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Horizon Air’s dispatchers approve the new contract

Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) and the Transport Workers Union have jointly announced that the carrier’s 17 dispatchers have ratified a new four-year contract by a ratio of 82 percent.

Horizon Air and TWU reached tentative agreement on a new contract on March 19.

Under the Railway Labor Act, which governs collective bargaining agreements in the airline industry, contracts do not expire. Instead they become amendable. The ratified agreement for Horizon’s dispatchers becomes amendable on August 26, 2018.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N400QX (msn 4030) in the special Idaho Vandals livery arrives in Los Angeles.

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Nok Air converts two Bombardier Q400s to firm orders

Nok Air DHC-8-400 (Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Nok Air (Bangkok) of Thailand has converted two previously booked Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft options to firm orders. The options were acquired under a contract announced on November 19, 2013 that also included two firm-ordered aircraft and four purchase rights. At that time, Bombardier also confirmed that Nok Air would be the launch customer for the new extra capacity seating option of the Q400 NextGen turboprop that will allow the aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers.

Image: Bombardier.

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Island Air will again operate the Bombardier Q400, orders two

Island Air DHC-8-400 (14)(Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Hawaii Island Air, Inc. (Island Air) (Honolulu) has placed a firm order for two Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop airliners and has also taken options for four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered with a dual-class, 71-seat configuration. Island Air is Hawaii’s leading regional airline and second oldest carrier.

Island Air previously operated the type briefly in the past.

Image: Bombardier.

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WestJet converts options for five additional Bombardier Q400s

WestJet DHC-8-400 Close-Up (WestJet)(LR)

WestJet (Calgary) today announced it has converted five of its 25 options to firm orders for Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft, scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2015. The first of the five will arrive in June 2015.

With the conversion of these options, WestJet will have a fleet of 25 Bombardier Q400s by the end of 2015. The airline has further options for 20 more Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft between 2016 and 2018.

The aircraft will be operated by subsidiary WestJet Encore.

Copyright Photo: WestJet.

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Video: Amateur video of a WestJet Encore flight from takeoff in Fort St. John to landing in Calgary:

airBaltic to launch a new route from Riga to Bucharest, Romania on June 3

airBaltic (Riga) on June 3, 2014, will launch a new route between Riga, Latvia and the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

airBaltic will fly from Riga to Bucharest four times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Passengers will board a Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft for a flight that will last for 2 hours 55 minutes. 

Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BAX (msn 4324) departs from Berlin (Tegel).

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Current routes from Riga:

airBaltic 3.2014 Riga Route Map



QANTAS announces five new Link destinations

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced a number of new regional routes, providing customers with direct services to five new destinations on its domestic network.

Through better utilization of aircraft, QANTAS will provide customers with access to the following new routes: Brisbane to Port Macquarie, Melbourne to Coffs Harbour, Sydney to Hervey Bay, Sydney to Hamilton Island and Brisbane to Miles.

Domestic Routes

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunstate Airlines‘ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) departs from Sydney.

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EuroLOT adds the Gdansk-Brussels route

EuroLOT (eurolot.com) (Warsaw) on March 4 started operations into Brussels from Gdansk, Poland.

Since February 28, EuroLOT passengers can also fly to Milan from Gdansk Airport with stopovers in Lublin. The connection will be operated twice a week – on Fridays and Sundays.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) SP-EQG (msn 4423) arrives at Brussels.

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Routes from Gdansk:

EuroLOT 3.2014 Gdansk Route Map

RwandAir takes delivery of its first Bombardier Q400

RwandAir DHC-8-400 over Kigali (Rwandair)(LR)

RwandAir (Kigali, Rwand) and Bombardier Yesterday (February 27) celebrated the delivery of a dual-class Bombardier DHC-8-402 (9XR-WL, msn 4464) (marketed as the Q400). RwandAir’s order for the aircraft was announced on April 22, 2013.

