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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 15790 times:

The company I work for runs an "employee air shuttle" service which any employee with a business need can use to travel between our largest sites on the west coast. They have a fleet of 6 ERJ-135s which run regularly scheduled flights between MHR, SJC, HIO, and AZA, as well as 1 or 2 Beech 1900s that they use for a HIO-OLM route. The routes are such that if it were an airline, SJC would be the "hub", with HIO having a sort of "focus city" status.

As my work lately has required me to take the shuttle up to HIO on pretty much a weekly basis, I've gotten to wondering, what other companies have a similar corporate air shuttle service? What kinds of planes do they use, and where do they fly them?

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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2293 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15706 times:

Limited Brands (owner of Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, etc) has a daily shuttle from CMH to TEB to move employees between their HQ's in Columbus and their offices in NYC. The company has 2 CRJ-200s for the shuttle, and also uses them for company travel to other locations. Limited Brands also has 2 Global Express for the higher-ups, and Les Wexner, Limited's CEO, has a BBJ.

Nationwide Insurance, also based in Columbus, used to have a daily shuttle operated by Chautauqua with an ERJ-145 to Des Moines, the headquarters of Allied Insurance, which Nationwide purchased. The shuttle has since been suspended. Nationwide does maintain its own fleet of 2 CL-605s and I believe a Hawker 750.


User currently offlineSebjacques92 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15706 times:

I cant remember the specifics but a family member of mine often used to take a Ford Motor Company Shuttle between their factorys and HQ. I believe the aircraft they used were Boeing 737-700's that had a 2-2 seating arrangement. Apparently they also leased in some 737-200 for a short period way back.

He used to tell me funny stories about how you would often get employees carrying car exhausts and bumpers onto the aircraft and storing them in the over head lockers. Apparently these were prototype parts.

Apparently the shuttles still fly between factorys and HQ's but as he no longer uses them he is unsure as to the details.

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User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15679 times:

Pfizer has (had? Not sure if they still do) a couple of E135s that they use for shuttles. Prior to the Embraers they used Citation, so when they took delivery the blue pill jokes were common. Johnson Controls also has a shuttle, along with Menards. I think Intel uses a few 1900's as shuttles.

Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 2):
I cant remember the specifics but a family member of mine often used to take a Ford Motor Company Shuttle between their factorys

They also had a Fokker 70 as well.



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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15830 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15677 times:



Quoting Sebjacques92 (Reply 2):
I cant remember the specifics but a family member of mine often used to take a Ford Motor Company Shuttle between their factorys and HQ. I believe the aircraft they used were Boeing 737-700's that had a 2-2 seating arrangement. Apparently they also leased in some 737-200 for a short period way back.

I think that they also had a Fokker or two. Also, I think that this shuttle ran to one of the airports in Phoenix for one of the Ford proving grounds there.

Also, Midwest Airlines started out as KC Aviation for the Kimberly Clark company and I think that their initial route was from Kansas City to Milwaukee.

I also believe that Lockheed-Martin operates a Beech from Palmdale to Groom Lake on a fairly regular basis.

I do know that AS has operated 737s on a scheduled charter to the Red Dog Mine in Alaska. I would guess that many oil or mining operations charter aircraft or operate their own in a similar fashion.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15674 times:

Airbus runs a shuttle between Bristol Filton and Toulouse. It's operated by WDL Aviation and there is an excellent trip report of it here: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/145990/

There is also a J41 operated by Highland Airways which runs between PLH, Hawarden, and Scotland, with BAe and Airbus being users I'm told. It has occasionally gone to FZO as well.

In the Ukraine Motor Sich Airlines operate flights from Kiev to Zaporozhye to transport executives and officials/visitors to the Motor Sich design bureau and manufacturing sites in the city, plus the many other separate factories and industrial areas. It's possible to book a flight on this service as an ordinary passenger, but the fares are kept high to discourage you from doing so, as it's primarily for the workers... although when I flew it, most of the passengers were the managers/executives wives and children returning from a day out shopping in Kiev, laden with designer goods!


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Edit: Add Motor Sich Airlines

[Edited 2009-06-07 16:56:20]


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User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15668 times:

Cummins has a J328 that operates every weekday out of Columbus, Indiana.


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15656 times:

There's the Janet 737-200s out of LAS, which ferry workers from Las Vegas up to the various DoD facilities in Central Nevada. They've got their own air terminal across the Strip from Mandalay Bay.

