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Japanese airline ANA retires last 747 in Tupelo

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) retired its last Boeing 747 on Thursday, with the pilots making a flyover at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

The 747 was officially retired from service on March 31 in Tokyo, carrying several hundred passengers. In recent days, it made its way to Anchorage, Alaska and finally to Tupelo. It landed around noon Thursday, then made its way to Universal Asset Management, which has retired 10 of ANA’s planes over the years. Three ANA 747s sit on UAM’s space at the airport, including a Pokemon 747 that landed last fall, joining ANA’s other retired Pokemon plane that was disassembled in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

April 17, 2014 at 11:54 pm

Last 747 for Japanese airline to land in Tupelo on Thursday

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Biz Buzz speculated two weeks ago that the final Boeing 747 belonging to All Nippon Airways (ANA) could very well be headed to Tupelo and Universal Asset Management.

This is the retired ANA 747 that will be landing in Tupelo Thursday.

This is the retired ANA 747 that will be landing in Tupelo Thursday.

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New air service in Tupelo could be in place by August

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While Silver Airways has announced it is ending commercial air service in Tupelo (click here for previous coverage),  Silver Air planeofficials with the Tupelo Regional Airport think a replacement carrier could be in place as early as August.
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Written by Dennis Seid

April 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Silver Airways to end service to Tupelo, other Mississippi cities

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Silver Airways is ending its service to Tupelo, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based airline announced today in a move that wasn’t unexpected. Silver Air plane

Said Silver in a news release:

As part of its plan to strengthen operations, increase revenue, reduce costs, and better position the airline for future growth and other opportunities, Silver Airways today announced plans to exit much of its Atlanta network and redeploy its aircraft and team members to other key markets.

Silver has provided the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) with the required 90-day notice of its intent to discontinue scheduled service between Atlanta and five communities, including Muscle Shoals, Alabama (MSL); Greenville, Mississippi (GLH); Laurel/Hattiesburg, Mississippi (PIB); Tupelo, Mississippi (TUP); and Meridian, Mississippi (MEI).

Tupelo Regional Airport executive director Josh Abramson said Silver flights will continue, however.

“The next step is that the U.S. Department of Transportation will issue a hold-in-service order, which means Silver has to continue service until a suitable replacement is found,” he said.

Abramson said Silver will continue to fly its schedule, and the airport will have a webpage dedicated to the process in which a new carrier will be selected.

Ironically, Silver was picked by the USDOT two years ago as a replacement for Delta Air Lines, when it announced in July 2011 it was ending service in Tupelo. Delta said it could no longer serve 24 small airports across the country. Other Mississippi cities at the time included Greenville and Hattiesburg. Delta received federal Essential Air Service subsidies to fly in those cities. In Greenville, it received $1.6 million a year; in Hattiesburg nearly $1.4 million; and in Tupelo, more than $920,000.

Silver received a two-year guaranteed subsidy totaling nearly $16.1 million to provide service to Tupelo (with a link to Greenville), Hattiesburg and Meridian. The Hattiesburg  cost $2.97 million, while the Greenville-Tupelo subsidy  cost $7.04 million. The DOT at the time also raised concerns about Silver’s higher subsidy but chose the airline anyway.

Silver began service in October 2012, taking over subsidized service from Delta. But Silver stumbled from the start, with a delayed service launch, website issues, flight delays and cancellations and an inability to code share with Delta as had been expected.

It’s Silver’s second time this year to announce it was ending service. In February, Silver  provided the Department of Transportation with a federally required 90-day notice of its intent by May 15 to end service between Cleveland and DuBois, Bradford and Franklin in Pennsylvania as well as Jamestown, N.Y and Parkersburg, W.Va.

Silver blamed a pilot shortage and low passenger numbers for that move. It said in February that it would retire its 19-seat Beech aircraft and redeploy those pilots and maintenance team workers to the rest of its 28 Saab 340 turboprops that served its other markets, including Tupelo.

