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Surinam Airways to resume nonstop Paramaribo-Miami service on April 3

Surinam Airways (Paramaribo) will restore nonstop twice-weekly Paramaribo-Miami flights starting on April 3 per Airline Route. The current route operates three times a week via a stop at Aruba. The new flights are additional flights.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Surinam Slide Show: CLICK HERE

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TSB issues its Progress Report on the August 20 crash of First Air C-GNWN

Transportation Safety Board of Canada has issued its Progress Report on the August 20, 2011 crash of First Air Boeing 737-210C C-GNWN at Resolute Bay.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema.

Here is the full report:

First Air Flight 6560, Boeing 737 Accident, 20 August 2011, Resolute Bay (A11H0002)

On 20 August 2011, a First Air Boeing 737-210C aircraft (registration C-GNWN, serial number 21067) was being flown as a charter flight from Yellowknife, North West Territories, to Resolute Bay, Nunavut. As is often the case for aircraft operating in the arctic, the cabin was partitioned to allow a combination of cargo and passengers, this configuration is known as a combi.

At 1142 Central Daylight Time, during the approach to Runway 35T, First Air Flight 6560 impacted a hill at 396 feet above sea level (asl) and about 1 nautical mile east of the midpoint of the Resolute Bay Airport runway which, itself, is at 215 feet asl. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and an ensuing post-crash fire. Eight passengers and the four crew members suffered fatal injuries. Three passengers suffered serious injuries and were rescued by Canadian military personnel who were in Resolute Bay as part of a military exercise.

Investigation Team Work

The investigation team is led by the Investigator-in-Charge, Brian MacDonald. Mr. MacDonald has 31 years of aviation experience; 23 years as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and eight years with the TSB. He has been an air accident investigator for the past 15 years. Mr. MacDonald is assisted in this investigation by experts in flight operations, air traffic services, weather, aircraft structures, aircraft systems, aircraft engines, and human performance.

Some of these experts come from within the TSB, but assistance is also being provided by the following organizations: Bradley Air Services Limited (First Air), Transport Canada, NAV CANADA, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Department of National Defence, The Boeing Company, Pratt and Whitney (engines), and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. This is a normal part of any investigation, as these experts play a key role in helping the team uncover and understand all of the underlying factors which may have contributed to the accident.

The investigation team continues its work which is in Phase 2 of this 3-phase investigation. The three phases of every investigation include: the Field Phase, the Post-Field Phase and the Report Production Phase. While continuing to gather the information it needs, the team has now begun the work of analyzing the considerable amount of data in order to determine what happened, why it happened and, what can be learned to help ensure it does not happen again.

Work Completed to Date

A significant amount of work has been completed so far, but much remains to be done. Dozens of interviews have been conducted. Hundreds of technical and operational documents, weather reports, air traffic control communications, studies and research papers have been gathered, and the analysis of this material is well underway.

A detailed survey of the accident site was completed and a comprehensive plot of the aircraft components constructed. The TSB completed an extensive study of the wreckage and removed some of the components for further laboratory analysis.

The flight recorders were located on the first day and shipped to the TSB lab for data download and analysis. The recorders contain much needed data and will assist investigators in the understanding of what happened during the approach phase of the flight.

What We Know

In the hours before the accident, the weather in Resolute Bay was variable with fluctuations in visibility and cloud ceiling. Forty minutes before the accident, the visibility was 10 miles in light drizzle with an overcast ceiling at 700 feet above ground level (agl). A weather observation taken shortly after the accident, reported visibility of 5 miles in light drizzle and mist with an overcast ceiling of 300 feet agl.

The weather conditions required the crew to conduct an instrument approach using the aircraft flight and navigation instruments. The crew planned to conduct an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to Runway 35T. This instrument approach provides guidance down to weather minimums of 1⁄2 mile visibility and a ceiling of 200 feet agl.

The crew initiated a go-around 2 seconds before impact. At this time, the flaps were set to position 40, the landing gear was down and locked, the speed was 157 knots and the final landing checklist was complete.

Another aircraft successfully completed an ILS approach to Runway 35T approximately 20 minutes after the accident. NAV CANADA conducted a flight check of the ground based ILS equipment on 22 August 2011; it was reported as serviceable.

The Resolute Bay Airport is normally an uncontrolled airport (no Air Traffic Controllers). A temporary military control zone had been established to accommodate the increase in air traffic resulting from Operation Nanook, a military exercise taking place at the time. Information from the military radars that had been installed for the exercise was retrieved for TSB analysis.

