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Finnair to open a new route to Trondheim in cooperation with Wideroe, adds flights to Tromso

Wideroe (Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) LN-WDK (msn 4337) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 944735.

Finnair continues to expand its network in the Nordics and opens a new year-round route to Trondheim in Norway in June 2019. Finnair also adds flights to another popular destination, Tromso, in Norway.

Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city, known for its breathtaking scenery. It offers excellent opportunities for nature activities such as hiking or hunting for Northern Lights, as well as a vibrant restaurant scene.

The route will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe five days a week, with a Bombardier Q400 aircraft, and the flights are sold and marketed by Finnair.

Finnair also adds flights to Tromso in Norway, in collaboration with Wideroe, and as of June 4, will offer flights between Tromso and Helsinki three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, year-round. Tromso is situated 350 kilometers north of the Arctic circle, and is famous for its artic nature, the northern lights and a wide variety of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to whale watching.

Top Copyright photo: Wideroe (Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) LN-WDK (msn 4337) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 944735.

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Horizon Air celebrates its 1981 beginnings with this special livery on N421QX

"Alaska celebrates Horizon Air" in a 1981 livery

Horizon Air launched regional operations on September 1, 1981 as an independent carrier in the Pacific Northwest. Now the Alaska Airlines-owned carrier is celebrating its past with this Q400 now painted in a 1981-like livery.

Horizon Air made this announcement and photos on social media:

New paint, old-school. N421QX

In celebration of Horizon Air’s heritage, we’ve debuted a new themed-aircraft. N421QX flew on its inaugural flight from Yakima, WA to Seattle on Tuesday, which was also Horizon’s first flight ever in 1981.

The livery was the idea of Andrew S. (above), a Seattle-based crew scheduler. “I pitched the idea of a Horizon livery to Gary [Gary Beck, Horizon Air CEO] when he took over the helm of Horizon in January 2018,” Andrew said. “I was impressed with his genuine willingness to listen to employees, and he was keen on the idea.

“Creating an airline people love happens when we’re all working together as one team, valuing and appreciating each other’s contributions,” says Horizon President & CEO Gary Beck. “This livery celebrates the people of Horizon and the essential role the company has played in Air Group’s success.”

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N421QX (msn 4149) SEA (Royal S. King). Image: 945910.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Horizon Air Fairchild F-27 N271PH (msn 14) BFI (Christian Volpati Collection). Image: 934396.

Horizon Air Fairchild F-27 N271PH (msn 14) BFI (Christian Volpati Collection). Image: 934396.

WestJet celebrates summer with new route between London, ON and Montreal

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GDEW (msn 4563) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 945784.

WestJet today announced it is adding more choice for travelers in London, Ontario and Montreal this summer with a new daily service starting June 24 through October 15 on WestJet Encore.

 

WestJet is the largest airline in London, and this summer will operate six flights per day from London, ON to three Canadian cities including Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. The airline will also operate 23 flights per day from Montreal including two times daily to Vancouver, three times daily to Calgary, daily to Edmonton and Winnipeg, 13 times daily to Toronto, twice daily to Halifax and daily to London, ON.

Details of WestJet’s service between London and Montreal:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
London –  Montreal Daily 10:20 a.m. 11:45 a.m. June 24, 2019
Montreal – London Daily 12:15 p.m. 1:49 p.m. June 24, 2019

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GDEW (msn 4563) YYC (Ken Petersen). Image: 945784.

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Lufthansa Group to sell LGW to Zeitfracht

Operated by Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter

Lufthansa Group has agreed to sell subsidiary LGW to Zeitfracht (Berlin), which already owns WDL Aviation.

The group acquired LGW from Airberlin and had placed the division under the Eurowings banner.

LGW will continue to operate for Eurowings.

The sale is expected to be completed on April 1, 2019.

LGW currently operates 18 Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s).

Above Photo: BriYYZ.

Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings (LGW) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) D-ABQH (msn 4256) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941071.

 

 

Air Canada to strategically increase capacity on trans border routes, will deploy more Q400s on western routes

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKUK (msn 4369) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943463.

Air Canada has announced it is upgrading service and boosting capacity on key trans border routes from its Toronto and Montreal hubs.

These enhancements are in addition to Air Canada’s recent announcement it will launch new daily flights from Montreal to Raleigh and increase capacity by deploying larger aircraft with Business Class and wi-fi options on its Toronto to Raleigh and Charlotte flights.

