MILWAUKEE, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines (AMEX:MEH) has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) top honor in its Aviation Maintenance Technician awards program. The program recognizes exemplary training of maintenance technicians. The program’s top honor — the Diamond Award — is the highest within five FAA categories. During the past seven years, Midwest Airlines has earned the Diamond Award six times.
To receive the award, air carriers must have 50% of their eligible maintenance technicians participate in a training program and receive an FAA certificate of achievement. To receive the Diamond Award, participating technicians must finish 100 hours of training comprised of FAA regulations and policy, safety, maintenance human factors, management subjects or similar career-related maintenance courses. Award requirements may also include the satisfactory completion of a 3-credit college level course in mathematics, English or science. By comparison, the award program’s next highest category — Ruby — requires 60 hours of training and no college-level course work.
“We are proud of the level of participation by Midwest Airlines’ technicians,” said Wayne Jamroz, Midwest Airlines vice president of Maintenance & Engineering. “The FAA’s Diamond Award is indicative of Midwest Airlines’ high standards and total commitment to training and safety, and we are pleased the FAA recognized the hard work and dedication of our maintenance team.”
Readers of Travel+Leisure named Midwest Airlines “Best Domestic Airline” in the magazine’s 2007 World’s Best Awards competition. The airline features jet service throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s most daily nonstop flights and best schedule to major destinations. Catering to business travelers and discerning leisure travelers, the airline earned its reputation as “The best care in the air” by providing passengers with impeccable service and onboard amenities at competitive fares. Both Skyway Airlines, Inc. — a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwest Airlines — and SkyWest Airlines, Inc. operate as Midwest Connect and offer service to and connections through Midwest Airlines’ hubs. Together, the airlines offer service to 52 cities. More information is available at http://www.midwestairlines.com/.
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Source: Midwest Airlines