RwandAir is now one of 15 operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in Africa, and its Q400 NextGen aircraft joins more than 55 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft that are already in service, or ordered for operation, in 12 countries in Africa. RwandAir is also now the fourth airline operating the dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft among the five customers that have ordered this configuration to date.

In other news, RwandAir will launch a new route to Doula, Cameroon on March 30, 2014 with four weekly flights departing Kigali every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

RwandAir will operate the new with the new Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft equipped with 7 Business Class and 68 Economy Class seats. The aircraft also operates daily services to Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Bujumbura and Brazzaville via Kigali.

All images and photos by RwandAir.

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Cabin photos of the new Q400:

RwandAir DHC-8-400 Cabin Photos (RwandAir)(HR)

Flybe designates one of its Bombardier Q400s as the “Love Plane” for Valentine’s Day

Flybe DHC-8-400 G-JEDU (Nose)(Flybe)(LR)

Flybe (Exeter) designated one of its Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft as an official “Love Plane” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Decked out with hearts on its nose and underbelly to be visible from the ground, it will operate scheduled services in and out of seven UK airports during February.

Copyright Photo: Flybe. G-JEDU (msn 4089) is the aircraft with the special red heart on the nose.

Malawian Airlines launches operations in Malawi

Malawian DHC-8-400 (14)(Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Malawian Airlines (Lilongwe, Malawi) introduced Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop service on January 31 between Lilongwe and Blantyre. Malawian Airlines launched domestic and international flights with a dual-class DHC-8-402 (Q400) (ET-AQB, man 4419) leased from co-owner Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa).

The domestic route was extended internationally to Harare, Zimbabwe on February 3 with ET-AQB.

The new airline is also planning to add a Boeing 737-800.

Founded in July 2013, Malawian Airlines is a public-private partnership between the Government of Malawi, Ethiopian Airlines and Malawian institutional and individual investors.

Read the full report from Nyasa Times: CLICK HERE

Ethiopian Airlines later issued this statement:

Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that its strategic partner for the southern Africa region, Malawian Airlines, has launched its first international flight to Johannesburg on February 17, 2014.

Malawian will operate daily from Lilongwe to Johannesburg, with a stopover in Blantyre, with a brand new Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior and a 154 seat capacity configured in two classes, Business and Economy.

As part of its strategy to set up multiple hubs in Africa in line with its 15 year strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, Ethiopian has partnered with the Malawian Government and private interests in the country to establish Malawian Airlines in Lilongwe. Ethiopian has 49% equity stake as well as the technical and management contract for the new airline. Lilongwe is now the 3rd hub of Ethiopian for Southern Africa region, after Lomé, which has been serving for the last 4 years as a hub for the West African region thru a partnership with ASKY Airlines.

Image: Bombardier.

Horizon Air to offer free local beers in Alaska

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) issued this announcement about the upcoming Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) service in the state of Alaska starting on March 3:

Travelers on Alaska Airlines flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak will soon enjoy an extra infusion of local flavor in the form of Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.’s Old 55 Pale Ale.

Passengers will have the opportunity to sample the moderately hopped, American-style pale ale free of charge beginning March 3, when Alaska Airlines introduces the Bombardier Q400 to the state of Alaska. The flights will be operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon). These flights will feature complimentary soft drinks, Starbucks coffee, Northwest wine and microbrews (for passengers 21 and older), and A la Cart planeside baggage service.

Silver Gulch Beer (Alaska)(LRW)

The brewery, which has locations in Anchorage and north of Fairbanks, will bottle the beer in stainless steel “Kleen Kanteens,” (above) which are lighter, stronger and more environmentally friendly than traditional glass bottles.

Samples are about 6.5 ounces and will be offered to customers on flights operating after 11 a.m.

