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Luxair orders three more Bombardier Q400s

Luxair Société Luxembourgeoise de Navigation Aérienne S.A. (Luxair), the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, signed a firm purchase agreement for three Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft and options on an additional two Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com.  Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) LX-LGC (msn 4162) approaches the runway at London Heathrow.

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airBaltic adds more routes for the summer

airBaltic (Riga) has announced it is expanding its European network next summer with these new routes:

The company will start the Riga-Pisa route on June 13 with one weekly Boeing 737 flight.

The Tallinn-Vienna route will be added on May 7 with Bombardier Q400 aircraft with four weekly flights.

The Tallinn-Berlin route will also be added on May 6 with four weekly Bombardier Q400 flights.

The carrier is also launching summer weekly flights to Usedom Island (Heringsdorf) on May 9 with Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) YL-BAX (msn 4324) prepares to land in Zurich.

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State-controlled EuroLOT to be liquidated, will shut down on March 31

EuroLOT (eurolot.com) (Warsaw) is giving up in its financial struggle. According to Radio Poland, the struggling airline is not taking any reservations past March 31.

According to report, the airline has been exploring its options for the past two months and concluded it could not make the company profitable. The state airline will be liquidated. The treasury of Poland controls 62.1 percent of the shares.

Read the report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. EuroLOT’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) SP-EQH (msn 4424) is framed on the ramp at Zurich. The Q400s will find new homes quickly.

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Air Canada extends the CPA with Chorus Aviation (Jazz Aviation), orders 13 additional Bombardier Q400s

Air Canada (Montreal) said today that its amended and extended capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP (Halifax), has been concluded with all terms and conditions now met. The agreement provides both parties with greater stability and significant cost reductions through a better alignment of their interests.

The airline continued:

Air Canada estimates the new agreement will result in approximately $550 million in financial value over the next six years as compared to the previous CPA, of which two-thirds will be in network optimization benefits. The remaining benefits will be spread across several cost areas. Annual benefits in 2015 are expected to increase operating income by approximately $50 million as Air Canada implements the new CPA, increasing each year throughout the following five years.

The agreement also provides for long-term stability by eliminating the risks, uncertainties and set-up costs of a potential transition to alternative regional providers in 2021. Post 2020, Air Canada expects Jazz will provide competitive costs and continued high service levels.

The highlights of the new CPA include:

Extension of the term by five years to December 31, 2025;

Establishment of a pilot mobility agreement that provides Jazz pilots with access to pilot vacancies at Air Canada, thus allowing a significant reduction in Jazz operating costs;

Simplification and modernization of the Jazz fleet which will provide improved service and greater efficiency through the addition of 23 Bombardier Q400 aircraft;

Reduction in Air Canada and Jazz costs derived from a combination of improved fleet economics, greater network flexibility and reduced operating and labour costs. This supports Air Canada’s cost reduction initiatives; and

Modification of Jazz’s CPA fee structure, moving from a “cost plus” mark-up to a more industry standard fixed fee compensation structure. This will provide more cost certainty and better align the cost reduction goals of both Air Canada and Jazz. This eliminates non-value added costs and the necessity of the 2015 benchmarking exercise.

As a result,  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Chorus Aviation Inc., parent company of Jazz Aviation LP announced today that they have signed a firm purchase agreement whereby Chorus will acquire 13 Q400 NextGen aircraft and options for 10 Q400 NextGen aircraft. Once delivered, the aircraft will be operated by Jazz under the Air Canada Express banner.

The Companies also announced Chorus and Jazz as the launch customer and operator for the industry’s first Dash 8-300 aircraft Extended Service Program that will extend the life of the Dash 8-300 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GGOI (msn 4381) arrives in Toronto (Pearson).

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Horizon Air converts two Bombardier Q400 options into firm orders

Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon Air) (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) has converted two of seven previously acquired Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400 NextGen) aircraft options to firm orders. The airline retains its options on another five Q400 NextGen aircraft. Horizon Air and its sister carrier, Alaska Airlines are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group.

