Monthly Archives: May 2016

PenAir continues to expand outside of Alaska, will serve three cities in Nebraska and Denver

PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340A (F) N662PA (msn 109) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925112.

PenAir (Anchorage) continues to expand in the “Lower 48”. The regional carrier has been selected to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to three communities in Nebraska. The airline will launch service to Denver from Kearney, North Platte and Scottsdale replacing Great Lakes Airlines.

Previously the airline announced a major expansion from Portland, Oregon:

PenAir 5.16 PDX Route Map

The airline also serves New England from Boston:

PenAir 5.16 BOS Route Map

The airline originally started in Alaska:

PenAir 5.16 Alaska Route Map

Copyright Photo: PenAir also operates SAAB 340B freighters in Alaska. PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340A (F) N662PA (msn 109) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925112.

“People Over Profit” – POP is proposing to fly between the U.K. and India

POP logo and A330 tail

The proposed paper airline, POP (London-Stansted), made this announcement on May 31, 2016:

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POP is set to become not just a new airline, not just the only airline currently to fly non-stop from the UK to two of India’s key secondary cities – Amritsar (Punjab) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) – but an airline with a new unique business model.

POP is a new, low-cost, long-haul airline with a social conscience that will meet the demand of the growing visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market as well as the expanding leisure-tourism and business sectors.

Being established as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) business, POP will enhance the lives of those in the communities it serves by donating a minimum of 51% of its profits to fund social projects in the UK and India.

Passengers will be consulted when booking as to their preferences in terms of the ‘community causes’ they wish POP to support. POP’s philanthropic-giving will enhance the unquantifiable assets of reputation and trustworthiness while gaining a competitive advantage as research illustrates that consumers consider businesses to have an obligation to support the local communities in which they operate.

In the first instance, all of POP’s charitable giving will be made through the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), although a dedicated charitable foundation may be established in due course. In addition, POP will always seek to advance airline industry best practice in neutralizing its carbon footprint in ways that can be aligned with the enhancement of its community projects.

Rewards-based crowdfunding to raise £5m for POP will start in early June 2016 in association with Trillion Fund Ltd, and will continue for 60 days. The crowdfunding campaign involves raising start-up funds for the company via the pre-sale of POP Gold Passes, each priced at £500, to supporters who are attracted by a different kind of rewards package. The first 10,000 Gold Pass holders will win one free off-peak return seat to any POP destination and will, for the following five years when flying with POP, be entitled to a range of VIP benefits both on the ground and in the air, including, for example, extra luggage, and free and unlimited ticket name changes.

(Nino) Navdip Singh Judge, Chairman and Principal of POP, commented: “My vision is to create an airline that, unlike any other before it, serves not just the passengers travelling between the UK and the developing world but, just as importantly, delivers tangible benefits to the communities they are visiting. POP will provide an ‘Enhanced-Value’ in the air and in the community.”

POP will offer family and business-convenient schedules, thus reversing the trend of middle-of-the-night international movements into and out of India. In every way, POP wishes to be known for giving a fair deal – with significant reductions in journey times, highly competitive fares, self-selected on-board and ground services, excellent customer service and convenient point-to-point flights.

At present, there are few direct flights from the UK to any of India’s important secondary cities and there is a fast-growing VFR, leisure/tourism and business market for such flights amongst India’s rapidly expanding middle class. POP’s CSR model will resonate particularly strongly with this target market. The Air Services Agreement (ASA) between the UK and India permits seven scheduled services per week on any route between the UK and India, other than Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. No UK airlines are currently operating nonstop services to Amritsar and/or Ahmedabad.

POP route map

It is anticipated that the first POP flight will depart from Stansted Airport this year in Q4 (2016) to Amritsar using a 378-seat all-economy Airbus A330-300 aircraft in POP livery. POP initially plans to operate three services weekly to each of Amritsar and Ahmedabad.

POP A330-300 (16)(Flt)(POP)(LRW)

The aircraft will be on a full charter basis and will move towards an ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) arrangement over time, but all other organizational aspects will be managed by POP. The company has provisional plans to apply for its own full Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) but will continue to lease its aircraft, probably on an aircraft-only basis, which should yield greater financial returns to POP and to its supported causes.

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Air Canada rouge arrives in Prague from Toronto

Air Canada rouge arrives in Prague from Toronto

The arrival of flight AC1922 from Toronto – Pearson at Václav Havel Airport Prague on May 30, 2016 marks the beginning of Air Canada Rouge’s expansion into Central Europe this summer. The seasonal service, operating three-times a week, offers customers the only nonstop connection between Canada and the Czech Republic on a network carrier.

Flights will be operated with an Air Canada rouge Boeing 767-300 ER, featuring Premium Rouge and Economy cabins. Flights will depart Toronto on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and return Thursday, Saturday and Monday from Prague , with the service operating until September 29, 2016 .

The new Toronto – Prague service is part of Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion.