Upgraded services this summer peak include:

 

Route

Frequencies

Capacity

Aircraft

Toronto-Nashville

2 daily flights effective June 1

152 daily seats

76 seat CR9 operated by Jazz Aviation LP effective June 1

Toronto-Washington (Dulles)

3 daily flights effective May 1

228 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional effective May 1

Toronto-Memphis

1 daily flight effective May 1

76 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional effective May 1

Toronto-Raleigh

3 daily flights effective May 1

228 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Charlotte

2 daily flights effective May 1

152 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Minneapolis

Adding 1 flight for 4 daily flights effective June 3

304 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Philadelphia

Adding 1 flight for 5 daily flights effective June 3

380 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Toronto-Austin

Adding 1 flight for 2 daily flights effective April 29

152 daily seats

76 seat Embraer E75 operated by Sky Regional

Montreal-Baltimore

Adding 1 flight for 2 daily flights effective June 4

100 daily seats

50 seat CRJ operated by Jazz Aviation LP

Montreal-Raleigh

New daily flights launching June 3

50 daily seats

50 seat CRJ operated by Jazz Aviation LP

In other news, Air Canada also announced strategic changes to Eastern Canada including upgrading Air Canada Express regional aircraft to larger Air Canada Rouge aircraft with inflight amenities on its flights from Toronto to Fredericton, Moncton and Thunder Bay, and from Montreal to St. John’s.

Route

Frequencies

Montreal-St. John’s

2 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 5

Toronto-Fredericton

2 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective June 1

Toronto-Moncton

3 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1

Toronto-Thunder Bay

3 daily Air Canada
Rouge A-319 flights
effective May 1

Calgary-Halifax

1 daily Air Canada A
-320 flight effective
May 14

Following the recently finalized Capacity Purchase Agreement between Air Canada and Chorus Aviation, Air Canada is optimizing its fleet within its network strategy and deploying the aircraft best-suited to the communities it serves as it modernizes and simplifies its regional fleet.

Air Canada also announced it will boost capacity on regional routes across Western Canada this spring as it deploys more state-of-the-art Bombardier Q400 Next Gen aircraft (top).  The changes are part of an ongoing transformation of Air Canada Express that will result in enhanced services for customers.

Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz Aviation LP are scheduled to provide convenient, point-to-point travel, as well as easy connections to Air Canada’s extensive domestic, US and international network at Vancouver and Calgary.  Customers also collect and redeem Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada, and eligible customers have access to priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounges at main airports, priority boarding and other benefits.

Increased services this summer peak compared to last year include:

 

Route

Frequencies

Capacity

Vancouver-Nanaimo

7 daily Q-400 flights

546 daily seats, 14% increase

Vancouver-Comox

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 23% increase

Vancouver-Sandspit

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 52% increase

Vancouver-Prince Rupert

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 5% increase

Vancouver-Smithers

2 daily Q-400 flights

156 daily seats, 14% increase

Vancouver-Kamloops

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 25% increase

Vancouver-Penticton

3 daily Q-400 flights

234 daily seats, 17% increase

Calgary-Kelowna

3 daily Q-400 flights

234 daily seats, 13% increase

Calgary-Saskatoon

4 daily Q-400 flights

312 daily seats, 7% increase

Calgary-Winnipeg

2 daily A320 + 1 daily CR-900 flights

368 daily seats, 19% increase

Vancouver-Anchorage

1 daily 320 and 1 daily 319 flight

266 daily seats, 80% increase

On the financial side, Air Canada reported full year 2018 EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and aircraft rent) of $2.851 billion compared to full year 2017 record EBITDAR of $2.928 billion.  Air Canada reported an EBITDAR margin of 15.8 per cent, in line with its projections.  Air Canada reported 2018 operating income of $1.174 billion compared to 2017 operating income of $1.371 billion.  Adjusted pre-tax income(1)amounted to $952 million in 2018 compared to adjusted pre-tax income of $1.165 billion in 2017.  On a GAAP basis, the airline reported net income of $167 million in 2018 compared to net income of $2.029 billion in 2017.  The decrease of $1.862 billionin net income year-over-year is mainly due to an increase in net tax expense of $981 million, unfavourable foreign exchange results of $437 million and Air Canada having a recorded a loss on disposal of assets of $188 million in 2018.

