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Reuters: Stobart Group is considering a bid for Flybe

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From Reuters:

British infrastructure and support services firm Stobart Group is considering bidding as part of a consortium to acquire struggling regional carrier Flybe.

Shares in Flybe soared 26 percent on Thursday on the news to 43.5 pence by 1541 GMT, valuing the carrier at almost 105 million pounds.

“A number of potential structures have been considered including taking a non-controlling interest in a vehicle to acquire 100 percent of Flybe likely to be in cash,” Stobart said in a statement.

Reuters had reported earlier on Thursday that Stobart was in talks about a possible deal.

Flybe said it had not received an approach from Stobart about a possible offer and added: “Flybe shareholders are strongly advised to take no action at this stage.”

A spokesman for Stobart declined to identify possible partners in any bid for the airline.

Stobart is eyeing Flybe after the carrier was left vulnerable by a slump in its share price.

Shares traded at more than 90 pence in 2015 but had plunged to as low as 30.75 pence in December 2017, according to Thomson Reuters data, after the airline was hit by faltering demand for its flights.

In other news, Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has given its 650-strong pilot workforce a brand new look that complements the striking purple uniforms of its cabin crew.

The new navy uniform for its pilots features a stylishly fitted jacket with distinctive platinum epaulettes and stripes that clearly designate the rank of Captain (four stripes), Senior First Officer (three) and First Officer (two).

Designed with full crew participation, the brief was for it to be a quality, comfortable, user-friendly outfit to better reflect the airline’s forward looking image than the previous somewhat dated look.  Flybe worked closely with PVM, another Exeter-based business which has been supplying the airline with uniforms for over 10 years, to design and source the new uniform.

The updated look was given its first proud airing at the home ground of the Exeter Chiefs rugby team and current English Premiership champions, of which Flybe is a long-standing sponsor.  One of Flybe’s Exeter-based Senior First Officers pitched in and took flight in a line-out taken with three Chiefs’ players, England International Thomas Waldrom, Scotland International Moray Low and second row player Jonny Hill.

Copyright Photo (all others by Flybe): Flybe (British European 2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JEDU (msn 4089) AMS (Tony Storck). Image: 938065.

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QANTAS Link turboprops to receive a cabin upgrade

QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 922311.

QANTAS Link’s fleet of 45 turboprop aircraft will undergo a major cabin upgrade to improve the overall experience for customers travelling on the airline’s regional network.

The interiors of the airline’s Bombardier Q200, Q300 and Q400 aircraft will be refreshed with new ergonomic seat cushioning, leather upholstery, a refreshed colour palette and new floor coverings at QANTAS Link’s maintenance facilities, including at Tamworth Airport, the airline’s hub for regional aircraft maintenance.

The upgrade program will commence by June 2018 and is expected to be completed within 18 months, with each aircraft taking approximately three days to refresh. The work will be timed to coincide with scheduled maintenance and will closely align the turboprop interiors with the QANTAS Link jet fleet.

QANTAS Group CEO Alan Joyce said the multi-million dollar investment would give regional travellers a better travel experience.

Copyright Photo: QANTAS Link-Sunstate Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) VH-LQM (msn 4450) SYD (Keith Burton). Image: 922311.

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Porter Airlines adds 7th daily Thunder Bay flight, officially opens local crew base

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Porter Airlines is significantly investing in Thunder Bay, Ontario, by adding flights and officially opening its new crew base for pilots and flight attendants.

The base grand opening received an added dose of excitement when the airline announced that it is increasing its schedule, with up to seven daily roundtrip flights to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. There will be as many as 45 weekly flights, beginning April 12.

Twenty crew members are already established at the base and will begin operating flights this week. They represent a variety of backgrounds, including: Porter team members transferring from other bases; crew with previous aviation experience already living in the city; and those moving from other locations in Canada. A total of 40 crew members will eventually be located in Thunder Bay as hiring and training progresses during the year. This is the first crew base in Northern Ontario for any large commercially-scheduled airline.

Porter began operating in Thunder Bay in 2008. In its tenth year, Porter has more flight options to Toronto than any other airline with up to seven daily flights. Each flight also has continuing service to and from Montreal or Ottawa, meaning passengers can stay on the aircraft during the brief stopover in Toronto.

Porter flies a 29-aircraft fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft configured with 74 seats. Each flight operates with two pilots and two flight attendants.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Porter): Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQP (msn 4271) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 907212.

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Air Canada to launch new domestic western regional routes, Vancouver – Delhi route to become year-round

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGNW (msn 4388) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 925782.

Air Canada has announced it will begin new domestic regional nonstop flights on July 2, 2018.

“We are pleased to offer new nonstop flights onboard our Bombardier Q400s between popular BC and Alberta cities as we continue to strategically expand our already extensive domestic network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “With the continued growth at several communities on Vancouver Island and in the BC Okanagan, we see the opportunity to add new nonstop services and provide additional convenient travel options.”

“With Alberta being such a key market, the new direct flights into Kelowna, Victoria and Comox are great news for British Columbia’s visitor economy,” said Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia. “Air Canada’scommitment to servicing these routes is not only a huge boost for the individual communities, it is also a major benefit for the Thompson Okanagan and Vancouver Island regions as a whole.”

Top Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGNW (msn 4388) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 925782.

