Daily Archives: April 11, 2013

Allegiant to resume seasonal Wichita nonstop service to Los Angeles

In time to take the kids to meet Mickey this summer, Allegiant Air is resuming seasonal service from Wichita to Los Angeles.

Flights will operate two times a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning June 5.

They will leave Wichita at 9:15 p.m. Flights will depart Los Angeles at 3:40 p.m. Pacific time.

The service ends August 14.

Allegiant also operates service from Wichita to Las Vegas.


Cessna CEO Scott Ernest chosen campaign chairman for United Way of the Plains

Cessna Aircraft president and CEO Scott Ernest will serve as campaign chairman for the United Way of the Plains‘ 2013 campaign.

In his role, Ernest will lead the volunteers in the fundraising effort.

Ernest has been a supporter of the United Way as a member of the Tocqueville Society and in promoting the organization within Cessna

That resulted in a 20 percent increase in giving by Cessna employees.

“Being a native of Kansas and a longtime supporter of the United Way, I know the valuable role and impact the agency makes right here at home,” Ernest said in a statement. “I am honored to serve as this year’s campaign chair and know the contributions of each person change lives every day for our neighbors and colleagues.”

Beechcraft Corp. CEO to speak at Wichita Aero Club

Bill Boisture, Beechcraft Corp.’s CEO, will be the keynote speaker at the Wichita Aero Club’s luncheon April 22.

The company, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February and reorganized as the new Beechcraft Corp.

Boisture will talk about the reorganized company’s plans and goals, said Wichita Aero Club president Dave Franson.

“Many of us are anxious to see what’s on the horizon,” Franson said in a statement. “There’s no better person to tell us than the company’s chief executive.”

Before coming to Beechcraft, Boisture was president of Intrepid Aviation and a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group.

He also has served as president of NetJets, Gulfstream Aerospace and British Aerospace Corporate Jets and as chairman and CEO of Butler Aviation.

Boisture was a fighter pilot in the Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from the Air Force Academy and a master’s in business administration from the University of New Haven.

The luncheon will be held at noon at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

For reservations, go to www.wichitaaeroclub.org or call 316-641-5962.


Piper Aircraft secures two major fleet deals

Piper Aircraft, based in Vero Beach, Fla., has secured two major fleet deals, the company announced at this week’s Sun’n Fun International Fly In and Expo in Lakeland, Fla.

Piper has signed agreements with CAE Oxford Aviation Academy for 35 planes and with Airline Transport Professionals for up to 100 aircraft, the company said.

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy’s order is for 22 single-engine Archer TX training planes and 13 twin-engine Seminole trainers, along with parts and service.

Deliveries will begin in the spring, Piper said. Twenty-seven planes will go to the academy’s site in Phoenix and eight will be sent later in the year to a site in Oxford, UK.

The order is part of five-year fleet replenishment agreement between the two companies.

Airline Transport Professionals’ order is for 15 Piper Archer TX  airplanes with an option for 85 more under a three-year purchase agreement.

The company does pilot training and pilot career development.

CAE Oxford operates 105 training aircraft, 64 simulators and 10 training centers. The company offers training for airline pilots, cabin crew and maintenance engineers.

Piper’s president and CEO, Simon Caldecott, and head of global sales, Drew McEwen, are former Hawker Beechcraft executives.