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).
SAS has signed a new modern collective bargain agreement with the Norwegian pilot union NSF. The negotiations have reached its objective after a strike that lasted for seven days and involved 17 pilots. SAS has now agreed with all of its pilot unions on new collective bargain agreements that create conditions for future expansion.
Job security, reduced complexity and SAS need to act faster in relation to the market’s demand have been central parts in the negotiations for a new collective bargain agreement with the pilot unions during this spring. The Norwegian pilot union NSF signed the agreement as the last of the pilot unions and the agreement is now subject to a member voting.
The new collective bargain agreement is in force for 1 year and valid from April 1, 2015.
Copyright Photo below: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-683 LN-RRD (msn 28301) arrives in Zurich.
SAS today (November 7) flew from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Östersund (flight SK 2064) with a 10 % blend in of a certified JET A1 based on re-used cooking oil. The fuel was distributed and delivered by Statoil Aviation and SkyNRG. The flight was also supported by Swedavia.
The synthetic JET A1 as well as the blended JET A1 is certified according to ASTM D7566 and D1655. This flight was not only the first of its kind for SAS but also the first flight from Arlanda Airport.
SAS has worked for over ten years to accelerate the commercialization of renewable fuels. Renewable fuels are crucial on the journey towards a more sustainable aviation. This type of flight proof that solutions exist and focus on creating conditions for this to become a reality on a large scale is essential.
During next week a flight is planned from Trondheim to Oslo in Norway on a 48% blend in of certified synthetic JET A1.
Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. The biofuel flight was operated with a Boeing 737-600. Boeing 737-683 SE-DNX (msn 28304) arrives at Stockholm (Arlanda).
Austrian Airlines‘ (Vienna) flights and aircraft (except one Boeing 777) are currently operated by Tyrolean Airways and its staff. Representatives of the pilots, flight attendants and management of Tyrolean Airways (Austrian Airlines Group) agreed on a new collective wage agreement effective December 1, 2014. The new contract will allow flight operations to once again be transferred back to Austrian Airlines on March 1, 2015. The company issued this statement:
Following a new and intense round of negotiations, the management and Works Council for the flight and cabin crew of Tyrolean Airways agreed last night on the cornerstones of a new Group collective wage agreement for the approximately 3,200 members of the flight staff. A framework agreement to this effect was already signed by the social partners. The Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines also gave its stamp of approval to the proposal solution.
“I am relieved. The agreement is the best of all the options open to Austrian Airlines. We managed just in time to prevent the possible reorganization of the airline”, says Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht. “The negotiating partners demonstrated a sense of responsibility. I pay tribute to them.”
The framework agreement serves as the basis for a new Group collective wage agreement which will be drafted in detail and already apply to the approximately 900 pilots and 2,300 flight attendants as of December 1, 2014. The agreement regulates future salaries and retirement benefits, working time and career development for the cockpit and cabin crew. The parties to the negotiations agreed not to disclose any details about the agreement.
“It was very difficult to find a viable solution. However, ultimately the shared desire helped us achieve our goal“, says Klaus Froese, Managing Director of Tyrolean Airways and chief negotiator on the employer’s side. “On the basis of the agreement that has been reached, especially thanks to the targeted legal certainty, we have now laid the foundations for the good development of our company.”
A key aspect of the negotiated solution is also the transfer of flight operations to Austrian Airlines effective March 1, 2015. In this connection special severance payments were agreed upon.
“Due to the agreement we now have a new starting point for a new, unified Austrian Airlines – flown by Austrian, operated by Austrian. We can now concentrate on designing the future. This includes the modernization of the fleet“, Jaan Albrecht adds.
Austrian Airlines employs a total staff of 6,300 employees. The fleet is comprised of 78 aircraft, which fly to about 130 destinations from its home airport in Vienna.
Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Austrian Airlines’ (operated by Tyrolean Airways) Boeing 737-6Z9 WL OE-LNM (msn 30138) arrives at London (Heathrow).
WestJet (Calgary) has announced it has entered into a code-share agreement with China Airlines (Taipei), allowing the carrier to begin marketing and selling WestJet-operated flights. Code-share designations will be available on select WestJet flights from Vancouver and Los Angeles. Bookings can be made through China Airlines or a travel agency.
China Airlines began flying to Canada in 2000 and offers daily nonstop flights from Taipei to Vancouver.
This is the twelfth code-share agreement for WestJet. Since 2011, WestJet has initiated code-shares with American Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and QANTAS Airways. Additionally, WestJet has 26 interline relationships, further connecting passengers worldwide to WestJet’s network.
Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Short version Boeing 737-6CT C-GWCY (msn 35113) of WestJet arrives in New York (JFK).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Formerly painted in the special Boeing livery, the pictured China Airlines Boeing 747-409 B-18210 (msn 33734) has been repainted in the standard 1995 livery.
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) announced it will launch a new nonstop route between Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport and Hamburg Airport with two return flights every weekday and one return flight on Sundays starting on April 22. Today, over 100,000 passengers fly between Stockholm Arlanda and Hamburg every year. Hamburg is one of Germany’s largest cities. The last time SAS operated this route was 2009, but it is now being reopened in order to meet SAS passengers’ needs for direct routes within Europe.
The route will be operated by a Boeing 737-600 (pictured) with capacity for 120 passengers and a Boeing 717 with capacity for 115 passengers. The flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Germany is a large market for SAS, and the airline has several daily direct departures from Stockholm Arlanda to the three German destinations of Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin. In total, SAS operates around 500 flights a week between Scandinavia and Germany.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-683 LN-RPY (msn 28292) waits for runway clearance at Manchester.
Lufthansa is also carefully evaluating its relationships with the very successful and aggressive Gulf carriers. So far, the Lufthansa Group has decided to serve those markets on its own but it will not rule out a possible future alliance with the Gulf carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS is one of the limited number of Boeing 737-600 operators. Boeing 737-683 LN-RPS (msn 28298) departs from the runway at Amsterdam International Airport Schiphol.