Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced Philippine Airlines, Inc., the flag carrier of the Philippines, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire up to 12 Q400 aircraft.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the flag carrier of the Philippines. Headquartered in Manila, PAL celebrates its 75th anniversary this year as the first commercial airline in Asia still in operation today. Operating out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport of Cebu, Philippine Airlines serves 31 destinations in the Philippines and over 40 destinations in Southeast Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America and Europe.
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).
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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.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today (December 29) that they have signed a firm purchase agreement for two additional Q400 turboprop airliners that will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 aircraft fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, the largest total fleet in Africa.
WestJet Encore (Calgary) announced ts pilots have voted in favor of a new agreement with 93 percent of eligible pilots voting.
The tentative agreement was negotiated between WestJet Encore and the WestJet Pilots’ Association (WJPA), the association representing its pilots. Voting on the agreement began on December 12, 2015 and ended December 20, 2015.
Nearly 275 WestJet Encore pilots are represented by the WJPA, a subgroup of WestJet’s Proactive Communication Team (PACT), the wholly-elected employee association representing WestJet’s more than 11,000 employees. This is the first ratified agreement between WestJet and its Encore pilots.
The new agreement begins January 1, 2016 and expires on December 31, 2020.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEO (msn 4462) taxies at the Calgary base.
CommutAir (United Express) (Burlington, VT) has confirmed that its pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), ratified a new four year contract that the company called a “significant accomplishment in light of a very challenging employment environment”.
The new four year deal addresses key quality of life and pay issues as well as important productivity concerns as the Company implements significant growth plans with the addition of 40 Embraer ERJ 145 jet aircraft to its fleet pursuant to the recently announced five year flying contract with United Airlines.
In addition to the announced aircraft growth the Company has established a “Career Path Program” CPP with United Airlines where participating pilots are offered the option to transition from CommutAir to United after meeting various service, performance record and accumulated flight hour requirements.
CommutAir, operating as United Express, is the d/b/a of Champlain Enterprises Inc., an airline holding company founded in the 1980s. Today, CommutAir operates a large fleet of Bombardier Q200/Q300 aircraft with more than 650 weekly flights to 29 airports.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. CommutAir’s Bombardier DHC-8-202 (Q200) N364PH (msn 524) arrives at Baltimore/Washington.