Articles tagged “regional airlines”

U.S. Regional Airlines Are Doing Just Fine for On-Time Performance

U.S. Regional Airlines Are Doing Just Fine for On-Time Performance

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

This is a surprise. Conventional wisdom suggests regional airlines should show worse on-time numbers than major carriers. The regionals are usually the first to delay or cancel flights during bad weather, often at the request of their major carrier partners.

5 months ago

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Are Investors Ready to Forgive U.S. Regional Airlines?

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is more forgiving than in many countries, which is why many airlines have had multiple iterations. Now, eight years after filing for bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group again wants to be traded on public markets. Assuming it goes forward with an IPO, it'll be interesting to see if investors return.

7 months ago

Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Mesa Air Wants to Try Again for an IPO 8 Years After Bankruptcy

Brian Sumers, Skift

U.S. bankruptcy law is funny, right? Less than a decade ago, Mesa Air Group filed for bankruptcy and investors lost out. But now the airline, with the same CEO, wants investors to give it another chance. Will they bite? Or do they have long memories?

7 months ago

Time Is Against UK Regional Airline Flybe as Challenges Mount

Time Is Against UK Regional Airline Flybe as Challenges Mount

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Flybe's management team will be hoping the airline's latest turnaround strategy works, where others have failed. The carrier has plenty of challenges and is operating in a very tough environment. Might it find things easier as part of a bigger aviation group?

8 months ago

Should Major Carriers Be More Transparent About Their Relationships With Regional Airlines?

Should Major Carriers Be More Transparent About Their Relationships With Regional Airlines?

Brian Sumers, Skift

PSA Airlines has been in the news lately. But do travelers have any idea what PSA is? Is this a problem? Should passengers have a better idea what regional airline they're flying? Or doesn't it matter?

8 months ago

Why U.S. Regional Airlines May Not Be Able to Fly Embraer’s Newest Jet

Why U.S. Regional Airlines May Not Be Able to Fly Embraer’s Newest Jet

Brian Sumers, Skift

In three years, Embraer will be able to deliver new regional jets to U.S. airlines that could significantly reduce their fuel bill. But U.S. airlines may not be able to take them because of restrictions in collective bargaining agreements with pilots. It's easy to blame pilots for their stance. But they have leverage. Why shouldn't they use it?

8 months ago

American Airlines Isn’t Sure When It Will Fix Computer Issues at One of Its Regional Airlines

American Airlines Isn’t Sure When It Will Fix Computer Issues at One of Its Regional Airlines

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

It's never a good sign when an airline admits it has a technological issue and is not sure when it will fix it. The best advice is for travelers to avoid PSA Airlines. But most passengers book with American Airlines and have no idea what regional carrier is actually operating the flight. That's a problem.

8 months ago

American to Cut Ties With 2 Regional Airlines

American to Cut Ties With 2 Regional Airlines

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

American Airlines is continuing to trim its roster of regional affiliates in an efficiency move. It's possible that American will sever ties with other affiliates, as well.

10 months ago

U.S. Pilot Shortage Claims a Casualty: Will More Airlines Shut Down?

U.S. Pilot Shortage Claims a Casualty: Will More Airlines Shut Down?

Brian Sumers, Skift

Great Lakes Airlines is essentially going out of business. The Regional Airline Association is using this as a chance to lobby politicians to relax requirements on pilot training. But that's probably not necessary. There's reason to believe the Great Lakes situation was unique.

11 months ago

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Qantas Takes Steps to Overcome Pilot Shortage

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Qantas' new pilot academy may address the airline’s needs, but won’t solve an imbalance which has already seen regional Australian airlines cancel and reschedule services. Meanwhile, the government has bowed to pressure and will again grant temporary visas to pilots after scrapping them last year.

12 months ago

UK Airport Operator Mulls Buying Domestic Airline Flybe

UK Airport Operator Mulls Buying Domestic Airline Flybe

Tom Lavell, Bloomberg

The collapse of Monarch Airlines and Air Berlin already provided the writing on the wall. These smaller European carriers are facing further consolidation.

12 months ago

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Pilot Qualification Standards to Be Reduced Under U.S. Airline-Safety Panel Recommendations

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Executives at regional airlines — such as United Express, American Eagle and Delta Connection — tend to dislike newish rules requiring first officers to have 1,500 flight hours before they can fly for a larger commericial airline. But let's not forget this rule was implemented for a reason. We need experienced pilots.

1 year ago