User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15830 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15639 times:

I rather stupidly forgot to mention the World Airways MD-11 that regularly flies from Houston to Luanda (I think, I know it's somewhere in Africa) regularly in support of the oil industry.


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User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15629 times:

Somebody used to run a 319CJ PTK-STR for Daimler-Chrysler... can't remember if D-C did it itself or if it was a charter from Privatair or similar.


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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15830 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15616 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 9):
Somebody used to run a 319CJ PTK-STR for Daimler-Chrysler... can't remember if D-C did it itself or if it was a charter from Privatair or similar.

I believe it was PrivatAir.



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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15603 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8):
rather stupidly forgot to mention the World Airways MD-11 that regularly flies from Houston to Luanda (I think, I know it's somewhere in Africa) regularly in support of the oil industry.

Correct, That is a regularly scheduled charter for Sonair run by World. Has been around for years.
The Houston Express http://www.sonairsarl.com/houstonExpress_en.shtml

Several major oil/energy companies in Houston have corporate flight operations

For example
Conoco Oil runs an E135 from Houston IAH to BVO and PNC in Oklahoma almost daily
Normally you can track it on FlightAware
They also run at least 1 737 around up in Alaska, though I haven't been involved with their Alaskan air ops in a few years

edit-link fix

[Edited 2009-06-07 17:14:03]


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User currently offlineAirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 609 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15586 times:

Hi,

I believe Bombardier has a shuttle between their facility outside Toronto and Montreal YUL. I remember seeing them using a Dash8 on the route.

AirOne


User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 15567 times:



Quoting BMI727 (Reply 10):
Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 9):
Somebody used to run a 319CJ PTK-STR for Daimler-Chrysler... can't remember if D-C did it itself or if it was a charter from Privatair or similar.

I believe it was PrivatAir.

Fairly sure it was on their own metal, D-ADNA is still owned by Daimler Chrysler Aviation (now known as DC Aviation) and is now running VIP Charters instead:

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User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 15522 times:



Quoting AirOne (Reply 12):

I believe Bombardier has a shuttle between their facility outside Toronto and Montreal YUL. I remember seeing them using a Dash8 on the route.

Yep, as well as a Flexjet Lear 45 shuttle between ICT and YUL.

Quoting FlyCMH (Reply 1):
Limited Brands (owner of Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, etc) has a daily shuttle from CMH to TEB to move employees between their HQ's in Columbus and their offices in NYC. The company has 2 CRJ-200s for the shuttle, and also uses them for company travel to other locations. Limited Brands also has 2 Global Express for the higher-ups, and Les Wexner, Limited's CEO, has a BBJ.

AOL used to, if not still does, operate IAD-TEB every weekday with J328's. One roundtrip in the morning and one in the evening.


User currently offlineBomber996 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 395 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 15443 times:

I dont know if this would be considered a Coporate Shuttle, but almost all the NASCAR teams run fleets of used regional jets and turboprops to ferry arround their pit crews.

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User currently onlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23296 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 15413 times:



Quoting Bomber996 (Reply 15):
I dont know if this would be considered a Coporate Shuttle, but almost all the NASCAR teams run fleets of used regional jets and turboprops to ferry arround their pit crews.

 checkmark  You can get a pretty good feel for those by checking out the traffic from northeast Pennsylvania to JQF this evening...

http://flightaware.com/live/findflig...ute.rvt?origin=avp&destination=jqf
http://flightaware.com/live/findflig...te.rvt?origin=abe&destination=KJQF
http://flightaware.com/live/findflig...te.rvt?origin=mpo&destination=KJQF



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15378 times:



Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 11):
Conoco Oil runs an E135 from Houston IAH to BVO and PNC in Oklahoma almost daily

The Conoco/Phillips is a twice daily shuttle, Mon-Fri at a minimum.

Dow Chemical also has a shuttle at least once a day, maybe twice a day Mon-Fri from MBS to LBX using a Aerodynamics Inc. (DNJ) A319 as well as their own company B1900 from BTR to LBX twice a day, Mon-Fri.



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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 15323 times:



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 17):
The Conoco/Phillips is a twice daily shuttle, Mon-Fri at a minimum.

It flies weekends also. It flew today.



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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 15250 times:



Quoting Lowrider (Reply 3):
I think Intel uses a few 1900's as shuttles.

