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Release: April 21, 1999

Access Air CEO Donald Roger Ferguson to speak April 26 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Donald Roger Ferguson, president and CEO of AccessAir Inc., will be at the University of Iowa Monday, April 26 at 3 p.m. in Room W401 of the Pappajohn Business Building, speaking about his experiences starting an Iowa-based airline.

The presentation is part of a seminar series sponsored by the Manufacturing Productivity Center in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

The Des Moines-based AccessAir started service in February, offering flights from Des Moines; Moline, Ill.; and Peoria, Ill.; to Los Angeles and New York, with near-term expansion plans to offer service to Colorado Springs and Sioux City. It is also seeking support from the Iowa Legislature for a $10 million state loan to add aircraft to its fleet and offer service to Cedar Rapids. Its long-term plans include offering service to San Francisco, Washington D.C. and other major hubs.

Ferguson, 57, worked for the former Eastern Airlines for 21 years in a wide variety of roles, rising to vice president of maintenance and engineering. In this position, he was responsible for the airline's technical and regulatory elements following a major strike and an intensive FAA inspection. He was also responsible for all elements of Eastern's technical operations.

After Eastern's shutdown, Ferguson operated his own consulting company, working with clients such as Rockwell International, Northwest Airlines, Allied Signal and Coopers and Lybrand.

Ferguson has a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard with a concentration in engineering and applied physics, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He served seven years in the U.S Navy and was an officer on a nuclear attack submarine.

For more information, call (319) 335-1012.