Skyway Airlines Receives FAA Diamond Maintenance Training Award for 10th Consecutive Year

MILWAUKEE , Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Milwaukee-based Skyway Airlines, Inc., which operates as Midwest Connect, has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) top honor in its Aviation Maintenance Technician awards program. The program recognizes training of maintenance technicians. The program's top honor -- the Certificate of Excellence DiamondAward -- is the highest within five FAA categories.

To receive the award, air carriers must have 50% of their eligible maintenance technicians participate in a training program and receive an FAA Certificate of Training. For the 10th year in a row, Skyway Airlines recorded perfect 100% participation of its maintenance team. For an aviation maintenance technician to receive the Diamond Certificate of Training, the technician must finish 100 hours of training, which includes the satisfactorycompletion of a 3-credit college-level course in mathematics, English, science, management or similar subjects. By comparison, the award program's next highest category -- Ruby -- requires 60 hours of training and no college-level course work. The training requirements for all individual awards include two hours of FAA policies and procedures.

"Not only is this the 10th consecutive year Skyway has earned the FAA's Diamond award, but it is also the 10th consecutive year that every one of our eligible mechanics participated and earned an individual award," said David C. Reeve, Skyway's chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "This is a clear indication of our mechanics' skill and their dedication to passenger safety."

Skyway technicians received their individual awards and pins at a special ceremony at the Skyway Airlines hangar attended by local- and regional-level FAA representatives.

Skyway Airlines, Inc. -- a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwest Airlines(Amex: MEH) -- operates as Midwest Connect and offers connections to Midwest Airlines and point-to-point service between select markets. The airlines offer service to 53 cities. More information is available at

SOURCE Skyway Airlines, Inc.