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Flybe to operate a new route between Newquay and London Heathrow

Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-PRPC (msn 4338) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940456.

Flybe, Europe’s largest independent regional airline, on November 22, 2018 responded as follows to the Government Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s announcement that, with effect from March 31, 2019, it will start operating four times daily flights direct to London Heathrow from Newquay Cornwall Airport under the new Public Service Obligation agreement.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe Chief Commercial Officer, says: “We are naturally delighted to offer customers the opportunity to fly with us between Cornwall Newquay Airport and London Heathrow on this new route with its increased frequency to London four times a day, seven days a week.

“The decision confirms that Flybe is a vital part of the UK’s transport infrastructure.

“We look forward to this new service to London proving popular with its increased frequency and improved opportunities for inbound and outbound connectivity with many other parts of the world – and to welcoming many new passengers on board next year.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-PRPC (msn 4338) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940456.

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Austrian Airlines expands fleet at the Vienna hub, 4 Q400s to return from Swiss

Austrian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) OE-LGM (msn 4319) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943817.

Austrian Airlines has issued this statement:

• Four additional aircraft starting in the summer of 2019
• Aircraft to be deployed for European flights

In an initial step, Austrian Airlines will deploy four additional aircraft at its home base at Vienna Airport in order to strengthen its own route network.

The 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft currently in operation for the Lufthansa Group sister company Swiss within the context of a wet lease agreement will be relocated from Switzerland to Austria. The recall of the first jet already took place at the end of October, and the three other aircraft will be successively returned to the Austrian flag carrier in the first half of 2019.

“We will not make it easy for the low cost carriers at Vienna Airport,” says Andreas Otto, Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines. “We are well prepared when it comes to service and very well positioned with our worldwide route network”, he adds.

Austrian Airlines already expanded its European route network when the winter flight schedule took effect. More than 40 additional flights to fourteen destinations have been operated each week since October 2018. The increase in the number of flights offered to North America in addition to the increase in European flights. The number of passengers transported by Austrian Airlines in October 2018 rose 11.7 percent to more than 1.3 million. On an accumulated basis, Austrian Airlines has flown more than 11.9 million passengers to their destinations in the period January-October 2018. This corresponds to a year-on-year rise of 8.6 percent.

Top Copyright Photo: Austrian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) OE-LGM (msn 4319) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943817.

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airBaltic to launch flights from Riga to Lviv, Ukraine

airBaltic Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BBT (msn 4438) VIE (Tony Storck). Image: 939143.

airBaltic will launch a new nonstop service from Riga to Lviv, Ukraine, on April 1, 2019. It will be already the third airBaltic destination in Ukraine in addition to Kiev and Odessa.

Route Flight frequency Start date Price *,

Basic

Price *,

Premium

Price*,

Business

Riga – Lviv 4 flights weekly April 1, 2019 69 EUR 125 EUR 399 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges

airBaltic will operate flights between Riga and Lviv 4 times weekly. Passengers will board a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft for a flight that will last an hour and 50 minutes. One-way ticket prices start at EUR 69, including airport fees and transaction costs.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. For summer 2019, airBaltic has introduced three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen. In addition, next summer airBaltic will launch a new direct route connecting Riga and Stuttgart.

Copyright Photo (all others by airBaltic): airBaltic Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BBT (msn 4438) VIE (Tony Storck). Image: 939143.

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airBaltic launches two new routes from Tallinn

airBaltic (airBaltic.com) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BAY (msn 4331) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942377.

airBaltic on October 28, 2018 launched two new nonstop services from Tallinn to Stockholm and Oslo. Since the expansion in Estonia, airBaltic now bases two aircraft at Tallinn Airport. The new flights offer convenient connections between Tallinn and the two cities.

