Alaska unveils 13 daily departures to 8 destinations from Everett Paine Field

Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

Alaska Airlines, the Seattle-area’s hometown airline, announced today new daily nonstop service from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Washington. When commercial service begins at the airport in the fall, Alaska will offer 13 nonstop departures to eight cities every day with premium service and low fares, further working to become the go-to airline for anyone living on the West Coast.

 

Alaska’s all-jet service will connect Paine Field to Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Phoenix; Portland; San Diego; San Francisco; and San Jose, California. Flight frequencies for each destination along with departure and arrival times will be announced later in 2018, subject to government approval.

With Alaska’s new service from Paine Field, those looking to catch a flight north of Seattle and all around the North Sound (home to more than 1 million people) will have a new travel option closer to home. That’ll mean less driving to go farther south, saving time and fuel.

 

Flights from Paine Field will offer three classes of service: first class, premium class and main cabin. Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity, more than 200 free movies and TV shows that can be streamed on personal devices and free texting while onboard.

Propeller Airports and Snohomish County are currently building the new, state-of-the-art terminal at Paine Field. It’s set to open in fall 2018.

Copyright Photo (all others by Alaska Airlines): Alaska SkyWest (SkyWest Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N170SY (msn 17000483) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 940625.

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Belair is acquired by German investment company SBC

Belair Airlines (flybelair.com) Boeing 767-3Q8 ER HB-ISE (msn 27600) ZRH (Paul Denton). Image: 911970.

From Reuters:

Belair Airlines AG (Zurich), formerly part of collapsed Air Berlin, has been taken over by German investment company SBC (Dusseldorf).

SBC stated it wanted flights to resume as soon as possible and former Belair staff would be offered their jobs back after it made a deal with Air Berlin’s administrators.

A spokesman for SBC declined to say how much it paid for the low-cost Swiss airline, which had sales of around 90 million Swiss francs ($93.47 million) in 2016.

Belair, like Airberlin, halted operations on October 28, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Belair under new ownership will revert back to its own brand before the Airberlin takeover. A new livery is likely. Belair Airlines (flybelair.com) Boeing 767-3Q8 ER HB-ISE (msn 27600) ZRH (Paul Denton). Image: 911970.

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London and Hong Kong are the next destinations for Singapore Airlines’ new A380 cabin products

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKD (msn 008) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 905255.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that London and Hong Kong will be the next destinations to be served by its newest Airbus A380 aircraft, featuring the Airline’s recently unveiled new cabin products.

Starting February 16, 2018, the aircraft will operate as SQ322 (Singapore-London) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From February 17, 2018 to April 5, 2018, it will operate as SQ305 (London-Singapore). With effect from April 7, 2018, the new aircraft are scheduled to operate as SQ317 (London-Singapore) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

From February 18, 2018 to April 6, 2018, the new A380s will also be deployed on services to Hong Kong, operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as SQ860 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ863 (Hong Kong-Singapore). With effect from 8 April 2018, the aircraft are scheduled to operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as SQ856 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ861 (Hong Kong-Singapore).

SIA’s new cabin products were publicly unveiled early in November and debuted on December 18, 2017 to Sydney following the delivery of the first of five new A380s being acquired from Airbus.

The new cabin products will initially be fitted to the five new A380s, following which retrofit work will commence on 14 aircraft that are already in service.

The new cabin products seat up to 471 customers in four classes, with six in Suites, 78 in Business Class, 44 in Premium Economy Class and 343 in Economy Class.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Singapore Airlines): Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-841 9V-SKD (msn 008) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 905255.

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SF Airlines launches the Shenyang – Changchun – Ulan Bator – Shenyang cargo route

SF Airlines Boeing 757-25C (F) B-2829 (msn 25900) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 929924.

SF Airlines Co., Ltd. (SF Airlines) (Shenzhen) has successfully launched the Shenyang – Changchun – Ulan Bator – Shenyang international freight route with Boeing 757-200 freighters.

In November 2017, SF airlines bough two Boeing 747-400ERF freighters of defunct Jade Cargo International in an auction.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SF Airlines): SF Airlines Boeing 757-25C (F) B-2829 (msn 25900) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 929924.

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Emirates resumes service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport; offering flights to two points in Istanbul

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-31H ER A6-EGO (msn 35598) (1000th 777) MAN (Nik French). Image: 911578.

Emirates (Dubai) has announced the resumption of flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting on June 8, 2018. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two destination options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.

The flight will be operated five times a week by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER (above) in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Together with Emirates’ other service to Istanbul, the airline will offer 16 flights and over 6500 seats per week, catering to both tourism and business traffic.

The aircraft allows for an increase in cargo capacity to Istanbul, with a weekly total of 100 tonnes and makes Emirates the only airline operating a scheduled service with a wide-body aircraft at Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Seamless connectivity

Emirates flight EK119 will depart Dubai at 1000 hrs and arrive in Istanbul at 1345 hrs. The return flight EK120 will leave Istanbul at 1535 hrs, and arrive in Dubai at 2100 hrs. The new timing allows customers from Istanbul to seamlessly connect to Emirates’ flights at Dubai International Airport to popular destinations like Bangkok, Shanghai, Seoul, and cities across Australia.

The flight timing also means travellers from key inbound markets such as China, Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait can enjoy shorter connection times in Dubai when continuing onwards to Istanbul.

Travellers can access Istanbul City with ease from Sabiha Gocken, and from surrounding provinces to the airport. The development of the Osman Gazi Bridge offers residents from north and west provinces a commute time of under an hour to Sabiha Gocken Airport, and those looking to travel to and from Istanbul’s European side can use the scheduled bus service between the Sabiha Gokcen and Taksim Square, an approximate 45 minutes journey.

