Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson0 has announced the addition of a new nonstop flights this January from Toronto (Pearson) to Samana, Dominican Republic.
According to the airline, “Samana is known as the top whale watching destination, travellers flock to Samana between January and March every year to seek out a once in a lifetime experience — to see the almighty humpback whales. These majestic creatures travel from the North Atlantic to Samana to mate and give birth, a truly spectacular site. Guests can also discover the breathtaking El Salto del Limón waterfall, one of the highest in the Caribbean. When venturing to this 131 foot tall waterfall, thrill seekers begin first by horseback at the edges of the Limon River, passing by various waterfalls and tropical rainforest then reaching El Limon where participants have a chance to take a refreshing dip in the waterfall and cool off.”
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Sunwing is partnering and promoting the Palace Resorts. Boeing 737-8Q8 WL C-GTVG (man 30719) wears a special “Palace Resorts – US $1500 Receive Resort Credit” promotional scheme.
Route Map: Sunwing from Toronto serves the top winter destinations in Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Bahamas and the Caribbean:
Boeing (Chicago) and Travel Service Airlines (Prague) have finalized an order for three 737 MAX 8s, valued at $301.5 million at list prices. The Czech Republic-based carrier originally announced a commitment to purchase the 737 MAX in June during the 2013 Paris Air Show. This announcement brings the total number of orders to date for the 737 MAX to 1,498 airplanes.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Travel Service Airlines’ Boeing 737-8Q8 C-GVVH (msn 35275) at Palma de Mallorca this summer still wears the registration used by Sunwing Airlines during the winter. Normally the airliner wears OK-TVH with Travel Service. The new 737 MAX 8s will expand the Boeing fleet.
Sunwing Airlines confirms that its flight 326 en route from Ottawa International Airport to Varadero, Cuba departed at 6:32 am. Approximately 5 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft interior filled with vapor from glycol (de-icing fluid) that entered the aircraft through the auxiliary power unit (APU) vent.
The captain made the decision to return to the Ottawa airport and the aircraft landed without incident. As the vapor had dissipated by that point, the aircraft returned to the gate where all of the passengers and crew disembarked.
At this time, investigations are ongoing to determine how the glycol entered the aircraft through the APU vent. Ottawa International Airport has a centralized de-icing facility that is operated by Aeromag 2000 Ottawa Inc. All Aeromag employees are trained on the safe application of de-icing fluid, which includes avoiding excess spraying on certain areas of the aircraft.
Sunwing Airlines rebooked passengers on a flight that will be departed Ottawa later at 12:35 pm.
XL Airways Germany (Frankfurt) suspended all operations for the winter season on December 14. The company came to the conclusion there was not enough work to keep the company flying during the slow winter season.
CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) has leased three of the five Boeing 737-800s for the winter season until May 2013. Hamburg Airways has taken over the remaining winter contracts of XL Airways Germany.
Two Boeing 737-800s have been put into storage at the Cologne/Bonn Airport.
XL Airways Germany was acquired last year by X-Air Aviation, the same U.S. and Swiss holding company that also recently took control of XL Airways France.
Here is the announcement by the company (in German): CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 737-8Q8 D-AXLE (msn 30724) across the ramp at Palma de Mallorca.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has announced the launch of new flights to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), in addition to its current flights to Liberia (LIR). Flights from Toronto (Pearson) will depart weekly on Fridays from December 21, 2012 to April 12, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-FTAH (msn 29351) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) is adding new service from Alberta this winter with new flights from Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie with weekly Wednesday flights to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit in Mexico with departures starting on December 19, 2012 through March 20, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-FTAE climbs away from Southend.
Caribbean Airlines (Port of Spain) is now modifying its aircraft that were painted in the Air Jamaica brand. The Trinidad and Tobago Civil Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) has mandated Caribbean Airlines must drop the Air Jamaica brand because of the conditions of their Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The first casualty is the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 9Y-JMA (msn 30645) “Spirit of Kingston” (above) which is now sporting Caribbean Airlines titles on the Air Jamaica 2011 livery. The airliner previously had Air Jamaica titles (below).
Caribbean Airlines had previously adopted a “two brands, one airline” marketing strategy to mainly keep alive the Air Jamaica brand, especially for the Jamaican market. Because the aircraft were intermingled between markets, this order is likely to finally kill the Air Jamaica name.