Travelers can pick up their very own Kleen Kanteens (or traditional glass growlers) filled with their favorite Silver Gulch beers at the brewery’s restaurant in the C Concourse at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport or at the brewery and restaurant in Fox, Alaska.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling was founded in Fox, Alaska, in 1998 by two lifelong Alaskans. Silver Gulch is America’s most northern brewery, located at the start of the “haul road” to Prudhoe Bay about 11 miles north of Fairbanks. Silver Gulch opened its first restaurant adjacent to the brewery in 2007, later opening a restaurant at Anchorage International Airport in 2012. Silver Gulch maintains a selection of 12 or more freshly brewed ales and lagers year-round, many of which are available at fine dining and drinking establishments throughout Alaska.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Alaska Airlines): James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N452QX (man 4459) arrives in San Diego in the special Employee Signatures color scheme.

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Alaska Airlines to add new routes to Detroit, New Orleans and Tampa

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is adding nonstop daily service from Seattle/Tacoma to New Orleans and Tampa, Florida, starting on June 12 and June 20, respectively, and to Detroit starting on September 4.

Summary of new service:
Seattle-New Orleans
Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 12 Seattle-New Orleans 10:15 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Daily
June 12 New Orleans-Seattle 5:55 p.m. 8:50 p.m. Daily
Seattle-Tampa, Fla.
Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 20 Seattle-Tampa 8:50 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Daily
June 20 Tampa-Seattle 6:30 p.m. 9:25 p.m. Daily
Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Sept. 4 Seattle-Detroit 9:05 a.m. 4:14 p.m. Daily
Sept. 4 Detroit-Seattle 5:20 p.m. 6:55 p.m. Daily

All times based on local time zones.

The routes will be operated with Boeing 737 aircraft. Alaska Airlines flies to more destinations from Seattle/Tacoma than any other carrier, including 21 cities east of the Rocky Mountains.

In other news, Alaska Airlines is launching new service between Portland, Oregon, and Kalispell, Montana, this summer. The flights will operate seasonally between Portland and Kalispell from June 9 to August 23, connecting Portland-area residents to the natural beauty of northwest Montana.

Summary of new service:

Service dates City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 9 – Aug. 23 Portland-Kalispell 3:55 p.m. 6:20 p.m. Daily
June 9 – Aug. 23 Kalispell-Portland 6:50 p.m. 7:25 p.m. Daily
All times based on local time zones

The new route will be operated with Horizon Air’s (Alaska Horizon) Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) (see above).

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air’s new DHC-8-402 (Q400) N441QX (msn 4348) in the Alaska Nanooks special livery arrives in Los Angeles.

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Flybe now expects to cut 450 positions

Flybe (Exeter), currently under a reorganization aimed at cutting costs under a new CEO (Saad Hammad), expects its job cuts to be smaller than the original 500 redundancies it expected. It now expects to cut around 450 positions according to this report by Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JECT (msn 4144) with the image of Matt Le Tissuer) arrives at London (Gatwick).

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Air Côte d’Ivoire orders two Bombardier Q400 turboprops

Air Cote d'Ivoire DHC-8-400 (12)(Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) announced that Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan), has signed a conditional purchase agreement for two DHC-8-402 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional two additional aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national airline of Ivory Coast.

As of September 30, 2013 Bombardier had booked 476 firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops.

Image: Bombardier.

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Regional Route Map:

Air Cote d'Ivoire 11.2013 Regional Route Map

Video: Cockpit view of an Air Côte d’Ivoire Airbus A319 arriving in Abidjan.



WestJet launches WestJet Encore

WestJet DHC-8-400 C-FHEN (95)(Grd) YYC (WestJet)(LR)

WestJet (Calgary) yesterday (June 24) launched WestJet Encore, Canada’s newest regional airline, with service to Fort St. John, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. WestJet Encore features a new fleet of two Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft.

Calgary will also be the home of its WestJet Encore operations.


