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Flybe now expects to cut 450 positions

Flybe (Exeter), currently under a reorganization aimed at cutting costs under a new CEO (Saad Hammad), expects its job cuts to be smaller than the original 500 redundancies it expected. It now expects to cut around 450 positions according to this report by Reuters.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JECT (msn 4144) with the image of Matt Le Tissuer) arrives at London (Gatwick).

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Russian Aviation: Bombardier to build the Q400 in Russia starting in 2015

Alaska Horizon DHC-8-400 N452QX (13-Signatures)(Grd) PDX (Bombardier)(LR)

Bombardier (Montreal) is planning to build the DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) in Ulyanovsk, Russia starting in 2015 according to Russian Aviation. The planned output in Russia is two aircraft per month and will be supervised by Bombardier representatives.

Bombardier has not yet confirmed this report.

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In other news, Bombardier Aerospace and Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma) on January 22 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s 51st Q400 turboprop airliner in Portland, Oregon. The aircraft, officially DHC-8-402 N452QX (msn 4459) which is a NextGen model, is the last of three ordered by Horizon Air in June 2013, solidifying the airline’s position as the world’s largest operator of Q400 aircraft.

To recognize the delivery, a Bombardier delegation comprised of key team members who support the Q400 aircraft program, journeyed to Portland to participate in the celebration along with Horizon Air’s employees. The 51st aircraft, which provided a backdrop for the event, bares a special “people-powered” livery that includes the signatures of Horizon Air employees.

Johnson said the three new Q400 NextGen aircraft will allow the airline to begin operations in the state of Alaska on March 3, 2014, with daily flights between Anchorage and Fairbanks, and Anchorage and Kodiak. Horizon Air flies on behalf of Alaska Airlines and is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group.

Horizon Air’s Q400 aircraft are equipped with Head-up Guidance Systems (HGS) for all-weather operations, Wide Area Augmentation Systems (WAAS) with approach guidance (LPV) for ILS-like landing minima at remote runways and RNP AR 0.3 to fly curved approaches to airports in difficult terrain. The unmatched capability to land and take off on challenging runways in unsettled weather is another benefit of the Q400 aircraft.

Established in 1981, Horizon Air was acquired in 1986 by Alaska Air Group, Inc., the parent company of Alaska Airlines. At its start, the airline operated two aircraft and served three destinations in Washington State.

Bombardier has booked firm orders for 480 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Bombardier. DHC-8-402 (Q400) N452QX (msn 4459) was officially handed over to the carrier on December 19, 2013 and wears a special employee signatures color scheme. Alaska Airlines and Alaska Horizon will soon unveil a new livery in 2014.

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Flybe to cut six bases and 500 jobs

Flybe (Exeter) will close six bases and eliminate 500 positions despite a recent profit announcement. The bases to be closed are Aberdeen, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newcastle.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-KKEV (msn 4201) completes its final approach into Gatwick Airport near London.

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Nok Air to become a new high-density 86-seat Bombardier Q400 operator

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Nok Air (Bangkok) has placed a firm order for two Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) turboprop airliners and has also taken options for two additional aircraft, as well as purchase rights on four others. Bombardier also confirmed that Nok Air will be the launch customer for a new extra capacity seating option, which will allow the Q400 NextGen aircraft to accommodate up to 86 passengers.

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Air Côte d’Ivoire orders two Bombardier Q400 turboprops

Air Cote d'Ivoire DHC-8-400 (12)(Flt)(Bombardier)(LRW)

Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) announced that Air Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan), has signed a conditional purchase agreement for two DHC-8-402 Q400 NextGen aircraft with options for an additional two additional aircraft. Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national airline of Ivory Coast.

As of September 30, 2013 Bombardier had booked 476 firm orders for Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops.

Image: Bombardier.

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Air Cote d'Ivoire 11.2013 Regional Route Map

Video: Cockpit view of an Air Côte d’Ivoire Airbus A319 arriving in Abidjan.

 

 

Alaska Airlines gets ready to expand its ski flights network

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is starting new nonstop flights between Portland, Oregon and Reno/Tahoe, California on November 8, between Seattle/Tacoma and Steamboat Springs, Colorado on December 18, and between San Diego and Mammoth, California, on December 19. This is addition to the airline’s increase in flights between Los Angeles and Mammoth, starting on December 1, and seasonal service from Seattle/Tacoma and Los Angeles to Sun Valley, Idaho, starting on December 14.

Several of the flights will be operated by Alaska Airlines’ regional partners Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) (Seattle/Tacoma), using 76-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s), and SkyWest Airlines (Alaska SkyWest) (St. George, Utah), using 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Horizon Air’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) N417QX (msn 4086) taxies to the runway at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub.

