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Alaska Airlines suspends operations at Anchorage due to earthquake damage

Alaska Airlines has issued this statement:

We understand there’s considerable damage being reported at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, due to a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit this morning. There are no reports of any injuries to employees or guests at the airport.

As a precaution, Alaska Airlines is suspending operations at the airport until at least 12:30 p.m. Pacific (11:30 a.m. Alaska) to allow for a thorough safety assessment of the facility and infrastructure. We are pausing arrivals and departures in and out of Anchorage during this time.

Photo: Frank K./Wikipedia.

ANC issued this status report:

 

The airport is open. The arrivals and departures ramps are closed. The commercial curb where taxis and shuttles arrive is available, follow traffic control.

TSA is screening passengers. Check with your airline for current information.

The N/S Terminals have sustained some cosmetic damage. Water mains were ruptured. All elevators and escalators are out of service. Electrical Power is working, and backup generators are on standby.

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Alaska Airlines opens a new hangar at Anchorage

From the Alaska Airlines blog:

By Tim Thompson, state of Alaska, public affairs

Flying Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft in the Last Frontier has its challenges: inclement weather, remote locations, the occasional seal or caribou occupying the runway. But with over 86 years of flying experience, we’re pretty adept at meeting challenges.

This is especially true when it comes to making sure our aircraft are maintained with a focus on safety and performance. To meet the rigors of flying in Alaska and beyond, we unveiled a brand new Maintenance and Engineering Facility in Anchorage, Alaska this week.

dsc00120 New Anchorage hangar built to house two of our largest 737s

The $50 million state-of-the-art building more than doubles the size of our original ’50s-era hangar. The old hangar is also unable to accommodate the Next Generation aircraft currently flying in the state. This means maintenance and engineering (M&E) personnel have been forced to work outside in the elements for routine maintenance and repairs. The new facility, spanning 100,000 square feet, will be able to house two of our largest aircraft in a covered and controlled environment.

“Our existing facility has served us well for many years. But as we grow and add larger planes to our fleet, the time was right for us to upgrade our northernmost maintenance facility,” said Kurt Kinder, Alaska Airlines vice president of maintenance and engineering.

The new hangar is part of our “2020 Great Land Investment Plan,” an investment of over $100 million across the state of Alaska. This plan includes updating and, in some cases, expanding 11 airline-owned terminals as well as adding three 737-700 Next Generation freighter aircraft to our fleet, which will improve the ability to serve cargo customers’ needs with scheduled freighter service.

At the hangar’s grand opening, we presented a $50,000 check to Yuut Elitnaurviat for their new Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) School in Bethel, Alaska. This donation will help support the training of future aviation technicians, with the first cohort of students starting at the A&P school in February 2019.

“Alaska Airlines provides a vital and unique service in the state of Alaska, unlike any other place we fly,” said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines regional vice president. “These improvements within the state allow us to better serve our communities, business partners and the people of Alaska for decades to come.”

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The new hangar is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified facility and designed to meet our fleet additions for the next 30-50 years. It will house over 80 employees, including those from M&E and Stores, and will become our new regional headquarters for the state of Alaska.

We’re the largest passenger carrier in Alaska with 126 peak season departures and 19 destinations throughout the state.

Fun facts

  • The new hangar measures 100,000 square feet, twice as big as the existing Anchorage maintenance hangar.
  • The new hangar will be able to house two Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft, which will be the longest/widest planes in our fleet.
  • Built in 1954, our current Alaska hangar was originally owned by Northern Consolidated Airlines and designed to accommodate Douglas DC-3 aircraft.
  • Over 500 Alaskans built the new Maintenance and Engineering Hangar.
  • In addition to the Anchorage hangar, we have a maintenance hangar in Seattle.

Photos by Larry Harris.

Ravn Alaska is expanding its network to serve Dillingham and King Salmon

Ravn Alaska (Corvus Airlines) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 N891EA (msn 335) ANC (Ken Petersen). Image: 928177.