Flight Departing Arriving Effective
3109 Calgary at 11 a.m. Nanaimo at 11:45 a.m. June 24, 2013
3108 Nanaimo at 12:30 p.m. Calgary at 2:56 p.m. June 24, 2013
3101 Calgary at 3:50 p.m. Fort St. John at 4:35 p.m. June 24, 2013
3103 Fort St. John at 5:05 p.m. Vancouver at 6:48 p.m. June 24, 2013
3103 Vancouver at 7:20 p.m. Victoria at 7:50 p.m. June 24, 2013
3246 Calgary at 4:50 p.m. Saskatoon at 6:09 p.m. June 24, 2013
3247 Saskatoon at 6:35 p.m. Calgary at 7:59 p.m. June 24, 2013
3102 Victoria at 7:15 a.m. Vancouver at 7:44 a.m. June 25, 2013
3102 Vancouver at 8:15 a.m. Fort St. John at 10:01 a.m. June 25, 2013
3100 Fort St. John at 10:30 a.m. Calgary at 1 p.m. June 25, 2013

Copyright Photo: WestJet. Employees wave goodbye to the first WestJet Encore flight as it departs Calgary bound for Nanaimo with Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FHEN (msn 4441).

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Bombardier delivers the first Q400 to WestJet for WestJet Encore

WestJet DHC-8-400 C-FOEN (95)(Flt) YTZ (WestJet)(LR)

Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) and WestJet (Calgary) today (June 6) announced the delivery of the first of 20 DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by WestJet. The aircraft will be operated by the new regional carrier, WestJet Encore (Calgary) and will serve multiple destinations, beginning in Western Canada in its first year of service. WestJet also holds options for 25 additionalQ400 NextGen aircraft.

Earlier this year, WestJet announced plans to begin service with Encore on June 24, 2013, opening new routes to Fort St. John and Nanaimo, British Columbia, as well as Brandon, Manitoba, on September 3, 2013. Flights to points in Alberta and Saskatchewan are to be added later this year, along with additional flights to cities already served by WestJet.

Today, Bombardier Aerospace hosted a special delivery ceremony in Toronto alongside more than 100 WestJetters, including Gregg Saretsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, WestJet and Ferio Pugliese, President, WestJet Encore, and Executive Vice-President, WestJet. Also on site in Toronto, where the Q400 NextGen airliners are manufactured, were Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Simon Roberts, Vice-President and General Manager, Turboprop Programs and the Toronto Site, Bombardier Aerospace and guests from the federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FOEN (msn 4440) “401″ flies over Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bombardier. C-FOEN has small WestJet Encore titles by the forward L1 door.

WestJet DHC-8-400 C-FOEN (95)(Ceremony)(Bombardier)(LRW)


Yakutia Airlines becomes the first Bombardier Q400 operator in Russia

Yakutia Airlines (Yakutsk) has become the first operator of the Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) in Russia. The far north carrier put the new type into revenue service in late January. Yakutia Airlines, a domestic passenger carrier based in the northeast region of Russia, will fly three Q400 aircraft, with the first (DHC-8-402 VP-BKD, msn 4162) having arrived in late January at Yakutsk Airport.

Yakutia’s fleet comprises a total of over 30 aircraft and it operates with hubs in the cities of Yakutsk, Moscow (Vnukovo) and Krasnodar. Its network includes routes in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), other regions in Russia and international flights. In the territory of the Far East federal district, Yakutia operates flights in eight of nine sub-districts, allowing passengers to make point-to-point connections within the region.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Yakutia Airlines. Yakutia operates in a very demanding region of Siberia. On January 31 the airline took delivery of its second Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B (RA-89012, msn 95020).

Yakutia Superjet 100-95B RA-89012 (09)(Grd)(Yakutia)(LR)

WestJet to name the new Bombardier Q400 operation WestJet Encore

WestJet Airlines (Calgary) will name its new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) operation “WestJet Encore”. The company issued the follwing statement:

Following a vote by WestJetters, WestJet announced that the name of its new regional airline will be WestJet Encore. The regional airline will launch in the second half of 2013, using Bombardier Q400 aircraft to serve smaller Canadian communities.

“We are excited to launch WestJet Encore, leveraging the phenomenal strength of the WestJet brand delivered through our WestJetters,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Guest Experience. “Encore reinforces that our WestJetters are ready to repeat the success of WestJet, liberating Canadians in many communities from the high cost of travel.”

