Mesa Airlines (Phoenix) last night (June 7) had an incident at Buffalo, New York. United Express flight UA3796 operating from the Washington (Dulles) hub to Buffalo with a Mesa Airlines Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N514MJ (msn 10116) overran the runway end on landing. The regional jet came to a stop in an overrun grassy area. There were no injuries to the 69 passengers and three members on board.
Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) tomorrow (June 9) will operate a special Lufthansa Cargo (Frankfurt) McDonnell Douglas MD-11F flight from Marseille to Dusseldorf which will bring home the remains of the victims of Germanwings (Cologne/Bonn) ill-fate flight 4U9525 which crashed in the French Alps. Transfer of the remains to the victim’s families will occur on June 10. Lufthansa Cargo will operate more flights in the coming weeks until the end of June. The group issued this statement:
Lufthansa is working with all its available resources to ensure the repatriation and transfer of victims of the Germanwings flight 4U9525 to the relatives in the originally planned schedule. To start off the repatriation flights, Lufthansa will arrange at short notice a special flight with a MD-11 of Lufthansa Cargo from Marseille to Dusseldorf. The plane will take off from Marseille on June 9 at 20:50 and is expected at Dusseldorf at 22:30. There will be 30 coffins of the victims of flight 4U9525 on board.
The repatriation of the victims was initially scheduled for next week. At short notice, however, a delay had resulted due to regulatory requirements. The Federal Government Commissioner for the victims’ relatives had then turned immediately to the authorities and received assurances that preparations for repatriation could be made immediately.
After this first special flight to Dusseldorf, the other victims will be gradually transferred to their home countries in the coming weeks. The French authorities are working hard in order to create the formal conditions for the transfer of the victims as soon as possible. Lufthansa is in close contact with the relatives to ensure that the transfer of the victims is carried out according to the relatives’ wishes.
Copyright Photo: Pascal Simon/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas MD-11F D-ALCM (msn 48805) departs from the Frankfurt cargo hub.
Air Horizont (Zaragoza) is a new airline in Spain. The new carrier is planning to now launch scheduled passengers flights to Rome starting on July 2 (delayed from May 14) pending the acquisition of its AOC according to Preferente.com. The airline is also planning to fly to Alicante, Seville and Munich from Zaragoza.
The company was founded by pilots Manuel Sahli and Juan Luis Díez.
Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. The first aircraft, the pictured Boeing 737-436 9H-ZAZ (msn 25349), arrives in Berlin (Schoenefeld).
Air Canada (Montreal) has further expanded its global network with the June 5 arrival of flight AC824 in Amsterdam from Toronto (Pearson) and the departure of AC994 from Montreal (Trudeau) to Mexico City. The launch of these nonstop services marks a further advance of the airline’s international expansion strategy, which has seen its international capacity grow more than 50 percent since 2009.
New routes launched by Air Canada this year, in addition to Toronto-Amsterdam and Montreal-Mexico City, include: Montreal-Venice, Vancouver-Osaka, Vancouver-Comox, Calgary-Halifax, Calgary-Nanaimo, Toronto-Austin, Toronto-Atlantic City and Calgary-Terrace. Announced new routes still to launch include: Toronto-Dubai, Toronto-Delhi and Toronto-Abbotsford.
The Toronto-Amsterdam route will be operated with 211-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
The Montreal-Mexico City route will be operated with 120-seat Airbus A319 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-375 ER C-FPCA (msn 24306) rotates on the runway at Calgary International Airport.
WestJet (Calgary) on Friday (June 5) issued this statement about flight WE588 operating from Toronto (Pearson) to Montreal (Trudeau) which overran the runway on landing at Montreal:
On Friday afternoon, June 5, WestJet flight WS588 from Toronto to Montreal skidded off the end of the runway upon landing, safely stopping on the grass at the end of the runway.
Our primary concern is always for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew. All are reported safe at this time.
We offloaded guests shortly after with all guests exiting the aircraft via air stairs and then walked to the bus provided by Montreal airport authorities. Friends and family were gathered together to await their loved ones in arrivals. The aircraft will be removed from service for full inspection, and WestJet will work with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to investigate this incident.
We’d like to thank the fast-acting first responders and our partners at the Montreal airport authority for seeing to the safety of our guests and crew. Thanks also to those who have reached out showing concern for all involved.
Twitter photo by Sylvain Faust. The aircraft involved is the pictured Boeing 737-6CT C-GWCT (msn 35112).
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is adding two new routes from Orlando in December. The airline will add the Orlando – Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) four days a week route starting on December 19 per Airline Route. This new international route will be served with Boeing 767-300 ERs.
Delta is also adding a daily feeder route from and to Miami with McDonnell Douglas MD-88s. The flights will be timed to feed both ends of the new Sao Paulo route.
As previously announced, Delta is also adding the daily Orlando – Seattle/Tacoma route on December 19.
In other news, Delta is also adding the Los Angeles – Tucson route on December 19.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-332 ER N1608 (msn 30573) completes the final approach to the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.