Perspectives from Midwest Express, Corporate Airlines
Attendees at this year’s air service conference also heard from representatives of Milwaukee-based Midwest Express and Smyrna, TN-based Corporate Airlines.
Mike Mooney, VP of planning and pricing, says that its commuter feeder,
Skyway, will begin phasing out its Beech 1900s, and the company announced
in April an order for 20 Boeing 717s, with options for 30 more, and an
order with Embraer for 20 regional jets and options for 20 more.
Mooney relates that, as the company looks at new markets, it finds that often what airport boards think citizens want is not realized once service begins. He points to Rockford, IL, as one example, where air carriers have repeatedly been frustrated by customers busing to Chicago O’Hare instead of using the airlines.
Meanwhile, at Corporate Airlines, which serves as a commuter for TWA and Midway Airlines, president Charles Howell is optimistic that the buyout of TWA by American will not negatively impact his airline’s routes to St. Louis. "We will continue to operate as a TWA Express affiliate," he says. Howell says Corporate will continue to operate its 19-seat aircraft: "Reports of our (19-seaters) death is greatly exaggerated," he says.
AirTran fills Frontier void; Will fly Memphis- Florida routes starting Jan. 11, evaluate other destinations
AirTran Airways is picking up the Memphis-Florida routes Frontier Airlines was forced to abandon when oil hit $95 a barrel. Starting Jan. 11, Atlanta-based AirTran will add weekend service...
On Tuesday, Delta Air Lines said it would begin a nonstop daily flight from Akron to Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 15.
The airline will be the first national network carrier to serve the new airport when it opens in May 2009.
AirTran suspend the twice-daily flight to Los Angeles leaving American and United Airlines as the only carriers with the nonstop service.