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Are nonstop New York LGA-California flights a possibility?

According to this report by Dan Reed of Forbes, the Post Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages LaGuardia Airport (LGA) along with John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), is considering lifting the perimeter rule at LGA that restricts nonstop flights over 1,500 miles.

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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. If the rule is lifted, the landing and takeoff slots at LGA will become more valuable. Airlines will likely move some JFK-West Coast flights to LGA. The loser in this possible rule change may be the small communities with their current flights to LGA with smaller aircraft. The number of 50-seat regional jets is likely to decrease with any rule change at LGA. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N278SK (msn 145370) climbs away from the runway at LGA.

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SkyWest reports a net loss of $27.9 million in the 4Q, a net loss of $24.2 million for 2014

SkyWest, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines) (St. George, Utah) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

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Highlights are as follows:

Excluding special items, SkyWest’s pre-tax income was $33.5 million for the December 2014 quarter, an increase of $18.4 million over the December 2013 quarter. SkyWest’s net loss, including special items, was $(27.9) million, or $(0.54) per diluted share, for the December 2014 quarter, compared to net income of $8.6 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the December 2013 quarter.

The December 2014 quarter includes special item expenses of $70.0 million pre-tax ($43.6 million after-tax) due to the accelerated retirement of SkyWest’s EMB-120 turboprop aircraft and a code-share agreement modification that shortened the contract term for ExpressJet’s operation of the ERJ 145 aircraft type.

SkyWest’s pre-tax income for the December 2014 quarter, excluding special items, increased 122% from the December 2013 quarter, despite a 6.6% reduction in departures and a 4.4% reduction in completed block hours, from the December 2013 quarter. Excluding the special items, the increase in pre-tax income from the December 2013 quarter was primarily due to higher unit revenue from new and renewed flying arrangements at improved rates as described in more detail below.

For the 2014 year, SkyWest’s pre-tax income, excluding special items, was $58.4 million, compared to $98.5 million for the 2013 year. SkyWest’s net loss, including special items, was $(24.2) million, or $(0.47) per diluted share, for the 2014 year, compared to net income of $59.0 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, for the 2013 year.

Significant operational and commercial items related to the December 2014 quarter include:

SkyWest Airlines took delivery of six E175 aircraft during the quarter under its flying contract with United, which resulted in a total of 20 E175 deliveries for calendar 2014.

SkyWest is scheduled to take delivery of the remaining 20 E175s under its United agreement during the first three quarters of 2015.

SkyWest Airlines reached an agreement with Alaska to operate seven new E175 aircraft with deliveries scheduled between the third quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.

SkyWest Airlines reached an agreement with Delta to operate 12 additional used CRJ200 aircraft that SkyWest Airlines intends to lease from Delta. The aircraft deliveries started in December 2014 and are scheduled to continue through the second quarter of 2015.

SkyWest Airlines started the removal of 43 EMB-120 turboprop aircraft from service and is expected to be an all-jet operator by the conclusion of the second quarter of 2015. As of December 31, 2014, SkyWest owned 18 EMB-120s and leased 25 EMB-120s.

For the second consecutive quarter, ExpressJet’s operational reliability improved year-over-year to a 99.6% adjusted completion rate for the December 2014 quarter compared to 99.1% for the December 2013 quarter.

ExpressJet reached an agreement with American to operate 15 used ERJ 145 aircraft that ExpressJet intends to lease from American. The American ERJ 145 operation is scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2015.

Commenting on the results, Jerry C. Atkin, SkyWest’s Chairman and CEO said, “SkyWest made significant progress in executing our long-term strategy in the fourth quarter, including reducing the total number of unprofitable aircraft and flying over time. We expect these changes to continue through 2017, as we continue to work with our major airline partners to meet their needs with larger RJ opportunities during that same period. We expect that reducing our total fleet count while improving the overall fleet composition will put us on a path of continued financial and operational improvement.”

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. ExpressJet removed 10 ERJ 145s from its United flying contract during the fourth quarter of 2014 and is returning the aircraft to United. ExpressJet removed a total of 26 ERJ 145s from its United flying contract during the 2014 year. Additionally, 59 ERJ 145s and nine ERJ 135s are scheduled to be removed from service during 2015 and to be returned to United. As of December 31, 2014, ExpressJet had 216 ERJ 145s and nine ERJ 135s operating under the United ERJ contract. ExpressJet Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N14959 (msn 145091) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.

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United Airlines to start Panama City, Florida-Houston flights on March 5, 2015

United Airlines (Chicago) will start twice-daily United Express service from Panama City, Florida to the Houston (Bush Intercontinental) hub on March 5, 2015 per the Panama City News Herald.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. ExpressJet Airlines’ Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N36915 (msn 145421) departs the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

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Envoy Air’s pilots fail to reach an agreement with the American Airlines Group

Envoy Air’s (American Eagle) (Dallas/Fort Worth) pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), failed to reach a new agreement with the American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) for a new contract. The group had approached the union about reopening discussions on a new contract. Discussions broke down on August 21. According to the union in a message to its members by Bill Sprague, “The effort began with informal discussions to identify and attempt to resolve the areas of the failed TA that were unacceptable to our group. We focused on finding solutions to guarantee that the company would re-fleet our carrier while respecting the value we provide as professionals. Identifying the core issues was easy. Finding mutually acceptable solutions was extremely difficult. The MEC met three times and spent countless hours on conference calls to eventually arrive at a proposal that satisfied those requirements.

On Wednesday, company executives rejected that proposal. Their stated intent is to continue seeking lower feed costs at other Fee for Departure carriers, as they did with Compass.”

