Contour Airlines

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Contour Airlines
Contour Final.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
LF VTE VOLUNTEER
Founded1982
Focus citiesSanta Barbara Municipal Airport[1]
Destinations17[2]
HeadquartersSmyrna, Tennessee, U.S.
Key peopleMatt Chaifetz, CEO
Lee Harris, EVP of Flight Operations[3]
Websitecontourairlines.com

Contour Airlines is a regional airline based in Smyrna, Tennessee, United States. It started operations in 1982 as an on-demand charter service for passengers and freight in the southern United States, as well as a full-service fixed-base operation and Federal Aviation Administration certificated repair station. Its main base is Smyrna Airport.[4] Contour Airlines shares management and ownership with Contour Aviation, which provides charter (Part 135), aircraft management, sales, government services, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

History[edit]

Contour Airlines ERJ-135LR at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport

Contour Airlines, then known as Corporate Flight Management (CFM), operated scheduled flights from Branson, Missouri to a number of destinations starting in 2011 under the Branson Air Express brand. Service ended in 2012, but flights to Chicago and Austin started in 2014 as Buzz Airways, using BAe Jetstream 41 aircraft.[5] Service from Branson ended in November 2016.[6]

CFM began service from Pikeville, Kentucky to Nashville on October 27, 2014 under the Appalachian Air brand.[7] This service ended in July 2015.[8][9]

Contour Airlines commenced flights between Bowling Green, Kentucky and Atlanta, and seasonal service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, utilizing Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft, in the summer of 2016.[10][11] Flights from Bowling Green to Atlanta were discontinued in January 2017 due to insufficient demand, but seasonal service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach continues.[12] By 2018, Contour will have replaced Via Air on the Charlotte to Beckley to Parkersburg segments, and will also add Charlotte to Tampa service to provide one-stop service to Florida.

On April 1, 2019 they retired their Jetstream 31/32 fleet and went solely to 10 EMB-135-ER/LR and one EMB-145-LR.

Destinations[edit]

Contour Airlines operates Essential Air Service (including Alternate Essential Air Service) flights serving

City State IATA Airport Refs
Phoenix Arizona PHX Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Page Arizona PGA Page Municipal Airport
Crescent City California CEC Del Norte County Airport [13]
Oakland California OAK Oakland International Airport
Palm Springs California PSP Palm Springs International Airport Begins September 16, 2019
Sacramento California SMF Sacramento International Airport
San Luis Obispo California SBP San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport Begins October 17, 2019
Santa Barbara California SBA Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
Tampa Florida TPA Tampa International Airport
Macon Georgia MCN Middle Georgia Regional Airport
Baltimore Maryland BWI Baltimore-Washington International Airport [14]
Tupelo Mississippi TUP Tupelo Regional Airport [15]
Fort Leonard Wood Missouri TBN Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Airport
St. Louis Missouri STL St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Las Vegas Nevada LAS Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Charlotte North Carolina CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Nashville Tennessee BNA Nashville International Airport [15]
Beckley West Virginia BKW Raleigh County Airport
Parkersburg West Virginia PKB Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport

Fleet[edit]

Contour Airlines Current Fleet[16]
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Embraer ERJ-135 11 0 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.aviationpros.com/airlines/press-release/21045400/contour-airlines-selects-santa-barbara-as-focus-city
  2. ^ "ContourAirlines". www.contourairlines.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  3. ^ "About Corporate Flight Management - CFM". Contour Aviation. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 69.
  5. ^ "Branson Airport's 2015 service begins to take shape". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  6. ^ "Missouri's new Branson Airport struggling to keep fliers". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  7. ^ Appalachian Air Announces Ticket Sales, Appalachian Air, October 6, 2014, Retrieved 2014-10-09 Archived October 9, 2014, at Archive.today
  8. ^ "Appalachian Air shuts up shop; blames Obama". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  9. ^ Press, WSAZ News Staff, The Associated. "UPDATE: Appalachian Air Grounding Pikeville Air Service". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  10. ^ Staff, WBKO News. "Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport announces flights to Atlanta, Destin". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  11. ^ Gossum, Michael. "Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport announces ticket fares". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  12. ^ Gossum, Michael. "Bowling Green airport cancels Atlanta flights; Destin service continues". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  13. ^ "In April, Crescent City Airport Will Begin Offering Jet Service Between There and Oakland". Redheaded Blackbelt. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  14. ^ "Here's everything you need to know about new flights from Macon to Washington, D.C." macon. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  15. ^ a b "Video: Tupelo To Have Air Service Starting April 5th - WCBI TV | Your News Leader". WCBI TV | Your News Leader. 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  16. ^ "ContourAirlines". contourairlines.com. Retrieved 2018-03-29.

External links[edit]

Official website