Horizon Air’s Q400 aircraft are equipped with Head-up Guidance Systems (HGS) for all-weather operations, Wide Area Augmentation Systems (WAAS) with approach guidance (LPV) for ILS-like landing minima at remote runways and RNP AR 0.1 to fly curved approaches to airports in difficult terrain.

Established in 1981, Horizon Air was acquired in 1986 by Alaska Air Group, Inc., the parent company of Alaska Airlines. At its start, the airline operated two aircraft and served three destinations in Washington state. Today, Horizon flies its 76-seat Q400 aircraft on behalf of Alaska Airlines and serves 43 cities in the western United States, Canada and Mexico. Horizon Air, which is also a codeshare partner of American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, operates both the longest (Seattle to Fresno, 748 miles/1,204 km) and shortest (Pullman to Lewiston, 26 miles/42 km) turboprop routes currently being served by regional carriers in the U.S.

In 2014, Bombardier and Horizon Air signed a five-year heavy maintenance agreement whereby Bombardier will perform heavy maintenance tasks for the airline’s fleet of Q400 aircraft at Bombardier’s service center in Tuscon, Arizona.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N448QX (msn 4409) arrives in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Flybe flight BE 202 from Manchester to Inverness skids off the runway after landing

Flybe (Exeter) flight BE 202 from Manchester to Inverness landed at the Scottish airport at 10:14 am yesterday morning, January 20, before encountering ice on the runway and skidding off onto the nearby grass.

The aircraft involved was the pictured Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) registered G-JEDW (msn 4093).

None of the 47 passengers and four crewmembers were injured by the incident and all were immediately transferred to the terminal building by bus.

Temperatures of -3° were recorded around the airport following the coldest night of the year in Scotland where temperatures dropped to -12°.

A Flybe spokesman said: “Flybe can confirm that, when taxiing at low speed at the end of the runway having landed safely at Inverness Airport this morning, the wheels of the Q400 aircraft skidded on the surface of the airfield causing it to slide onto the grass.

“The 47 passengers and four crew were unharmed and exited the aircraft by the stairs for bus transfer to the terminal where they collected their luggage as normal.

“The safety of its passengers and crew is the airline’s number one priority and Flybe regrets any inconvenience experienced as a result of this incident.”

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Read more (with photos) from the Mirror: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. G-JEDW before its was repainted in the new livery.

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WestJet is coming to Houston and Gander, adds Encore routes from Halifax

WestJet (Calgary) today announced two new destinations – Houston, Texas and Gander, Newfoundland – as part of the 2015 summer schedule release. The airline adds a total of nine new routes and increased frequency on 15 established routes.

In addition to nonstop flights to Houston, growth in Western Canada includes new daily non-stop flights from Calgary to Yellowknife and Terrace, BC, launching May 3, 2015. WestJet Encore service between Edmonton and Kamloops, BC, announced early last year, is set to begin on February 15, 2015.

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In addition, WestJet has announced the largest increase in service from Halifax Stanfield International Airport since the airline first arrived in February 2003. This announcement, part of the 2015 summer schedule release, makes it official – WestJet Encore is now serving Canadians coast to coast.

The airline continues to bolster its presence in the Atlantic Provinces where the majority of route and frequency increases announced today take place. New nonstop daily service from Halifax to Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Sydney, Nova Scotia begins July 15, 2015, along with increased frequency between Halifax and Ottawa, Toronto and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Cities currently served from Halifax include Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ontario, and six U.S. and international destinations.

Haligonians will also help WestJet celebrate new service between their fair city and Glasgow, United Kingdom, beginning May 29, 2015. As the halfway point between Europe and the west coast of North America, Halifax is the perfect jumping-off point for a tour across the pond.

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Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. With this announcement, WestJet Encore will now operate from coast to coast. On the other end, WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FHEN (msn 4441) lands at Vancouver International Airport.

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