St. Louis, MO April 7, 2015 – Air Choice One announced today that it has ordered one of two new Cessna Caravan EX’s being acquired for the company’s fleet by the end of fall of 2015. Air Choice One CEO Shane Storz, will accept the first new aircraft at the Cessna Aircraft Corporation factory in Wichita, Kansas the last week of April, 2015.
“These brand new aircraft continue to demonstrate our [Air Choice One’s] commitment to, investment in, and creation of a next-generation regional airline that ensures smaller cities maintain connectivity with the national air transportation system and global economy, as well as restore service on local commuter routes with proven demand that have been abandoned by large carriers,” said Shane Storz.
Since the first delivery over 25 years ago, more than 2,700 Cessna Caravans have been delivered to customers in all corners of the world. Cessna has continuously enhanced the Caravan and the “Cessna Caravan EX” versions being delivered to Air Choice One are equipped with a larger PT-6 turboprop engine that provides increased payload capability, faster rate of climb, and higher cruise speeds.
The new aircraft are equipped with the all-glass Garmin G1000 avionics suite which incorporates Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) that includes topographical displays of terrain, visualization of other air traffic, and real-time data from both aircraft and engine that improves situational awareness and trend monitoring to facilitate pre-emptive maintenance that reduces flight delays and cancellations attributable to mechanical issues. Further benefits of the Garmin 1000 include an advanced autopilot system that can perform virtually all pilot actions from climb-out through final descent and reduces pilot workload with precise vertical and horizontal guidance. These capabilities will result in higher flight completion rates, even during the most challenging weather conditions, as well as enhanced levels of safety and comfort.
The new aircraft are being delivered with TKS anti-ice/de-ice systems that exude glycol-based fluid through laser drilled holes on the leading edge of the wing and other critical surfaces. The fluid prevents precipitation from adhering to the aircraft, further enhancing both safety and operational reliability.
The airline believes that improved reliability of the new aircraft will result in greater support for local air service, and enable it to continue offering reliable service that will provide customers with confidence flying out of their local airport compared to other transportation options, including driving or flying from other airports in the region.
The two new Cessna Caravans join Air Choice One’s existing fleet of 7 Caravans that operate in all Lower 48 routes. Air Choice One fleet standardization results in, high dispatch reliability, customer comfort, and other operational efficiencies.
The two new aircraft will initially be positioned at St. Louis International Airport which serves as the main base of operation for Air Choice One’s route system. Markets served include Burlington IA, Decatur IL, Fort Dodge IA, Ironwood MI, Jonesboro AR, Mason City IA, and Jackson TN, where Air Choice One will launch service on June 28.
St. Louis, MO December 3, 2014 – Air Choice One is pleased to announce its fares and airline schedule for Fort Dodge, IA. Service will begin February 23, 2015 with round trip daily scheduled service from Fort Dodge, IA to St. Louis, MO. Air Choice One CEO, Shane Storz, states “Early Spring is a great time to start service. It gives passengers the opportunity to check out our service before planning a summer vacation.” Air Choice One will jump start service using Introductory Fares within the dates stated below. Current Fort Dodge, IA fares and schedule are as follows:
|One-Way Trip Pricing
FET Included (Additional Taxes & Fees Apply)
(Book and Fly February 23, 2015 – May 31, 2015)
(Starting June 1, 2015)
The air carrier has established EAS contracts in Burlington IA, Decatur IL and Jonesboro, AR into Lambert- St. Louis International Airport. Fort Dodge’s commercial air service will be provided on the Cessna Grand Caravan, a top of the line turbine powered aircraft which offers plush leather seating and spacious leg room. Collectively, Air Choice One has doubled their EAS service cities in the 2014 calendar year and continues to seek opportunities to expand their air service throughout the Midwest.
Tickets are available now. For booking information please visit www.airchoiceone.com or call 866-435-9847.
St. Louis, MO October 27, 2014 – The Department of Transportation awarded a 2 year EAS contract to St. Louis based airline, Air Choice One, to start serving Fort Dodge Iowa Regional Airport. Air Choice One is very excited with the decision. The Company has doubled in size in the year 2014 with this DOT decision. Air Choice One will begin service in early 2015 (exact date yet to be determined).
