Romulus, MI â€“ April 3, 2009 â€“ MetroAir Staff and executives were pleased to announce that on Friday, April 3, 2009, the newly acquired CRJ-700 aircraft entered into service to begin revenue flights. The aircraft will fly under the Allegius banner for various MetroAir regional flights.Â The eight aircraft, which can accomodate up to 78 passengers in certain configurations (cabin crew of 2 and flight crew of 2), were originally purchased from Alaska Air Group on February 5, 2009 for a total of $121,000,000 USD.
With the announcement of the aircraft entering into service, Kim Gesch, MetroAirâ€™s COO, gave details as to the specific flights the CRJ aircraft will be operating. The aircraft will conduct flights for MetroAirâ€™s east and west coast operations. From MetroAirâ€™s Washington D.C. hub, the CRJ-700s will be flying to Memphis and Nashville. From MetroAirâ€™s Ontario, CA hub, the CRJ-700s will be flying to Salt Lake City and Arcata/Eureka, CA (KACV), an addition to MetroAir’s route network.Â MetroAir is confident it can bring superior service to a destination lacking in significant air service. Passengers wishing to fly out of Arcata/Eureka will now be able to connect to the MetroAir network of flights via MetroAirâ€™s Ontario hub. The flight to KACV will be operated once, daily.
As a way of showing thanks to both the donators to MetroAir and the Beta Testing team which worked extremely hard to get the CRJ-700 aircraft, and the entire fleet, flying perfectly, MetroAir executives and staff opted to release the CRJ-700 to only those pilots who have donated and/or are a part of the Beta Testing team. On April 10, 2009, the aircraft will be released to the rest of the MetroAir team to begin flying.
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