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WestJet Encore to serve London, Ontario

WestJet (Calgary) announced today it will launch new, twice-daily WestJet Encore service between London, Ontario, and Toronto Pearson International Airport on board WestJet Encore’s fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft beginning on March 15, 2016.

The new service opens up 52 new WestJet destinations and 47 new codeshare destinations via Toronto Pearson to Eastern Canada, the United States, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.


Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FENY (msn 4447) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Porter Airlines to fly seasonally to Melbourne, Florida

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Airport) has announced it has selected Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as its first entry into the Florida market.

The weekly seasonal flights will commence December 19 from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), located on an island in the heart of Toronto.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GLQP (msn 4271) arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Republic Airways Holdings’ second quarter net income drops to $4.3 million due to “operational reliability”

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Republic Airlines and Shuttle America) (Indianapolis) reported its financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2015.

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Republic’s pre-tax income for the second quarter of 2015 was $9.1 million, compared to $33.3 million for the prior year’s second quarter. Republic’s net income for the second quarter of 2015 was $4.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share compared to prior year net income of $20.1 million or $0.38 per diluted share. The effective tax rate of 52.7% for the quarter was higher than the normalized tax rate, primarily due to the impact of miscellaneous non-deductible expenses.

The second quarter 2015 financial results were negatively impacted by a significant reduction in operational reliability. The Company’s controllable completion factor and operating revenues were significantly lower than expected due to a high number of pilot related cancellations as a result of the growing national pilot labor shortage and our on-going labor dispute with International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).

The second quarter results were also negatively impacted by fleet transition costs and idled aircraft costs totaling $10.8 million associated with our removal of E190 and Q400 aircraft and surplus E145 aircraft.

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On July 9, 2015, the IBT, representing Republic’s pilots, filed suit against the Company alleging that the Company unilaterally increased compensation for pilots and new hires in violation of the Railway Labor Act. We believe the suit is without merit, and the Company has filed a motion to dismiss. The motion is currently pending.

On July 24, 2015, the Company announced the engagement of Seabury Group as its advisor to restructure the Company’s operational and financial commitments and explore all options to maintain the Company’s enterprise value. The Company has initiated discussions with its CPA partners to further reduce flying schedules during the second half of 2015 and 2016. In light of the anticipated fleet reductions, the Company rescinded all previously issued financial and operational guidance on July 24, 2015.

On August 6, 2015, the Company received notice from the National Mediation Board scheduling the next mediated session on August 20, 2015, with the IBT National Airline Division, IBT Local 357, and the Company.

Concerning fleet news, Republic reported:

Operating aircraft at period end:

44-50 seats  *1                        41 in service on June 30, 2015 versus 45  a year ago (8.9% drop)
69-99 seats  *2                     201 in service on June 30, 2015 versus 192 a year ago  (4.7% increase)

*1 Excludes 11 owned E140 aircraft that were abandoned and four leased E140 aircraft that were permanently parked, seven owned and nine leased E145 aircraft that were temporarily parked, and one owned E135 aircraft and eight owned E145 aircraft that are leased to other operators, as of June 30, 2015. Excludes 11 owned E140 aircraft that were abandoned, 11 leased E145 aircraft and two owned E145 aircraft that were temporarily parked as of June 30, 2014.

*2 Excludes five leased Q400 aircraft, of which; three were temporarily parked and two that were transitioned to Flybe and three owned E170 aircraft that are leased to other operators, as of June 30, 2015. Excludes two temporarily parked E190 aircraft as of June 30, 2014.

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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. The Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) operated by Republic Airlines (2nd) as an United Express carrier are gradually being phased out. The last of the type is expected to be removed from the United CPA contract in September 2016. However this come sooner with the on-going pilot dispute and the shortage of pilots. The company is discussing ways it can mitigate the shortage. DHC-8-402 (Q400) N336NG (msn 4336) arrives at Raleigh-Durham.

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WestJet Encore to launch new Atlantic services today

WestJet Encore (Calgary) today (July 15) will launch new daily nonstop flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Deer Lake and Gander, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, on board its fleet of 78-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline will also inaugurate new daily nonstop service between Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ottawa.