For this summer, Air Canada has started new international services between Toronto – London – Gatwick , and will launch other services between Toronto – Budapest , Toronto – Warsaw , Toronto – Glasgow , Toronto – Seoul , Montreal – Casablanca , Montreal – Lyon , Vancouver – Brisbane and Vancouver – Dublin . Last year, Air Canada launched new international services between Toronto – Delhi , Toronto – Amsterdam , Toronto – Dubai , Montreal – Venice , Montreal – Mexico City and Vancouver – Osaka.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada rouge (Air Canada) Boeing 767-3Q8 ER C-FJZK (msn 29386) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 928680.

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Edelweiss returns to Calgary with seasonal flights to Zurich

Edelweiss returns to Calgary with seasonal flights to Zurich

Edelweiss returned to the Alberta on Sunday, May 29, 2016 with the inaugural flight of its nonstop seasonal service from Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Zurich. The service from the Swiss airline is a result of close cooperation between The Calgary Airport Authority and its many tourism partners such as the Government of Alberta, Travel Alberta, Tourism Calgary, and Banff and Lake Louise Tourism.

Edelweiss will operate twice-weekly from June to September with an Airbus A330 aircraft adding nearly 600 seats a week into the Calgary market, aligning with YYC’s strategic plan to create more connections for Albertans across the world.

Copyright Photo: Edelweiss Air Airbus A330-223 HB-IQI (msn 291) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 912603.

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TAP Express puts its first Embraer 190 into revenue service

TAP Portugal’s first Embraer 190 is already flying across the European skies, operating on the company’s regional network in TAP Express livery. The new E190, CS-TPW (msn 19000550), made its maiden flight for TAP on Monday, May 23, with flight TP488, from Lisbon to Nice (France), departing Lisbon at 08:55 am.

The entry into service of the E190 aircraft is part of TAP’s regional fleet renewal strategy – the fleet will soon include nine E190 and eight ATR 72 aircraft – operating for TAP Express, the new branded product recently launched by TAP. TAP Express now replaces former PGA for regional operations, thus reinforcing TAP’s corporate identity and granting a more consistent brand and product.

The E190 aircraft operated by TAP Express will replace the Fokker 100s, which have been in operation for some years. With this new fleet – more modern and efficient – TAP will be able to significantly upgrade services provided to customers, both in comfort and reliability, also improving its operational regularity and punctuality.

With capacity for 106 passengers, the Embraer 190 displays comfortable seats (known as Slim Seats) in a cabin configuration of 2 + 2 seats per row that offer excellent in-flight comfort, and is often considered by passengers as the most comfortable aircraft in its segment.

In addition to the Lisbon-Nice route, the new E190 also operated from Lisbon to Barcelona and Toulouse (for a night-stop) in its first day in operation with TAP Express.

Video: TAP Portugal.

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Air China takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air China and Boeing officially unveiled the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner to the public at a grand ceremony in Beijing on May 25, 2016. The national flag carrier is the first airline in the country to have a 787-9 enter into service.

The pictured B-7877 (msn 34305) was officially handed over to the carrier on May 19, 2016 at the North Charleston, SC (CHS) facility.

 

This is the first of 15 Dreamliners set to join Air China’s fleet.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly over 40 more passengers an additional 285 nautical miles (830 km) with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes.

Air China, headquartered in Beijing, is a leading provider of passenger and cargo services in China with scheduled flight routes connecting 174 cities in 40 countries and regions. Air China will use its 787-9s to ride on the wave of fast growing international passenger traffic by expanding its international network through nonstop point-to-point services.

According to Airline Route, the carrier will introduce the new type (today) on a single Beijing (Capital) – Chengdu flight followed by regular service on the Beijing (Capital) – Shanghai (Hongqiao) starting tomorrow (May 27). Beijing – Guangzhou will follow on July 1, 2016.

Internationally the new type will be introduced on the Beijing – Frankfurt route starting on July 15, 2016.

Photo: Boeing.

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CityJet takes delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100

CityJet Superjet 100 EI-FWA (15)(Grd-1) VCE (Sukhoi)(LR)

CityJet, the Irish European regional airline, on May 24, 2016 took delivery in Italy of its first Superjet SSJ100 aircraft.

CityJet becomes the first European airline to operate the Superjet SSJ100. CityJet will lease 15 Superjet SSJ100 aircraft with an option for an additional 16.

SuperJet International is a joint venture between Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Finmeccanica Company of Italy. The ceremony was held in Venice at the SuperJet International’s premises where the first two Superjet SSJ100s in the CityJet livery were unveiled.

Dublin-based CityJet operates from key airports in Europe, including London City Airport. The airline expects take delivery of three aircraft in 2016, with the remainder from 2017 onwards. The inaugural aircraft unveiled today is expected to be delivered to Dublin early in June with the second arriving in mid-June. The Superjet SSJ 100 achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in 2012.

The CityJet aircraft is in the 98-seat configuration with an exclusive interior designed by Pininfarina, five abreast seating in a generous 32” seat pitch combining with a wider seat and cabin height of over 2m.

SuperJet International will also provide CityJet with the technical support through a SuperCare agreement for 12 years. CityJet crews are being trained at the Training Center in Venice.

Photo: Sukhoi. Superjet 100 EI-FWA (msn 95102) is the first to be delivered.

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