 

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Emirates): Emirates Airline Boeing 777-31H ER A6-EGO (msn 35598) (1000th 777) MAN (Nik French). Image: 911578.

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Bombardier and Conair announce purchase agreement for six Q400 aircraft for conversion into Q400 multirole airtankers

Bombardier has issued this statement:

  • The first six aircraft to be supplied to Conair under its airtanker teaming agreement with Bombardier
  • Aircraft will be modified to incorporate Conair’s proven Retardant Delivery System and interiors to accommodate passenger, cargo, combi, and medivac requirements
  • Enhanced Q400 Multirole aircraft will join Bombardier’s fleet of over 1,000 specialized aircraft operating around the world

Bombardier Specialized Aircraft has announced that Conair Group Inc., the world’s leading provider of fixed wing aerial firefighting aircraft, has purchased six Q400 aircraft. Based on the current list price, the firm order is valued at approximately $206 million US.

Conair operates the world’s largest fleet of privately owned fixed wing airtankers and supplies specialty aerial firefighting aircraft and products worldwide. These six Q400 production aircraft will be modified to incorporate an enhanced version of Conair’s proprietary Retardant Delivery System. In the Q400 Multirole configuration, the retardant tank can be removed and reinstalled in the field in a few hours. This enables the aircraft to efficiently perform additional roles in emergency response, passenger and cargo transport, medivac, and coastal patrol without compromising its exceptional firefighting capabilities.

“The enhanced Q400 Multirole has the most advanced airtanker capabilities of any aircraft in service today,” said Barry Marsden, Chairman & CEO, Conair. “The Q400 Multirole’s versatility delivers optimal value by accommodating year-round service in passenger, cargo, combi transport, medivac, emergency response, surveillance and patrol without compromising state-of-the-art airtanker capabilities.”

“The Q400 Multirole delivers the efficiency, reliability, reduced downtime and low operating costs of the Q400 in a multi-role application. Combining turboprop economics and jet-like performance, the Q400 Multirole delivers exceptional value,” said Stéphane Leroy, Vice President, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft. “The Q400 Multirole is the ideal aircraft to meet Conair’s needs, offering a unique ability to serve diverse and challenging environments.”

The Q400 Multirole offers the ultimate in flexibility and is able to easily switch between firefighting, cargo and passenger transport, and medivac roles. The Q400 Multirole can operate out of unprepared strips, conduct steep approaches when landing, short take off, and deliver an impressive cruise speed of 667 km/hr.

Today, Bombardier has over 1,000 specialized aircraft in service around the world. For over 50 years, governments have selected Bombardier aircraft to perform military surveillance, intelligence and utility activities. Among the advantages of using off-the-shelf platforms for special missions are a reduced development time and faster time to market, civil certification, reliability, ease of maintenance and an international customer support network. Governments also benefit from Bombardier’s engineering and flight test experience, and its well-established relationships with top industry mission integrators.

About Conair

Conair operates the largest privately owned fleet of fixed wing firefighting aircraft in the world.   Founded in Canada 49 years ago, Conair’s operations now extend to Canada, the United States of America, Europe, and Australia. Conair has developed a number of proprietary aerial firefighting products and Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for modification of aircraft for aerial firefighting.

Originally called Conair Aviation Ltd., the company was formed in 1969 as a subsidiary of Skyway Air Services of Langley, British Columbia.

Current CEO, Barry Marsden, was one of the founding members of the company that began with 35 employees and 19 aircraft.

While initially doubling as both a budworm spraying and aerial fire fighting business, the next two decades saw significant expansion of Conair’s fleet, capabilities and services in the aerial fire fighting sector.

Today, with more than 250 employees and 65 aircraft, Conair is a world leader in fixed wing aerial fire management services and products.

 

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Germania to retire its 10 Boeing 737-700s to become all-Airbus

Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937668.

Germania is setting a course to have an all-Airbus fleet in 2019. The airline made this announcement:

Germania will be implementing the most comprehensive fleet replacement measures in its corporate history. In this context, the airline is now setting the course for the standardization of its fleet.

Over the next 15 months, the ten Boeing type 737-700s in the fleet will be retired and replaced with Airbus aircraft. The first three Boeing aircraft will be leaving as early as the end of April this year while the last Boeing plane will leave Germania at the start of the 2019 summer season at the latest.

Together with Airbus and additional flight training schools, Germania is organizing an inhouse training for all Boeing pilots to be retrained to fly Airbus planes and obtain a type rating for their new workstation. This way, the airline will be paving the way for 2020 and the seamless integration of the 25 type A320neo aircraft that have been ordered.

In July 2016, Germania signed a contract for the delivery of 25 Airbus A320neos with an option on 15 additional aircraft of the same type. The aircraft on order will have 180 seats and be equipped with the latest generation of Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines. A high level of fuel efficiency and low noise emissions are key features of these aircraft, which are among the most modern of their kind.

Germania is an independent German airline which was established over 30 years ago. On short-haul and medium-haul flights the airline, with its distinctive green and white livery, carries more than 3 million passengers per year. Germania offers connections from 20 departure airports in Europe to over 55 destinations within the continent, North Africa and the Middle East. Reversing the common industry trend, Germania continues to offer complimentary snacks, soft drinks, magazines and a minimum of 20 kg free baggage allowance. Germania operates scheduled, charter and ad-hoc flights. Together with the Swiss airline Germania Flug AG and Bulgarian Eagle, Germania’s fleet currently has 29 aircraft. Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH is responsible for the company’s aircraft maintenance.

Copyright Photo: Germania Fluggesellschaft Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 937668.

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