LONDON – A new proposed new regional airline in the U.S, Connect Airlines announced it has received an interstate schedule airline certificate from the Transportation department of DOT for short.
This particular certificate allows the new airline to conduct scheduled interstate fights after it conducts route proving flights as outlined by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Such flights are set to begin shortly, on July 18th, 2022, and will take approximately 1 month.
As a matter of fact, the DOT has provisionally greenlighted the Connect airlines certificate to appreciate foreign scheduled air transportation or F-AOC.
This F-AOC certificate is separated from the current certificate after its formal review by the White House.
John Thomas, CEO, Connect Airlines. “We thank the Administration and the Department’s team for their interest and diligence in moving our application forward.”
“This major milestone allows us to deliver a smarter and more sustainable travel experience. Getting to this stage would not have been possible without the incredible work of our entire team over the past year.”
“We look forward to completing our regulatory process with the FAA and DOT to ensure our pending service will meet our promise to passengers.”
The new regional airline is set to revive air transportation service between Toronto and the Mid-West in the longer term.
As of now, its goal is to work alongside the FAA, and after that will apply for the Canadian certificates to operate international flights.
As a regional airline, they will definitely fly from Toronto’s secondary or regional airport Toronto Billy Bishop’s (YTZ), which is convenient for business travellers due to its proximity to downtown, and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Philadephia Airport (PHL).
The airline has taken environmental considerations for Connect’s regional aircraft, and this will shave 40% fewer carbon emissions than the existing jets that are being used by current regional airlines in North America.
The airline has ambitious plans to become the first-ever zero-emission passenger airline in the country, with its major order announcement to procure Universal Hydrogen, a hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Thomas added “Regional jet flights represent 40% of total US departures. So, adapting and applying existing technology to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint is fundamental to the US reaching its climate goals. ”
Connect Airlines is set to disrupt the traditional market of regional aviation in the midwest, as its ambitious goal of becoming environmentally friendly we pressure other operators to do so.
Connect Airlines is a division of Waltzing Matilda Aviation, which is a pioneer in private jet travel. Having a business jet operator running a scheduled service, will this airline evolve into airlines like JSX?
Will one see new airlines like Connect Airlines serve underserved destinations and markets? These questions remained unanswered after the airline starts its operations.