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QANTAS Link to build a Boeing 717 heavy maintenance base at Canberra, QANTAS celebrates 50 years of trans-Tasman jet services

QANTAS Link has announced that it will create a Boeing 717 heavy maintenance base in Canberra, generating up to 40 highly skilled engineering roles in the nation’s capital.

“From October, Canberra will be at the heart of our Boeing 717 engineering operations, which will complement our increased flying out of Canberra with this aircraft type and allow us to better utilize our existing assets at Canberra Airport,” Mr Gissing said.

Heavy maintenance checks are detailed checks of the aircraft, performed every two years on the Boeing 717. On average, it takes around 28 days and 5500 man hours for a Boeing 717 to have a heavy maintenance check.

This is in addition to line maintenance checks, which are basic checks that are done every few days, and currently performed in ports across Australia, including Canberra. QANTAS Link has 18 Boeing 717-200s in its fleet.

The company conducts heavy maintenance on its Bombardier Q400, Q300 and Q200 at its heavy maintenance facility in Tamworth.

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In other news, QANTAS Airways (Sydney) today celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first jet service between New Zealand and Australia.

Above Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 707-138B VH-XBA (msn 17696) departs from Southend.

On April 10, 1965, a 104 seat QANTAS Boeing 707 (V-jet) aircraft departed Sydney for Christchurch, where it was welcomed by a 10,000 strong crowd. The new Boeing 707s offered a comfortable 20-seat First cabin and 84 seats in Economy.

Previously the Tasman route was serviced by a propeller-driven Lockheed Electra aircraft, and prior to that, Shorts Empire Flying Boats which seated a maximum of 15 passengers and took around nine hours to travel from Auckland to Sydney. The journey now takes around 3 hours.

The inaugural V-jet service was commanded by Chief Pilot Line Operations, Captain “Torchy” Uren and NZ-born cabin crew members Bob Bishop, Alan Williams and Alan Gill as well as Anne Claydon from Lyttelton in Christchurch. QANTAS Founder Sir Hudson Fysh and Lady Fysh were onboard the inaugural service.

Qantas Co-Founder Hudson Fysh (right) and Lady Fysh were on the inaugural service welcomed by Mayor of Christchurch, Mr G. Manning (left)(QANTAS)(LRW)

Above Photo: QANTAS Airways. Co-Founder Hudson Fysh (right) and Lady Fysh were on the inaugural service welcomed by Mayor of Christchurch, Mr G. Manning (left).

Below Photo: QANTAS Airways. The arrival was met by 10,000 people.

QANTAS 707-100B VH-EBI arrival in CHC (QANTAS)(LRW)

QANTAS was established in New Zealand in 1940, when Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), formed by QANTAS, Imperial Airways (BOAC), and a partnership of Union Airways of New Zealand and the New Zealand Government, inaugurated a weekly service between Sydney and Auckland.

Above Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways Lockheed 188C Electra VH-ECD (msn 2008).

In October 1961, QANTAS began operations in its own right across the Tasman jointly with TEAL, serviced by an Electra international aircraft.

QANTAS today operates more than 200 flights per week between New Zealand and Australia, including services between Auckland and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; Wellington and Melbourne; and Christchurch and Sydney. Year-round weekly services between Queenstown and Sydney commenced in October 2005 and now operate three times per week, increasing to daily from Sydney and twice a week from Brisbane during the ski season. Jetstar also operates across the Tasman, and within New Zealand between Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin.


Top Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated under contract by Cobham Aviation Services Australia (formerly National Jet Systems), Boeing 717-2BL VH-NXR (msn 55168) operating as QANAS Link, departs from Brisbane.

