US airlines cut schedules

Like almost all other US airlines, BAe 146 operator Air Wisconsin (operating as United Express) and Avro RJ operator Mesaba (operating as Northwest Jet Airlink) have announced cuts to their flight schedules. The moves come in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks, which resulted in an unprecedented two-day grounding of all US airlines, and a precipitous drop in passenger numbers. Air Wisconsin announced it would initially fly only 65 percent of normal departures, building to 80 percent of normal departures by the end of September and to about 86 percent of planned departures in October. Air Wisconsin operates 18 BAe 146s jets feeding United Airlines’ Chicago and Denver hubs. Mesaba announced plans to reduce its flight schedule by about 20 percent on a system-wide available seat mile basis. Mesaba operates 36 Avro RJ85s, feeding Northwest’s Minneapolis-St.Paul, Detroit, and Memphis hubs. Hawaii-based Aloha Airlines, which had been thought to be close to an Avro RJX-100 order, has also cut its flights by about 25 percent.

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