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West Atlantic’s CRJ200 SE-DUX crashes in the border region of Sweden and Norway, 2 crew members dead

West Air Europe Cargo (West Atlantic Group) Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) SE-DUX (msn 7010) OSL (Gunter Mayer). Image: 930938.

West Atlantic Cargo Airlines (West Air Europe-Sweden) (West Atlantic Group) (Gothenburg, Sweden) Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) with the registration of SE-DUX (msn 7010) late on January 8 with two pilots was operating flight SWN 294 between Oslo and Tromso, Norway, crashed in the mountainous border region of Norway and Sweden. The crew members declared an emergency and disappeared from radar. The jetliner impacted a mountain northwest of Lake Akkajaure in Lapplandsfjällen near the Norwegian border. There were no survivors.

West Atlantic was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Operations are performed all over Europe.

The company issued this statement:

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The aircraft departed Oslo on route to Tromsö and declared mayday at 23:31 (January 8) whereby the Swedish and Norwegian search and rescue teams were notified. The crash site was located at 03:10 (January 9) near the Norwegian border by the Lake Akkajaure in the Swedish Lapplandsfjällen by air rescue services with support from Hovedredningssentralen in Norway.

The search has been taken over by the Swedish police which are on their way to the accident site. The internal process is coordinated by the Company’s Emergency Response Team.

Route
Flight no: SWN 294
Route: Oslo – Tromsö
Crew members on board: 2
Type of freight: General freight / Post

Aircraft
Registration: SE-DUX
Aircraft Type: Bombardier CRJ200 PF
Year of manufacture: 1993
Manufacturer’s serial number: 7010
Hours flown since manufactured: 38 601:49
Total flight cycles since manufactured: 31 036

West Atlantic Sweden AB has operated the aircraft since 2007 and flown approximately 10,000 hours.

Crew
Age: Captain 42, First Officer 34
Employed with the company: 2011 and 2008
Flight hours: Captain 2 050 hours on type, total hours 3 173
First officer: 900 hours on type, total hours 3 050

Copyright Photo: Gunter Mayer/AirlinersGallery.com. SE-DUX arrives at Oslo before the tragic accident.

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American to add jet service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket next summer

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) starting on June 2 will add daily American Eagle Bombardier CRJ200 jet service (operated by Air Wisconsin) from Washington (Reagan National) to both Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket per Airline Route.

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Air Wisconsin (Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation-AWAC) (formerly US Airways Express) (Appleton, WI) currently operates 71 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N459AW (msn 7863) still in US Airways Express colors departs from the Charlotte hub.

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Bottom Photo: Air Wisconsin. The Milwaukee (MKE) maintenance hangar.

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Route Map:

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SkyWest Airlines’ pilots agree to a new three-year contract

SkyWest Airlines‘ (St. George, Utah) pilots last week accepted a three-year pay agreement, securing top compensation and work rules in the regional industry. The agreement, for which the strong majority of pilots voted in favor, is effective immediately and runs through mid-2018.

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“SkyWest pilots are top of our industry, and this agreement reflects that position,” said Mike Thompson, SkyWest Airlines Chief Operating Officer. “This vote reaffirms SkyWest’s position as an industry leader and ensures we are best positioned for future opportunity. We look forward to continuing to work with our pilots and all SkyWest people to further advance SkyWest’s position as the airline and employer of choice.”

The new agreement provides salary increases for all pilots, a substantial increase to first-year pay, guaranteed profit sharing and an increased 401(k) match, as well as a number of enhancements to work rules. The previous agreement became amendable in January 2015.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N465SW (msn 7845) in the 2009 house colors arrives at Los Angeles. SkyWest is gradually grounding its smaller 50-seat regional jets.

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SkyWest reports a second quarter net profit of $31.5 million

SkyWest, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines) (St. George, Utah) reported its financial and operating results for the quarter ended on June 30, 2015:

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SkyWest generated $31.5 million of net income for Q2 2015, or $0.61 per diluted share. This represents an improvement of $46.2 million from Q2 2014, which had a net loss of $(14.7) million, or $(0.29) per diluted share. Operating income for Q2 2015 was $70 million, which represents SkyWest’s best quarterly operating income since 2008.

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SkyWest reported $41 million of net income for the first half of 2015, or $0.79 per diluted share, a $79 million improvement compared to the first half of 2014 which had a net loss of $(38) million, or $(0.73) per diluted share.

Q2 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Pre-tax income increased $58 million in Q2 2015 from Q2 2014, primarily due to improved operating performance, additional flying contracts with improved profitability and a reduction in the number of aircraft operating under unprofitable flying contracts.
  • SkyWest generated $135 million in EBITDA in Q2 2015, compared to $77 million in Q2 2014. For the first half of 2015 EBITDA was $234 million, compared to $112 million for the first half of 2014.
  • Revenue included improvements of $32 million from the additional E175 operations, improved contract rates from renewals of SkyWest’s existing flying contracts and improved contract performance incentives compared to Q2 2014. Revenue also improved from Q2 2014 by $11 million from higher flight completion rates. These improvements provided a significant offset to the revenue decrease from a reduced fleet size and less scheduled production for a net decrease in revenue of $28 million year over year.
  • Operating expenses were down by $85 million compared to Q2 2014, primarily driven by operating efficiencies from improved completion rates, a net decrease in production, maintenance cost initiatives and a reduction in fuel costs.