QANTAS Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

QANTAS Link-Cobham aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Volotea to add 15 new routes for next summer

Volotea (Barcelona) for next summer season is adding 15 new routes according to Airline Route:

Bastia – Caen twice weekly (April 12)

Bordeaux – Brest twice weekly (April 17)

Bordeaux – Corfu weekly (April 19)

Bordeaux – Dubrovnik  weekly (April 18)

Bordeaux – Prague twice weekly (April 17)

Bordeaux – Toulon twice weekly (June 29)

Lille – Figari twice weekly (April 26)

Lille – Biarritz twice weekly (April 27)

Naples – Irakleion weekly (June 30)

Strasbourg – Olbia weekly (April 24)

Strasbourg – Figari twice weekly (April 25)

Strasbourg – Venice twice weekly (April 27)

Toulouse – Figari twice weekly (April 25)

Toulouse – Palermo weekly flight (starting April 10)

Toulouse – Palma Mallorca twice weekly (April 11)

Volotea 717-200 cabin (volotea)(LR)

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 717-2BL EI-FBM (msn 55192) taxies at Nantes, France.

Volotea: AG Slide Show



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Current routes from Venice:

Volotea Venice 10.2014 Route Map

Mexicana Click paints ex-Midwest Airlines Boeing 717-2BL N928ME in Oneworld colors

Copyright Photo: Andre Du-Pont. N928ME is now flying out of MEX.

Mexicana Click (subsidiary of Mexicana) (Mexico City) has painted its ex-Midwest Airlines Boeing 717-2BL N928ME (msn 55194) in the 2009 Oneworld Alliance color scheme.

Midwest Airlines retires its last 717, becomes a brand

Midwest Airlines (subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings) (Milwaukee) retired its last Boeing 717 operated by Midwest Airlines crews on November 2, ending 25 years as an airline. The airline surrendered its AOC the following day. It now becomes a marketing brand (now a virtual airline). Other airlines in the Republic Airways Holdings family will operate under the Midwest brand from Milwaukee.

News link including a video of the last 717 flight:


Midwest will add two new routes from MKE. MKE-Raleigh/Durham service will be added on April 1, 2010 (operated by Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ 170s) and MKE-San Francisco on April 19, 2010 (operated by Frontier Airbus A319s).

Press release:


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Midwest Airlines to retire last 717 on Nov. 3

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.  Please click on photo for more photos.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on photo for more photos.

Midwest Airlines (subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings) (Milwaukee) will phase out the last Boeing 717 on November 3. This represents the last type flown by the original Midwest pilots. All other Midwest Airlines flying will be conducted by sister airlines Republic Airlines (2nd) and Chautauqua Airlines under the Midwest and Midwest Connect brand. What aircraft will be operated on the Midwest AOC to keep the AOC alive?

ALPA issued the following press release:


Republic acquires remaining shares of Midwest


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Please click on photo for full view, information and other Midwest photos.

Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) yesterday (July 31) announced it had completed the acquisition of Midwest Airlines (Milwaukee) from TPG Capital. Midwest Airlines now becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic and will retain its brand although the Boeing 717s will be phased out eventually leaving only Republic Airlines-operated aircraft. Some aircraft will have to be transferred to the Midwest AOC when the 717s are gone. Republic is now in a bidding contest with Southwest Airlines for Frontier Airlines (2nd).

Republic to acquire remaining shares of Midwest


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Republic Airways Holdings (Indianapolis) has announced it will acquire the remaining shares of Midwest Airlines (Milwaukee) from TPG Capital. When completed in about four to six weeks, Republic will control 100 percent of Midwest’s stock just like Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) announced yesterday, subject to bankruptcy court approval. For now, Midwest will retain its brand. Republic is planning to replace the remaining Midwest Boeing 717s with more Embraer ERJ 190s. Subsidiary Republic Airlines (2nd) currently operates 12 ERJ 170s and soon two ERJ 190s for Midwest as a Midwest Connect carrier.  Will Midwest be eventually merged into Frontier?


Here are the full details on the transaction:


Delta and Midwest announce a new alliance


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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) and Midwest Airlines (Milwaukee) today announced a new alliance agreement for reciprocity of the two airlines’ frequent flyer programs, joint marketing efforts and expanded access to airport lounges throughout North America. This agreement replaces the previous agreement between Midwest and Northwest Airlines which is being absorbed by Delta. The agreement also includes code-sharing which should commence in June 2009. Meanwhile AirTran Airways (Orlando and Atlanta) continues to add routes from Midwest’s Milwaukee hub.