Shane Storz, Air Choice One CEO, commented “We are very happy with the decision of the DOT and are proud to serve three airports within Iowa! As always, we are eager to introduce Fort Dodge to Air Choice One’s dependable service. We hope the Fort Dodge community and the surrounding communities will once again come out and support their local airport. Thank you to all of those throughout the community that have supported our effort to restore first class service.”
The air carrier has established EAS contracts in Burlington IA, Decatur IL, Ironwood MI, Jonesboro AR, and Mason City IA (service starts November 17, 2014). Air Choice One operates two hubs, one located at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and a second located at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Fort Dodge’s commercial air service will be provided on the Cessna Grand Caravan, a top of the line turbine powered aircraft which offers plush leather seating and spacious leg room. Collectively, Air Choice One has grown their EAS cities 573%+ (from FY 09/10 – FY 13/14) and continues to seek opportunities to expand their air service throughout the Midwest.
More information will be released in the following weeks, including Air Choice One’s fare structure and flight schedule for the new service city.
Air Choice One was founded in 1979 and is a family owned and operated organization. For further information visit www.airchoiceone.com.
The Flight Operations Department at Air Choice One is happy to announce on Monday, October 13, 2014 all flights will be returning to their regular scheduled destinations and flight times. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding through this difficult event.
- The FAA has been working 24/7 to install a new network of almost 10 miles of communication and radar wires throughout the entire Chicago Center. This installation has now been completed at the midpoint of this week (10/8/14).
- The FAA is going to be launching test flights in and out of the Chicago Center (ZAU) controlling sectors to test the aircraft tracking and communication abilities with the new wires.
- Overnight Sunday, 10/12 into early morning Monday, 10/13 the FAA will transfer radar and communication services back to Chicago Center (ZAU) for all Air Choice One Flights.
Air Choice One Flight Operations has strategically integrated crews and aircraft with our modified operations schedule (current schedule) so that there may be a seamless transition Sunday night into Monday morning back to our original schedule with flights in and out of ORD from BRL/DEC. Again, we would like to thank all of our passengers and crews for their understanding through this tribulation.
For Booking Information please visit AirChoiceOne.com or call 866-435-9847.
The Flight Operations Department at Air Choice One has been working around the clock at developing fixes and processing information given by various agencies and operators with relation to the Chicago Center airspace and the relation to our ORD operations. Here is what we know and are doing:
- There are contractors assessing damage to the Chicago Center (ZAU) radar facility after damage caused by the fires and resulting water to extinguish the blaze.
- Right now, it is estimated that it could take at least 1 month to get the facility back and running/ staffed fully. From that point, it may take an additional month to get things back to 100% without delays.
- We have discussed operational plans with numerous controlling agencies (Minneapolis Center, Kansas City, and Indianapolis Center) with routing to get us clearances to and from ORD. There is no standardized plan in place to deal with this particular situation: Many experimental fixes are being discussed.
- DEC / BRL routes are uniquely affected by the Chicago Center outage. They fall underneath the Chicago Center veil of airspace and getting a clearance to fly from those airports to ORD has been very complicated / next to impossible. Since the airspace is “owned” by Chicago Center they have to give authorization to neighboring centers/agencies to release aircraft. At this time, Chicago Center is not staffed in such a way to issue such authorization.
- IWD is affected a bit differently from DEC / BRL as they are controlled by Minneapolis Center and their jurisdiction allows the air craft and flights to receive clearance to ORD. However, due to route congestion we are experiencing lengthy and sometimes extended delays.
- Air choice One Flight Operations has actively pursued alternate routes for the DEC / BRL to ORD segments. Together with the Decatur Airport (DEC) and the Southeast Iowa Regional Airport (BRL) arrangements have been made for all Chicago bound flights to be rerouted to St. Louis. All passengers will have an opportunity to make alternative travel plans that include an option to depart from St. Louis Lambert or work with Air Choice One Customer Service (1-866-435-9847) to resolve their individual service need.
- This schedule substitution is scheduled to last for about two weeks but possibly longer; please stay tuned to airchoiceone.com for the latest information.
*Temporary Schedule Revision Due to Impact of Fire at Chicago ATC Center*
Effective 09/30/14 Through 10/12/14 Pending Further Updates From Chicago O’Hare
Temporary Changes Shown Below in RED