CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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.