Wasaya Airways has announced the addition of Bombardier Dash 8s to its fleet. Arriving in Thunder Bay , the Canadian built Dash 8 enhances the airline’s fleet servicing Northwest Ontario.
The company has taken delivery of the pictured DHC-8-102 Dash 8 C-GJSV (msn 085).
The airline continued;
The Dash 8 has enhanced short take-off and landing performance on unprepared airstrips making it the ideal aircraft for remote First Nation travel. With jet like comfort, the twin turbine pressurized Dash 8-100 carries 37 guests and can accommodate more cargo.
The Dash 8 will add to Wasaya’s fleet of 18 aircraft including eight (7) Beech 1900’s, four (4) Pilatus PC-12’s, three (3) Hawker 748’s and four (4) Cessna C-208 Caravans. Working with its key aircraft supplier, Wasaya will continue to renew its fleet, adding more Dash 8 aircraft in the coming months.
Now in its 26th year in operation, Wasaya Airways is 100% First Nations owned. Wasaya is the leading provider of air transportation services to more than 25 destinations throughout Northwest Ontario .
Wasaya’s 12 First Nation ownership communities are: Bearskin Lake ; Fort Severn ; Kasabonika Lake; Keewaywin; Kingfisher Lake ; Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug; Muskrat Dam ; Nibinamik; Pikangikum ; Sandy Lake ; Wapekeka; and Wunnumin Lake. Wasaya serves 25 Northwestern Ontario with 60 daily flights and employs 315 employees, of which over 35% of which are First Nation.
Jazz Aviation LP (Air Canada Express) (Halifax), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Inc., has announced that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have ratified their tentative agreement reached on January 13, 2015. The term of this agreement is 11 years expiring on December 31, 2025.
ALPA represents approximately 1380 pilots employed at Jazz. The term of the pilot agreement is consistent with the 11 year term of Chorus’ proposed amended capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada (that remains subject to the completion of certain terms and conditions), and therefore provides long-term labor stability. The new collective agreement also provides for productivity enhancements, cost control measures and incentives to grow at competitive rates.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-102 C-FJMG (msn 255) is pictured parked at the gate at Toronto-Pearson International Airport.
Skytrans Airline (Cairns) officially ceased operations today (January 2) after 25 years of service. The airline operated scheduled passenger flights from Cairns and Brisbane to 25 destinations in Queensland with Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-100s and DHC-8-300s.
Skytrans issued this statement:
Skytrans Pty Ltd, the Cairns based, family owned and commercially operated airline which celebrated its 25th year of serving the people and communities of North Queensland, carried its last passenger this afternoon, Friday January 2, 2015.
Skytrans Pty Ltd has made the decision to cease trading, effective immediately. As the Managing Director, I will seek legal and financial advice over the next few days regarding options for the business moving forward, but to be clear, it does not include the recommencement of flights in the short to medium term.
As Managing Director I have a lawful responsibility to notify regulators and other significant stakeholders when there are key impacts on the business. This has been one of those times.
This is not only a sad day for the business, but more importantly for our staff and indeed the passengers and communities of North Queensland.
All staff have been made redundant. Everyone has already been paid their entitlements. Over $4 million dollars paid out in staff entitlements – $2M to 121 staff made redundant late November and early December, due to the loss of a large contract, and the remaining 67 staff were paid $2M in entitlements today.
We are all well aware that the aviation market has been tough and we knew that it would get tougher with Skytrans in 2015. We have been closely monitoring the performance of the business and worked to develop a 2015 business model and associated strategies.
Since the loss of a large government contract we had been working on a business model that included focused services on the Cape routes utilising three aircraft. This included a reduction of operating costs and a workforce restructure. This 2015 business model indicated a small profit and whilst a reduced version of our current business, it was projected to be a viable albeit smaller business.
Our initial model for 2015 was based on an exchange rate with the US$0.91. As many of you will know the majority of our costs are actually in US$, so fluctuations in exchange rates have a material impact on our business. Within the last few weeks we have seen the Australian dollar fall as low as US$0.81. Unfortunately a drop below US$0.88 means our revised Skytrans model would not be a viable long term proposition. In the past few weeks we have been monitoring the exchange rate to see if the dip was only temporary, but unfortunately this appears to be a longer term adjustment with even predictions the AU$ could fall as low as US$0.75.
In addition to the currency challenge it now appears likely that we will have competition on our Cape routes with an inevitable price war – a war where the only winner would be the airline with the deepest pockets. It would be a war I would not be prepared to enter as it would have jeopardised staff entitlements.
Copyright Photo: Peter Gates/AirlinersGallery.com. Skytran Airline Bombardier DHC-8-102 VH-QQH (msn 380) sits on the ramp at Brisbane.
Hawkair Aviation Services (Vancouver) will take over the nonstop service from Vancouver International Airport to Dawson Creek from its sister company beginning on Monday, December 1, 2014. Fort Nelson will continue to be serviced by Central Mountain Air through new flights.
Dawson Creek is Hawkair’s fourth nonstop destination from Vancouver International Airport. Located at Mile “0” of the world famous Alaska Highway in Northeastern BC.
Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-102 Dash 8 C-FYDH (msn 83) arrives at Vancouver International Airport.
Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) flight attendants, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), have voted to ratify a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that was reached on March 6. The new contract was ratified by the airline’s 180 flight attendants who are based in Harrisburg, PA; Salisbury, MA; Charlottesville, VA; Roanoke, VA and New Bern, NC.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-102 N908HA (msn 015) of Piedmont Airlines (2nd) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and US Airways (Phoenix) have announced the addition of new regional service in June from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, West Virginia, Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Kentucky, and Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Memphis, Tennessee, adding three new routes to the airline’s network.
Following the launch of the new service, American Airlines and US Airways will serve 127 destinations in 25 countries from Philadelphia.
US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Charleston will be operated once daily (except Saturday) by regional partner Piedmont Airlines with a Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft.
US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Lexington will be operated three times per day by regional partner Air Wisconsin with a Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.
US Airways Express service between Philadelphia and Memphis will also be operated three times per day by regional partner Air Wisconsin with a Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Piedmont Airlines’ Bombardier DHC-8-102 N936HA (msn 145) approaches Washington’s Reagan National Airport for landing.