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Interview: Regional Carriers at Fulcrum of U.S. Airline Industry Recovery

Two U.S. regional carriers are largely prevailing as victors in a battle for survival as airlines globally continue to weather an unprecedented downturn in travel demand. Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines and St. George, Utah-based Skywest Airlines have both posted profits for the last quarter while larger airlines report losses in the millions of dollars per day. This achievement boils down to one contingency for these two regional airlines: contracts. Air travel numbers are rebounding in the U.S., albeit gradually. As projected…

ATR CEO Sees Production Cuts on the Horizon

Following the lead of other major manufacturers in the aviation sector, Franco-Italian aircraft builder ATR has started laying the groundwork for its own slowdown of construction of new planes as the coronavirus continues to plague the industry. The aircraft manufacturer’s CEO Stefano Bortoli commented on the matter in a Reuters…

In Midst of Multi-Billion-Dollar Losses, SkyWest Posts First Quarter Profit

SkyWest Airlines — the St. George, Utah-based regional airline that operates flights on behalf of numerous large American carriers — announced its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, reporting a $30 million profit even as the country's largest airlines saw losses in the billions of dollars. The company, which did still see…

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,…

Revisiting Ogdensburg International Airport: One Year Later

Situated on the St. Lawrence River on the border with Canada, Ogdensburg, N.Y. is a town lost in time. Like many in New York state, the quiet border town’s time has long since passed with a near-constant population decrease since 1930, when the town’s population was at its greatest. Once…

Saudia Outlines First 787-10 Route, Considers Additional Widebodies

Jeddah-based Saudia is expecting to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliner within the next few months after HZ-AR24 rolled out of Boeing’s Charleston paint shop in mid-July. The aircraft will be the first of three 787-10s to join the Saudia fleet this year. Seven more of the largest Dreamliner…

Saudia Outlines First 787-10 Route, Considers Additional Widebodies

Jeddah-based Saudia is expecting to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliner within the next few months after HZ-AR24 rolled out of Boeing’s Charleston paint shop in mid-July. The aircraft will be the first of three 787-10s to join the Saudia fleet this year. Seven more of the largest Dreamliner…

North Korea’s Air Koryo to Relaunch Macau Flights

After a 15 years hiatus, the state-owned carrier of one of the most secretive countries in the world, North Korea, will relaunch direct flights from its capital, Pyongyang to Macau, China. The airline will operate two weekly flights services beginning on Aug. 2, 2019. According to Macau’s Civil Aviation Authority’s…

Regional Carrier ExpressJet Begins Embraer E175 Service

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express regional carrier, began commercial service with its newest fleet type, the Embraer E175, on Thursday. The first flight, UA4042, departed Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, coincidentally the airline's two main bases, at 8:10 a.m. and arrived on-time at 11:17 a.m.,…

China Airlines Selects New Aircraft to Upgrade Regional Narrowbody Fleet

China Airlines has chosen the Airbus A321neo for its future regional narrowbody operations. The Taiwanese carrier will lease 14 A321neo aircraft that are scheduled to enter service in 2021. Furthermore, the airline will have the option to negotiate for an additional 11 firm and five option aircraft orders once the…