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West Wind Aviation’s flight 280 crashes on takeoff in Saskatchewan

West Wind Aviation ATR 42-320 C-GWEA (msn 240) crashed on December 13, 2017 after takeoff 1 km from Fond-du-Lac Airport, Saskatchewan, Canada. All 22 passengers and three crew members on board were rescued but there were some reported injuries.

C-GWEA was being operated on flight WEW 280 to Stony Rapids.

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Established in 1983, West Wind Aviation operates scheduled flights throughout Saskatchewan.

West Wind Aviation operates from bases in Saskatoon, La Ronge and Stony Rapids, as well as in satellite locations in northern Saskatchewan. With our diverse fleet of aircraft, we can accommodate a broad range of passenger and cargo needs.

West Wind Aviation is proud to be First Nations and Employee-owned.  Athabasca Basin Development, who represents the seven communities in the Athabasca Basin, is the majority shareholder with 65% of the organization.  The Prince Albert Development Corporation has held 22% of the organization since 2002. 

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British Airways to bring the Airbus A380 to Vancouver

British Airways (London) has announced that from May 1, 2016 it will begin flying its Airbus A380 Super Jumbo daily between Vancouver International Airport, Canada and London (Heathrow). This marks the first A380 for the city of Vancouver and will be the only scheduled A380 service in western Canada.

All four Canadian cities that British Airways serves will now have the latest aircraft in British Airways’ fleet, with Toronto, Montreal and Calgary operating the 787 Dreamliner.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A3380-841 G-XLEC (msn 124) departs from Los Angeles.

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SkyGreece Airlines arrives in Canada

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SkyGreece Airlines (Athens) on May 23 started twice-weekly service to Montreal (Trudeau) and Toronto (Pearson) from Athens. The airline is also serving Canada from Budapest.

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The new Greek trans-Atlantic Airline was founded by Greek expatriates from Canada and the USA. Operations commenced in 2014.

Above Photo: SkyGreece Airlines.

Copyright Photo below: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-31A ER SX-BPN (msn 26470) arrives at Toronto (Pearson).

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Canada follows the U.S. and bans the shipment of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger flights in Canada

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The government of Canada through the Minister of Transport has issued this statement:

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced a suite of amendments to Canada’s Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR). The updates include a ban on transporting lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger flights in Canada, as well as new labelling and Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) requirements for certain dangerous goods.

In 2014, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a ban on the shipment of lithium metal batteries as cargo aboard passenger aircraft. The main concern is that if ignited, they can cause any nearby batteries to overheat and catch fire as well. Most passenger airlines in Canada have already voluntarily banned lithium metal batteries as cargo.

The prohibition comes into effect on January 1, 2015, to comply with the ICAO ban. It applies to all shipments of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger planes within Canada. It does not apply to batteries already contained in or packed with equipment, but only to those packaged and shipped separately. The ban will not affect travellers’ personal devices such as laptops and smartphones, which use lithium ion batteries.

Other updates to the TDGR include:

Incorporating Protective Direction (PD) 33 into the TGDR. Introduced in April 2014, PD33 ordered rail shippers of ethanol, petroleum crude oil, gasoline, and other petroleum products to have an approved Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) in place to ensure proper emergency response in the event of an incident or release involving these flammable liquids.

Adding ERAP requirements for petroleum sour crude oil and Alcohols N.O.S. (typically used to classify ethanol in the US), which were not previously included under PD33.
New United Nations (UN) product numbers for petroleum sour crude oil and biomedical waste.

Transport Canada held extensive consultations on the amendments with stakeholders from across Canada. The updates will align the TDGR with UN recommendations and other international norms.

Quick Facts

The new ban under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) applies only to lithium metal batteries shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft.

It does not apply to batteries already contained in devices, therefore passengers with medical equipment are not affected by the ban.

The U.S. has already banned the transportation of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger flights.

Air Canada starts Air Canada Express service to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Air Canada (Montreal) operated yesterday (December 18) its first nonstop flight between Toronto (Pearson) and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Service to Mont-Tremblant will be operated four times per week until March 30, 2015 by Air Canada Express with a 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft.

Air Canada flights from Toronto Pearson to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec are operated on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. In addition, customers collect Aeroplan Miles through Canada’s leading loyalty program when travelling with Air Canada.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GGOY (msn 4365) sits on the Toronto (Pearson) ramp.

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Air Canada to launch Toronto-Delhi flights on November 1, 2015, the first route for the Boeing 787-9

Air Canada (Montreal) today said that it will begin nonstop service from Toronto to Delhi beginning on November 1, 2015. The new route, the first to be dedicated for Air Canada’s Boeing 787-9 series aircraft, will open new opportunities in the Indian subcontinent, currently the largest international market not served by Air Canada.

“Air Canada’s strategy to grow its Toronto Pearson hub and international presence is taking a major step forward with the addition of Delhi to our extensive global network. We will be offering the only nonstop flight from Canada to India using our newest Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are revolutionizing long-haul air travel. The operating economics of these new aircraft make this service feasible and it will be the first route dedicated to the larger, 787-9 version of this aircraft, which begin entering our fleet in 2015,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.

The new service will operate four-times-weekly beginning on November 1, 2015.

Schedule: All flights operated with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner except where noted by (*) which are Boeing 787-8 service:

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner C-GHPT (msn 35258) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Air Canada and Air China sign a MOU for a revenue sharing joint venture

Air Canada (Montreal) and Air China Limited (Beijing) today (November 8) announced that the airlines have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) setting out the main principles for a comprehensive revenue sharing joint venture providing for an enhanced partnership on routes between Canada and China which will stimulate traffic growth between the two countries.

The two airlines continued:

The joint venture will generate additional service and pricing benefits for consumers travelling between the two countries as well as provide for enhanced cooperation between the two carriers in the areas of sales, marketing and airport operations. The announcement was made in Beijing during an official visit to China by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, prior to a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) member nations.

Subject to Air Canada and Air China making the necessary filings, obtaining competition and other regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation, the joint venture is expected to come into effect by the end of 2015.

Currently, Air China offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air Canada between Vancouver and six Canadian cities (Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal) and Air Canada offers its customers codeshare flights operated by Air China between Beijing and six cities in China (Guangzhou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Shenyang, Wuhan and Xi’an).

Air Canada operates up to a total of 28 flights per week between Canada and China, from Toronto and Vancouver to and from Beijing and Shanghai. Air China operates up to 11 flights per week between Beijing and Vancouver.

Top Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada’s Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIVS (msn 35784) climbs away from London (Heathrow).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Boeing 777-39L B-2037 (msn 38677) of Air China taxies to the gate at Los Angeles International Airport.