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Friday, July 20, 2007

Market Watch

Topics: go!, American Eagle/Connection, ExpressJet, Marathon, Fla service, ATR

go!Express Adds Moloka'i to Route Network
go! is folding Moloka’i into its route network as go!Express begins service to Ho'olehua Airport extending to seven the island destinations in go!'s route network. The move adds a second aircraft to the go!Express fleet to accommodate the three flights daily between Moloka’i and Honolulu, one daily flight to Kona and Kahului and four flights between Kona and Kahului. In addition, the airline will offer one flight between Kahului and Kapalua, and up to five flights between Kapalua and Honolulu, depending on the day of the week. go!Express is flown by Mokulele Airlines..

AmericanConnection, Eagle Drops Love, Increases Frequency at STL
As part of the restructuring at Dallas’s Love Field, American (AMR) is dropping its the three daily American Eagle flights to San Antonio and five daily AmericanConnection flights to St. Louis but doubling service to Austin and Kansas City, Mo. on Sept. 5. American Eagle will operate eight daily flights each to Austin and Kansas City.
American previously switched from mainline to regional aircraft at the airport cutting its capacity there by one third. In addition, in response to business requests for more frequency, regional connecting carriers will add a daily round trip flight to seven cities into St. Louis, also on September 5. The new service includes Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Dayton, New Orleans, Newark, Springfield, Mo. and Tulsa. The move increases frequency to between three and six flights daily.

ExpressJet Expands CO’s Canadian Service to 10th Point
Continental Airlines (CAL), using ExpressJet’s (XJT) Embrear (ERJ) ERJ-145, will begin non-stop service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Mont-Tremblant, Canada, the airline's 10th Canadian destination, on December 14. Continental offers more non-stop destinations from New York to Canada than any other airline and will now capitalize on Mont-Tremblant designation by SKI Magazine and the #1 Ski Resort in the East. The seasonal service will operate through April 5, 2008, departing New York at 11:00 a.m., and arriving at Mont-Tremblant at 12:32 p.m. The return flight will depart Mont-Tremblant at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in New York at 2:44 p.m. Service is daily, except during the period of January 8 through February 13, when flights will operate every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Short-Lived Service to Marathon
After only a few months, Delta (DAL) is suspending the Freedom Airlines' Embraer ERJ-145 service on September 6 between Atlanta and the Middle Keys’ Marathon Airport. The service was launched on February 15, after six years of no commercial service, but ticket prices ranged between $500 and $1,000 prompting passengers to opt for Key West, an hour away, where there are 60 daily flights.
The new service, which avoided flying into Miami and driving three hours on Route 1, was heavily supported by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla) who secured subsidies for it at a time when he cross questioned every Essential Air Service subsidy in his capacity as ranking Republican on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. His rationale? "You don't have to fly to Miami and then drive here,” he told a local paper. “What a waste. We pollute the atmosphere with more vehicles on the highway."
The airport also gained a $750,000 grant from the FAA while another $300,000 was raised locally to provide profit guarantees for the first year. Delta is working with local officials on restoring the service, according to the airline. Local officials, aided by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, wrangled the grant along with a commitment from the Transportation Security Administration for baggage screeners, which it had initially refused and caused a delay in beginning the Delta Connection service from last October.

Aurigny Takes ATRs in $37M order
Guernsey-based Aurigny Air Services ordered two ATR 72-500s, increasing its fleet total to five, although the other three are ATR 72-200s. The order, valued at $37 million, will be delivered in 2010 with the Elegance cabin. This year, ATR has booked 65 new aircraft, some of them not yet revealed. Since the beginning of the program, ATR sold 902 aircraft (416 ATR 42s and 486 ATR 72s) and has delivered 733 (394 ATR 42s and 339 ATR 72s), thus posting a current backlog of 169 aircraft.
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