“I am very pleased with Air Canada’s solid fourth quarter results with record EBITDAR of $543 million, and operating income of $122 million.  These quarterly results showed an improvement over last year’s fourth quarter on many fronts – including passenger revenues, traffic and yield – and complete a strong fiscal year.  Moreover, they demonstrate the resiliency of our business model and affirm that Air Canada has positioned itself for long-term, sustainable profitability. During the year, we successfully managed many challenges, including intensifying competition and a volatile fuel price environment which resulted in approximately $1 billion in additional costs or 30 per cent more than 2017,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

“Our strategy generated record operating revenues of more than $18 billion in 2018.  Combined with a strong adjusted CASM performance, we ended the year with record unrestricted liquidity of more than $5.7 billion and a leverage ratio of 2.1, positioning us well on our path towards investment grade.  The added financial flexibility these results give our company further bolsters our already confident outlook, based on current positive business trends.

“We carried a record 50.9 million customers in 2018, which is evidence of the success of our commercial strategy and the strength of the Air Canada brand. To further heighten our customer appeal, we are investing strategically in product and service enhancements, including a new enhanced reservation platform system planned to start operating later this year, a new loyalty program launching in 2020 to strengthen our recently completed Aimia Canada acquisition and our ongoing fleet renewal.

“Another outward sign of Air Canada’s success in 2018 was the number of significant awards won by our airline, notably Eco-Airline of the Year, a global recognition, and, for the second consecutive year, Best Airline in North America from Skytrax. These and a variety of other talent and sustainability awards are proof of the professionalism and commitment of Air Canada’s 30,000 employees, whom I thank for their hard work and dedication. I also thank our customers for their continued loyalty and for continuing to choose to fly Air Canada in record numbers,” said Mr. Rovinescu.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Canada): Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GKUK (msn 4369) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943463.

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Austrian Airlines to expand its Airbus fleet, will phase out its 18 Bombardier Q400s by 2021

Austrian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) OE-LGL (msn 4310) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 938226.

Austrian Airlines plans to expand its Airbus fleet from the current 36 planes to a total of 46 over the next three years. At the same time, its 18 76-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop aircraft will be phased out by 2021. Flights from Vienna will also be expanded by more than ten percent.

Austrian Airlines has announced:

Austrian Airlines has managed the turnaround after a tough restructuring period and now operates profitably. The airline is also headed towards positive operating earnings in 2018 following strong passenger growth of more than one million customers, comprising a year-on-year rise of 8.5 percent. The solid demand by passengers and increasing competition in Vienna has led the red-white-red national carrier to lay the strategic foundations for the future. The airline’s Airbus fleet will already be expanded from the current 36 planes to a total of 46 aircraft over the next three years.

At the same time, Austrian Airlines will phase out its 18 turboprop aircraft with 76 seats. On balance, the flight offering from Vienna will be expanded by more than ten percent, in light of the fact that jets belonging to the Airbus A320 family are considerably larger than the turboprops.

In April Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) will already begin construction work on expanding the simulator training center at Vienna Airport in order to create sufficient space for two additional A320 flight simulators for pilot training purposes. Completion of the extension project involving costs of EUR 20 million is planned for the first quarter of 2020. At present four simulators are being operated in Vienna (for Dash, Embraer and A320 aircraft).

Triggered by plans to phase out the Dash aircraft, Austrian Airlines intends to reorganize decentralized bilateral flight traffic between Austria and Germany within the Lufthansa Group. For example, it is much easier for Lufthansa to fly from its (centralized) flight hub in Frankfurt than vice versa. “We are already holding talks with our sister companies in the Group”, von Hoensbroech says. Austrian Airlines considers decentralized flight traffic to encompass all of its flights which do not depart from Vienna Airport, for example on the Salzburg-Frankfurt or Linz-Düsseldorf routes. Flights between Vienna and the federal provinces of Austria will remain unaffected at the moment. As already announced, the four aircraft currently deployed by the Group sister airline Swiss in Switzerland under a wet lease agreement will be transferred to Vienna at the end of the winter flight schedule.

In this connection, Austrian Airlines will transfer all existing decentralized flight crew bases located in Altenrhein, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg to Vienna. The 200 impacted employees will be offered the opportunity to work in Vienna.

