Locair (Fort Lauderdale) Fairchild Metro III operating flight 151 yesterday (January 2) from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) to Somerset, KY left the runway on landing at Somerset in wintry conditions. There were no injuries to the two pilots and the lone passenger on board. Locair operates under Part 135 flight regulations.
Locair issued the following statement:
Locair (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today (November 18) launches scheduled Swearingen (Fairchild) Metro flights to the Bahamas from Florida. The first route links FLL with Stella Maris on Long Island. The company started operations on December 27, 2008 as Air Azul between Nashville and Somerset, KY (however it ended on March 20, 2009). The company has changed its operating name to Locair to avoid any confusion with jetBlue Airways.
Locair (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) will launch a new route from Lake Cumberland Regional Airport (Somerset, KY) to Cincinnati on May 21 and also to Washington (Dulles) on June 8 with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners. This is in addition to already existing Somerset-Nashville service and operations in South Florida and the Bahamas.
Air Azul (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is expanding. The charter airline commenced flying on December 27, 2008 between Nashville and Somerset, KY with a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner III. Flights are operated under the AOC of its parent Locair. Locair was established in 1996 as an on-demand cargo carrier with Metros. Now Air Azul is planning to operate large public charter flights starting on June 1 from Rockford (near Chicago) to both Newark (EWR) and Baltimore/Washington (BWI) with a leased Boeing 737-800 (possibly from Sun Country Airlines). The following day it will start charter flights from Lansing to both EWR and BWI also with a 737-800. The company is also planning to also operate to Melbourne, FL, South Bend and Toledo.