WestJet will announce a schedule for WestJet Encore, including the first group of communities it will serve, in early 2013.

Image: WestJet.


Eznis Airways becomes a new Bombardier Q400 operator in Mongolia

Eznis Airways (Ulaanbaatar) has become the world’s latest operator of Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop in Mongolia. Bombardier issued the following statement:

“Bombardier Aerospace on September 21 welcomed Eznis Airways LLC to the growing family of Bombardier Q400 aircraft operators. Eznis Airways LLC, the largest private airline in Mongolia, has acquired a previously owned Q400 aircraft (DHC-8-402 JU-9919, msn 4106, ex C-GDXC and JA849A) and has started service in the country with the fast and fuel-efficient turboprop. Eznis acquired the Q400 aircraft through Nordic Aviation Capital, the Denmark-based leasing company.

Eznis’ acquisition of the Q400 aircraft follows the type acceptance certification that was awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia in May, 2012 for operation of the aircraft in the Central Asia nation. The certification in Mongolia preceded the decision in June, 2012 by the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) – commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK – to award aircraft type approval to the Q400 turboprop for operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 aircraft can quickly climb above the strong summer head winds which blow across Mongolia, and also access the high elevation airports in mountainous regions of the country. Its steep approach capabilities allow the aircraft to quickly descend over the mountains to easily navigate the strong northerly winds found at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in UIaanbaatar, where Eznis is based.

The Q400 aircraft has been certified for gravel runway operations that predominate in rural Mongolia, which enables Eznis to fly mining charter customers directly to mine sites, while the aircraft’s large baggage compartment allows ample storage of mining provisions.”

Image: Bombardier.

Alaska Air Group has its best quarter ever

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air) (Seattle/Tacoma) reported record third quarter 2010 net income of $122.4 million, or $3.32 per diluted share, compared to net income of $87.6 million, or $2.46 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2009. Excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge gains of $16.7 million ($10.4 million after tax or $0.28 per diluted share) and Horizon restructuring and CRJ-700 transition charges of $9.8 million ($6.1 million after tax or $0.17 per diluted share), the company reported record adjusted net income of $118.1 million, or $3.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $83.0 million, or $2.33 per share, excluding special items in the third quarter of 2009.

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Horizon Air to introduce three more college planes

Image: Horizon Air.

Image: Horizon Air.

Image: Horizon Air.

Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) announced today it will soon fly 76-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprops with university colors and marks of three additional public universities: the University of Idaho, the University of Montana and Montana State University.

The aircraft will be painted one at a time starting in early November (in the order shown above). The painting will take about 10 days per aircraft, and each aircraft will begin regular passenger service two days after donning its new colors. These Q400s were scheduled for repainting, so the new looks are being provided at no cost to the universities or additional painting cost to Horizon.

Horizon has flown to the airports serving these universities for many years. The airline began service to Pullman-Moscow (near the University of Idaho) almost 29 years ago, Missoula (home to the University of Montana) 24 years ago, and Bozeman (home to Montana State University) nearly 21 years ago.

The new planes will join five other university-themed aircraft launched by Horizon since early 2008 – representing Boise State University, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington and Washington State University.

Unveiling events are planned for the following dates: University of Idaho (at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport) on Nov. 10, University of Montana (at Missoula International Airport/Johnson-Bell Field) on Nov. 19, and Montana State University (at Gallatin Field in Bozeman) on Nov. 30. Specific times and event information will be released when finalized.

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Horizon Air and IBT reach tentative agreement on pilot contract

Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) jointly announced that, with the assistance of federal mediation, they have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for the airline’s 673 pilots.

The IBT expects to be ready to present the details of the agreement to Horizon’s pilots by late October. The ratification vote would take place immediately following.

Horizon’s pilot contract became amendable in September 2006. After years of negotiations, in January 2010 both Horizon and the IBT requested federal mediation to work through the remaining open items. In June, an agreement in principle was reached, and the negotiation teams spent the subsequent months finalizing the details.

