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Aer Lingus to operate flights between Dublin and London City

CityJet (Ireland) BAe RJ85 EI-RJZ (msn E2326) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943334.

Starting on October 28, 2018, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service on the weekend.

This new service will be in addition to the  current extensive services between Dublin and both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The new route will be operated by CityJet for Aer Lingus. CityJet is planning to operate two RJ85s for Aer Lingus livery (as it was in the past).

CityJet also announced it will no longer operate flights under its own brand. CityJet issued this statement:

In recent years CityJet has transitioned from being an airline serving scheduled markets under its own brand to becoming a provider of capacity to customer airlines throughout Europe.

CityJet has announced that effective from October 27, 2018 it will no longer operate scheduled services marketed under its own brand.

Also announced, the company has entered a leasing arrangement between Aer Lingus and CityJet that will see CityJet provide two aircraft to Aer Lingus to operate the Dublin-London City route.  Commencing October 28, 2018, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service at the weekend.

Intending passengers holding bookings to/from London City on CityJet flights will be transferred to Aer Lingus flights.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): CityJet (Ireland) BAe RJ85 EI-RJZ (msn E2326) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943334.

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Older BAe 146/Avro RJs find a new life as fire fighters

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BAe Systems Regional Aircraft made this announcement:

Despite continuing United States Forest Service (USFS) budget issues, contracts recently awarded for the 2018 fire season show that the BAE Systems-built and supported BAe 146/Avro RJ Airtanker will be the most numerous aircraft to be deployed on these demanding missions.

The USFS is cutting the number of large Airtankers on Exclusive Use contracts this year from 20 to 13. Of these aircraft, eight BAe 146/Avro RJs (over 61%) are nominated with four each being provided by Conair/Aero Flite Inc. and Neptune Aviation.

The USFS has also signed up a further 11 aircraft on Call When Needed contracts. Of these
a further eight BAe 146/Avro RJs are earmarked (nearly 73%) with four aircraft each again being provided by Conair/Aero Flite Inc. and Neptune Aviation.

Conair of Abbotsford, Canada, and its US subsidiary Aero Flite Inc. have a total of eight RJ85 Airtankers in operation – combating both United States and Canadian wildfires. One aircraft has also been in Australia fighting wildfires under contract to the State of Victoria. Conair will display an RJ85 and a CL-415 waterbomber at Sacramento.

Neptune Aviation Services BAe 146-200 Air Tanker N471NA (msn E2136) "41" SBD (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933537.

Above Copyright Photo: Neptune Aviation Services BAe 146-200 Air Tanker N471NA (msn E2136) “41” SBD (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933537.

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Neptune Aviation, of Missoula, Montana has nine BAe 146-200 Airtankers available for service and has recently acquired an Avro RJ100 to pursue a research and development project. In addition to fighting fires in the USA between February and December 2017 Neptune Aviation also had one of their BAe 146 Airtankers in Chile during February March 2017 supporting wildland firefighting efforts in that country.

A third Airtanker operator/converter is Air Spray whose first converted BAe 146-200 will make its debut at Sacramento and demonstrate an aerial drop with its new iRADS (Internal Retardant Delivery System) aircraft tank. This aircraft will commence drop tests over the USFS qualifying grid in April. Air Spray is well underway with the conversion of a second BAe 146 with three more to follow.

The location of the Aerial Firefighting Conference in Sacramento is particularly poignant given the devastating wildfires that ravaged the State during late 2017, making it the most destructive wildfire season on record. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection a total of 9,133 fires burned 1,381,405 acres, causing the deaths of one firefighter and 45 civilians, with a further 12 firefighters and 199 civilians injured.

Raging from the Oregon border to the north down as far south as San Diego, the fires included the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County which became Californian’s largest modern wildfire, engulfing an area larger than the Washington D.C. metropolitan conurbation.

At the end of January it was reported that 45,000 insurance claims totaling $11.8 billion (US) resulting from these fires had been recorded. The California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones stated that the state-wide fires had destroyed 32,000 homes, 4,300 businesses and more than 8,200 vehicles, boats and farm vehicles and other equipment.

Combating these fires was a massive task for the fire-fighting community with aerial firefighters playing a prominent role. One of Neptune Aviation’s BAe 146s was on exclusive contract with CALFIRE and during 2017 it flew over 226 hours (435 cycles), performed 343 missions and dropped 1,029,000 gallons of retardant.

Such was the scale of the late 2017 California fires that from the period between October 10 and January 12, 2018 Neptune sent its entire BAe 146 fleet to respond, racking up an additional 158.8 hours, flying a further 187 missions and dropping an extra 561,000 gallons of retardant. Neptune also mobilised two of its venerable and recently retired P-2V Neptune Airtankers to help with this unprecedented effort.

Overall BAe 146 operations across the USA and Chile during 2017 totalled 3192 missions, accumulating 2371 hours, and delivering 9,524,550 gallons of retardant (36,050,422 litres).

Conair/Aero Flite Inc.’s RJ85 Airtankers were similarly busy helping to fight the Californian wildfires with both RJ85 Airtankers and CL-415 waterbombers in action. Overall operations across the USA in 2017 totalled 4,265 missions, and delivering 60,843,000 litres of retardant. In Canada 150 missions were flown, accumulating 195 hours and delivering 658,590 liters of retardant.

As the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the BAe 146/Avro RJ BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has collaborated with all these Airtanker operators and converters in various ways to provide specialist technical design and engineering assistance as well as a full spares provision operation – a vital and continuing service to support these demanding applications.

Top Copyright Photo: Aeroflite BAe RJ85 N635AC (msn E2330) IGM (Ken Petersen). Image: 941199.

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Airlink to acquire Safair, the brands will remain separate if approved

Airlink (South African Airlink) BAe RJ85 ZS-SSJ (msn E2385) JNB (TMK Photography). Image: 920116.

Airlink and Safair, two independent South African aviation groups, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 will apply to South Africa’s Competition Commission for approval to unite under the common umbrella of the Airlink group of companies.

The proposal sees the Airlink and low-cost FlySafair (below) airlines and Safair’s other businesses, including humanitarian aid flights, continuing to operate separately under their unique brands.

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Above Copyright Photo: FlySafair (Safair) Boeing 737-4Y0 ZS-JRD (msn 24917) JNB (Rob Finlayson). Image: 928163.

The airlines will retain their respective products, aircraft fleets, management and leadership teams. Employees will be secure with no job losses because of the consolidation.

“Airlink’s acquisition of Safair, which is financially robust and profitable, makes good business sense. It presents opportunities to reduce our combined costs, position ourselves for growth while at the same time increasing connectivity and choice while making air travel accessible and affordable for our customers across Southern Africa,” explained Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

“Our combined networks will enable us to connect 37 destinations in nine Southern African & Indian Ocean countries and St. Helena. This will stimulate and enable trade, tourism, economic growth and social development in those markets we serve,” added Foster

“Coming under a single umbrella will create economies of scale that will enable both airlines to share costs, optimise assets and remove systems duplications.  This will position the new Airlink Group for future growth,” said Elmar Conradie, who will remain as Safair CEO.

In addition, the proposed new ownership structure will see Airlink continue to meet – and in future exceed – South Africa’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment targets.

The Safair purchase will not affect Airlink’s existing SAA franchise partnership, which continues to deliver traffic and business to SAA and Airlink while their customers benefit from the value, convenience and connectivity the arrangement provides.

As part of its continued commitment to the aviation industry within South Africa, Safair shareholder ASL Aviation Holdings will become a minority shareholder of the Airlink Group of companies.  ASL Aviation Holdings is a global aviation group with 6 European and 2 Asian airlines in addition to its South African interests.

More details will be provided when the Competition Commission has made its determination, which we anticipate will be during Q1 2018.

About Airlink

Airlink was established in 1992 and is the leading regional airline in Southern Africa. It has a route network of 37 destinations in nine African countries and St. Helena..

About Safair

Safair Operations was established in 1965 and has been a leader in the provision of specialised aviation services for the past 52 years. In 2014 the company launched FlySafair, a low-cost carrier competing in South Africa’s domestic market.

Top Copyright Photo: The remaining RJ85s should be replaced and retired by late 2019. Airlink (South African Airlink) BAe RJ85 ZS-SSJ (msn E2385) JNB (TMK Photography). Image: 920116.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Safair Boeing 737-3Y0 (F) ZS-SMJ (msn 23500) SHJ (Michael Stappen). Image: 905778.

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Airlink to replace its Avro RJ85s with new Embraer E170s and E190s

RJ85s to be replaced with new Embraer E170s and E190s by 2020

Airlink, Southern Africa’s largest independent regional airline, is joining the E-Jet operator’s family. The airline is acquiring five E-Jets – three E170s and two E190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. Airlink will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017.

Airlink already operates a large fleet of ERJ aircraft – last December, the airline started to add 11 further ERJ 140 jets to its fleet. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, the airline will be operating 30 ERJs, comprising all three types – ERJ 135, ERJ 140 and the ERJ 145.

Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said, “This is the beginning of the implementation of a well planned growth and modernization strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of Avro RJ85s over the next three years. The strategy calls for a total of 13 E-Jets, and we are in the process of sourcing the balance of the fleet requirement – an additional 8 E190s – from the market.”

Copyright Photo: Airlink (South African Airlink) BAe RJ85 ZS-ASY (msn E2316) JNB (Michael Stappen). Image: 906856.

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Summit Air to operate its Avro (BAe) RJ85s on two routes for First Air and to the Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine

Summit Air (Yellowknife) will begin operating its 90-seat Avro (BAe) RJ85s on two routes for First Air (Ottawa). On January 27 the company will begin operating on the Yellowknife – Edmonton route and on February 2 it will begin operating on the Yellowknife – Norman Wells – Inuvik route.