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Arrives

Edmonton-Kelowna – year-round

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Edmonton at 08:40

Kelowna at 08:59

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Edmonton at 16:05

Kelowna at 16:24

Kelowna-Edmonton – year-round

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Kelowna at 09:30

Edmonton at 11:51

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Kelowna at 16:55

Edmonton at 19:16

Edmonton-Victoria – seasonal

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Edmonton at 08:40

Victoria at 09:40

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Edmonton at 16:00

Victoria at 17:00

Victoria-Edmonton – seasonal

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Victoria at 10:10

Edmonton at 12:55

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Victoria at 17:30

Edmonton at 20:15

Calgary-Comox – seasonal

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Calgary at 10:05

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Comox at 11:30

Calgary at 14:14

 

These new routes complement Air Canada’s previously announced new nonstop North America routes beginning 2018:

  • Toronto to: Omaha, Providence, Nanaimo, Kamloops
  • Montreal to: Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Victoria
  • Edmonton to: San Francisco
  • Vancouver to: Sacramento

Air Canada will launch new international services in 2018 including:

  • Toronto to: Shannon (Ireland), Porto (Portugal), Zagreb (Croatia), Bucharest (Romania), Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Montreal to: TokyoNarita (Japan), Dublin (Ireland), Bucharest (Romania), Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Vancouver to: Paris (France), Zurich (Switzerland)

In other news, Air Canada also announced that its current seasonal nonstop VancouverDelhi flights will become year-round starting June 8, 2018.

First Boeing 777-300 in the new livery

Above Copyright Photo: The first Boeing 777-300 has now been repainted in the new livery. Air Canada Boeing 777-333 ER C-FITL (msn 35256) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 940829.

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airBaltic continues its expansion in Tallinn

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

airBaltic will launch new nonstop services from Tallinn to Stockholm and Oslo and base a second aircraft at Tallinn Airport starting on October 28, 2018.

The airline will base a Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft in Tallinn.

airBaltic will fly from Tallinn to Stockholm 12 times weekly.

The flights to Oslo will be operated twice-weekly and the scheduled flight time is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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

airBaltic will also launch a new nonstop service from Tallinn to London Gatwick Airport starting on March 27, 2018.

In 2017, airBaltic has transported over 360 000 passengers to and from Estonia. The airline has carried 20% more passengers in Estonia to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East than in 2016.

For the summer season of 2018 airBaltic will also offer new services from Riga to Malaga (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Split (Croatia), Bordeaux (France), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Gdansk (Poland) as well as Sochi and Kaliningrad (both in Russia).

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

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Ethiopian to help to re-launch Zambia Airways

Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (SPA). Image: 931591.

Ethiopian Airlines (above), the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, has announced that it has finalized shareholders agreement with the Government of Zambia for the re-launch of Zambia Airways.

Copyright Photo Above: Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (SPA). Image: 931591.

Above: The logo of the first Zambia Airways.

The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian will have 45% stakes in the airline.

Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines remarked: “In line with our Vision 2025 multiple hubs strategy in Africa, we are very happy that the discussions with the Zambian government have been crowned with success.

The launching of Zambia Airways will enable the travelling public in Zambia and the Southern African region to enjoy greater connectivity options, thereby facilitating the flow of investment, trade and tourism, and contributing to the socioeconomic growth of the country and the region. As an indigenous and truly Pan-African airline, we firmly believe that it is only through partnerships among African carriers that the aviation industry of the continent will be able to get its fair share of the African market, currently heavily skewed in favor of non-African airlines, and play its rightful role in availing efficient air connectivity within Africa as well as with the rest of the world. ” The airline is meant to initially serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights.

The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian will hold 45% in the airline. The establishment of multiple hubs in Africa being an overarching strategy of Ethiopian under its Vision 2025, the national flag carrier currently operates hubs in Lomé (Togo) with ASKY Airlines and Malawian in Lilongwe (Malawi).

The first version of Zambia Airways operated from 1964 to 1967.

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Above Copyright Photo: Zambia Airways McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 N3016Z (msn 48266) ORY (Christian Volpati). Image: 920872.

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The company was reorganized and restarted as the second version in 1968 and operated through 1995 (above).

There was also a Zambian Airways which operated from 1999 to 2009 (below).

Copyright Photo: Zambian Airways Boeing 737-244 9J-JCN (msn 22588) JNB (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924351.

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LOT’s Q400 SP-EQG nose gear collapses on landing, closing Warsaw Chopin Airport (now open)

EuroLOT (eurolot.com) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) SP-EQG (msn 4423) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 922297.

LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw) flight LO 3924 from Kraków to Warsaw (Chopin) (WAW) on January 10, 2018 with the pictured Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) SP-EQG landed safely on runway 11 at WAW. However the nose geared collapsed on landing, closing the runway and the airport. WAW was later reopened.

LOT Polish Airlines issued this statement on social media:

An emergency landing of the LOT’s aircraft Bombardier Q400 SP-EQG (LO 3924) occurred today at 19:19 p.m. local time at Warsaw Chopin Airport. All of 59 Passengers and 4 cabin crew members onboard are safe and have been taken care of immediately. The cause of the incident will be put through the detailed investigation. All Passengers of the canceled flights will be provided with a special care and re-accommodated accordingly.

At 11.15 p.m. Warsaw Chopin Airport has been opened and the traffic has been returning to normal. LOT’s flights previously redirected to other cities are gradually flying back to Warsaw.

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Top Copyright Photo: EuroLOT (eurolot.com) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) SP-EQG (msn 4423) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 922297.

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