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Dash Air Shuttle's Cessna 402's in Port Angeles, Wash. (Photo: Dash Air Shuttle)

Interview: Dash Air Shuttle, the Newest Commuter Airline in the U.S

With new airlines like Breeze Airways and Avelo Airlines entering the skies above the United States, we decided to take a look at the newest commuter airline, Dash Air Shuttle, and look into just exactly how they plan on operating. I had the opportunity to talk with the President of the carrier, Clint Ostler, about Dash Air Shuttle and how their operations will unfold this fall. Dash Air Shuttle was founded in January 2021, launching as a Part 135 airline…

Deep Dive: The Shortest Routes of the US Commuter Carriers

With air travel picking back up around the globe, Singapore Airlines has resumed the longest flight in the world from the city-state of Singapore to New York City. Though unlike before the pandemic, the flight now operates into New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport rather than across the Upper…

EAS Round Up – Part 3

Essential Air Service (EAS) has been in the news frequently the past couple of months, and large airports aren’t the only airports that have news to report on. This is a continuation of the series, titled ‘EAS Round up’, and will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the…

Trip Report: Cape Air Inaugural Manistee Flight – Part 2

View the festivities at the airport from Part 1 of this trip report - HERE After departing from Manistee County Airport, we continued our climb through the clouds to our cruising altitude of 6,000-Feet. [caption id="attachment_47378" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Just after departing on the first Cape Air flight out of Manistee (Photo:…

Trip Report: Cape Air Inaugural Manistee light – Part 1

Manistee was in the news over the summer regarding the EAS contract in the city. After experiencing the previous airline— North Country Sky — first hand, I decided to try out Cape Air's new service to see how it compared. The booking process and flight schedule was simple and easy…

EAS Round Up — Part 1

Essential Air Service (EAS) has been in the news frequently the past couple of months, and large airports aren't the only airports that have news to report on. This new series, titled 'EAS Round up' will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the EAS airport community. Whether it…

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It’s Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly —…

Cape Air Chosen for Manistee Essential Air Service Despite Controversy

After many months of consideration and debate, a new Essential Air Service or 'EAS' contract has been selected for the Manistee/Ludington airport in northwestern Michigan. The carrier chosen is Cape Air, despite controversy and letters from both community members and the CEO of San Francisco-based Boutique Air. At the beginning…

Manistee Airport Backs EAS Provider Amid Controversy

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, routes provided by Essential Air Service (EAS) — a Department of Transporation (DOT) program that subsidizes flights to airports that might not otherwise receive service — have become, as the name suggests, essential. That's true not only for the communities and travelers that rely on the…

Cape Air Becomes First Tecnam P2012 Operator

In this its 30th year, Cape Air has entered into a new chapter with the arrival of its newest aircraft, the Tecnam P2012 Traveller. Officially introducing the aircraft to the public at a ceremony in Hyannis on Wednesday, both Cape Air and Tecnam celebrated the historic moment for both companies,…