The technical examination of the aircraft at the accident site revealed no pre-impact problems. Analysis of the flight data recorder information and examination of the engines at the site indicate the engines were operating and developing considerable power at the time of the accident. Analysis of the aircraft flight and navigational instruments is ongoing.

Currently, the TSB is classifying this occurrence as a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accident. CFIT occurs when an airworthy aircraft under the control of the flight crew is flown unintentionally into terrain, obstacles or water, usually with no prior awareness by the crew. CFIT is one of the issues identified in the TSB Watchlist.

Investigation Activities in Progress

The TSB is proceeding with several concurrent avenues of investigation in order to understand why the aircraft struck terrain 1 nautical mile east of the runway. Aircraft navigation in the final phase of flight is certainly a key area that the investigation team is pursuing. To that end, the TSB Engineering Laboratory, assisted by specialists of the aircraft and components manufacturers, is conducting exhaustive testing on the aircraft’s navigational equipment.

As with any accident investigation, investigators are looking at all aspects of training and procedures to determine if this can shed light on what may have transpired during the approach phase of the flight. Additionally, the team is studying the establishment of the temporary control zone and the coordination and operation of the airspace between civilian and military control agencies.

Communication of Safety Deficiencies
Should the investigation team uncover a safety deficiency that represents an immediate risk to aviation, the Board will communicate without delay so it may be addressed quickly and the aviation system made safer.

The Families

The TSB investigation team is mindful of the survivors and the families who lost loved ones on Flight 6560 and of their desire for answers. As we continue our work, our hope is that it will lead to the prevention of similar accidents and a safer transportation system for all Canadians.

The information posted is factual in nature and does not contain any analysis. Analysis of the accident, along with the Findings of the Board will become available when the final report is released.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Virgin America wants to add Newark, if not will add capacity to DFW and Florida

Virgin America (San Francisco) wants to add Newark. If it is unable to gain the necessary slots, it plans to add additional flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Florida according to this interview with CEO David Cush in the Star-Telegraph.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Virgin America Slide Show: CLICK HERE

American Airlines’ code share agreement with LAN Ecuador is approved

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and LAN Ecuador announced they have received approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ecuadorean authorities for authorization to begin codeshare cooperation. The agreement, which will also strengthen the oneworld® alliance, will provide customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when traveling between the United States and Ecuador and across each airline’s global network. Travel begins on January 9.

This codeshare relationship will allow American to place its code on LAN Ecuador flights, and LAN to place its code on American Airlines flights. The placement of American’s code on LAN Ecuador flights will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service to three new cities in Ecuador not currently served by American.

At the same time, placing LAN Ecuador codes on American Airlines flights will offer LAN customers new destinations in the U.S. such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle/Tacoma.

American will codeshare on the following LAN Ecuador flights:

International flights between:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil.

Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).

Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito.

Domestic flights within Ecuador between the following destinations:

Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Baltra Airport (GPS).

Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Baltra Airport (GPS).

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Cuenca Airport (CUE).

Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and San Cristobal Airport (SCY).

LAN Ecuador will codeshare on the following American flights:

International flights between:

Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE).

Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Connecting service between:

Miami International Airport (MIA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

American Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Singapore Airlines and QANTAS Airways find minor wing cracks on some A380s

Singapore Airlines (Singapore) and QANTAS Airways (Sydney) reported today they have discovered cracks on the wing ribs of their Airbus A380s according to this report by Reuters.

Both airlines stated the cracks did not pose any safety threats and the repairs have been performed.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl.

JetBlue Airways launches Hartford-San Juan flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launches nonstop service between Hartford -Springfield’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan ‘s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

JetBlue Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Ethiopian Airlines to add Blended Winglets to its Boeing 767-300s

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is adding Blended Winglets to its Boeing 767-300 ER. Today Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced Ethiopian Airlines has ordered Blended Winglets for its 767-300 ERs. Ethiopian Airlines will install the winglets in Addis Ababa at their maintenance facility at Bole International Airport. Initial installations, on 3 aircraft, are planned to commence in February 2012.

Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics.

Ethiopian Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Is this the last chapter for Kingfisher Airlines?

Kingfisher Airlines (Bangalore and Mumbai) is facing the possibility its AOC could be revoked by the DGCA over safety concerns and its failing financial situation. The carrier is pleading for more time as it seeks additional investors to keep the airline flying.