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Effective today, WestJet will also increase frequency between Halifax and St. John’s from twice to three times daily, and between Halifax and Ottawa from once to twice daily.

New WestJet routes launched in 2015 include Edmonton-Kamloops, Toronto-Fredericton, Toronto-Gander, Calgary-Terrace, Calgary-Yellowknife, Calgary-Loreto and Halifax-Glasgow. New daily non-stop service between Calgary and Houston begins September 8, 2015, while new twice-weekly service between Abbotsford and Las Vegas launches October 29, 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-FNEN (msn 4453) taxies at Calgary.

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Air Iceland to become a new Bombardier Q400 operator

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Air Iceland (Reykjavik) has purchased three Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. The total investment will increase the total assets of Icelandair Group by $25 million USD when the estimated sales price of the Air Iceland’s five Fokker 50 aircraft has been taken into account. The aircraft year of manufacture is 2000 and 2001 and they will be delivered to Air Iceland in July and August this year. On delivery the aircraft will go through an implementation process for Air Iceland’s route network but the first aircraft is expected to be used in the route network in December 2015. The investment will be financed with cash from Icelandair Group.​​

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Air Iceland operates from Reykjavík Airport in the heart of the country’s capital, with destinations around Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

The airline was formed in 1997, when Icelandair Domestic merged with Flugfélag Nordurlands; the airline traces its roots back to 1937.

Air Iceland offers flights to four destinations within Iceland. With its flights from Reykjavík to Akureyri, Egilsstadir and Ísafjördur it covers all the major towns in Iceland, as well as a number of the smaller settlements through a general sales agent agreement with Norlandair, a Twin Otter operator in Akureyri. Air Iceland offers flights to four destinations in Greenland, with year-round routes to Kulusuk and Nuuk, the capital of Greenland.

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Photo Above: Air Iceland. Air Iceland operates in very rugged terrain.

In the summer, Air Iceland offer flights to Narsarsuaq, Ilulissat and, in cooperation with Norlandair, to Nerlerit Inaat. In cooperation with Atlantic Airways Air Iceland offers flights between Iceland and the Faroe Islands all year round. The fleet of aircraft consists of five Fokker 50 and two Bombardier DHC-8-200 Dash 8 aircraft.

Top Photo: Air Iceland. Air Iceland already operates the Bombardier DHC-8-200. A busy ramp at Ilulissat, Greenland.

Photo Below: Air Iceland. A DHC-8-200 landing in Isafjordur.

Air Iceland DHC-8-200 landing at Isafjordur

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Qazaq Air to start operations in Kazakhstan with Bombardier Q400s

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Bombardier (Montreal and Toronto) today issued this statement about Qazaq Air (Almaty) becoming a new Q400 operator:

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today welcomed Qazaq Air to the family of Q400 aircraft operators.

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Qazaq Air, a subsidiary of Samruk Kazyna, Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, has announced that it will launch domestic service in Kazakhstan with three Bombardier Q400 aircraft leased from Falcon Aviation Services LLC (Abu Dhabi).

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Many of the 12 routes on which the Q400 aircraft will operate are not currently served by any other carrier.

The first aircraft to be painted is Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) P4-NUR (msn 4494).

Photo: Falcon Aviation Services.


Alaska Airlines announces new regional flying from Los Angeles and Boise

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) today announced two new routes from Los Angeles, and one new route from Boise, Idaho. New daily roundtrip service between Los Angeles and Monterey, California; and Boise, Idaho and Reno, Nevada begin November 5. A new seasonal flight between Los Angeles and Gunnison/Crested Butte will shuttle skiers and snowboarders from California to Colorado starting in December.

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The flights will be operated by Alaska’s sister carrier Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma), using the pictured 76-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft.

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Alaska also announced today that it will upgauge its flights from Los Angeles to Loreto, Mexico, beginning November 1. The flights are currently operated daily, using 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Beginning in November, they will be operated Thursday-Sunday using Boeing 737 jets, adding about 70 additional seats each week.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air, operating as Alaska Horizon, operates its Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprops from its Seattle hub and now in Alaska. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N441QX (msn 4348) in the University of Alaska Nanooks (Fairbanks) departs from Ted Steven Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

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