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On January 20 Summit Air announced the purchase of a second Avro RJ85 jet to meet market demand for remote destination crew movements and ACMI (aircraft, crew maintenance and insurance) contracts.

Summit Air is part of the Ledcor Group of Companies and operates a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest and Yukon Territories.

According to the company release, “The Avro RJ85 is a 100-seat high performance, short-haul passenger jet, offering modern, efficient operations on flights up to 1500 nautical miles (2,800 kilometers). Rugged and versatile, its high wing design is capable of operations on both paved and gravel runways and is equipped with self-contained boarding air stair and auxiliary power unit to provide independence at remote airfields.”

“In partnership with the Det’on Cho Logistics, our Avro RJ85 operations will service the Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine from Edmonton,” said Rob Mauracher. “We have also inked a partnership agreement with First Air, flying commercial passenger services for them under a long term ACMI contract from Edmonton and Yellowknife.”

Summit Air’s second AVRO RJ85 is scheduled to be delivered in late April 2015.

Summit’s AVRO RJ85 is a UK-built aircraft equipped with auto throttle, EFIS flight deck, WAAS/LPV capable and is the only next generation jet certified in Canada for operations onto gravel runways. With a long-range cruising speed of 720 km/hr (450 mph), and a maximum operating speed of 763 km/hr (475 mph), the Avro has a 43,000 kg (97,000 lbs.) maximum takeoff weight.

The aircraft is powered by four Honeywell LF507-1F high bypass FADEC engines capable of 7000 lbs of thrust each. The engines feature low noise levels and low emissions, making it one of the quietest and greenest aircraft in its class.

 

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Summit Air BAe (Avro) RJ85 is pictured as G-CHKP (msn E2302) at Southend which became C-FLRJ on delivery.

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Brussels Airlines to retire the last BAe RJ85 tomorrow

Brussels Airlines (Brussels) is planning to phase out its last BAe (Avro) RJ85 tomorrow (September 19). The last flight is scheduled to be a roundtrip flight from Brussels to Stockholm (Bromma) and return. The last flight will be flown with the pictured OO-DJP (msn E2287). After the retirement, Brussels will continue to operate 12 BAe (Avro) RJ100s.

In other news, the company is now using a new tagline:

“The new tagline ‘We Go The Extra Smile’ expresses this mission and the airline no longer speaks about passengers, but calls them ‘guests’ instead.”

The airline appears to also be heading towards a new livery with this short statement:

“Brussels Airlines has teamed up with marketing agency TBWA, who have worked out a fresh new style for the airline, with new colors which will be used in all future campaigns.”

Meanwhile the airline is reporting an increase in traffic in August and released this statement:

“Brussels Airlines registered a very strong passenger growth of 19.1% during the month of August. In total, the airline welcomed over 100,000 passengers more compared to the same month last year. The seat load factor rose by 4.4 percentage points to 81.5%.
A total of 622,845 passengers opted for a European or intercontinental Brussels Airlines flight last month. That’s 100,055 more passengers than in August 2013. The strong growth is due to the expansion of the flight offer to Mediterranean summer destinations, the highly competitive ticket fares and the increase in the number of connecting passengers (intra-European and European-intercontinental). With this increase, Brussels Airlines follows the general growth trend registered by Brussels Airport.

Out of the 622,845 passengers, 520,422 flew to short or medium-haul destinations and 102,423 boarded a flight to or from the US or Africa.

The growth trend, which Brussels Airlnes has continuously registered since the beginning of the year, has also led to a higher overall seat load factor. The passenger load factor grew by 4.4 percentage points to 81.5%, a record in the history of the airline.

In addition to its scheduled flight activity, Brussels Airlines operated many holiday flights for tour operators, meeting and incentive agencies and sports clubs. The most important event last month was without a doubt Red Devils flight ‘SN2014’.”

Top Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. OO-DJP arrives back at the Brussels base.

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CityJet to be sold to Intro Aviation

CityJet (Dublin) and its subsidiary VLM Airlines will be sold by AirFrance-KLM to Intro Aviation. Air France-KLM on March 28 agreed to accept the offer from Intro Aviation. The new owners are expected to take control in about four weeks. CityJet (Air France by CityJet) will continue to fly for Air France.

Air France-KLM issued this short statement:

On March 28, 2014 Air France accepted the firm offer received in December 2013 from Intro Aviation GmbH to purchase CityJet and its VLM subsidiary. The closing of the transaction for the CityJet shares should take place in April 2014.

Air France and CityJet will pursue their commercial co-operation as part of a new industrial plan which foresees, in particular, the development of flights under the CityJet brand on departure from London City to European destinations, and CityJet continuing to operate flights on behalf of Air France on departure from Paris-CDG.

The announcement of this future sale is important for the staff of CityJet and VLM. One of the aims of the operation is to set the conditions for a new long-term development for the company and its staff.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. CityJet’s BAe RJ85 EI-RJG (msn E2344) lands at EuroAirport in Air France colors.

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