New Maintenance Schedule Extends Life of Fleet

The Yellowstone Regional Airport board are meeting this morning, and on their agenda is a status update on the fleet of jets that serves small airports such as Cody.
Bruce Ransom, Operations Manager for YRA, says keeping the fleet of the smaller 50 passenger jets is essential for affordable air service in and out of Cody. The smaller jets mean higher boarding number percentages as compared to the newer 70-passenger jets flown by other airlines, which contributes to the potential of federal essential air service bids being granted to this airport.
However, the smaller aircrafts are reaching the end of their lifespan, which is about 40,000 trips, after which they require costly maintenance. Ransom says that SkyWest has made some changes in their maintenance plan, which means that the 50 passenger jets will be able to stay in service longer.

In other news from YRA, Ransom says that the Transportation Safety Administration just last week installed a Pro-Vision people scanner that will allow for a less invasive TSA search during the boarding process.