Q2 2015 Operational Update

  • Excluding weather cancellations, the adjusted flight completion rate for ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (“ExpressJet”) improved to 99.8% in Q2 2015 from 99.0% in Q2 2014. The adjusted flight completion rate for SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (“SkyWest Airlines”) also improved to 99.2% in Q2 2015 from 99.0% in Q2 2014.
  • Including weather cancellations, ExpressJet’s raw flight completion rate was 97.5% in Q2 2015 compared to 95.3% in Q2 2014. SkyWest Airlines’ raw flight completion rate improved to 98.4% in Q2 2015 compared to 97.4% in Q2 2014.
  • Total aircraft in service went to 676 at June 30, 2015, from 693 at March 31, 2015, summarized as follows:

1. Added six new E175 aircraft with United Air Lines, Inc. (“United”)

2. Added three new E175 aircraft with Alaska Air Group (“Alaska Airlines”)

3. Added ten used ERJ 145 aircraft with American Airlines, Inc. (“American”)

4. Removed 24 ERJ 145/ERJ 135 aircraft from service

5. Removed twelve EMB-120 turboprop aircraft from service

  • Under its fleet transition, SkyWest generated approximately 24,000 additional block hours with its dual class aircraft (CRJ700s/900s and E175s) compared to Q2 2014. SkyWest also had a reduction of approximately 72,000 block hours with its 50-seat and smaller sized aircraft (CRJ200s, ERJ145s/135s and EMB120s) compared to Q2 2014. The total aircraft in service decreased to 676 at June 30, 2015 from 752 at June 30, 2014.
  • Under an agreement announced in Q2 2015, SkyWest Airlines will place 8 additional E175 aircraft into service with Alaska Airlines, for a total of 15 E175s with Alaska Airlines. SkyWest Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of the remaining twelve new E175 aircraft for Alaska Airlines between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016.
  • Under a previously announced agreement, SkyWest Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of five new E175 aircraft for United during Q3 2015.

    Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, SkyWest, Inc. President, said,

    “Our second quarter results reflect meaningful progress in our action plans to secure profitable flying contracts, remove unprofitable aircraft and provide solid operating performance. These actions are the primary drivers for the strong earnings momentum we are generating. We remain committed to disciplined deployment of capital and resources as we continue the process of optimizing our fleet size and mix.”

Q2 2015 Capital and Liquidity Update

  • SkyWest had $505 million in cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2015, an increase of $24 million from March 2015. SkyWest made capital investments of $40 million during the quarter to acquire nine E175 aircraft including spare parts and engines.
  • SkyWest repurchased 1.25 million shares of its common stock for $18.7 million in cash during Q2 2015
  • The company issued $229 million in new long term debt to finance spare engines and the nine new E175s delivered during the quarter.
  • SkyWest anticipates using approximately $30 million in cash as investments in E175 aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q3 and Q4 of 2015.

SkyWest’s two airline companies provide commercial air service in cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with more than 3,500 scheduled daily flights. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United, Delta, US Airways, American and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet operates through partnerships with United, Delta and American.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest is rapidly reducing the amount of 50-seat regional jets as the report states above. Its largest Bombardier CRJ200 customer is United Airlines but that too will continue to be reduced. Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N956SW (msn 7871) in United Express colors departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Fly Baghdad takes delivery of its first aircraft

Fly Baghdad CRJ200 YI-BAH (15)(Grd)(Fly Baghdad)(LR)

Fly Baghdad (Baghdad) is a new airline in Iraq. The new airline has acquired its first aircraft, the pictured ex-Air Nostrum Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) YI-BAH (msn 7984, ex EC-JCO).

The company is planning to start operations soon from Baghdad to Basra, Erbil, Najaf and Sulimani.

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Update:

After suspending operations in December 2016, the company reorganized and relaunched operations on February 14, 2017. In addition, a new livery and logo was adopted in 2017 including on the Boeing 737 aircraft:

All images by Fly Baghdad.

Video: The new airline has big plans:

 

American to end American Eagle service to both Monterey and Santa Fe from Los Angeles

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is planning to end American Eagle service from Los Angeles to both Monterey, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 8 per Airline Route. AA is planning to end all service to both stations.

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Copyright Photo below: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Like others, American is also downsizing 50-seat regional jet operations. SkyWest Airlines‘ Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N492SW (msn 7168) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.

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SkyWest’s United Express flight UA 5316 makes a successful wheels-up landing at Los Angeles

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SkyWest Airlines (St. George, Utah) operating United Express flight UA 5316 from Monterey, CA to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) made a successful left-wheels up emergency landing on runway 24L at LAX yesterday (May 11). The 43 passengers and crew members were able to safely evacuate the Bombardier (Canadair) CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N932SW (msn 7714).

LAX issued this short statement:

SkyWestAirlines Flt 5316 safely conducted emergency landing at #LAX. All passengers/crew safe. Mechanics inspecting to determine cause

Read the full report from KTLA5: CLICK HERE

Twitter photo from WPEC 12 News:

United Express-SkyWest CRJ200 N932SW incident LAX 5.11.15