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Update: Great Lakes Airlines shuts down all operations

Great Lakes Airlines (USA) Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N220GL (msn UE-220) (Alamosa, Colorado) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 921503.

Great Lakes Airlines today (March 28) has decided to end all operations. The carrier today issued this updated statement:

Great Lakes Airlines (GLUX), a regional airline, operating domestic scheduled and charter services, announced on March 28, 2018 that it has discontinued its scheduled passenger flight operations.

After 40 years of servicing regional airports in the Midwestern and Western regions of the United States, Great Lakes Airlines has begun implementing employee layoffs.

The airline, which owns a fleet of aircraft, comprised of 28 Beechcraft 1900Ds and six Embraer 120 Brasilias, hopes to sell its remaining assets to interested parties. Critical staff members needed to support the scheduled airline certificate, repair station certificate, reservation platform and maintain the fleet will be kept onboard until the airline’s assets can be sold.

On August 1, 2015 a change in Flight Officer Qualifications (FOQ), requiring first officers to possess Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certifications and an associated increase in the number of flight experience hours necessary for newly hired pilots, significantly reduced the amount of qualified pilots available for smaller airlines. This change caused Great Lakes Airlines, for the past five years, to suspend flights to small cities in the Upper Midwest and Western Regions of the U.S. as a result of its inability to employ pilots.

The last flight departed on Monday evening, March 26, 2018. All customers who have purchased tickets for flights departing after that date will receive full refunds.

About Great Lakes Airlines

Founded in 1977 by Doug Voss and Ivan Simpson in Spirit Lake, Iowa, Great Lakes Airlines is a regional airline operating domestic scheduled and charter services. The airline’s corporate headquarters are located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with a hub at Denver International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Great Lakes Airlines (USA) Beech (Raytheon) 1900D N220GL (msn UE-220) (Alamosa, Colorado) LAX (Ton Jochems). Image: 921503.

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Great Lakes hires Raymond James to advise on financing and strategic alternatives

Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes Airlines 2nd) (Cheyenne, Wyoming) has issued this statement:

Great Lakes Aviation has announced it has engaged Raymond James as its investment banker to advise the Company with respect to new financing options and strategic alternatives. As part of its assignment, Raymond James will also assist the Company in evaluating changes to its business and fleet configuration.

In March of this year the Company was successful at certifying new FAA Operations Specifications that have enabled the Company to hire pilots despite recent regulatory changes that have had the effect of materially reducing the supply of qualified pilot applicants for the regional airline sector in general. The reductions in small community air service capacity seen across the U.S. in 2014 are a result of this same reduced pilot supply, and are creating the need for a re-invented regional airline industry. The Company intends to respond to that need.

Great Lakes provides scheduled passenger service to over 30 airports throughout the mid-west and western United States operating a fleet of Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias, and Beechcraft 1900D regional airliners.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Beech 1900D N220GL (msn UE-220) in the promotional tail design for Alamosa, Colorado taxies at Los Angeles.

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