Abramson said DOT will announce a timeframe for bids from airlines interested in providing service – the same procedure that it followed when Delta made its announcement in 2011. Four airlines ultimately bid to provide service in Tupelo, with the finalists being Silver and Air Choice One.

Abramson said he expects some of the same airlines to bid for service again. He also is meeting with “six or seven” other airlines to gauge their interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

April 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Airline retiring its last 747 – which could make its way to Tupelo

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is retiring the last of its Boeing 747 planes today. ANA 747

The airline, which once owned more than 120 of the planes, will make its final scheduled flight from Naha, in Okinawa, to Tokyo’s airport.

According to this report, “The two-deck carrier, loved for its broad-shouldered look, will ferry holiday-makers and aviation enthusiasts.”

And could it eventually make its way to Tupelo?

Universal Asset Management has landed several 747 over the past two years at its recycling operation at the airport, including ANA planes. We’ll see.

Since making its debut with the now-defunct Pan American Airways in 1970, more than 1,400 747s have been built by Boeing.

Written by Dennis Seid

March 31, 2014 at 7:11 am

UAM free tour on Saturday – plus an airport emergency drill

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Universal Asset Management, the company that disassembles retired jumbo jets, sells parts and recycles the rest, is having another tour Saturday at its facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport.

Aerial view of Universal Asset Management's disassembly facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport. File photo | Dennis Seid

Aerial view of Universal Asset Management’s disassembly facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport. File photo | Dennis Seid

UAM will offer tours from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The company is doing this every first Saturday of the month.

Any questions concerning the tour can be direct to UAM’s Marketing Manager, Matt Scott by calling (901) 682-4064 or emailing

Also on Saturday, the airport also will be having an emergency drill, with fire, police and emergency responders. Oh, and “victims” of a “plane crash.”

Here’s what the airport says will be happening, starting at about 3:30 p.m.:

On Saturday,March 1,2014 at approximately 3:30 p.m.,the Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP) will conduct its triennial full-scale airport exercise. The exercise is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to occur every three years. The exercise is designed to test the response capabilities and effectiveness of emergency personnel including law enforcement,fire and medical representatives.

The exercise will have two stages;one involving the airport terminal ,and the other involving an aircraft incident that occurs on one of the Tupelo Regional Airport ramps. Volunteer role-players will serve as “victims”and will be “made-up”to provide “realistic-looking” levels of injury,to fully engage first responders to either scene. The exercise is expected to last between two and three hours.

Written by Dennis Seid

February 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

Three Airbus planes this week keep UAM busy

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It’s been a busy week at Tupelo Regional Airport and for Universal Asset Management.

Three retired Airbus planes have landed for the plane disassembly operation.

Lufthansa Airbus 340 landing at Tupelo Regional | Courtesy photo

Lufthansa Airbus 340 landing at Tupelo Regional | Courtesy photo

More from UAM:

Universal Asset Management Inc.  announces the arrival of three aircraft to their Tupelo, Miss. disassembly facility at the Tupelo Regional Airport  for immediate disassembly and sale.

An Airbus A300 previously operated by Monarch Airlines, an Airbus A330 previously operated by Malaysia Airlines, and an Airbus A340 previously operated by Lufthansa will be inducted into UAM’s End-of-Life Recycling Process and the components that are removed from the aircraft will be added to UAM’s Airbus aftermarket component inventory.

The Tupelo disassembly facility employs certified A&P mechanics and leads the industry in the most comprehensive disassembly process allowing UAM to provide the largest component availability in the industry.

Keri Wright, Chief Executive Officer at UAM stated “This is an exciting time for UAM as we continue to increase the number of aircraft arriving for disassembly.” She continues, “These three wide-body aircraft arrived at our disassembly facility within a few days of each other and we have already initiated the disassembly process.”

Written by Dennis Seid

February 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm