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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 of July 2020, AirlineGeeks reported on a letter submitted by Boutique Air CEO Shawn Simpson accusing American Airlines of interference with the bidding process, citing unfair competition due to American…

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,…

Highlighting the Paris Air Show’s Less Publicized Orders

Coming from all corners of the world, the aviation industry meets at Paris-Le Bourget Airport every two years since 1967. For four days, the latest industry advancement is showcased, the newest aircraft perform and manufacturers fill their logbooks with new orders. The 2019 Paris Air Show saw the introduction of…

Crossing O’er: Why North American Travelers Trek Across International Borders…

It’s not uncommon for the average person to go out of their way to save money. People will drive to a further gas station to save a few cents on gas, take indirect routes to avoid toll roads and spend hours comparing prices for a product, all to get the…

Tecnam P2012 Traveller Clears EASA Certification, Plans Cape Air Introduction

With a new year comes the chance for new aircraft to enter the market and for Italian-based Tecnam Aerospace the planned delivery of their newest propeller aircraft, the P2012 Traveller, is going forward as scheduled. The aerospace builder received the European Aviation Safety Administration’s approval for use of the P2012…

Qatar Airways Inks Interline Agreement with Massachusetts’ Cape Air

Qatar Airways has entered into an interline partnership with Massachusetts-based Cape Air, following alongside its American codeshare partner JetBlue Airways. Known for its regional service throughout the Northeastern United States, Cape Air operates a fleet of turboprop Cessna 402C aircraft to destinations such as Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Lebanon, N.H. and…

Cape Air Announces New Flights to New York’s JFK Airport

New Yorkers now have a new way of getting out of the city to the famous Massachusetts island of Nantucket and iconic Cape Cod as Cape Air has announced it will begin seasonal winter service to New York’s JFK Airport. The new route between New York and Nantucket/Hyannis will provide…

Trip Report: Getting Back to Basics on Cape Air

Cape Cod-based Cape Air is known mostly for flying between the Massachusetts islands, Cape Cod and other New England cities, including its hub in Boston, using small propeller aircraft. However, what most people don’t know is that Cape Air provides a valuable service that help connects New England, Essential Air…

Cape Air: America’s Regional Airline

Anyone spotting at Boston’s Logan International Airport are used to the myriad of large jets that come out of the busy airport each day. However, in between the loud jet engines is a dull drone of twin turbocharged piston engines. The Cessna 402s are painted in a white and blue…