Category Archives: Cape Air

Cape Air and Spirit Airlines announce Cape Air-Spirit Jetway Program

Cape Air and Spirit Airlines are pleased to announce the Cape Air-Spirit Jetway Program specifically designed for today’s aspiring pilots. The program is a defined career pathway designed to create a faster and more streamlined approach for pilots looking to transition from a regional carrier to a major airline.

Pilots are eligible to join the Cape Air team with as little as 500 flight hours, and fly as a First Officer for the nation’s largest independent regional carrier. Once ATP minimums are reached, the pilot will then upgrade to Captain for Cape Air and fly for a minimum of two years. Once the candidate has reached 3,000 hours, they will complete a jet transition course at Spirit Airlines Training Center and then be assigned a class date at Spirit Airlines.

“Our pilots are known industry-wide for their hands-on flying and aeronautical decision making skills making this partnership a win-win for both parties. Our commitment to safety, our communities, employees and our passengers is always at the forefront of everything we do. We are thrilled to partner with Spirit on this exciting new pathway, and we look forward to growing our pilot bases and nurturing the next generation of pilots for years to come,” said Linda Markham, Cape Air president.

“Spirit Airlines is proud to be partnering with Cape Air as we remain committed to connecting with and recruiting the best aviators in the industry,” said Ryan Rodosta, Spirit Airlines’ Chief Pilot.  “There is no doubt this innovative program will help us maintain a skilled and robust pilot workforce for years to come.”

The Cape Air-Spirit Jetway Program is open to all current and future Cape Air pilots. Candidates will have only one joint interview with both Cape Air and Spirit. Once the pilot is accepted into the program, a Spirit mentor will be assigned. Unlike most pilot pathways, candidates are not required to have a higher education degree. A two-year or four-year degree is preferred, but not required.

Pilots flying for Part 121 Operators, such as Spirit, face a mandatory retirement age of 65, while pilots flying for Part 135 Operators, like Cape Air, have no mandatory retirement age, only the ability to maintain a First Class Medical. Cape Air’s Gray Gull Program, provides pilots with an opportunity to continue flying past the age of 65. Retired or furloughed Spirit pilots can in turn transition to Cape Air and fly as a Gray Gull. Currently, Cape Air has retired pilots flying from almost every major carrier.

Photos. Cape Air.

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Cape Air to fly to New York

Cape Air has made this announcement:

We’re spreading our wings to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport! Beginning on October 23, 2018, we will be offering one daily round-trip between Hyannis and Nantucket to New York’s JFK. This seasonal service will run through mid-May of 2019.

Our NYC connection means Islanders and Cape Codders have access to the Big Apple for fun, business, or domestic and international flight options from JFK. At JFK, we will be located in Terminal 5, which means easy connections with our partner, JetBlue.

New Yorkers who want to get back to ACK for Stroll Weekend, Daffy, Nantucket Wine, or just to visit the Cape & Islands during the beautiful (less crowded!) shoulder season can skip the traffic and ferries for an easy 1 hour and 20 minute flight.

All photos by Cape Air.

United to end Cape Air ATR 42 United Express service, the last turboprop service

United Airlines has announced it will end the United Express ATR 42 service provided by Cape Air on May 31, 2018 from Guam. United will use mainline Boeing 737s to fly between Guam and Saipan starting on June 1, 2018.

Cape Air’s wings in Micronesia includes service to the islands of Guam, Rota and Saipan. The market is served by Cape Air’s ATR 42s, and are operated for United Express (formerly Continental Connection).

Cape Air operates three ATR 42s for United in Micronesia. This operation is the last turboprop United Express operation.

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Photos: Cape Air/Kim Barksdale.

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JetBlue Airways becomes a pathway for ExpressJet Airlines pilots

ExpressJet Airlines (Atlanta) has announced a new partnership with JetBlue Airways (New York) through the JetBlue University Gateway Program to offer qualified students and current pilots a clear pathway to a career at JetBlue.

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The partnership expands on an earlier agreement with JetBlue to create three distinct pathways from an Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) partner school to ExpressJet to JetBlue:

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ExpressJet to JetBlue: Graduate AABI partner school and serve as a flight instructor for one year to meet Airline Transport Pilot (“ATP”)/Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (“R-ATP”) minimums >> Serve as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 3,000 hours and 36 months for at least 4,000 hours total flight time >> Interview and begin training at JetBlue.

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ExpressJet to Cape Air to JetBlue: Graduate AABI partner school and serve as a flight instructor for one year to meet ATP/R-ATP minimums >> Serve as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 1,800 hours and 24 months >> Serve as a captain at Cape Air for at least 1,000 hours and 12 months for at least 3,800 hours total flight time >> Interview and begin training at JetBlue

Cape Air to ExpressJet to JetBlue: Graduate AABI partner school and serve as a flight instructor for one year >> Serve as a captain at Cape Air for at least 1,000 hours and 18 months >> Serve as a first officer at ExpressJet for at least 1,800 hours and 18 months for at least 3,800 hours total flight time >> Interview and begin training at JetBlue

In addition, this new partnership will offer current ExpressJet pilots who meet all program requirements an additional option for career advancement.

The new ExpressJet pathways join the long-standing partnership between Cape Air and JetBlue. The Cape Air to JetBlue pathway requires graduation from an AABI partner school, flight instructor experience and at least 2,500 hours and 24 months at Cape Air for at least 3,200 total flight hours, plus a jet transition course before an interview at JetBlue.

