Austrian Airlines (Vienna) took delivery of its 15th Bombardier DHC-8-402 (OE-LGO, msn 4281) on July 21. The turboprop is operated by lower-cost Tyrolean Airways under the Tyrolean AOC and the Austrian brand.
The group has announced it will operate the type on a wet lease basis for fellow Lufthansa Group carrier Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) on a Swiss domestic route starting on November 1 between the Swiss hub at Zurich and Lugano. In the future, four flights each day will be operated on this route. By deploying the larger aircraft, Swiss will be able to increase its capacity on the route by 50 percent.
With the arrival of OE-LGO, the fleet of the Austrian Airlines Group will reach a total of 76 aircraft. All but one Austrian-titled aircraft is operated by Tyrolean Airways.
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister-ship Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) OE-LGD (msn 4027) lands at Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg (BSL).
US-Bangla Airlines (Dhaka) is a new airline in Bangladesh. The new airline commenced operations on July 17 with two Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s). The company is a subsidiary of the US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company.
Daily flights were launched from Dhaka to Chittagong and Jessore. Services to Barisal, Sylhet, Cox’s Bazar, Saidpur and Rajshahi are being planned.
Copyright Photo: US-Bangla Airlines. The pictured Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) S2-AGV (msn 4044) is the first aircraft for the new airline.
Video: The first US-Bangla TV advertisement:
Nok Air (Bangkok) has converted two of four previously acquired Q400 NextGen aircraft purchase rights to firm orders. The purchase rights were acquired under a contract announced on November 19, 2013 that also included two firm-ordered aircraft and two options, which were converted to firm orders on March 31, 2014.
Nok Air is the launch customer for the new extra capacity seating option of the Q400 NextGen turboprop. This option will allow the aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers and offer an advantage of up to 7 per cent fuel burn per seat, as well as an overall operating seat cost advantage of up to 17 percent compared to its closest turboprop competitor.
Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) announced today that Horizon Air Industries, Inc. (Horizon Air) (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400 NextGen) turboprop airliner. The airline retains its options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft as announced previously. Additionally, Bombardier and Horizon Air confirmed they have signed a five-year heavy maintenance agreement whereby Bombardier will perform heavy maintenance tasks for the airline’s fleet of 52 Q400 aircraft at Bombardier’s service centre in Tucson, Arizona.
Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the aircraft agreement is valued at approximately $32.6 million US.
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 51 76-seat Q400 aircraft on behalf of Alaska Airlines and serves 43 cities in the western United States, Canada and Mexico.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N407QX (msn 4049) in the special University of Oregon Ducks livery prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
SkyWork Airlines (Bern) is adding a new destination in the London area for winter schedule effective on October 26. Bern Airport will be connected twice a day with London’s “sixth airport”, customer friendly London Southend Airport. The aircraft departs from Bern at 6.45 am (0645) local time. The evening flight from Southend to Bern leaves at 8.00 pm (2000) local time. Dornier 328-100 aircraft will be operated on the route.
Other destinations for the winter include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna and Palma de Majorca which is operated seasonally on weekends. There will be a reduction in the number of weekly flight for these routes.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWork Airlines is planning phase out its last remaining Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) (HB-JGA). HB-JGA (msn 4198) taxies at Zurich.
The current summer route map:
Air Kazakhstan (2nd) (Astana) has ordered 10 Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) for deliveries starting in March 2015 according to The Astana Times.
Air Kazakhstan is a new airline and will start domestic operations next year after the first arrival.
The name Air Kazakhstan is an historic name in the country. The original Air Kazakhstan started as Kazakhstan Airways in the 1920s but changed to Air Kazakstan on March 10, 1997 until 2001, when it became Air Kazakhstan according to Wikipedia. The previous Air Kazakhstan ceased operations on February 29, 2004.
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Note: The logo is from the original Air Kazakstan. The new Air Kazakhstan has not issued any logos or liveries for the new venture.
Horizon Air’s (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) aircraft technicians and fleet service agents have ratified a new six-year contract.
About 94 percent of members participated, and 53 percent of those voted in favor of the agreement.
The contract, ratified well ahead of the amendable date of December 16, 2014, includes a ratification bonus, annual wage increases and contract language enhancements. Horizon Air and IBT reached tentative agreement on the new contract in May 2014.
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 technicians becomes amendable in 2020.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Horizon its highest honor, the Diamond Certificate of Excellence, 13 times since 1999 in recognition of the airline’s safety training efforts.
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 44 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Copyright Photo: Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N401QX (msn 4031) taxies across the airfield at Los Angeles in the WSU Cougars university colors.
Flybe (Exeter) starting on October 26 will introduce a new “FlyShuttle” service with Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft. The first route will be the Jersey-Southampton-Leeds/Bradford-Aberdeen route and return.
The airline unveiled this new concept with this announcement:
Jump on board FlyShuttle, an innovative, seamless and convenient way to travel around the UK! Just like a bus, you can hop on and off to destinations of your choice – without the hassle of traffic along the way!