Read the full story from the Financial Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: David Apps. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Kingfisher Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air Mauritius to launch a new route Shanghai in March

Air Mauritius (Port Louis) is planning to launch a new route to Shanghai in March according to this article by Xinhuanet.com.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: John Adlard.

Air Mauritius Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Transaero Airlines to acquire four Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) will acquire four 262-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliners according to this report by Flightglobal.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

In other news, the company will launch nonstop Moscow (Domodedovo)-New York (JFK) Boeing 777-300 ER service on February 27.

Transaero Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Blue1 to drop Brussels and Zurich

Blue1 (Helsinki) will drop Brussels on January 31 and Zurich on March 25. In addition, Berlin (Tegel) will not be renewed on April 30 per Airline Route.

As previously reported, Blue1 is withdrawing and concentrating on its Baltic and Scandinavian routes.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.

Blue1 Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Caribbean Airlines to resume service to St. Lucia

Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) will resume Port of Spain-St. Lucia ATR 72 service on January 24 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Nigel Steele.

Caribbean Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Boeing to close its Wichita facility

The Boeing Company (Chicago) has announced that the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) facility in Wichita will close by the end of 2013. The Wichita facility currently employs more than 2,160 employees.

Boeing Wichita is the base for the company’s Global Transport & Executive Systems business and its B-52 and 767 International Tanker programs. The facility also provides support for flight mission planning and integrated logistics.

RwandAir plans to sell its two Bombardier CRJ200s

RwandAir (Kigali) according to this report by AllAfrica.com is planning to sell its two Bombardier CRJ200s.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.

RwandAir Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Air France to drop the Paris-Newark route in April

Air France (Paris) has announced it will drop the Paris (CDG)-Newark in April and concentrate its efforts on JFK International Airport in New York.

Read the full story from Le Figaro: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing.

Air France Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Sriwijaya Air plans to add new routes to China and Australia

Sriwijaya Air (Jakarta) is planning to expand into China and Australia with the new Boeing 737-800s it has on order. The company is planning to expand to Guangzhou and Xiamen in China as well as Darwin and Perth in Australia according to this article by Flightglobal.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

The carrier previously made headlines in December when a Boeing 737-300 (PK-CKM) ran off the runway on landing at Yogyakarta, Indonesia while operating a flight from Jakarta on December 20, 2011.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Flydubai to fly to Taif, its seventh destination in Saudi Arabia

Flydubai (Dubai) has announced it will start flying to Taif, its seventh destination in Saudi Arabia from Dubai. The new route will commence on February 1 and will operate three days a week initially.

Ta’if is a city in the Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia at an elevation of 6,165 feet on the slopes of the Sarawat Mountains (Al-Sarawat Mountains). It has a population of 521,273 (2004 census).

Each summer the Saudi Government moves from the heat of Riyadh to Ta’if. The city is an agricultural center known for its grapes, roses and honey.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King. The 7,000th Boeing 737 went to Flydubai. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Flydubai Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Emirates to fly to Ho Chi Minh City

Emirates Airline (Dubai) will add Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and the Dubai-HCMC route on June 4, 2012.

As planned, the fast-growing carrier launched new service to both Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires yesterday.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

Emirates Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Eastern Express hopes to launch domestic operations in the UAE

Eastern Express (Fujairah) is a new domestic airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The start-up is planning to launch scheduled passenger operations between Fujairah and Abu Dhabi with a single BAe Jetstream 41 in either February or March according to this article by CAPA.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE 

Cyprus Airways to operate to the Greek islands

Cyprus Airways (Larnaca) from July 1 through September 9 will operate from Larnaca to Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini (Thira) with Airbus A319s and A320s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

Cyprus Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Airberlin to fly to the Channel Islands again this summer

Airberlin (airberlin.com) (Berlin) from April 28 through September 22 will operate a weekly flight to the UK Channel Islands on a Frankfurt-Guernsey-Jersey-Frankfurt routing per Airline Route. The seasonal route will be operated with LGW Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprops.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Airberlin Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Iberia announces its cancelled flights due to the upcoming pilot’s strike

Iberia (Madrid) has announced it will cancel the following flights for January 9 and January 11 due to the on-going strikes by its pilots due to the formation of Iberia Express:

Read the full list of cancelled flights for January 9: CLICK HERE

Read the full list of cancelled flights for January 11: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Please click on the photo for additional information on this special retrojet.

Iberia Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Brussels Airlines is coming to New York in June

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) has announced it will launch daily Airbus A330 service to New York (JFK) starting on June 1 from Brussels.

Brussels Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.

Air Greenland to operate two summer routes again

Air Greenland (Kangerlussuaq) will again operate two summer routes this coming summer: Kangerlussuaq-Copenhagen (June 22 through August 13) and Narsarsuar-Copenhagen (June 19 through August 30). Both seasonal routes will operate three days a week. The airline is also expected to lease in a Boeing 737-300 from Jettime for the summer flying.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on photo for additional information.

GECAS places order for two additional ATR 72-600s

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric, and ATR announced an order for two additional ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft, and two options.

This is a follow-on to GECAS’ first-ever ATR order placed in June 2011 at the Paris Air Show and brings the total number of ATRs ordered by GECAS to 17 with 17 options.  GECAS will begin to take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2012.

GECAS has leased three of its newly ordered ATR 72-600s to Brazilian regional carrier TRIP Linhas Aéreas and has signed with Jet Airways in India for another five units.

Delta Air Lines to start Atlanta-Port-au-Prince, drops plans for Los Angeles

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will start weekly Airbus A320 service from the Atlanta hub to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 7, 2012 per Airline Route. The company has also shelved plans to launch Los Angeles-Denver flights with Bombardier CRJ700s. This new route was due to start on June 7, 2012.

Copyright Photo: David Neal.

Delta Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Solomon Airlines to restore two routes

Solomons (Solomon Airlines) (flysolomons.com) (Honiara) is restoring two weekly routes after March 26: Honiara-Nadi and Honiara-Port Moresby. Both routes will be operated with Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Peter Gates.

Cebu Pacific mulls long-range low-cost flights

Cebu Pacific Air (Manila) is considering long-range, low-cost flights if the demand develops according to this article by Flightglobal. The airline does not have long-range aircraft on order.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

Cebu Pacific Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Mandarin Airlines to start Taichung-Seoul service

Mandarin Airlines (Taipei) will start Taichung-Seoul (Incheon) flights on April 6 per Airline Route. The new route will operate with Embraer ERJ 190s and operate four times a week.

Mandarin Airlines was established on June 1, 1991 and was originally a joint venture of China Airlines and the Koos Group. The Chinese name of Mandarin Airlines was therefore created as a synthesis of characters from both investors. In the beginning, Mandarin Airlines mainly operated direct flights from Taipei to Canada’s Vancouver, Australia’s Sydney and Brisbane with large aircraft.

On October 31, 1992 the China Trust Group pulled out their investment in Mandarin Airlines, thus turning the airline into a company wholly owned by China Airlines.

On August 8, 1999, Mandarin Airlines merged with Formosa Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW B-16829 (msn 19000302) of Mandarin Airlines arrives back at the Taipei (Sung Shan) base. B-16829 is painted in the special Sun Moon Lake/Mt. Jade color scheme.

t’way launches its third international route to Siem Reap

t’way (Seoul-Incheon) has launched its third international route. The seasonal Seoul (Incheon)-Siem Reap (Cambodia) will operate until March 22.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Emirates brings the Airbus A380 to Kuala Lumpur

Emirates Airline (Dubai) introduced the Airbus A380 to the Dubai-Kuala Lumpur route on January 1.

Flight EK 346 was piloted by Malaysian national Captain Kwong Yung Ling which arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Sunday afternoon to a traditional welcome of a water canon salute.

Joining Captain Kwong on the flight deck for the first flight was First Officer Abdulaziz Alusaimi from the United Arab Emirates.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Emirates Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Turkish Airlines to launch Istanbul-Novosibirsk flights

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) is launching nonstop service from Istanbul to Novosibirsk (Siberia), the third largest city in Russia, on March 14 according to Airline Route. The new route will be operated with Boeing 737-800s.

The company is also planning new service to Bremen and Leipzig.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Turkish Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Transaero Airlines commences flights to the Seychelles

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) on January 2 launched a new Boeing 777 route between Moscow and Male. The new route will be operated every 10 days.

Copyright Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt.

Transaero Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Aegean Airlines drops the Athens-Berlin Tegel route

Aegean Airlines (Athens) is planning to drop the Athens-Berlin (Tegel) route on January 8 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics.

Aegean Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Pluna Lineas Aereas enters the Chile domestic market

Pluna Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) launches the Santiago-Concepcion domestic route in Chile on February 29 per Airline Route. The new route will be operated with Bombardier CRJ900s.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

Pluna Slide Show: CLICK HERE

American Eagle to drop the Chicago O’Hare-Calgary route on January 30

American Eagle Airlines (2nd) (Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning to delete the Chicago (O’Hare)-Calgary route on January 30 according to Airline Route. The route is operated with Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

American Eagle Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Adria Airways to resume Ljubljana-London Gatwick flights

Adria Airways (Ljubljana) will resume Ljubljana-London (Gatwick) service on March 28 according to Airline Route. The route will be flown with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl.

Adria Airways Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Frontier launches Kansas City-Orlando seasonal service and nonstop D.C. service from Grand Rapids and Madison

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) is launching service on three new routes: Kansas City (MCI)-Orlando (MCO), Grand Rapids (GRR)-Washington Reagan (DCA) and Madison,(MSN)-Washington Reagan (DCA).
Nonstop seasonal service between Kansas City and Orlando begins on January 5, 2012, and continues through April 15, 2012. The service will initially operate four days per week, then increase to six days per week beginning on February 23, 2012. Service will be provided on a mix of 99-seat Embraer ERJ 190 and 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Additionally, Frontier will launch two new routes to Washington (Reagan National), with nonstop service from Grand Rapids beginning on January 4, 2012, and from Madison beginning on January 5, 2012. Service will be provided on 138-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Frontier Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Lufthansa to drop the Dusseldorf-Athens route

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) on January 21 will eliminate the Dusseldorf-Athens route per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner.

Lufthansa Slide Show: CLICK HERE 

Iceland Express to drop service to eight destinations

Iceland Express (Reykjavik) will not be operating next summer to the following markets from Keflavik according to Airline Route: Aalborg, Edinburgh, Friedrichshafen, Newark, Oslo, Stockholm (Arlanda), Winnipeg and Zurich.

This means the flights to the USA and Canada will be terminated.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Holidays-Czech Airlines is operating its two Airbus A320s for Iceland Express after the demise of Astraeus Airlines. Please click on the photo for additional information.

Route Map:

LOT Polish Airlines modifies its color scheme

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) in November once again modified its livery. The first aircraft to be repainted is this Boeing 737-4Q8 SP-LLL (msn 25164), formerly operated by LOT Charters in the Centralwings livery. The revised livery has removed the blue cheatline along the window line. As an addition, a red accent stripe has been added on the tail. The logo remains the same.

The fleet is slowly being repainted.

Copyright Photo: Damian Leśniak. SP-LLL is seen at the Warsaw base on December 3, 2011 in the new look.

LOT Polish Slide Show: CLICK HERE

US Airways to add two Express routes from Charlotte on March 25

US Airways (Phoenix) will add two Express routes from the Charlotte hub on March 25 according to Airline Route: Charlotte-Des Moines will be operated with CRJ200 aircraft and Charlotte-Omaha will be operated with CRJ700 aircraft.

In addition, the newly-announced Philadelphia-Salt Lake City mainline route will be launched on May 24 with Airbus A320 equipment.

In addition on March 25, US Airways will add 10 new routes from Washington (Reagan National) as a result of the slot swap with Delta Air Lines. US will add new routes from DCA to Birmingham, AL, Fayetteville, NC, Fort Walton Beach, Islip, Jacksonville, NC, Little Rock, Memphis, Omaha, Pensacola and Tallahassee.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information.

SeaPort Airlines to fly Portland-Wenatchee starting on March 1

SeaPort Airlines (Portland) will begin Portland, Oregon-Wenatchee, WA service starting on March 1 with Pilatus PC-12 turboprops. The new route will be operated three times a day during business days according to the Wenatchee World.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.

Current Pacific Northwest Route Map (the airline also operates in the Mid-South):

Bottom Copyright Photo: SeaPort Airlines.

Jade Cargo International suspends cargo operations

Jade Cargo International (Shenzhen) has suspended all cargo operations.

On December 31, 2011 the company issued the following short statement:

“The temporary suspension of Jade Cargo services is due to overall weak air cargo demand. It will also provide the shareholders with an opportunity to coordinate with stakeholders to continue with the restructuring of the company’s financial structure.”

Jade Cargo International was established in October 2004 and is co-owned by Shenzhen Airlines, which has a 51% stake, Lufthansa Cargo with 25% and DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of the German state-owned bank KfW with 24% of the stock. Cargo operations commenced on August 5, 2006.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

Jade Cargo Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Hebei Airlines takes delivery of its first two Embraer 190s

Hebei Airlines (Shijiazhuang) on December 20 took delivery of its first two Embraer ERJ 190-100LRs in a ceremony held at the Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The sale of these two E190s was confirmed this month, and the purchase of another eight jets is still subject to the Chinese government approval. Based in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of China’s Hebei Province, the E190s will be deployed to support establishing a hub network within Hebei Province, while also flying from Shijiazhuang to other provincial capitals, with more routes and frequencies.

The airline commenced operations on June 29, 2010.

Copyright Photo: Embraer.

Air Seychelles to end service to London, Paris and Italy on January 10

Air Seychelles (Mahe) is ending service to London (Heathrow), Paris (CDG), Milan (Malpensa) and Rome (Fiumicino) all on January 10.

Air Seychelles launched its London operations on October 26, 1983 using a British Caledonian Airways DC-10 to fly the first international inaugural flight of the airline. The Rome service was launched in March 1993 and flights to Paris started in December 1996.

As part of its restructuring and repositioning process to turn into regional airline, Air Seychelles has announced that it will be ending its European operations to Paris, London, Rome and Milan. Three Paris flights were initially to operate until end of March 2012.

Air Seychelles in 2012 will be operating only to Mauritius and Johannesburg using its Boeing 767-300 aircraft.

Passenger bookings to the three European destinations have continue to drop significantly after January 9, 2012 and the company made a commercial decision to cease operations to these European destinations early.

Air Seychelles has on-going discussions for a code share agreement with Etihad Airways to use an Air Seychelles aircraft on the Mahe-Abu Dhabi-Mahe route to link with Etihad’s international operations.

Blue Panorama anticipates that it will be operating flights between Italy and Seychelles soon.

Air Seychelles and its shareholder are in the process to finalize the return of its three Boeing 767-300 aircraft to the lessor.

For its planned regional operations next year, Air Seychelles will be acquiring a narrow-body Boeing 737-800 or an Airbus A320 for its operations to India, East Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Copyright Photo: Air Seychelles. The company’s 2011 livery on this Boeing 767-37D ER S7-AHM (msn 26328) will be short-lived.

Sky King adds C and T Charters titles to its Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK

Sky King Airlines (Lakeland) has converted its titles on its Boeing 737-4Q8 N916SK (msn 24706) from Sky King to C&T Charters, its main Cuban charters client. The airliner also carries “Your Bridge 2 Cuba” sub-titles.

C&T Charters, Inc. (Coral Gables) is a company that offers charter flights from the United States to Cuba. The company was founded in June 1991 by businessman John Henry Cabanas, and has the required authorization and licenses from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) U.S., as well as the landing rights in Cuba for this purpose.

C&T has transported over 1 million passengers to and from Cuba over the past twenty years.

Sky King flies for C&T Charters from Miami to Havana and Camagüey and also to Havana from New York and Chicago.

N916SK is pictured at Miami International Airport with the new look.

Copyright Photo: Robert Collazo.

Sky King Slide Show: CLICK HERE


The past 10 years have been the safest for airline safety in the United States

As we celebrate a new year it is appropriate to look back. The past 10 years has been the safest 10-year period for airline safety in the history of commercial aviation in the United States. In this 10-year period, U.S. air carriers only recorded 153 fatalities. That amounts to two deaths for every 100 million passengers carried. A remarkable record indeed. For all of the aviation professionals, we salute you for a job well done. It is surely the safest way to travel according to the Associated Press and this article by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Read the article: CLICK HERE


Happy New Year to all of our readers

We would like to wish all of our staff photographers, contributors and readers of the Airliners Gallery blogs and our our photo library our very best wishes for a safe and successful 2012.

How are we doing? We are proud to announce our readership of this World Airline News blog is up 198 percent in the past 12 months. We welcome all of our new readers and we pledge to give you the best (and free without ads) airline news in the coming year.

All contributions, articles, news and newsworthy images are always welcome.

Bruce Drum


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Copyright Photo: Ariel Shocron.

WestJet’s CEO Gregg Saretsky is considering smaller jets

WestJet Airlines’ (Calgary) Chief Executive Officer Gregg Saretsky believes it has already achieved its goals for sufficiently serving its medium size Boeing 737 markets in Canada. In order for the company to grow it needs to acquire smaller jets to serve smaller markets. The smaller aircraft will feed the main routes and eventually the airline will add long-range routes with larger aircraft according to this interview with Saretsky in the Globe and Mail.

Read the full story: CLICK HERE

WestJet Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin.


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