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Monday, September 24, 2007

Market Watch

Topics: Comair, Colgan, Lynx, go!, American Eagle, Tiltrotor, Embraer

Comair Takes First CRJ-900s
Comair received the first two of 14 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-900s Monday, which are set to be placed into passenger service in late September. The remaining 12 are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter 2008. Featuring 12 first-class and 64 coach seats, the aircraft are the carrier’s first new aircraft in three years. Comair expects to generate more revenues at less cost than its current 14 CRJ-200 aircraft which are being replaced by the 76-seat aircraft.
The aircraft will serve Boston, New York, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia from Comair’s base and Delta’s hub at Cincinnati. The new aircraft will bring Comair’s fleet to Comair's fleet to 130 aircraft of 15 CRJ-700s with 70 seats after its 100 CRJ-100 and CRJ-200s are removed.

Colgan Recognizes F.A. Organization
Colgan Air, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary Pinnacle Airlines Corp., voluntarily recognized United Steel Workers (USW) as the legal representative of the Colgan Air flight attendant group. The recognition came after a card campaign was verified by an independent party. Colgan has about 190 flight attendants.

Frontier Want Lynx Cert on Fast Track
Anxious to launch its new Lynx Aviation subsidiary, Frontier requested a meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up certification for the fledgling airline. It is seeking to work directly to answer questions and put the finishing touches on procedures and manuals, according to the Rocky Mountain News. "If we're in the same room talking, we can solve some issues more quickly," Frontier Spokesman Joe Hodas told the newspaper. It should hear back in two weeks.

go! Launches go!Drive
Piggy backing on the success of RyanAir, go! launched go!Drive and began selling interisland holiday packages through its website, iflygo.com. With introductory prices starting at $89, go!Drive packages offer a variety of options to travelers including airfare, hotels, rental cars, tours and airport transfers all at the lowest prices.
"Our goal is to provide the friends, families and business people of Hawai'i with the best service at the lowest possible cost and the addition of these new services underscores that commitment," said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Air Group Chairman and CEO. "It has always been our intention to offer our passengers a large choice of value-added products which generate additional revenue enabling us to offer the people of Hawai'i the lowest fares," he added. go! operates approximately 60 flights a day from its Honolulu hub to Lihue, Kahului, Kona, and Hilo.

American Eagle Airlines Continues Gulf Coast Expansion With New Service
American Eagle adds a daily nonstop flight between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport beginning Dec. 13. The route will be flown with its 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets. American Eagle already has three daily round trips between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Tilt-rotor May Land in Boston
The Bell/Agusta Aerospace BA609 tilt-rotor may be landing soon in South Boston Mass. The aircraft is scheduled to become commercially available in 2010, according to RAN’s sister publication, Rotor & Wing. The city’s Economic Development and Industrial Corp. is seeking a private developer to build and operate a vertiport/heliport, said the BostonHerald.com. Boston is the only major city in the United States without a public-use heliport, according to the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission. In addition to providing a takeoff and landing area, the heliport would include parking for verticraft and helicopters, a maintenance facility and a fueling system. The facility would be tailored to Sikorsky Aircraft S-92s and verticraft and occupy 41,901 sq ft.

Row 44 Announces Support for Embraer Planes
Row 44, providing global, fleet-wide solution for in-flight broadband services-high-speed connectivity, video entertainment, cell phone support, and airline operational data services, said its initial service rollout of its airborne broadband system, in the first half of 2008, will include support for the Embraer 190 regional jet and the Airbus 320 adding the two aircraft to its current support of all models of Boeing Corporation's 737 aircraft, including the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).
"In the past, high-speed, satellite broadband has been limited to wide-body aircraft. Single-aisle jets have been limited to slower data-rate systems, such as air-to-ground or L-Band solutions," said Gregg Fialcowitz, Row 44 President. "For the first time ever, our high-speed system breaks these boundaries and can provide a fleet-wide solution for our customers."
The Row 44 System may be integrated with existing in-flight entertainment systems. The System can be installed in two short sessions, minimizing aircraft downtime.
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