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SENTIENT TO SPLIT, SELL DIVISIONS TO MACQUARIE UNIT Sentient Jet Holdings, the Weymouth, MA-based private aviation services company, plans to split into two stand-alone companies and sell one of them to Macquarie...

skybus airlines — founder John S. Weikle reportedly is considering the west-central Ohio city of Springfield as a possible future home to the next Skybus. “I would not be surprised to see (Springfield) eventually become the airport of choice for Dayton and Columbus travelers,” he said in one of the e-mails he sends regularly to former Skybus employees in the months since the Columbus-based discount carrier abruptly shut down in April.

southwest airlines — will eliminate nearly 200 flights early next year as it struggles with high fuel costs and a weakening economy. Southwest will cut 196 flights while adding six new ones in its schedule that takes effect Jan. 11. That is nearly 6 percent of the airline’s daily schedule of close to 3,400 flights.

the food & shops — at LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal partners with New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to celebrate the history of aviation during National Aviation Week (Aug. 18 – 22), including a historical exhibit with replicas of fighter planes that have launched from the Intrepid and other memorabilia.

the jet collection — a firm involved in the sale and acquisition of long range, international cabin class aircraft, relocates its Chicago-based corporate headquarters. The company also has offices in San Rafael, CA; Toronto; Montreal, and Mexico City.

tkda — an engineering, architecture, and planning firm based in St. Paul, MN, announces the acquisition of ECMC Services, Inc. of Tampa, an aviation fueling system design firm. The acquisition expands TKDA’s services for aviation and other fuel-dependent clients.

universal weather & aviation, inc. — enters into a letter of intent to become the majority owner of Brazilian flight support services provider Cavok Servicos Auxiliares de Transportes Aereos Ltda. (CAVOK), subject to any required governmental approvals. CAVOK provides Brazilian operators flight support services.

wayne county (MI) airport authority — offers the public its first glimpse inside the new North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) as it hosts a series of preview events in advance of the terminal’s scheduled opening on September 17.

xojet — of San Carlos, CA, which offers simplified pricing for business aviation, now offers fixed-price rates starting at $25,000 for one-way transcontinental flights between preferred airports serving major U.S. cities. The “all-in” rate includes ground transportation, catering, and in-flight worldwide calling. No repositioning fees, hourly rates, or fuel surcharges. XOJET utilizes a fleet of Citation X jets.

AAAE Task Force Reports

The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), which this summer established an Energy/ Air Service Task Force composed of professionals from airports to make recommendations for policy makers on a national energy policy, a national air service policy, and policies the government can pursue in the short-term to address emerging service reductions, releases its official report with recommendations for legislators.
Among the recommendations: responsibly expand exploration and development of U.S. energy resources; create a national bio-diesel fuel standard and promote utilization of bio-diesel blends; comprehensively address both highway and aviation congestion and infrastructure requirements; and transition as quickly as possible to the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System (NEXTGEN). AAAE seeks expansion of the Essential Air Service program, a raise in the cap on passenger facility charges, and increased funding for the Small Community Air Service Development program. Regarding the SCASD, the association encourages Congress to allow the program to assist airports in providing ground handling services to airlines, a move intended to reduce costs to the carriers.
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Alternative Transportation: Shuttleliner

Joseph Aron, president of Ocala, FL-based Shuttleliner, says he has long been concerned about the future of air service for small communities.

“I have been involved in the regional airline industry for over 20 years and have always been concerned with the future air service issues faced by cities that have limited air service or none at all,” explains Aron.
“Ocala is just one of over 100 small cities that has no scheduled air service or is threatened with the loss of such service in the near future.”

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