Report: Point2Point Airways Suspends Operations | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.12.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.13.18

Airborne 02.14.18

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 02.12.18

Airborne-UnManned 02.13.18

Airborne 02.14.18

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18

Airborne 02.16.18

Sat, May 05, 2007

Report: Point2Point Airways Suspends Operations

On-Demand Air Taxi Service Grounded

Efforts to bring an on-demand commuter airline to Bismarck, ND appear to be stalled... at least temporarily... as upstart carrier Point2Point Airways announced this week it has suspended operations indefinitely, due to a lack of revenue and weather-related complications.

The Associated Press reports company founder John Boehle told a city administrator the airline will undergo "a corporate and capital restructuring process," though he did not elaborate on when that might occur.

As Aero-News reported, Point2Point announced in January 2006 it would begin on-call, air taxi service from Bismarck, using a fleet of Cirrus SR22 aircraft. The company received a $1.25 million federal Department of Transportation startup grant in 2005, and the state invested another $200,000.

NASA also contributed approximately $350,000, as part of the agency's Small Aircraft Transportation System program.

In a letter to the city, Boehle said the problem lay in "the inability of the airline to reliably dispatch aircraft due to inclement winter flying conditions." Neither the SR22, nor the Diamond DA42 Twin Stars the company agreed to purchase last year, have been certified yet for flight into known icing (FIKI) conditions.

"The airplanes they chose are great airplanes, they just have their limitations," said Paul Vetter, general manager of Executive Air Taxi Corp., one of 11 competing charter operators offering service in North Dakota. "If you pick an aircraft, at least pick one that's compatible with our weather conditions."

Point2Point Airways offered membership programs, allowing businesses to purchase pre-paid blocks of on-demand travel time. The airline began as a feasibility study conducted by Bismarck business developers and city officials, that spread to include much of the Upper Midwest region.

"It all started with a study on how to we get more seats out of Bismarck," City Commissioner Bill Wocken said. Boehle was a consultant paid by the city to write up the business plan for the new airline service, according to the AP.

Wocken said officials in Bismarck notified the DOT of Point2Point's woes Tuesday. Under terms of the DOT grant, the airline was required to offer service through 2007.

"It is their money tied up in the grant, not the city's," Wocken said. "We notified the funding agency to let them know the issue."

Aero-News will continue to investigate this story.

FMI: www.flyp2p.com

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting? The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the>[...]

Airborne 02.16.18: R66 Wire-Strike Protection, Elk v Helo, Trump Budget

Also: Red Bull Picks Hartzell, SNC Dream Chaser, CH-53K Demo's Vehicle Lift, Emirates Firms Up A380 Orders Robinson has added wire strike protection provisions to its R66 options l>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 02.13.18: FAA UAS Symposium, Airbus Delivers, Manned EHANG 184

Also: UAS Pilot Code, FAA Drone Program, SkyWatch Funding, Quantix Hybrid UAS For Farmers The FAA and AUVSI will co-host the 3rd Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposiu>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.18)

“We are excited that InstantEye has been selected by the Marines as their squad-level sUAS asset. We worked with the Navy and the Marines for some time as they tested and eva>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.18)

Aero Linx: European Air Law Association (EALA) EALA was established in 1988 with the aim to promote the study of European air law and to provide an open forum for those with an int>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC