FedEx pilots’ union leadership approves the the tentative agreement

The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC), the governing body of the FedEx Express (Memphis) unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted to approve the tentative contract agreement reached on August 19 with FedEx management.

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The agreement now goes before more than 4,000 FedEx pilots eligible to vote in balloting that is scheduled to begin September 28, 2015, and close on October 20, 2015.

The new agreement provides across-the-board increases to hourly pay rates and new-hire compensation, a significant signing bonus that addresses the time elapsed since the agreement was amendable, retirement plan enhancements, and work-rule improvements. If ratified, the contract will go into effect November 2015 and would become amendable in 2021.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A300B4-622R (F) N728FD (msn 581) climbs away from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).

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Cargojet and UPS Canada enter into a long-term cargo relationship

Cargojet Airways (Hamilton) has announced the company has entered into a new Air Cargo Service Agreement with United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. (UPS). This Agreement replaces the agreement originally entered into in 2003 to provide domestic overnight air cargo services throughout Canada.

The initial term of the agreement is for a ten-year period with two, three-year renewal options.

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Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services and carries over 1,000,000 pounds of cargo each business night. Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of all-cargo aircraft consisting of 5 Boeing 767-300 ER, 5 Boeing 767-200 ER, 5 Boeing 757-200 and 9 Boeing 727-200F aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Cargojet is one of the last operators of the Boeing 727 in Canada. Boeing 727-223 (F) C-GCJY (msn 22460) departs from Calgary.

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Pacific Coastal announces new service between Victoria and Kelowna

Pacific Coastal Airlines (Vancouver) has announce the addition of a new route to its network of more than sixty-five destinations in British Columbia effective Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

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The new Victoria (YYJ) to Kelowna (YLW) flights will operate seven days a week using Saab 340 aircraft.

Pacific Coastal began nonstop service between Victoria and Prince George in January of this year.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Pacific Coastal Airlines’ SAAB 340B C-FPCU (msn 338) sports the new 2015 color scheme.

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Gol orders 15 APB Split Scimitar Winglet sets for its Boeing 737-800s

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Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) (Seattle) has announced Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes Airlines (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for 15 of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.

According to APB, “APB’s latest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature of the Split Scimitar Winglet is that it uses the existing Blended Winglet structure, but adds new aerodynamic scimitar tips and a large ventral strake.”

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APB has now developed and certified the Split Scimitar Winglet System for all commercial variants of the Boeing Next-Generation 737, including the: 737-700, 737-800, 737-900, 737-900ER and Boeing Business Jets.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Gol is already a customer for the original APB Winglets. The airline will now upgrade to the latest design.

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XTRA Airways introduces a new livery, completes its move to the Miami area

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XTRA Airways (stylized as XTRAirways) (formerly Casino Express Airlines) (Boise, now Miami) has introduced a new livery.

The charter airline has also acquired ex Airberlin/Orenair Boeing 737-86J now registered as N625XA (msn 32625, Ex D-ABBC/VP-BEZ). The new addition was painted this week at Roswell, New Mexico.

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The company recently announced on May 29 that it had completed the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Boise, Idaho to its new home at Coral Gables, Florida near Miami International Airport.

XTRA with the move, had also opened its new Operations Control Center (OCC). XTRA’s new OCC, which includes Flight Dispatch, Maintenance Control, Flight Crew Scheduling and Flight Logistics Support, is now co-located with its parent company (AerLine Holdings, LLC) at AerLine’s existing headquarters at 121 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables, FL.

XTRA Airways, which also operates 150-seat Boeing 737-400 series aircraft (above), was founded in 1987 as an FAA Certified, 14 CFR Part 121 Air Carrier, and was acquired by AerLine Holdings, Inc. in December 2014.

According to the company, “XTRA has operated for over 25 years specializing in providing safe and reliable air travel, while focusing on personalized customer care in the demanding commercial jet charter market.”

Photo: XTRA Airways. Ex-City Airways Boeing 737-4Y0 N688XA (msn 24688) shows off the new look and was leased from AerSale on May 28, 2015.

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Alaska Airlines steps up support for Washington wildfire relief efforts

Originally posted on Alaska Airlines Blog:

Wildfires currently burning in the state of Washington are the largest in the state’s history, and Alaska Airlines has pledged to do what it can to help with relief efforts.

Firefighters are battling 16 large wildfires consuming about 600,000 acres (an area nearly seven times the size of the city of Seattle) across Eastern Washington. The fires have killed three firefighters, destroyed more than 200 homes and threaten more than 12,000 additional structures.

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Boeing completes the configuration of the new 777X, first delivery in 2020

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) announced today the completion of the firm configuration milestone for the 777-9, the first member of the 777X family to be developed.

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The Boeing 777X team reached this significant design milestone after working closely with airline customers and key suppliers to optimize the configuration of the new airplane.

The 777X family includes the 777-8 and the 777-9 – both designed to respond to market needs and customer preferences. The 777-8 and 777-9 provide significant range, payload and fuel burn advantages compared to the A350.

The firm configuration milestone marks the completion of configuration trade studies required to finalize the airplane’s capability and basic design. Wind tunnel test results, aerodynamic performance and structural loads are also evaluated to ensure the airplane meets requirements. This allows the 777X team to begin detailed design of parts, assemblies and other systems for the airplane. As detailed designs are completed and released, production can begin.

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The 777X will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world, with 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition. In addition, the 777X will bring cabin innovations and improved levels of passenger comfort.

The 777X program has received orders and commitments for 320 airplanes from six customers worldwide. Production is set to begin in 2017.

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