11.02.2021 – 03:54 UTC
Envoy Air (MQ, Dallas/Fort Worth) is set to retire its ten EMB-140LRs by early May 2021 after its parent, American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth), resolved to cease using the type on its regional network.
The carrier confirmed to The Points Guy that it will retire the Embraer subfleet as of May 5, 2021.
“As we continue bringing larger regional jets into our system, the Embraer E140s are the first we are phasing out,” American Airlines’ Vice-President (Network Planning), Brian Znotins, said.
Although Envoy Air operates just eight active E140s for American Airlines, the aircraft fly a relatively dispersed network and are based out of Dallas/Fort Worth, New York JFK, New York La Guardia, Charlotte Int’l, and Chicago O’Hare. While the vast majority of their operations are domestic, they are also scheduled on flights to Canada (Montréal Trudeau and Toronto Pearson from both New York bases, both due to restart in April 2021), as well as for a single scheduled flight from…
14.01.2021 – 14:30 UTC
Lesotho has closed its airspace for all but essential flights for two weeks in the wake of a new hard lockdown to contain the spread of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
In a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued in the afternoon on January 13, the Lesotho Department of Civil Aviation announced that all international, regional, and domestic flights to and from the Southern African kingdom, irrespective of the risk category of their country of origin, were prohibited from 0500L (0300Z) on January 14 until 2359L (2159Z) on January 27. The only exceptions allowed are essential services and essential cargo flights. Maseru will be operational from 0700L (0500Z) to 1300L (1100Z) each day only, the NOTAM read.
South Africa’s Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo), which currently provides the only scheduled regional service to Maseru, in reaction announced the temporary suspension of its daily rotations between Johannesburg O.R. Tambo and Maseru’s Moshoeshoe I International Airport. The flights suspended are 4Z 052 and 4Z 053.
Editorial Comment: Updated with further comment from Mohahlaula Airlines. – 14.01.2021 – 17:07 UTC