WestJet announces Boeing 767-300 flights between Calgary and Honolulu, Calgary and Maui and Edmonton and Maui

WESTJET - E komo mai (welcome) aboard WestJet's Boeing 767

WestJet (Calgary) today announced flights between Alberta and Hawaii beginning in December are available for booking on its newly-acquired Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft. The 767, the first in the WestJet fleet, will operate between Calgary and Honolulu, Calgary and Maui and between Edmonton and Maui.

The 767s are configured with 24 seats in Plus, offering wider seats with more recline in a 2-2-2 configuration, meaning each set of two seats is separated by an aisle. There are 238 seats in the main cabin, and all seats have access to power for personal electronic devices such as tablets or phones.

“These aircraft will be redeployed in summer 2016 to new and exciting international destinations that will be announced later this year,” concluded Chris Avery.

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Are nonstop New York LGA-California flights a possibility?

According to this report by Dan Reed of Forbes, the Post Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages LaGuardia Airport (LGA) along with John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), is considering lifting the perimeter rule at LGA that restricts nonstop flights over 1,500 miles.

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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. If the rule is lifted, the landing and takeoff slots at LGA will become more valuable. Airlines will likely move some JFK-West Coast flights to LGA. The loser in this possible rule change may be the small communities with their current flights to LGA with smaller aircraft. The number of 50-seat regional jets is likely to decrease with any rule change at LGA. Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) N278SK (msn 145370) climbs away from the runway at LGA.

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Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 skids off the runway at Kathmandu

Turkish A330-300 TC-JOC crash landing at Kathmandu 3.4.15 (Mallika Aryal)(LR)

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) flight TK 726 from Istanbul skidded off a foggy runway today (March 4) while landing at Kathmandu, Nepal. The Airbus A330-303 TC-JOC (msn 1522) had already aborted a previous approach and was circling the airport before attempting to land again. The aircraft skidded off the runway and the nose gear collapsed. The passengers used the emergency chutes to evacuate the airliner.

According to this report by NBC, only one passenger out of the 224 passengers and crew members on board was injured.

Turkish Airlines issued this short statement:

Our flight number TK726 from İstanbul to Kathmandu overshot the runway after landing at Napal / Kathmandu.

All of our passengers and flight crew evacuated safely.

Necessary precautions are taken; after the technical investigation, this unfortunate incident will be determined and announced to public.

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Read the full report from The Independent: CLICK HERE

Twitter photo by Mallika Aryal.

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Ryanair orders three additional Boeing 737-800s, the “nicer approach” is working

Ryanair (Dublin) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $280 million at current list prices. With this order the Irish low-cost carrier now has unfilled orders for 174 Next-Generation 737-800s and 100 737 MAX 200s.

This new order will allow Ryanair  to expand its Boeing fleet to over 520 aircraft.

Ryanair operates more than 1,600 flights daily from 72 bases, connecting 189 destinations in 30 countries. With a team of more than 9,700 highly skilled professionals, the airline flew more than 86 million passengers in 2014.

Also, Ryanair has reported a 29% rise in passenger numbers for February, with the low-cost carrier announcing today it carried a total of 5.8 million passengers last month, up from 4.5 million the same time last year.

The airline also said its load factor (how many seats it fills on each flight) rose 11% to 89% in February.

In a statement at the airline’s 30th Anniversary celebration of it’s first flight, CEO Michael O’Leary praised the carrier’s new “soft approach” to passenger relations and “Always Getting Better” campaign.

“If I had known that being nicer to our customers was going to work so well, I’d have been nicer to them much earlier,” O’Leary said.

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-ENR (msn 35041) completes its final approach to Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) in the Canary Islands.

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Silk Way West orders three additional Boeing 747-800 freighters

Silk Way West  (formerly Silk Way Airlines) (Baku) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices.

Silk Way West is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.

According to Boeing, “there are now 56 747-8 Freighters in service with eight customers, the 747-8 Freighters have logged more than 500,000 flight hours and more than 88,000 flight cycles. They are performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.”

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silk Way West Airlines) Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) (msn 44937) lands at Paine Field near Everett.

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Cargojet paints its first aircraft for the Purolator contract

Cargojet Airways (Hamilton) has painted the first aircraft for the new Purolator contract.

Cargojet is taking over all Canada Post/Purolator flying after beating out Kelowna Flightcraft for the new contract.

On February 19, 2014 Cargojet announced they have been awarded the Domestic Air Cargo Network Services contract and have signed a Master Services Agreement with the Canada Post Group of Companies (CPGOC) for an initial seven-year (7) term with three (3) thirty-six month (36) renewal options. Projected revenues are estimated to be approximately one billion dollars during the initial seven-year agreement based on projected volumes.

Cargojet will provide comprehensive Canada-wide air cargo services for the Group of Companies, including Purolator’s national air cargo network. Cargojet’s domestic overnight network will be expanded and enhanced significantly to handle the additional volumes and provide a virtual dedicated Air Cargo Network to the Canada Post Group of Companies.

Purolator is Canada’s leading integrated freight and parcel solutions provider.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Former Star Air Boeing 767-39H ER C-FGSJ (msn 26256, ex OY-SRS) departs majestically from Calgary International Airport.

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Norwegian’s pilots will strike tomorrow affecting traffic in Norway, Sweden and Denmark

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Air Norway) (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) will be impacted by a pilots strike tomorrow (March 4) affecting operations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The pilots, as previously reported, are represented by the NPU. The pilots are protesting the outsourcing of jobs. Norwegian has issued this statement (translated from Norwegian):

Over 35 000 customers will be affected tomorrow by a pilot strike at Norwegian. Norwegian’s management has since the weekend been trying to reach a solution with the Norwegian Pilot Union (NPU) and the union Parat to avoid even more travelers suffering, without success.

Despite several attempts by the Norwegian’s leadership to get to constructive talks to avoid an escalation of the strike, this has not been possible to get into a dialogue. This leads unfortunately that all domestic flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark set for tomorrow, Wednesday March 4, will be impacted. All departures between the Scandinavian capitals are also set.

Norwegian really regrets that passengers will be affected by the flight cancellations. We will do everything we can to take care of our passengers in the best possible way. Anyone who has registered a mobile phone number on his Norwegian-profile and will be affected by the strike will receive SMS by Norwegian.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 737-8JP LN-NOW (msn 37817) with Oda Krohg on the tail taxies from the gate at Trondheim, Norway (TRD).

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