Ha! Intel is actually the company I work for. As I mentioned above, they use the 1900s between HIO and OLM, but they use ERJs for all the other routes. If anyone's curious, those routes would be:

MHR - SJC
SJC - HIO
SJC - AZA
HIO - AZA
MHR - HIO (Mondays and Fridays only)


User currently offlineNws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 924 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 15241 times:



Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 14):
AOL used to, if not still does, operate IAD-TEB every weekday with J328's. One roundtrip in the morning and one in the evening.

Atlantic Coast Airlines used ot run that one, I know cause I worked it a few times on a Do 328.


User currently offlineB595 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2009, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 15167 times:

I think Eastman-Kodak had a corporate shuttle to ROC. Not sure of the a/c type, but I think it was a CRJ.

User currently offlinePilotfox From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 15148 times:

Johnson Controls has a E-135 based in MKE, I believe they do daily employee shuttles to somewhere in MI.

User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15830 posts, RR: 27
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 15140 times:

This may not exactly count, but there are multitudes of helicopters that are owned or chartered by oil companies to service and supply their oil rigs.


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User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15038 times:

The mining industry here in Australia has a huge number of fly-in, fly-out charter operations to remote mines, using everything from metros to Dash 8s, F50s to F100s, 146s and 737s. Many operate out of Perth, but also out of Queensland ports (CNS, TSV etc).

A number of airlines cater almost exclusively to this market, such as Alliance Airlines with F50s and F100s, Network Aviation with a variety of aircraft up to F100, Cobham with 146s (they also run some QFlink and Coastwatch operations), Skippers and a number of others. Qantas, Skywest and others also run charters as well as some scheduled services underwritten by the mining companies.


25 Bravo1six : A Q200 between Downsview - YZD (which is in the heart of Toronto, not outside the city) and YUL. Suncor, which is a major Canadian player in the oil
26 MCOflyer : What about the mining companies in Canada? KH
27 Fallingeese : Aside from using a large amount of charters, Canadian companies operating corporate shuttle include: Suncor Energy operates two CRJ-900s and a CRJ-200
28 RFields5421 : Pratt & Whitney runs a D328 Jet between BDL - their plant at the Toronto airport - YYZ and their plant outside Montreal daily. There is a B737 corpora
29 Flyguy595 : Xcel Energy has two Lear-45's that fly from APA-MSP-APA for the big wigs. They both leave in the morning from APA and MSP and pass each other on the w
30 Post contains links GatorAvionics : Conoco also ferries workers to/from ANC and FAI to the oil fields on the North Slope via SCC (Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse, AK). http://flightaware.com/live/
31 Flaps : Mellon Bank used to, and may still run daily PIT-NYC shuttles with SF340's. I don't know the status of this now after the BNY merger but I would imagi
32 KE7JFF : In addition to the Intel shuttle, there's also the Nike shuttle out of HIO which on ACARS actually identities itself as NIKE.
33 SAAB900 : Highland Airways operates a weekday corporate shuttle between Cambridge & the BAe factory at Warton, using what else but a BAe jetstream 31! Not sure
34 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : Suncor Energy, one of the major operators of the oil sands projects in northern Alberta, has a fleet of several aircraft to shuttle workers to the var
35 Snn2003 : Hertz has one that runs from there Midwest office to there NJ office.
36 Ckfred : A company called Acxiom, based in Little Rock, used to fly its jets between HQ in Little Rock (LIT) and its offices across the country. For instance e
37 Post contains links Luv2cattlecall : Didn't one of the pharma companies at RDU basically pay AA to operate a 777 to London each day? Ford is a great example of responsible, productive us
38 Post contains links and images CitationJet : It identifies itself as N1KE because its registration number is N1KE. View Large View MediumPhoto © Ruby Allesina
39 Gigneil : At least a few of the Ford ones are for sale. When ACA became FlyI, the 328JET was sold to someone else who operated it for TWX. I'm not sure who, an
40 BlueFlyer : I feel really bad for the man. Life sure is tough when you are stuck on one of the 11 bathroom-less 31As. I guess being CEO doesn't even rate getting
41 Post contains links RFields5421 : WalMart does a good job with their fleet, but don't let the CEO kid you - he flies on their Global Express quite often - N170SW which has been part o
42 Luv2cattlecall : The only times he uses the GEX is when either all the other stablemates are out, or on super-long flights. I toured their flight department awhile ba
43 BMI727 : I've also heard that American Eagle's XNA-LGA flight is essentially a Wal-Mart corporate shuttle.
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