. However, there will be no increase in congestion at the airport due to US Airways’ planned increase in scale and Delta’s reduction in slots.

The expansion is consistent with US Airways’ previously announced strategic plan to focus on growing its key, most profitable airports at its Washington focus city, its Phoenix, Philadelphia and Charlotte hubs and its US Airways Shuttle service. Once the transition is complete, more than 99 percent of US Airways capacity will be to or from its key airports.

Delta will continue to operate a robust schedule at Reagan National, with nonstop service between the airport and its seven domestic hubs and select cities. It also will continue to operate its Delta Shuttle between Reagan National and New York.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. New LGA operator for US Airways is Mesaba Airlines. Ironically the SAAB 340B aircraft involved with the new operation were previously operated for Delta Connection. If the new amended agreement is approved this Mesaba operation at LGA could be short-lived. Please click on the photo for the full details.

Mesaba gets ready to start its US Airways Express operation next month

Mesaba Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) is getting ready to launch its new US Airways Express operation with SAAB 340B turboprops next month for US Airways.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on the photo for the full story.

Mesa Air Group emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) as expected, yesterday (March 1) emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Mesa Air Group’s Plan of Reorganization became effective on March 1, allowing the company to emerge from its reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mesa and its related subsidiaries entered bankruptcy protection on January 5, 2010 and Mesa’s exit from bankruptcy protection in 13 months places it among the fastest reorganizations in aviation history.

The Company’s restructuring accomplishments included:

  • Elimination of 100 excess aircraft and associated leases and debt which contributed to the deleveraging of Mesa’s balance sheet in the approximate amount of $700 million in capitalized leases and $50 million in debt;
  • Restructuring of aircraft leases and financings for Mesa’s remaining CRJ200 and DHC-8 fleets resulting in flexibility, no long term lease exposure and lower costs on the CRJ200 50-seat regional jet aircraft;
  • Emerging as a private company that will issue four new series of notes, shares of common stock, and/or warrants to purchase shares of its common stock to its creditors in exchange for their claims in the Chapter 11 proceedings;
  • Extending the term of the code-share agreement with US Airways through September 2015.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information about the United Express-Mesa operation.

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A new leaner Mesa Air Group prepares to exit Chapter 11

Mesa Air Group (Phoenix) is expected to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week with US Airways as its major partner.

Read the full story from the Arizona Republic: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom. Please click on the photo for additional information.

US Airways is coming to Quebec City

US Airways (Phoenix) today announced new, daily year-round service from its international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport to Quebec City, Quebec, starting on June 2.

Quebec City will be the eighth destination in Canada served by US Airways.

US Airways Express carrier Air Wisconsin will operate three flights a day with 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Piedmont Airlines flight 4352 causes the U.S. Capitol building to be evacuated

Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) (Salisbury) flight PDX 4352 from Hilton Head Island to Washington (Reagan National) yesterday caused the U.S. Capitol building to be evacuated due to the crew being on the wrong radio frequency.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for the further details.

Mesaba Airlines to operate as an US Airways Express carrier in 2011

Mesaba Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) will operate as an US Airways Express carrier with seven leased SAAB 340Bs recently returned by Delta Air Lines from the Delta Connection operation. The SAABs will be leased from SAAB.

In a message to the employees, the new operation will be based at New York’s LaGuardia Airport beginning in March 2011. Mesaba will initially operate three SAAB 340Bs with one spare 340B. Three additional 340Bs will be added in April 2011. Under the current plan, Mesaba will fly from LGA to Ithaca and Syracuse, NY; Providence, RI, Charlottesville, VA, Manchester, NH and Washington (Dulles).  Mesaba will also establish a crew domicile at LGA.

Mesaba next month will begin taking re-delivery of the seven aircraft that Mesaba previously operated – fleet numbers 402, 407, 412, 413, 414, 416, and 418. The aircraft will be painted in the US Airways 2005 livery and will feature the same interior Mesaba recently installed as part of the refurbishment program for Delta Connection.

US Airways Express pilots form an alliance

US Airways Express pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) this week formalized an alliance that promotes and maintains the highest level of safety in the US Airways Express brand, improves pilot contract standards, and protects pilot jobs at “express-level” airlines. The US Airways Express Pilots Alliance (“Alliance”) includes ALPA pilots from Air Wisconsin, Colgan, Mesa Air Group, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Trans States Airlines.

Pilot leaders of the Alliance have been coordinating over the past several months to standardize the express carriers’ goals for the US Airways system. Specifically, they are working to coordinate operational programs amongst the ALPA express carriers in order to provide the highest level of safety, training and professionalism.

The Alliance also implemented a means to improve contract standards. All six members of the Alliance are in contract negotiations currently with their respective companies. Through the Alliance, the pilot groups established a process to support each of their respective negotiating committees; this approach fosters information sharing and ensures implementation of group goals in their individual contract negotiations.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for further details.

Piedmont’s agents vote for CWA union representation

Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) 3,000 fleet and passenger service agents voted by a two-to-one margin for representation by the Communications Workers of America. Ballots were counted yesterday by the National Mediation Board.

The agents were the only major workgroup at Piedmont without union representation. Key issues in the campaign were job security, unfair and arbitrary treatment and the lack of a grievance process.

Voting took place under new election rules set by the NMB that ensured that airline elections would be conducted following the same democratic rules that govern elections in the United States. Testimony and other action by AFA-CWA, CWA and airline workers convinced the NMB to implement the fair election rule in June.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional details.

US Airways and Mesa Air Group extend their contract

US Airways (Phoenix) and the Mesa Air Group, Inc. (Phoenix) have announced they have reached an agreement in principle to extend their code share agreement covering 38 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft for an additional term of 39 months to September 2015. Under the term sheet, Mesa Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, will continue to provide regional jet service under the US Airways Express banner. The agreement is subject to approval by Mesa’s and US Airways Boards of Directors and the Bankruptcy Court overseeing Mesa’s restructuring.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on photo for more background information.

Under the agreement Mesa will continue to provide US Airways Express service out of US Airways’ hubs in Phoenix, AZ and Charlotte, NC utilizing aircraft in Mesa’s current fleet.

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