First 757 enters service, plus other news

MetroAir Newsdesk

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*ROMULUS, MI, March 28th, 2008 — *Today MetroAir’s first 757-200 entered service from their home base at Washington Dulles Intl to their west-coast home at Ontario, California. The aircraft will be based at Ontario to fulfill transcontinental route requirements to Washington and Newark.

MetroAir 757 first flight

All 757s that will be based at Ontario will also serve these routes, along with service to Hawaii and Central America. However, the next three of these initial four 757s will be based at Washington Dulles, replacing the airline’s leased 767-200ERs on transatlantic routes to the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

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Meanwhile, the airline’s regional franchisee, Allegius, appointed a dedicated Hub Manager to provide the airline’s trainee and regional pilots with a more personalized management service. Sean Forehand accepted the role last week and has already settled in very well.

Tim Krajcar, the airline’s IT Manager, has been promoted to the [b]executive[/b] position of Chief Technology Officer. His hard work on the ACARS system is indicative of the immense skills that Tim possesses, and we look forward to seeing the results of further development on the financial management systems.

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737-200 now retired

With the excitement surrounding the 757-200’s entry into service, the more sombre news of the 737-200s’ retirement has been met with sadness. An icon of a previous era in commercial aviation, and mainstay of MetroAir’s burgeoning fleet during the airline’s first few years of operation, the 737-200’s contribution to the growth of the airline will mean that it certainly won’t be forgotten.

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And finally, a new promotional video for the airline…