Ravn Air Group (Ravn Alaska), Alaska’s largest regional airline, has announced it is expanding its network to provide nonstop service to Dillingham and King Salmon beginning on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018.

Ravn currently serves the passenger, charter, and cargo needs of more than 100 communities throughout Alaska. Expansion to Dillingham and King Salmon will further enhance Ravn’s efforts to offer customers unparalleled service and flight connections across the state.

Flight Details and Schedule

Beginning February 14, 2018, Ravn will operate two roundtrip flights from Anchorage to Dillingham and King Salmon on weekdays and one roundtrip on each Saturday and Sunday.

All flights will be operated aboard Ravn’s highly reliable fleet of Bombardier DHC-8 Dash 8 aircraft configured for 29 passengers. This flight configuration was chosen because it allows additional capacity for freight and mail, as well as two bags per passenger. On board, passengers will be provided Ravn’s signature beverage and snack service, which includes fresh-baked cookies, a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company, wine, and GoPicnic snacks.

Photos Above: Valdez.

Dillingham Schedule
From To Flt # Operating Days Depart Arrive Stops
Dillingham Anchorage 940 Mon-Fri 8:55 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 1
Dillingham Anchorage 942 Daily 6:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 0
Anchorage Dillingham 940 Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 0
Anchorage Dillingham 942 Daily 4:00 p.m. 6:15 p.m. 1
King Salmon Schedule
From To Flt # Operating Days Depart Arrive Stops
King Salmon Anchorage 940 Mon-Fri 9:55 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 0
King Salmon Anchorage 942 Daily 5:45 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 1
Anchorage King Salmon 940 Mon-Fri 7:00 a.m. 9:25 a.m. 1
Anchorage King Salmon 942 Daily 4:00 p.m. 5:20 p.m. 0

Photo Above: Landing in Kodiak.

Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn operates a highly reliable fleet of 77 aircraft on more than 400 flights per day from our hubs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Bethel, Aniak, St. Mary’s, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalakleet, Barrow, and Galena. We provide our passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers with air transportation and logistics services to over 100 destinations throughout Alaska. Ravn has interline airline agreements with Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines. Passengers may participate in Ravn Alaska’s FlyAway Rewards program for all Ravn Alaska or Ravn Connect flights or accrue Alaska Airlines miles on select Ravn flights. For more information visit flyravn.com.

Top Copyright Photo(call others by Ravn Alaska): Ravn Alaska (Corvus Airlines) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-106 Dash 8 N891EA (msn 335) ANC (Ken Petersen). Image: 928177.

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Delta to fly nonstop San Jose, CA – New York JFK next summer

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3768 (msn 29630) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925903.

Delta Air Lines is planning to introduce nonstop service between San Jose, CA and the New York (JFK) hub next summer. The new daily flight will start on June 8, 2018 from San Jose and operate with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Delta confirmed the new route with this statement:

Delta customers will have a new options for transiting the Bay Area and New York City in June when new nonstop service between Mineta San Jose International Airport and New York-JFK debuts.

Delta’s onboard experience will be on Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with on-demand entertainment, power ports and in-flight Wi-Fi access at every seat. Delta will offer seating for 16 in First Class, 36 in Comfort+ and 108 in the main cabin.

The new flights will operate as follows:

San Jose, Calif. (SJC) – New York City (JFK)

 

Date of First Flight Departs ​Arrives Frequency
​June 8 ​SJC at 10:35 p.m. ​JFK at 7:15 a.m. (next day) ​Daily
​June 9 ​JFK  at 8:15 a.m. ​SJC at 11:45 a.m. Daily

 

The service complements more than 20 Delta departures on an average day at San Jose to its hubs in Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City, offering customers easy one-stop connections to its global network of more than 300 destinations worldwide. It also complements nonstop Delta service between San Francisco International Airport and JFK.

Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832 WL N3768 (msn 29630) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 925903.

Cargolux and NCA sign a cooperative agreement

Cargolux's "You name it, we fly it" logo jet

Cargolux has announces it has signed a cooperation agreement with Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) that allows both partners access to each other’s capacity through code – share and space swap agreements. Cargolux now has access to NCA’s flights f rom Frankfurt Hahn to Tokyo (Narita) while NCA has access to Cargolux’s flights from Luxembourg to Narita. This is a major milestone in Cargolux’s operations to Japan , which, traditionally, has been an important market for Cargolux .

Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-4R7F LX-TCV (msn 30401) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 926118.

Above Copyright Photo: Cargolux Italia Boeing 747-4R7F LX-TCV (msn 30401) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 926118.

Cargolux Italia:

As per this agreement Cargolux plans to operate a weekly flight from Luxembourg to Tokyo Narita. Cargolux Italia (above) will stop its operations to Narita but will maintain its services to Osaka (Kansai). The code – share operation is planned to start with the summer season 2018. Both airlines consider the agreement as a first step towards a potentially deeper cooperation.

In addition to this opportunity to develop its activity at Narita, Cargolux also intends to further develope its operations through Komatsu. Together with Cargolux Italia’s operations to Osaka, Cargolux is well placed to provide its customers with comprehensive services to and from Japan.

Top Copyright Photo: Cargolux Airlines International (Luxembourg) Boeing 747-8R7F LX-VCM (msn 61169) (You name it, we fly it) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 932973.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: NCA-Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-8KZF JA13KZ (msn 36138) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909961.

NCA-Nippon Cargo Airlines Boeing 747-8KZF JA13KZ (msn 36138) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 909961.

FedEx Express orders 30 ATR 72-600F freighters

FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, has announced it has completed a purchase agreement with ATR that will begin to modernize the company’s fleet of feeder aircraft.

Under the agreement, FedEx Express is making a firm purchase of 30 ATR 72-600F aircraft with options to purchase up to 20 additional ATR 72-600Fs. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2020, with subsequent deliveries of about six aircraft per year over a five year period.

ATR 72-600Fs will have:

  • a forward Large Cargo Door (LCD) and a rear upper-hinged cargo door
  • digital cockpits
  • advanced avionics technology and enhanced take-off performance
  • ADS-B “out” capabilities

The ATR 72-600F is equipped with reinforced floor panels and will support both bulk cargo and Unit Load Device (ULD) configurations. The aircraft has a bulk capacity of 2,630 cubic feet (74.6 cubic meters). When in ULD mode, it can accommodate up to seven LD3 containers, or five 88” x 108” pallets, or nine 88” x 62” pallets.

Current FedEx feeder aircraft do not carry containers or palletized freight, so these new features will help the company better serve customers in the air freight market where palletized shipments are the norm.

FedEx currently deploys more than 300 feeder aircraft in 45 countries. Most of these feeder aircraft are owned by FedEx, and are leased and operated by different third-party air carriers under their own operating certificates. The FedEx feeder fleet is comprised of aircraft under 60,000 pounds maximum gross take-off weight, and allows the company to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets around the world.

The FedEx feeder fleet complements the company’s jet fleet of over 360 aircraft, including Boeing 777s, 767s and 757s, MD-11s, MD-10s, Airbus A300s and Airbus A310s.

Copyright Photo: The new ATR 72-600s will replace the older ATR 42s and ATR 72s. FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

Yangtze River Express becomes Suparna Airlines

Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-481 (BCF) B-2432 (msn 28283) ANC (Bailey). Image: 931316.

Yangtze River Express (Yangtze River Airlines) (Shanghai) on July 7, 2017 changed its name to Suparna Airlines.

The company issued this short statement:

From July 7, 2017, the name of “Yangtze River Airlines” is officially renamed as “Suparna Airlines”, the company’s full name has changed from “Yangtze River Airlines Company Limited” to “Suparna Airlines Company Limited”.

In the future, Suparna Airlines will conduct a comprehensive brand upgrade. With more advanced fleet, and more comprehensive services, we’ve always been committed to building cozier and more entertaining experience for our passengers.

Suparna is another name for Garuda, a large legendary bird, bird-like creature.

Copyright Photo: Yangtze River Express Boeing 747-481 (BCF) B-2432 (msn 28283) ANC (Bailey). Image: 931316.