Per federal law, airline contracts don’t expire. An existing contract remains in effect after the amendable date until a new contract is agreed to by the negotiating teams and ratified by represented members.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Certainly one of the most colorful liveries is the “Celebrating 25 Years” introduced on June 20, 2006. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N425QX (msn 4039) is pictured on final approach at the SeaTac hub.

Island Air celebrates its 30th anniversary

Island Air (Hawaii) (Honolulu) on Thursday (September 9) celebrated its 30th anniversary with special events in Honolulu. A orchid lei was given to each passenger departing from Honolulu and were also given a special music CD single recorded by Island Air employees.

Read the full story from HNL RareBirds:


Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. The Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) proved to be too large for the Hawaiian market. DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GAFM (msn 4017) became N814WP with the carrier during its short career.

Smart Aviation orders two Bombardier Q400s

Smart Aviation Company (subsidiary of EgyptAir) (Cairo) has signed a firm order to acquire two Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) turboprop aircraft, and has also taken options on an additional three aircraft.

A corporate jet aircraft charter operator since its founding in May of 2007, Smart Aviation has formed a commercial airline subsidiary and will use its Q400 aircraft to launch scheduled and charter services to complement its corporate aircraft activities throughout the Middle East

QANTAS grounds five Bombardier Q400s

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) grounded five Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) turboprop aircraft due to landing gear problems.

The aircraft, operated by its QANTAS Link carriers were removed from service on August 21 following advice from the manufacturer, the airline said in a statement.

Cracks were discovered in a major component of a landing gear fitting in five of its 21 Q400s, with the remaining 16 Q400s unaffected and to remain in service.

The company issued the following statement:


Copyright Photo: Peter Gates. Sunstate Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-QOS (msn 4263) arrives at Brisbane.

Horizon Air to change its business plan

Horizon Air (Seattle/Tacoma) is planning to give up its branded operations and will enter into a full capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with its parent Alaska Airlines starting on January 1, 2011.

Read the full report from Aviation Week:


Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N428QX (msn 4160) holds for runway takeoff clearance at the Seattle/Tacoma base.

Lynx Aviation gets a reprieve, will keep three Q400s to serve Aspen

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) and the Republic Airways Holdings parent is giving the Lynx Aviation (Denver) division another chance to survive. Frontier announced that Lynx will continue its Denver (DEN) to Aspen (ASE) service under the Frontier brand. Frontier will service the Aspen flights with Lynx’s Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. Service will include one departure per day from October 1 through November 17, two departures per day November 18 through December 15 and four daily departures from December 16 through April 2011. Frontier Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (Indianapolis).

Frontier had announced in late July that it would cease its Denver to Aspen service on September 30. However, the company has made the decision to retain three of its Bombardier Q400 aircraft in order to carry on service to Aspen and several other Colorado locations.

In addition to Aspen, Frontier will use the Q400s to serve other Colorado routes, including Durango and Colorado Springs.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N501LX (msn 4165) taxies from the gate at the DEN hub.

Porter Airlines to grow Toronto City-Newark route to 11 roundtrips

Porter Airlines (Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) is finalizing approval for four additional slots at Newark Liberty International Airport. As a result, Porter Airlines will operate 11 daily roundtrip flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, beginning September 20. The airline currently operates nine daily roundtrips.

In other news, Porter Airlines is returning to Mont Tremblant, QC, for its fourth winter season, with increased service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Up to 12 flights per week will be operated, an increase from eight flights per week last season.

The Mont Tremblant winter schedule debuts on December 21, running until April 3. Flight time is just over an hour between downtown Toronto and Mont Tremblant.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQM (msn 4252) prepares to land at Montreal (Trudeau).

Flybe to operate three Q400s for Finnair

Flybe (Exeter) announced that it has reached agreement with Finnair (Helsinki) to provide regional services in Scandinavian and Baltic Sea Areas.

This new co-operation will begin on October 31, 2010 with three wet leased Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. Flybe will commence services to key Scandinavian and Baltic markets from Helsinki Airport that will include Tampere, Turku and Tallinn. This agreement is expected to grow beyond the three aircraft in the summer of 2011.