The union chairman continued, “The state of our current daily operation shows an inability to attract a sufficient number of recruits, but it also shows that many Envoy pilots are moving onwards and upwards in their aviation careers. In their efforts to operate an airline of our size while lacking the necessary tools to safely do so, the company has found many ways to violate the current collective bargaining agreement. The MEC and leadership are dedicated to protecting and defending the contract. Our contract remains in place. We will enforce it and continue to pursue every opportunity to improve it.

The pilots of Envoy have made it clear: now is time to make this airline an attractive place to work and that responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of upper management. This action is essential to ensure the long-term success of our company.”

Envoy Air currently operates more than the 220 aircraft on about 1,300 daily flights to more than 170 destinations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The company’s more than 14,000 employees provide regional flight service to American Airlines under the American Eagle brand and livery as well as ground handling services for approximately 15 airlines, including American.

Envoy Air is headquartered in North Texas with hubs in New York, Chicago, Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles. The company was founded in 1998 as American Eagle Airlines, Inc. following the merger of several smaller regional carriers to create one the largest regional airlines in the world. On April 15, 2014 the company changed its name to Envoy Air to distinguish the company for the American Eagle brand, under which several carriers operate regional flight service for American.

American Airlines Group is likely to continue to assign new aircraft to other American Eagle carriers as Envoy Air reduces in size unless the two parties resolve their differences.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N668HH (msn 145785) prepares to touch down at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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AeroMexico to start Las Vegas-Puerto Penasco-Hermosillo flights on June 20

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced its new route from Las Vegas to Puerto Penasco and Hermosillo, Mexico. The new route will start on June 20.

AeroMexico Connect will operate two weekly flights to these Mexican touristic destinations with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft with the following schedule:

Las Vegas – Puerto Penasco*

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2675 03:28 pm 05:34 pm Thursday & Sunday

Puerto Penasco – Hermosillo*

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2675 06:09 pm 07:05 pm Thursday & Sunday

Hermosillo – Puerto Penasco*

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2674 10:47 am 11:49 am Thursday & Sunday

Puerto Penasco – Las Vegas*

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2674 12:34 pm 02:28 pm Thursday & Sunday

*Schedules are in local time of each country and subject to change without notice.

Puerto Penasco is the newest tourist destination in the country’s Northwest that offers visitors an impressive hotel infrastructure of the condo-hotel type and which has begun the construction of a “Home Port” to open the Sea of Cortez to cruise liners, in addition to beautiful beaches for relaxing and admiring the lovely sunsets, two golf courses, as well as many water sports options such as: sailing, sport fishing and jet skiing. Complementing this attractive destination’s offerings is the impressive Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and its more than 400 craters surrounded by the Grand Altar Desert.

Hermosillo, capital of the state of Sonora, has positioned itself as one of the most attractive cities in the country because of the astonishing variety of activities that can be enjoyed here – snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, mountain cycling, in addition to hunting tourism – and its economic, political and social important development. The city is located three hours from the border, 100 kilometers from the Sea of Cortez, and with fast access to all other regions of the entity and other states.

With this new route, AeroMexico adds to its network the 47th destination in Mexico.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. AeroMexico Connect’s Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) XA-CLI (msn 14500803) in the SkyTeam livery arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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AeroMexico Connect to operate from las Vegas to Puerto Penasco and Hermosillo

AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced a new route from Las Vegas, Nevada to Puerto Penasco and Hermosillo that will be available starting on June 20 with two frequencies a week.

This route adds two new AeroMexico destinations that can connect to and from one of its main hubs bringing the total number of cities to 14. From Hermosillo, Aeromexico offers daily frequencies to Culiacan, Mexico City, Chihuahua, Los Mochis, Mazatlan, among others.

Aeromexico will schedule the new flights with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft operated by AeroMexico Connect (Aerolitoral) (Monterrey) on the following schedule:

Las Vegas – Puerto Penasco

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2675 2:51 pm 4:35 pm Thursday & Sunday

Puerto Penasco – Hermosillo

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2675 5:05 pm 6:01 pm Thursday & Sunday

Hermosillo – Puerto Penasco

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2674 10:47 am 11:49 am Thursday & Sunday

Puerto Penasco – Las Vegas

Flight Number Departure Arrival Frequencies
AM 2674 12:19 pm 2:06 pm Thursday & Sunday

*Schedules are in local time of each country and subject to change without notice.

Puerto Penasco is the newest tourist destination in the country’s Northeast that offers visitors an impressive hotel infrastructure of the condo-hotel type, in addition to beautiful beaches for relaxing and admiring the lovely sunsets, two golf courses, as well as many water sports options such as: sailing, sport fishing and jet skiing. Complementing this attractive destination’s offerings is the impressive Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and its more than 400 craters surrounded by the Grand Altar Desert.

Hermosillo, capital of the state of Sonora, has positioned itself as one of the most attractive cities in the country because of the astonishing variety of activities that can be enjoyed here – snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, mountain cycling, in addition to hunting tourism. The city is located three hours from the border, 100 kilometers from the Sea of Cortez, and with fast access to all other regions of the entity and other states.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) XA-BLI (msn 145798) lands at Miami.

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American Eagle to add three new routes from JFK

American Eagle Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) announced daily nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and three new destinations – Norfolk International Airport (ORF), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and Indianapolis International Airport (IND), beginning on November 18. Eagle will operate the service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N610AE (msn 145073) with the special “In support of all who serve” markings prepares to land at Baltimore/Washington.