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Colgan Air absorbing Express jet routes in saab 200

GEORGE DUBYA

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I have recently been told that Colgan Air will be absorbing Express Jet routes in a cost saving measure by Continetal. The Saab 2000 will be taking over a number of routes out of IAH and CLE which were formerly express jet routes. The Saab 2000 operated by Colgan Air will operate at have the cost of Express and will be moving 50 seats. Plan to see this fiscal Q3 of 2006. Also, Colgan Air will be buying up Bankrupt mesaba's SF340s in a continuing effort to expand the Colgan Air cost saving fleet and to improve fleet commonality.
 

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I know we will see changes to the COex makeup after the Xjet deal ends, but somehow I don't see Colgan Saab 2000s as part of it. Especially at "have the cost". Who knows though. I almost hit a pig at FL240 yesterday.
 

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I heard CAL mgmt is not happy with Colgan in IAH. The rumor is that SKW will be back in bed with CAL by end of 06. Keep in mind CAL came to SKW a year or 2 ago trying to nego a deal for IAH feed. Something to think about.
 

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I could be wrong, but I did not think the Saab 2000 had ever been certified in the US.
 

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GEORGE DUBYA said:
I have recently been told that Colgan Air will be absorbing Express Jet routes in a cost saving measure by Continetal. The Saab 2000 will be taking over a number of routes out of IAH and CLE which were formerly express jet routes. The Saab 2000 operated by Colgan Air will operate at have the cost of Express and will be moving 50 seats. Plan to see this fiscal Q3 of 2006. Also, Colgan Air will be buying up Bankrupt mesaba's SF340s in a continuing effort to expand the Colgan Air cost saving fleet and to improve fleet commonality.


Maybe at half the cost, don't know about have the cost...
 

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I'm not sure if I buy the Saab 2000 rumor.

I spent some time in the 2000 sim in Vero Beach. (One of only two Saab 2000 sims in existance.) This is not a very common airplane, only around 35 were ever built. Of the 3 currently in the US (owned by Hendricks motorsports) only 2 are flying. Parts are so difficult to come by they bought an extra one to part out.
 

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GEORGE DUBYA said:
I have recently been told that Colgan Air will be absorbing Express Jet routes in a cost saving measure by Continetal. The Saab 2000 will be taking over a number of routes out of IAH and CLE which were formerly express jet routes. The Saab 2000 operated by Colgan Air will operate at have the cost of Express and will be moving 50 seats. Plan to see this fiscal Q3 of 2006. Also, Colgan Air will be buying up Bankrupt mesaba's SF340s in a continuing effort to expand the Colgan Air cost saving fleet and to improve fleet commonality.
Get real. Its the SF2000 part that is the most absurd. Next.................
 
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TEXAN AVIATOR

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Yeah, sure thing Dubya..:cartman:
 

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Colgan has to start completing flights out of Houston first before they can start taking Express flying.
 

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Here's the ignorant element to this thread. Why would Colgan purchase the Saab 2000 instead of using jets for these routes? (company policy against them or what!!) I know operating costs weigh down on all of this.
 

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While we are spreading rumors, I heard Colgan was buying Commutair. Then, they will get rid of the 1900s and replace them all with Q400s.................Then I woke up from my dream :rolleyes:
 

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Speaking of rumors..... I heard that the Colgans were getting out of the airline biz and opening a chain of buffets.... That is until they realized they would eat themselves out of business..
 

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Hendricks Motor-sports does have 3 and they're looking for a 4th.
Also, Joe Gibbs Racing has just purchased a SB20 as well. They to would like another one to replace their G159.
 

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"Speaking of rumors..... I heard that the Colgans were getting out of the airline biz and opening a chain of buffets.... That is until they realized they would eat themselves out of business.."

That's pretty damned funny...

I keep waiting for theo "magical 50 seaters" that Continental NEEDED to get rid of skywest for last summer.

Oh well, I guess a saab in the summer with no apu in iah was punishment enough.

Not much mention of Mesa opening up a base in iah...thoughts...
peace out,
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Colgan does not like jets (especially 50 seaters). From what I've heard, they would love 2000's, but they are rare and aren't 121 certified in the US.

I wouldn't be surprised if Colgan bought some of Mesaba's 340s.
 

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Was wondering the same thing.

Where are they gonna buy these 2000's?

Now maybe if the rumor was changed to Q400's...but I know Colgan doesn't like to buy new airplanes!
 

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Caught at least 3 Saab 2000s coming out of AZ sunday night on flighttracker after the race in Phoenix.
 
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