Flybe and Finnair have also agreed to begin discussions on a potential wider co-operation agreement, which could see Flybe providing a range of services across the Nordic and Baltic Sea markets.

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. Painted in the special green “eco” livery, Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JEDP (msn 4085) lines up to land at Gatwick Airport near London.

Porter Airlines orders four more Q400s

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) has confirmed a new order for four 70-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprops, plus six options.

Porter currently operates a fleet of 20 Q400 aircraft and the new order potentially raises this number to 30.

The new aircraft are scheduled for delivery beginning in the second quarter of 2011, through the third quarter of 2012, including option aircraft.

Porter also confirmed it has raised an additional C$15 million in equity from existing shareholders. The proceeds will be used primarily for working capital and new aircraft purchases.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQB (msn 4130) prepares to touch down at Montreal (Trudeau).

Frontier Airlines to end Aspen service on September 30 as Lynx Aviation is phased out

Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) will end service to the mountain ski resort destination of Aspen on September 30, 2010. This is also the last day of operations for Lynx Aviation and the Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s). Frontier has elected to not use Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170s or ERJ 190s into ASE.

Delta Air Lines will also not return to Aspen this coming winter season, leaving only United with the United Express service.

For a Denver Business Journal article on the subject:


Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N501LX (msn 4165) taxies from the gate at the DEN hub.

QANTAS orders seven additional Bombardier Q400s

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has placed a firm order for seven additional Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop airliners. The aircraft will be operated by QANTAS’ regional carriers operating under the QANTAS Link banner.

This order will increase to 28 the number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen airliners operated by Sunstate Airlines (QANTAS Link). The group also operates two Bombardier DHC 8-200, three DHC-8-200 (Q200) and 16 DHC-8-300 (Q300) aircraft.

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Sunstate’ special DHC-8-402 VH-QOH (msn 4132) arrives at Sydney.

Air Niugini adds its first Bombardier Q400, introduces a new livery

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Air Niugini (Port Moresby) has taken delivery of its first Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400). Another copy will follow.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. DHC-8-402 (Q400) P2-PXU (msn 4316) prepares to depart from Toronto (Pearson) on its long delivery flight on July 13. The company took the opportunity to introduce this new color scheme.

ANA orders five Bombardier Q400 turboprops

Bombardier Aerospace (Toronto) has confirmed that a firm order for five Q400 NextGen aircraft and options for another five, which was previously announced on August 3, 2009, was placed by All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd (ANA) (Tokyo).

Copyright Photo: John Adlard. Air Central’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) JA850A (msn 4108) in ANA’s 1983 colors prepares to land at Fukuoka. Air Central is a subsidiary of ANA.

Jazz Air finalizes order for 15 Bombardier Q400s

Image: Bombardier.

Jazz Air (Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) has finalized its order for 15 Bombardier (Toronto) DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop airliners. Deliveries will start in May 2011. Jazz Air said it also took options for another 15 of the 74 seat, single-class cabin Q400 NextGen planes. Image: Bombardier.

Porter Airlines takes delivery of its 20th Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400)

Porter Airlines (Toronto-City Centre) on April 22 marked the acceptance of its 20th Bombardier Aerospace DHC-8-402 (Q400). This delivery is also the 300th for the Q400 program. Both milestones were celebrated at Bombardier’s Toronto assembly facility with Porter representatives, Bombardier employees and other guests.

Acceptance of this delivery represents the completion of Porter’s original order from 2006, valued at more than $500 million USD.

Porter operates a fleet of 70-seat Q400 aircraft. Features include high cruise speed, revolutionary cabin noise-reduction technology and environmentally-friendly engines. The modern Q Series are the quietest turboprops flying today, due to the revolutionary Noise and Vibration Suppression (NVS) System.

The 20th aircraft is scheduled to enter regular passenger service May 1.

Copyright Photo: Jan Petzold. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQH (msn 4225) arrives at Myrtle Beach, SC, the company’s southern-most destination.