GLO (New Orleans) has formally announced its launch of proposed scheduled charter flights.
According to the new company:
The New Orleans-owned and -based startup public charter operator will offer a quality alternative to business and leisure travelers who have been relegated to multi-stop flights and exhausting road travel due to an absence of daily air service to multiple Gulf and Mid-South destinations.
GLO’s public charter flights, operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM), will introduce daily, nonstop service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). GLO will begin round-trip air service in November to Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT), Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV).
In anticipation of its launch in New Orleans, GLO will offer promotional one-way $189 GLO Saver fares (tax included).
Due to GLO’s economical fare structure, travelers will realize a cost-effective alternative to driving to destinations served by GLO. Business travelers will see an exponential increase in productivity, and can enjoy face-to-face meetings with customers and partners who until now were in destinations too far to drive and visit with regularity. In addition, GLO’s leisure travelers will be able to enjoy more of their time visiting their destinations due to the dramatic reduction in travel time.
GLO will offer daily nonstop, round-trip service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) to each destination. The daily flight timetables are as follows:
CFM will operate 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft on GLO’s new routes.
On-board service from a flight attendant will include complimentary snacks and beverages from the regions GLO will service.
GLO’s founder, Louisiana native Trey Fayard (above), experienced this lack of connectivity firsthand. He has spent more time than he would like to remember behind the wheel, traveling to locations that should be connected by non-stop air service.
Founded in 2013, GLO is addressing these travel needs, offering multiple daily non-stop flights between its base in New Orleans and Shreveport, Little Rock and Memphis.
To book flights and find out more, please visit FlyGLO.com.
All GLO flights are 14 CFR Part 380 public charters marketed by FlyGLO LLC d/b/a GLO and operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM) see Prospectus PC-15-188.
All images by GLO.
Top Photo: GLO. Formerly operated for Lakeshore Express, the pictured ex-Colgan Air SAAB 340B N220MJ (msn 220) will now be operated by Corporate Flight Management for GLO.
Appalachian Air (Pikeville, Kentucky) hoping to find a niche in a small market in eastern Kentucky has decided to cease operations next month. The carrier, which commenced operations on October 27, 2014, issued this statement:
Service to End in July
The companies providing air service to the Pikeville – Pike County Regional Airport (PBX) – Corporate Flight Management, dba Appalachian Air, and Public Charters, Inc. – informed the community that they will end service to PBX in July (the final date of service to be announced soon).
Appalachian Air started service between PBX and Nashville International Airport on October 27, 2014, the first such air service to Eastern Kentucky. In spite of nearly 100% operational reliability for all flights which were scheduled to operate, and, aggressive promotional pricing (in essence, a 50% discount on most tickets during this period), the service was never able to build to a sustainable level.
“The failure of Appalachian Air to gain traction in the marketplace is yet another result of President Obama’s “War on Coal,” said Luke B. Schmidt, President, L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC, the consultant who has been working to recruit and implement the new service with the City of Pikeville, the Pikeville – Pike County Airport Board and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
“Appalachian Air provided superior service to PBX and never cancelled a flight due to aircraft availability or mechanical issues, and, only had two weather-related cancellations. However, during the run up to the service launch in 2014 and continuing into 2015, the region lost nearly 12,000 high-paying coal mining jobs, which has had a huge impact up and down the line in the local economy,” Schmidt continued.
The service was supported with minimum revenue guarantee (MRG) payments which were designed to serve as a bridge to get the new service to a sustainable position. The funds for the MRG were provided through federal and state grants. The parties recognized the inability to develop the service to a sustainable level and elected to take the fiscally responsible step of discontinuing the service, which will allow any unused funds to be returned to the grant providers.
“This service was strongly supported by the business community, the local state legislative delegation, the Governor, and Members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation. However, the decline in the economy made it very difficult to get enough passengers on board to get to a sustainable, or even break even position. I know that I speak for all of our project partners in expressing our appreciation for this support,” said Schmidt.
Passengers who have booked flights on Appalachian Air for July or later will be contacted directly by Public Charters, Inc. concerning their tickets.
Photo Above: Appalachian Air. British Aerospace (BAe) 3101 Jetstream 31 N857BA (msn 657) was the main aircraft providing the service link.
Appalachian Air (Pikesville, KY) is a new passenger airline based in eastern Kentucky. The company will launch operations on October 27 on the Pikesville-Nashville route with 19-seat BAe Jetstream 32 aircraft operated by Corporate Flight Management (Smyrna, TN) dba Appalachian Air. Corporate Flight Management is the largest Jetstream operator in the United States. All flights are operated as public charters and are marked by Public Charters.
The airline describes its operations:
Appalachian Air is America’s newest air service – linking Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia and Southwestern West Virginia to the global air system via Nashville, TN. Appalachian Air, starting on October 27, 2014, provides daily roundtrip nonstop service between Pikeville – Pike County Regional Airport (PVL) and Nashville International Airport (BNA). Appalachian Air flights connect to flights operated by each of the airlines serving BNA (Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, SeaPort Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways) to more than 50 nonstop destinations, such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.
Appalachian Air flies the sleek British Aerospace Jetstream J32 turboprop aircraft. The Jetstream J32 holds 19 passengers in a pressurized, stand-up cabin with comfortable leather seating. This high performance aircraft can cruise as high as 25,000 feet at a speed of 265 MPH with two pilots.
All flights between Pikeville and Nashville are public charter flights, operated by Corporate Flight Management dba as Appalachian Air, which serves as the Direct Carrier and Public Charters, Inc., which serves as the Indirect Carrier, in accordance with 14 CFR Part 380 and are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation.
Corporate Flight Management (CFM), which handles all of the flying aspects of Appalachian Air’s Pikeville – Nashville service, is the largest operator of Jetstream J32 aircraft in the U.S. and is based in Smyrna, TN. CFM holds the prestigious ARGUS Platinum safety rating – the highest award in its industry. CFM has a $2.2 million parts inventory to support J32 operations and provides heavy maintenance service for worldwide operators of the J32 at its Smyrna facility.
Public Charters, Inc. (PC) handles all of the non-flying aspects of Appalachian Air’s Pikeville – Nashville service – such as ticket sales, aircraft ground handling, baggage handling, etc. – under its P1 code which is authorized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is based in Avoca, PA. PC has distribution rights on certain Global Distribution Systems (GDS) such as Amadeus and Sabre. PC also has distribution rights on all of the leading online ticket distribution systems, such as Priceline.com.
Video: The new airline first proposed its service on November 6, 2013. The new service has been delayed since March 3, 2014.
Branson Airport (Branson, Missouri) has released this statement:
Branson Airport (BKG) is pleased to announce the arrival of Buzz Airways service to both Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby) beginning June 12, 2014. Fares begin at $99.00 each way including taxes. Flights will operate in each market six days per week.
The new flights by Buzz will replace the service currently offered on Southwest Airlines (Dallas) that is slated to end June 8. The flight schedule has been designed to allow customers to book separate tickets on Southwest in order to connect to and from other popular gateways.
Corporate Flight Management, Inc. d/b/a Buzz Airways (CFM) is a diverse aviation services company that includes Part 135 and 91 charter and management services, three Fixed Base Operations, a FAR Part 145 certified repair facility, an aircraft sales division, and FAR 141 pilot and maintenance training.
Buzz Airways will reportedly operate Jetstream 41 aircraft on the two routes.