News and notes from around the interweb:
- Germany stops recognizing British National (Overseas) Passports, documents granted by the British government to Hong Kong permanent residents who were British citizens prior to the handover. (Germany insists “that BNO is not a nationality and is only a travel document. As Hong Kong is part of China, [Hongkongers] need a Chinese passport in order to stay in Germany.”)
- ExpressJet, 49% owned by United, shut down its Embraer ERJ-145 at the end of September. They kept one plane and their operating certificate and now plan to start flying again as an independent airline in June and will lease nine additional regional jets.
By June 2021 it plans for three aircraft to operate a total of 420 departures carrying a total of 15,847 passengers in six point-to-point markets. It anticipates those travelers would pay an average of $153 for the service. The fleet would grow to 10 aircraft over the course of a year, reaching a dozen markets.
ExpressJet was a regional carrier owned by United Airlines that had been a part of Continental, inherited from the original mess of airlines acquired by Texas Air in the mid-1980s (that included Eastern and People Express in addition to Continental). They were spun off in 2002, sold to Atlantic Southeast a decade ago, and then reacquired in 2017.
- Boeing’s new coach seat as part of their joint venture with Adient.
- The President of American AAdvantage on the program’s current priorities.
- What happened to an ex-Four Seasons luxury charter Boeing 757.
- Dallas – Fort Worth re-opens runway 18R/36L