Myway Airlines starts scheduled flights to the Ukraine

Myway Airlines (Tbilisi), which started charter operations on March 31, 2018, has now launched its first scheduled airline flight. The first scheduled route was operated on June 13, 2018 and was between Tbilisi and Kharkiv, Ukraine. This new route will operate two days a week.

The Georgian carrier also operates between Batumi and Kharkiv.

The airline operates two Boeing 737-800s.

All photos by Myway Airlines.

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Alaska Seaplanes adds a new international route to Whitehorse

Alaska Seaplanes on June 15, 2018 added international service to Canada. The carrier now operates Juneau – Whitehorse service three days a week with Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Alaska Seaplanes describes its company:

Alaska Seaplanes is the premier commuter airline of Southeast Alaska. Operating from a hub in Juneau, Alaska Seaplanes serves the markets of Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Kake, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Pelican, Elfin Cove and Excursion Inlet.  We also offer charters throughout Southeast Alaska.

The company was founded in 1997 by Craig and Aral Loken.  The Lokens grew up in aviation with Juneau Air Taxi (later Channel Flying), a pioneering Alaska aviation company founded by Craig’s father Ken Loken in the 1950s which eventually became the largest seaplane operator in the world.

In 2011, the Lokens sold Alaska Seaplanes to former Wings of Alaska managers Mike Stedman and Kent Craford.  The next year the partners expanded into the wheel plane market with the acquisition of Air Excursions, a long-time Gustavus based air taxi company founded by Steve Wilson and later owned by veteran pilot/mechanic Mike Loverink.  In the Spring of 2013, the two sister companies united their operations under one brand–Alaska Seaplanes.  The company carries passengers, freight, US mail and UPS shipments and also offers charter flights throughout Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Seaplanes’ owner Mike Stedman was born and raised in Sitka.  He was formerly the President and long-time Director of Operations for Juneau-based Wings of Alaska.  In addition to now owning and operating Alaska Seaplanes, Mike is currently a shareholder in Wings Airways, the employee-owned tour company operating turbine DeHavilland Otters from downtown Juneau.  A pioneer in aviation safety, Mike also serves as past-President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association, as a board member of the Medallion Foundation, and member of Governor Walker’s Aviation Advisory Board. Stedman was an early promoter of Alaska’s Medallion Foundation safety program and led both Wings of Alaska and Wings Airways to become two of the first Part 135 airlines in the state to achieve the Medallion “Shield” status.

Stedman’s business partner Kent Craford was the founding President and CEO of SeaPort Airlines, the sister company of Wings of Alaska.  Craford pioneered the concept of business commuter service outside of TSA jurisdiction with a route between Portland, Oregon and Seattle’s Boeing Field.  Craford left SeaPort/Wings of Alaska in November 2009.  Stedman left the company in early 2010.

All photos by Alaska Seaplanes.

Alaska Air Cargo grows service 40% across North America with Airbus aircraft

First Airbus A321 in full Alaska livery

Starting tomorrow, Alaska Air Cargo expands its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental U.S. by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that became part of the Alaska Airlines fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America. Alaska Air Cargo will utilize the belly space in these aircraft to provide customers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system.

With millions of pounds of new aircraft capacity from coast-to-coast, customers can ship everything from fresh seafood to e-commerce purchases and other time-sensitive materials. Before the merger, Virgin America did not provide cargo service.

Alaska Air Cargo serves 93 destinations offering customers reliable cargo services and the competitive advantage of Alaska Airlines broad and enhanced flight network.

In addition to increased belly load capacity, Alaska Air Cargo recently upgraded their fleet to include three 737-700 retrofitted freighter aircraft. With the addition of a dedicated all-freighter fleet, Alaska Air Cargo provides reliable scheduled and drop-in service for 19 communities across Alaska; connecting them to the cargo hub in Seattle.

Alaska Air Cargo transports more than 170 million pounds of cargo annually—including seafood, mail and freight —and operates the most extensive air cargo operation on the U.S. West Coast of any passenger airline.

Alaska Airlines is now redeploying the ex-Virgin America aircraft to other non VA markets and routes.

According to Airline Route, Alaska is now assigning the Airbus fleet to the following routes this summer:

A319
Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare
Seattle/Tacoma – Las Vegas
Seattle/Tacoma – Portland OR

A320
Los Angeles – Los Cabos
Portland OR – San Diego
Portland OR – Seattle/Tacoma
San Diego – Los Cabos
San Jose CA – New York JFK
Seattle/Tacoma – Austin
Seattle/Tacoma – Burbank
Seattle/Tacoma – New York JFK
Seattle/Tacoma – Orange County
Seattle/Tacoma – San Jose CA
Seattle/Tacoma – Washington Dulles

A321
Los Angeles – Chicago O’Hare
Los Angeles – Washington Dulles
San Francisco – Boston
Seattle/Tacoma – New York JFK

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Airbus A321-253N WL D-AVXY (N928VA) (msn 8246) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 942212.

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Cambodia Airways to launch operations on July 10, 2018

Cambodia Airways (Phnom Penh) is a new airline in Cambodia. The new carrier received its first aircraft, an Airbus A319, on May 25, 2018. The first flight will be launched on July 10, 2018. Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (3 flights per week) and Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (daily) are the first domestic routes.

The new airline will start international flights on July 21, 2018 from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville to Macau.

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The new airline describes itself:

Cambodia Airways Co., Ltd (KR), 100 percent owned by Prince International Airlines Co., Ltd. (PIA), is a pure Cambodian Airline invested by a Cambodian private investor. Cambodia Airways is registered in Phnom Penh with paid-up capital of 200 million US dollars.

In August 2017, Cambodia Airways achieved the Initial Principle Approval from the Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and in September 2017, received the Certificate of incorporation from MOC. In November 2017, finished the pre-application EOAC meeting. Now Cambodia Airways is preparing the SOA meeting and planning to come into commercial operation in the first half year of 2018.

The main operating bases of Cambodia Airways are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanouk Ville. Cambodia Airways plans to acquire 20 A320 family aircraft within the next five years. Operating both Schedule and Charter flights from the Kingdom of Cambodia to other Southeast Asia Countries, Korea, Japan, mainland China, and the regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Generally expanding the intercontinental routes to Australia and Europe. All those route plans are included in our 5 year strategy to build a comprehensive network.

Cambodia Airways in the name of Cambodia, choosing Angkor Temple which is the iconic building of the Kingdom of Cambodia as the logo, designed into the auspicious clouds with Cambodian characteristics. All of these refers to that Cambodia Airways will be a flying envoy for the Kingdom of Cambodia, to communicate the culture, human character and traditions of it. Cambodia Airways will promote communication and economic development with other countries.

All images by Cambodia Airways.

airBaltic receives its ninth Bombardier CS300 aircraft, traffic up 22%

airBaltic welcomed its ninth Bombardier CS300 jet, registered as YL-CSI, in Riga on June 17.

By the end of 2018, airBaltic plans to have a total of 14 CS300 aircraft on its fleet.

In other news, the carrier in the first five months of 2018 transported 1,452,017 passengers or 22% more than in the same period of last year in its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.

In May 2018, 386,353 passengers or 22% more than last year travelled with airBaltic.

Photo: airBaltic.

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Video: Gulf Air Boeing 787 Interior Design

Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner passengers will experience many improvements with the 787 family. Onboard, you can enjoy the largest windows of any jet, air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

Video: How to change the landing gear on an Airbus A380

Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear systems on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft. Comprising five sets of landing gear – two under the wings, two under the body, and one nose landing gear, the work was planned and executed in-house, at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai.