segunda-feira, 19 de setembro de 2016
ViaAir secures Greenbrier EAS contract
ViaAir (VC, Orlando Int'l) has been selected as the new Essential Air Service (EAS) provider at Lewisburg (which serves Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs in West Virgina) by the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
Under the terms of its contract, which runs from October 1, 2016, through to November 30, 2018, ViaAir will operate a 12x weekly non-stop return service between Greenbrier/White Sulphur Springs and Charlotte using 50-seat ERJ-145 aircraft. The total annual subsidy allocated is USD4.73 million.
The DOT issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) in March this year and received offers from ADI Aerodynamics (4A, Pontiac), Boutique Air (4B, San Francisco, CA), Corporate Flight Management (LF, Smyrna), Silver Airways (3M, Fort Lauderdale Int'l), and Southern Airways Express (9X, Memphis Int'l), in addition to ViaAir.
Incumbent operator Silver Airways retendered for the contract and although its proposal was the only one that contained an interline agreement with a larger air carrier, the DOT says it encountered stiff resistance from Greenbrier town council which accused it of "poor performance."