Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 889 posts, RR: 1 Posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 12122 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?
FlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2267 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12038 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.
Sebjacques92 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 138 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12038 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.
Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12011 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
BMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15061 posts, RR: 26 Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 12009 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.
Why do Aerospace Engineering students have to turn things in on time?
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!
Edit: Add Motor Sich Airlines
[Edited 2009-06-07 16:56:20]
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FlyingSicilian From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 959 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11935 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.
Several major oil/energy companies in Houston have corporate flight operations
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
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5864 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11899 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:
Corey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11854 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.
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21773 posts, RR: 19 Reply 16, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11745 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.
You can get a pretty good feel for those by checking out the traffic from northeast Pennsylvania to JQF this evening...
IAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4774 posts, RR: 25 Reply 17, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11710 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.
Any views shared are strictly my own and do not a represent those of any former employer.
Aussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1766 posts, RR: 5 Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 11370 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 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 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 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