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Air Wisconsin to fly again for United Airlines as an United Express carrier

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Air Wisconsin Airlines (Appleton, WI) was facing an uncertain future as American Airlines has not yet indicated if it will extend the current American Eagle contract which is due to expire in 2018.

Air Wisconsin has just signed a five-year capacity purhcase agreement (CPA) with United Airlines to once again fly as an United Express carrier. Air Wisconsin flew in United Express colors from October 26, 1986 to April 16, 2006 (below).

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Copyright Photo: United Express-Air Wisconsin BAe ATP N853AW (msn 2022) IGM (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 932135.

United Express-Air Wisconsin slide show:

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Since then Air Wisconsin has operated as an US Airways Express and now an American Eagle carrier.

Air Wisconsin currently operates 66 Canadair (Bombardier) CRJ200 regional jets for American (below):

American Eagle-Air Wisconsin Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N423AW (msn 7636) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403093.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle-Air Wisconsin Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N423AW (msn 7636) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403093.

American Eagle-Air Wisconsin slide show:

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ALPA issued this statement representing the Air Wisconsin pilots:

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Air Wisconsin pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), are applauding a new agreement with an old partner—United Airlines—that will give their carrier new flying for five years or more.

The agreement, announced on February 27, 2017 by United President Scott Kirby and Air Wisconsin CEO Christine Deister, came as the Wisconsin-based carrier was nearing the end of its contract with American Airlines. With the uncertainty of American renewing its contract with Air Wisconsin when it expires in early 2018, the agreement with United gives the airline and its employees new hope and opportunity.

“We are excited to renew our long-term relationship as a United Express carrier. Air Wisconsin flew under United’s colors from the 1980s until 2006, so for many of us at the airline, this announcement feels like we’re coming home,” said Capt. Chris Suhs, chairman of ALPA’s Air Wisconsin group.

According to Air Wisconsin management, the United agreement includes a career pathway program that will give pilots a path to jobs at the larger carrier if they meet United’s hiring standards and other conditions.

Suhs is hopeful that the stability the new deal with United provides will help Air Wisconsin attract and retain pilots, as well as assist management and the union in finally coming to terms on a new pilot contract. The two sides have been in negotiations for more than six years.

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American to add jet service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket next summer

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) starting on June 2 will add daily American Eagle Bombardier CRJ200 jet service (operated by Air Wisconsin) from Washington (Reagan National) to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket per Airline Route.

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Air Wisconsin (Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation-AWAC) (formerly US Airways Express) (Appleton, WI) currently operates 71 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N459AW (msn 7863) still in US Airways Express colors departs from the Charlotte hub.

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Bottom Photo: Air Wisconsin. The Milwaukee (MKE) maintenance hangar.

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Air Wisconsin CRJ200 flight evacuated after passenger’s lithium battery sent smoke into the cabin

Air Wisconsin (American Eagle) (Appleton) flight ZW/AA 4010 from Charlotte to Richmond on Saturday (April 25) with Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N430AW (msn 7719) was evacuated after landing at Richmond. The 42 passengers and three crew members safely evacuated the regional jet on the taxiway after a lithium battery from one of the passengers sent smoke through the cabin according to NBC Channel 12. The flight attendant used the fire extinguisher to douse out the fire in the hand luggage according to the report.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. N430AW in US Airways Express colors arrives at the Charlotte hub.

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Air Wisconsin to start flying for Delta on January 5, 2015 (see update)

Air Wisconsin (Appleton) has apparently reached an agreement with Delta Air Lines to operate 26 Bombardier CRJ200s for Delta Air Lines as a new Delta Connection carrier according to Flightglobal. The first flight is expected to be launched on January 5, 2015 per ch-aviation (see update below). Delta or the Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation has not yet made a formal announcement. The 26 CRJ200s will be transferred from Endeavor Air according to the report.

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Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation, founded in 1965, currently operates nearly 500 departures per day system-wide to 26 states and three Canadian provinces in partnership with US Airways. With service to approximately 70 cities throughout North America, Air Wisconsin carries nearly 6 million passengers per year.

The airline currently operates 71 Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 regional jets. The company has maintenance bases at Milwaukee, Norfolk, Philadelphia and Columbia, SC. Crews are domiciled at New York (LaGuardia), Washington (Reagan National), Philadelphia and Norfolk.

Update: Ch-aviation is now reporting Air Wisconsin will not start flying for Delta on January 5, 2015. It is unclear if this agreement was finalized.

Current Route Map: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Wisconsin currently has only one customer, US Airways. It previously operated for United Airlines and AirTran Airways in the past. Air Wisconsin commenced independent stand-alone operations on August 8, 1965 but no longer operates any aircraft in its brand. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N403AW (msn 7288), in US Airways Express colors, departs from the Charlotte hub.

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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.

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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.

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.

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