Fleet decision, network simplification and transfer of the decentralized crew bases are three main aspects of the 10-point program called #DriveTo25, which the Austrian Airlines Management Board presented to the general public today. The new strategy was already acknowledged and approved at the most recent meeting of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Airlines held at the end of November 2018.

An overview of the 10-Point Program #DriveTo25:

1. “Operational Excellence”: In spite of adverse conditions i.e. airspace congestion, Austrian Airlines succeeded in maintaining a level of punctuality and reliability above the European average in 2018. In 2019, the airline wants to improve its processes and once again achieve the world-class level of flight operations customers are used to with the help of digitalization and a closer cooperation with Vienna Airport.

2. Austrian Airlines also wants to review its administrative and operational processes and save EUR 20-30 million on the basis of simplification, digitalization and avoiding duplication. Savings are to be avoided which are to the detriment of customers.

3. Under the heading “New Premium”, Austrian Airline’s efforts should place a greater emphasis on the customer and his needs. Personalized product improvements should position Austrian Airlines as the first-choice carrier. This Lufthansa Group-wide product strategy is to be coordinated from Vienna.

4. With a catchment area of 11 million inhabitants and a transfer rate of about 50%, Austrian Airlines also plays the role of a hub carrier, and Vienna Airport serves as its flight hub. This function should be strengthened in the future on the basis of a stronger orientation of the route network to Vienna. In turn, there will be a realignment of decentralized flight traffic within the Lufthansa Group. Examples of decentralized routes are Innsbruck-Frankfurt and Linz-Düsseldorf. There is high demand on these routes, but they also generate a high level of complexity because the aircraft cannot be productively deployed due to the rotations for the crews as well as technical maintenance.

5. In order to avoid overly complicated crew rotations, the decentralized crew bases currently being operated in Altenrhein, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg will be relocated to Vienna. The 200 employees will be given the opportunity of employment in Vienna.

6. Technical Operations: Austrian Airlines aims to place even greater priority on the technical maintenance of its own aircraft in the future. At present the airline is also strongly involved in third-party business, which will be cut back. Third-party business means that maintenance and repair work is also carried out on aircraft operated by other airlines.

7. Continental fleet: Austrian Airlines will part ways with its turboprop aircraft earlier than planned and remove them from the fleet by 2021. At the same time, it will expand its medium-haul Airbus fleet to 46 planes. The airline currently operates 18 DHC-8-400 (Q400) turboprops and 36 Airbus A320 jets.

This step will eliminate complexity from the fleet structure by avoiding the need to operate and service one type of aircraft. A precise plan is being developed to determine when particular turboprop aircraft will be relinquished and when the A320 aircraft will be acquired. The restructuring of the fleet will comprise an improvement for the network and customers, as the routes deploying Dash jets will be served in the future by Embraer aircraft, and Airbus planes will be operated on routes currently served by the Embraer.

8. Intercontinental fleet: Austrian Airlines realigned its intercontinental network with the 2018/19 winter flight schedule. After a trial period, flight service on unprofitable routes such as Havana, Colombo and Hong Kong was cancelled and the offering to North America was expanded to the same extent. Frequencies on existing routes such as New York and Chicago were increased to daily flight service. By the way, Austrian Airlines will also remove the Seychelles from its flight offering after the winter season and cease flights there at the end of April. In contrast, Mauritius and the Maldives will remain in the flight offering as well-established “warm water destinations”.

The objective is to enhance profitability in order to modernize the long-haul fleet in a subsequent step. The six Boeing 767-300 aircraft with an average age of close to 23 years should be replaced by more modern aircraft at some point in time. In addition, the airline operates six younger Boeing 777 jets with an average age of close to 18 years. In contrast to normal passenger vehicles, aircraft can be deployed for 30 years or longer with the proper maintenance in light of the fact that airplane parts are continually subject to a complete overhaul.

9. Stakeholder Roadmap: Austrian Airlines to strengthen Vienna as an aviation hub in cooperation with its partners. For example, this includes the recently launched “ZOVI” initiative (Zukunftsoffensive Verkehr & Infrastruktur – Future Transport and Infrastructure Program) launched by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology.

10. Finally, Austrian Airlines wants to digitalize and modernize itself, its workplaces and working equipment and not only its aircraft. For example, the entire cabin crew has been equipped with tablets, and in 2019 the Austrian Airlines Traffic Control Center at Vienna Airport will be refurbished.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Austrian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) OE-LGL (msn 4310) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 938226.

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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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