Our first route from Jersey spans the length of the country with brief touch downs in Southampton and Leeds/Bradford before travelling on to Aberdeen. Here, you will turn around and head back down south.
With the first flight starting on October 26 this fast, multi-stop travel service provides increased frequency to some of our top UK destinations. The best bit? On UK flights you can continue to relax on board the plane between landing and take-off, avoiding the trouble of changing aircrafts.*
*Passengers arriving from the Channel Islands will be required to disembark to clear customs before connecting onwards.
Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. Painted in the new purple look, Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) registered G-JECY (msn 4157) taxies at Manchester.
WestJet Encore (Calgary) yesterday (June 24) celebrated its first birthday, just days before the eastern operations launch with flights between Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Toronto (Pearson).
The regional airline, which took to the skies on June 24, 2013, has enjoyed tremendous support from the many communities that now have regular air service, and the many more that now boast better schedules, more frequency, and more options with respect to carriers and destinations.
In the twelve months since WestJet Encore took to the skies, it has added 12 destinations to the original six, which included Calgary, Alberta, Fort St. John, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The fleet of Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft will have grown from two to 13 by the end of June.
On Friday, June 27, WestJet Encore will officially launch east-bound service with four daily, nonstop flights between Thunder Bay and Toronto.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FIWE (msn 4466) sits on the ramp at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
Flybe (Exeter) will restore the Inverness-Dublin route on October 26 with Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s). The airline issued this statement:
Flybe has confirmed its commitment to the Highlands and Islands this winter with the announcement of a brand new daily service from Inverness to Dublin. The new route starts on October 26. The airline has also confirmed extra flights on its popular Birmingham and Belfast City routes (increasing to six times a week), and to Manchester (to three flights a day). This news follows its announcement last month of a new twice daily service to London City which also starts on the same day.
In other news, Flybe has also has also confirmed its commitment to growth this winter announcing a brand new daily service between Southampton and Hamburg. The route starts on October 26, 2014.
In addition, the airline has also confirmed its popular sun routes from Southampton to Alicante, Malaga and Faro have been extended to operate through early November to accommodate half-term travel. The services to the two Spanish destinations will continue on as part of Flybe’s extensive 2014-15 winter schedule out of the south coast airport. All these flights will be operated by Flybe’s 118-seat Embraer 195 jet aircraft.
Increased flights to Dublin will operate during winter up to four times a day, and routes to regional France will also receive a winter boost with the addition of a twice weekly service to La Rochelle complementing Flybe’s existing winter routes to Bergerac, Nantes, Rennes and Limoges. Those looking to visit some of Europe’s best ski slopes will be pleased to hear of the return of Flybe’s flights to Grenoble, Geneva and Chambery.
Flybe’s 2014-15 Winter Schedule from Southampton features a total of 23 routes with a choice of up to 558 flights a week.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JECJ (msn 4110) lands at Southampton in the old 2002 livery.
Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) yesterday (June 9) launched seasonal daily service between Portland, Oregon, and Kalispell, Montana.
The flights will operate seasonally between Portland and Kalispell through August 23, connecting Portland-area residents to the natural beauty of northwest Montana, and Flathead Valley residents to the Rose City.
Kalispell is located in northwest Montana’s Flathead Valley, which encompasses the gateway to Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Flathead Lake — the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Alaska Airlines also operates daily year-round service between Kalispell and Seattle/Tacoma.
Alaska Airlines’ sister carrier, Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma), will operate the flights with the Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N414QX (msn 4061) taxies at Los Angeles International Airport.
Eznis Airways (Ulaanbaatar) suspended operations on May 22. The airline blamed the stoppage on “financial difficulties”. The company at the end was using two Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s) and one SAAB 340B. Eznis was operating from its Ulaanbaatar base mainly to Choibalsan, Moron, Ulaangom, and Ulgi in Mongolia at the end.
The company issued this statement:
This is to inform that Eznis Airways LLC is stopping its operation from May 22nd for an uncertain period of time due to the financial difficulties and the current situation at the airline industry. Eznis Airways LLC is a national airline that had been operating since 2006, constantly and reliably carrying thousands of passengers
We thank everyone who chose our airline, our regular passengers, our partners and our suppliers, for cooperation and support.
The management of the company and the shareholders had done everything during the last two years to survive, to keep positions of our employees and most importantly, to serve the public, but they cannot subsidize the financial losses any longer.
We bring our apologies for all our customers, passengers, employees, engineers, flight operation staff and the crew.
We wish you all the best in your future.
Copyright Photos: Eznis Airways. Top: Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YU-9919 (msn 4106) sits outside the Eznis hangar. Below: The two Q400s (JU-9917 and JU-9919) at the snowbound Chinggis Khan International Airport base.
WestJet (Calgary) today inaugurated new nonstop daily service between Kelowna, B.C., and Fort McMurray and between Vancouver and Fort McMurray. Both services are offered by WestJet Encore using its fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft.
Today, WestJet also launched a third daily flight between Calgary and Fort McMurray using the same type of aircraft.
In other news, WestJet has retrofitted the first Boeing 737-800 (below) with new Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar winglets. The pictured Boeing 737-8CT C-GWRG (msn 39071) is now flying throughout the WestJet network.
Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FIWE (msn 4466) is pictured at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.
Bottom Copyright Photo: WestJet.
WestJet (Calgary) has announced the launch of new, nonstop twice-daily service between Toronto (Pearson) and Quebec City, Quebec, effective on March 15, 2015. Using WestJet Encore‘s fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen aircraft, the new service will replace WestJet’s current daily service on board its Boeing Next-Generations 737s.
On the financial side, WestJet announced its first quarter results for 2014, with net earnings of $89.3 million (all amounts in Canadian dollars), or $0.69 per diluted share. This compares with the net earnings of $91.1 million, or $0.68 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2013. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 13.7 per cent, compared with the 13.9 per cent reported in the previous quarter. These results include pre-tax recoveries of value added taxes of $17.6 million associated with fuel costs and $2.5 million associated with airport costs incurred from 2009 to 2013.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Newly-built Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-FIWE (msn 4466) of WestJet Encore sits idle on the ramp at Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto.
Alaska Air Group, Inc. (Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air – Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) today reported first quarter 2014 GAAP net income of $94 million, or $1.35 per diluted share, compared to $37 million, or $0.51 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2013. Excluding the impact of mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustments of $8 million ($5 million after tax, or $0.07 per diluted share), the company reported record adjusted net income of $89 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $44 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in 2013.
“Our record first quarter results reflect strong demand for our service and the efforts we’ve taken to improve the value we bring to our customers,” CEO Brad Tilden said. “Our solid foundation of award-winning service, excellent operational performance, low costs and low fares, and the best employees in the business will help us sustain our success in the face of increasing competition.”
Reported record first quarter net income, excluding special items, of $89 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $44 million, or $0.62 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. This quarter’s results compare to a First Call analyst consensus estimate of $1.24 per share.
Recorded net income for the first quarter under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $94 million or $1.35 per diluted share, compared to net income of $37 million, or $0.51 per diluted share in 2013.
Reported record adjusted pretax margin for the first quarter of 11.8%.
Achieved trailing 12-month return on invested capital of 14.8% compared to 13.4% in the 12 months ended March 31, 2013.
Paid a $0.25 per-share quarterly cash dividend on March 11 totaling $17 million. This is a 25% increase from the previous cash dividend payment of $0.20 per-share.
Repurchased 352,851 shares of common stock for $30 million in the first quarter of 2014.
Lowered adjusted debt-to-total-capitalization ratio by 3%, to 32%, from December 31, 2013.
Held $1.4 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of March 31, 2014.
Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Dedicated freighter operations at Alaska Air Cargo becomes very active in Alaska this time of the year. Boeing 737-490 (F) N709AS (msn 28896) touches down at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air’s (Alaska Horizon) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the “Q400″) N440QX (msn 4347) in the special Oregon State University-OSU Beavers color scheme taxies to the runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub.
Flybe (Exeter) on April 10 celebrated the inaugural flight of eight new routes to operate from Birmingham Airport with passengers taking off to Cologne/Bonn on the carrier’s distinctive Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) signature purple aircraft (above).
On the same day, Flybe also took off on the first of its daily flights to Florence – the first time ever this route has been offered out of Birmingham. This was followed on April 11 with the airline’s inaugural flight to Porto (four days a week) and its four-days weekly service to Alicante (started on April 12).
The remaining four of Flybe’s new routes from Birmingham will take off in May, with Bordeaux, Palma de Mallorca and Toulouse starting on May 13 and Newquay on May 16.
The airline will also operate nonstop service from Birmingham to Ibiza (three days a week) and Keflavik (three days a week) from June 29 through September 7.
With a record 12 aircraft based at the airport, Birmingham has become Flybe’s largest base. This summer, it will be operating 32 routes to and from Birmingham with a total choice of up to 381 return flights a week.
Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com. The “Purple Plane”, namely Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JECY (msn 4157), completes its final approach into Manchester International Airport (MAN).
Routes from Birmingham:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Video: Amateur video of a WestJet Encore flight from takeoff in Fort St. John to landing in Calgary:
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).
Bottom Copyright Photo: airBaltic.
Current routes from Riga:
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.
Routes from Gdansk:
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.
Cabin photos of the new Q400:
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 (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.
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.
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.
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:|
|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|
|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.
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.
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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).
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.
Regional Route Map:
Video: Cockpit view of an Air Côte d’Ivoire Airbus A319 arriving in Abidjan.
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.
|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 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.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Bombardier. C-FOEN has small WestJet Encore titles by the forward L1 door.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Please click on photo for additional details.
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 (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 (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.
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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 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
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.
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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N428QX (msn 4160) holds for runway takeoff clearance at the Seattle/Tacoma base.
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 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQM (msn 4252) YUL (Gilbert Hechema), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
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 (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 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQB (msn 4130) YUL (Gilbert Hechema), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
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 (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.
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.
Heli Malongo (Luanda) on June 20 took delivery of its first new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) registered D2-EUO (msn 4312). The company also operates three Bombardier DHC-8-300 turboprops.