Route Flight frequency Start date Price*, Basic Price*, Premium Price*, Business
Tallinn – Stockholm 12 flights weekly October 28, 2018 22 EUR 69 EUR 379 EUR
Tallinn – Oslo 2 flights weekly October 28, 2018 29 EUR 69 EUR 379 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airBaltic.com, subject to availability

airBaltic flies from Tallinn to Stockholm 12 times weekly. The scheduled flight time to Tallinn is one hour and 5 minutes. One-way ticket price to Stockholm starts at 22 EUR, including airport fees and transaction costs. The flights to Oslo are performed two times a week and the scheduled flight time is one hour and 45 minutes. One-way ticket price to Oslo starts at 29 EUR.

In addition, airBaltic continues to offer nonstop flights from Tallinn to London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Vienna and Vilnius as well as convenient connections via Riga.

During first nine months of 2018 airBaltic has transported over 330,000 passengers to and from Estonia. The airline has carried 12% more passengers in Estonia to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East than during the same period last year.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. For summer 2019, airBaltic has introduced three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen. In addition, next summer airBaltic will launch a new direct route connecting Riga and Stuttgart.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic (airBaltic.com) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) YL-BAY (msn 4331) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942377.

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SA Express to resume flights on August 23

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SA Express (SAX) has announced that it will resume its operations on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

This follows the recent reinstatement of both the airline’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) licences by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

SAX has also already received Certificates of Airworthiness for most of its 11 aircraft from SACAA, with the remaining fleet expected to be given the green light soon.

“We are delighted that we have now satisfied the concerns that the regulator had leading to our temporary grounding at the end of May this year. This has paved the way for us to prudently and incrementally reintroduce our flights as from August 23, 2018,” SAX Interim CEO, Siza Mzimela said.

“We would like to thank all our valued customers and loyal staff for bearing with us while we were addressing the regulators operational requirements,” she added.

“Indeed, our temporary grounding was an opportune time for the airline to interrogate all aspects of our operation, as well as our customer value proposition.

“It’s all systems go now and we are coming back stronger, more focused and energised. In this regard, we are determined going forward to set new industry standards for safety, product quality and customer service,” the upbeat Mzimela said.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by SA Express): SA Express (South African Express Airways) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ZS-YBT (msn 4146) JNB (Felix Gottwald). Image: 907457.

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Horizon Air Q400 (N449QX) is stolen by an employee at SEA and crashed in Pierce County, WA

Horizon Air Q400 (N449QX) is stolen by an employee at SEA and crashed in Pierce County, WA on August 10, 2018

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air issued this statement:

A STATEMENT FROM ALASKA AIR GROUP CEO BRAD TILDEN AND HORIZON AIR CEO GARY BECK

Brad Tilden: “There was an incident late yesterday involving the unauthorized operation of one of our aircraft that took off from Sea-Tac around 8 p.m.

“We are still gathering facts, but at this point we understand there was only one person aboard, an employee of Horizon Air, who was operating the aircraft. I want to share how incredibly sad all of us at Alaska are about this incident. Our heart is heavy for the family and friends of the person involved.

“We’re working to find out everything we possibly can about what happened, working with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board. We are giving those investigators our full support and cooperation.

“With these investigations underway, our focus will remain on supporting the family of the individual involved, the broader Alaska and Horizon family, and our communities and guests.

Brad Tilden

CEO, Alaska Air Group


Gary Beck: “I want to echo what Brad said about how incredibly sad all of us are about what happened last night.

“Our first priority is always the safety and care of our people and guests. Our hearts are with all of our employees at Horizon Air, and the larger Alaska Airlines community, and the family of the individual involved.

“The Horizon Air Q400, which was taken from Sea-Tac International Airport, was not scheduled to fly at the time of the incident. While we have not yet confirmed the identity of the employee, we have confirmed that all crew and passengers are accounted for. Air Traffic Control was in contact with the individual during the brief flight before it crashed on Ketron Island about an hour after it left Sea-Tac. No ground structures were involved in the crash.

“We are working closely with the authorities and our own safety teams to thoroughly understand this incident.

“I want to thank the employees of Horizon Air and our guests. Our primary objective is to do everything possible to support all of you.”