Pilots in the Gateway program must meet a defined set of criteria, including regular performance reviews, and successfully complete new hire interviews at each airline in the path they choose. In addition, for the University Gateway Program, pilots must attend Auburn University, Bridgewater State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona and Prescott campuses), Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Jacksonville University and the University of North Dakota. For the Advanced Gateway, pilots who graduated with an accredited major and flight training from any AABI school are eligible. For more information, visit http://www.futurebluepilots.com.

ExpressJet Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., and operates an average of more than 1,800 daily flights and an all-jet fleet of Embraer and Bombardier aircraft. Through capacity purchase agreements, ExpressJet operates as American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express to serve 190 airports in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 145XR (EMB-145XR) N11109 (msn 145657) operating for United lands at Raleigh-Durham.

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JetBlue and Cape Air partner with Bridgewater State University to establish a pilot pipeline

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Cape Air (Hyannis) recently announced a new partnership with Bridgewater State University (BSU). BSU is the newest addition to JetBlue’s University Gateway Program, a pilot talent pipeline which partners with top university aviation programs and regional airlines such as Cape Air. BSU is the airline’s first school alliance in its Boston focus city.

JetBlue’s University Gateway Program is a career-planning and mentoring initiative designed to identify and recruit talented professionals into the pilot ranks. The program includes rigorous academic training and valuable regional airline experience. The University Gateway program creates a clearly defined career path for aspiring pilots, beginning early in an aviator’s college career and culminating with the possibility of a final interview at JetBlue.

In late August, Captain Rich Carter, JetBlue’s director system chief pilot, Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, president of Bridgewater State University and Linda Markham, president of Cape Air officially signed a memorandum of understanding. JetBlue crewmembers as well as school administrators were on hand at Boston’s Logan International Airport to celebrate the announcement. BSU is the seventh university partner for JetBlue’s University Gateway Program. Other academic alliances include the University of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona and Prescott), Auburn University, Jacksonville University and Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

The University Gateway Program is open to students at participating schools with high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or above) and recommendations from their professors. It requires a successful series of interviews with JetBlue and a regional airline partner, as well as continued enrollment in an Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) program. During the Gateway Program, participants intern at Cape Air or other regional airline partners, and then serve as an instructor at their respective flight school. Following that process, candidates fly with Cape Air for at least two years and then receive an interview at JetBlue.

BSU is an AABI accredited university which offers a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with concentrations in aviation management or flight training. The university combines a liberal arts education with flight experience and prepares students to fly in varying weather conditions and over mountainous terrain and open waters as well as how to handle operations in both controlled and uncontrolled environments.

Education is a core pillar of JetBlue’s overall strategy and responsibility platform. The airline and its newly launched JetBlue Foundation encourage students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including aviation careers from piloting an aircraft to maintaining its engines. JetBlue has a unique education pathway including relationships with elementary school students and mentoring high school and college students to the University Gateway Program, which may lead to positions as Pilot Trainees with the carrier.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. A dramatic “up close” runway action view of JetBlue’s special 10th Anniversary color scheme on Airbus A320-232 N569JB (msn 2075) at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

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Cape Air celebrates the first month of serving eastern Montana

Cape Air (Hyannis) began serving eastern Montana on December 10, 2013. From its hub in Billings, Cape Air now operates daily, year-round flights to five regional communities.

  • Billings (BIL) – Sidney (SDY): 5 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Glendive (GDV): 2 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Glasgow (GGW): 2 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Wolf Point (OLF): 2 daily, round-trip flights
  • Billings (BIL) – Havre (HVR): 2 daily, round-trip flights

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Cape Air’s Cessna 402C N68752 (msn 402C0518) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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Cape Air appoints a new president, the only female airline president in North America

Cape Air‘s (Hyannis) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Linda Markham as President and Chief Administrative Officer (CEO) effective on March 18, 2013. Preceding President and Chief Operating Officer, Dave Bushy, announced his retirement in January. Markham brings eleven years of strong growth, financial, operational, planning and human resources leadership experience with Cape Air to her new role. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

Cape Air Founder and CEO, Dan Wolf, notes Markham’s exceptional ability to lead diverse groups across the organization’s 36 stations in the US, Caribbean and Micronesia. “Linda has provided remarkable leadership to not only the operational and financial divisions of Cape Air, but more importantly, she has been able to develop and grow employee and customer experiences to a level that has made Cape Air a model in the airline industry. I greatly look forward to continuing our work together as we explore opportunities for the organization, our associates and passengers.”

Markham adds, “I am honored to have been entrusted with this opportunity, and I am thrilled to continue guiding this organization alongside Dan. We share the philosophy that service and corporate culture are paramount, and that people are our most valuable asset.  If we continue to improve the employee experience, it will ultimately improve the customer experience.”

Upon her assumption of the new position, Markham will be the only female President of an airline in North America.

Now in its 24th year, Cape Air is one of the largest independent regional airlines in the United States annually flying over 700,000 passengers to destinations around the world including New England, New York, the Caribbean, Florida, the Midwest and Micronesia. With a fleet of sixty-six Cessna 402s and two ATR 42s, the employee-owned company operates up to 700 flights per day. Cape Air also operates flights under the Nantucket Airlines brand.  Cape Air is a codeshare partner with United Airlines and American Airlines in the Caribbean and American Airlines in the Midwest.  In Micronesia, Cape Air operates as United Express.

The airline’s motto is “MOCHA HAGoTDI”. It means to Make our Customers Happy and Have a Good Time Doing It.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Cessna 402C N1376G (msn 402C0271) in the Provincetown special motif taxies at Baltimore/Washington.

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Route Maps:

Cape Air New England 2:2013 Route Map

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Cape Air Caribbean 2:2013 Route Map

Cape Air Midwest 2:2013 Route Map

Cape Air-United Express Micronesia 2:2013 Route Map