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Augsburg Airways operates its last flight for Lufthansa

Augsburg Airways (Munich) today (October 26) operated the last Lufthansa Regional flight for Lufthansa. The airline is closing down as a result. Augsburg was the last independent contractor operating for Lufthansa.

The company started operations as Interot Airways in September 1986. It adopted the current name on November 6, 1995.

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) D-ADHT (msn 4281) in the Lufthansa Regional 2003 livery wears special “Last day” and “bye bye” markings as it approaches Munich on the very last flight for Lufthansa today.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. This historic photo captures the very last arrival for Augsburg Airways at the Munich hub.

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Horizon Air to use Q400 warm air bridges at Fairbanks, Alaska

Alaska Horizon DHC-8-400 Warm Airbridge (Alaska)(LRW)

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has issued this statement for its Alaska Horizon (Horizon Air) Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) cold weather operations in Fairbanks, Alaska:

Fairbanks residents flying on Alaska Airlines’ Bombardier Q400s starting next March will board and deplane the aircraft using the existing jet bridge at Fairbanks International Airport. The carrier will modify the jet bridge at Gate 1 to provide passengers with warm, easy access to their flights on the turboprop aircraft.

“We listened to customer concerns about boarding the plane outside during the winter and took our time to carefully evaluate all of our options,” said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president – Alaska. “With slight modifications to the existing jet bridge, our customers traveling between Fairbanks and Anchorage will have a way to board and deplane that protects them from the cold winter weather and is also safe and accessible for travelers with limited mobility.”

Alaska Airlines is exploring a warm boarding solution for customers boarding and deplaning the Q400 at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage, Romano said.

Starting next March, Alaska will increase service between Anchorage and Fairbanks from seven to nine daily flights; eight flights will be operated with the Q400 and one with a Boeing 737. Additionally, the Q400 will replace an Alaska 737 on one of two daily round-trip flights between Anchorage and Kodiak. Initial service to Kodiak will begin March 3 and end April 30, then resume again for seasonal service between October and April.

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Aegean Airlines receives EC approval to acquire Olympic Air

Aegean Airlines (Athens) today won approval from the European Commission to acquire rival Olympic Air (3rd) (Athens). The company issued this statement:

The European Commission announced today its decision to approve the acquisition of Olympic Air by Aegean.

The rationale of the European Commission decision supports the absolute necessity of economies of scale to achieve viability within the Greek aviation market. The acquisition creates the conditions for the establishment of a sustainable Greek carrier, competitive within the Region and capable of supporting a growth momentum which will benefit Greek Tourism and the local economy.

Following EU approval, the acquisition of the shares of Olympic Air and the assumption of management by Aegean is expected to be completed by October 18, 2013. The total consideration for the transaction has been set at €72 m., of which €20 m. have already been paid. Upon the completion of the acquisition, Olympic Air will become a subsidiary of the listed Aegean, while the process of unification of the support functions will begin immediately. The two brands and logos of the companies will remain with each one retaining distinct aircraft and flight activity.

The Chairman of Aegean Mr. Theodore Vassilakis said:

“As of today our obligation and commitment to serve our passengers and our country become even greater. While growing in size we also have to further improve our services to be more effective in the support of all Greek regions and ensure competitive access even to the smallest Greek island. The economies of scale will allow us to offer more competitive fares on our domestic network, especially for the small islands. At the same time, the synergies will allow us to support an improved growth rate for our international network, both from Athens and the periphery, contributing substantially to the development of Tourism and the Economy “.

The company will host a press conference on October 23, 2013, following the share purchase, to present its customer offering and development plan as well as its 2014 network plans.

AEGEAN
Olympic Air
Total
Fleet (10/2013)  30 15 45
Personnel (10/2013) 1480 610 2090
Passenger traffic ( 2013 estimation in million)  6,50 1,90 8,40
Domestic 2,50 1,65 4,15
International  4,00 0,25 4,25
Turnover (in million € – 2013 estimation) 630 170 800

Top Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Aegean’s Airbus A320-232 SX-DVQ (msn 3526) painted in the Star Alliance colors departs from London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Olympic Air has been reduced down to mainly a Bombardier DHC-8/Q400 operator. Operated by Flybe, DHC-8-402 (Q400) G-JECV (msn 4148) prepares to land at London (Heathrow).

Luxair orders another Bombardier Q400

Luxair-Luxembourg Airlines (Luxembourg), the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, has placed a firm order for another Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as a Q400) turboprop airliner and has also taken an option for an additional aircraft. The airline currently operates a fleet of six DHC-8-402s.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) LX-LGA (msn 4159) departs from Berlin (Tegel).

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