Gary Beck, President and CEO, Horizon Air

Update: 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2018
View today’s press conference with our CEO, Brad Tilden, Horizon Air CEO, Gary Beck, the FBI and the Port of Seattle.

  • All of us at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are saddened by last night’s unauthorized flight of a Horizon Q400 aircraft that resulted in the loss of life of the individual involved.
  • Our top priority is the safety of our guests and employees. Simply put there is nothing more important to us.
  • We are working closely with the FBI, the NTSB and the FAA to better understand the circumstances of this unauthorized flight. The FBI is the lead investigator for this incident.
  • Yesterday’s events will push us to learn what we can from this tragedy so that we can help prevent it from happening again at our airline or any other.

Update: 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2018
A toll-free hotline has been established for anyone who believes they may know the person involved in the Horizon Air incident. The number is 1-888-283-2153.

Update: 11:54 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018
Alaska Airlines believes a ground service agent employed by Horizon Air was the individual responsible for flying the Horizon Q400 without clearance from Sea-Tac International Airport around 8 p.m. tonight.

The plane, which was taken from a maintenance position and was not scheduled for passenger flight, crashed about an hour later in a wooded area on Ketron Island in rural Pierce County. No ground structures were involved at the crash site.

Military jets were scrambled from Portland, but it does not appear that these jets were involved in the crash of the Horizon aircraft.

This individual who took the aircraft, who has not yet been positively identified until remains are examined, is believed to have been the only person on the plane when the plane was taken from a maintenance position at Sea-Tac.

First responders are at the crash site. Appropriate government agencies, including NTSB, FAA and FBI, have been notified.

Update: 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018
A brief statement from Constance von Muehlen of Horizon Air regarding tonight’s incident:

“Good evening, I’m Constance von Muehlen, Horizon Air chief operating officer. I’m sorry to share with you this evening that at approximately 8 p.m., one of our Q400 airplanes made an unauthorized takeoff from Sea-Tac Airport. We believe it was taken by a single Horizon Air employee and that no other passengers or crew were onboard. Shortly thereafter, it crashed on Ketron Island by South Tacoma. Our hearts are with the families of the individual aboard as well as all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Update: 10 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018 
Alaska Airlines has confirmed that a Horizon Airlines Q400 that had an unauthorized takeoff from Sea-Tac International Airport around 8 p.m. has gone down near Ketron Island in Pierce County.
Alaska is working to confirm who was on board, but it is believed that there were no passengers or crew on board other than the person operating the plane. NTSB has been notified.

Original post: 9:32 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2018
We are aware of an incident involving an unauthorized take-off of a Horizon Air Q400. We believe there are no passengers on board. More information as we learn more.

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WestJet announces Calgary service to Terrace, B.C.

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FWEZ (msn 4483) YVR (Brandon Farris). Image: 931590.

WestJet has announced new twice-weekly, nonstop service between Calgary and Terrace, B.C., effective September 4, 2018. This new route brings the number of nonstop destinations WestJet serves from Calgary to 63, more than any other airline.

Operated by WestJet Encore using Bombardier Q400 aircraft, the additional service will benefit the entire northwest region of the province which continues to be economically strong due to investment in forestry, mining, smelting, hydroelectricity, liquefied natural gas and infrastructure projects in the KitimatTerrace industrial corridor.

WestJet Encore also operates twice-daily service to Vancouver. Both routes provide the opportunity to conveniently connect to and from Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and Kona, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo and Mazatlan in addition to connecting to the remainder of WestJet’s extensive domestic, transborder and international network.

Details of WestJet Encore’s new twice-weekly, non-stop service between Calgary and Terrace, are:

Route

Frequency

Departing

Arriving

Effective

Calgary – Terrace

Twice weekly

9:30 p.m.

10:50 p.m.

September 4, 2018

Terrace – Calgary

Twice weekly

6:30 a.m.

9:35 a.m.

September 5, 2018

Top Copyright Photo (all others by WestJet): WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FWEZ (msn 4483) YVR (Brandon Farris). Image: 931590.

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