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FlyViking to start operations on March 27

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FlyViking has announced it will start up flights from Tromsø‚ Hammerfest and Bodø on March 27‚ 2017.

From April 18, 2017 the new airline will start up flights from Svolvær.

This comes after FlyViking AS received its Air Operators Certificate – AOC.

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FlyViking’s goal is to provide scheduled operations on regional airports in Norway that can only be handled by regional aircraft (aircraft up to approximately 78 seats).

The initial fleet will be build on the Bombardier DHC-8-100 (DHC-8-101 Dash 8 LN-FVA, msn 017).

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FlyViking is owned by Viking Air Norway AS, that in turn are owned by a number of shareholders with Ola OK Giaever jr, the founder and Chairman of the Board, – as the largest investor.

Our main operational adress and base are located in Tromsø, Flyplassveien 31.

All images by FlyViking.

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Philippine Airlines signs Letter of Intent to acquire up to 12 Bombardier Q400 aircraft

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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.

Image: Bombardier.

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Wasaya Airways adds its first DHC-8-100 Dash 8

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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;

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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.

Photo: Wasaya Airways.

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Ethiopian Airlines to expand its Bombardier Q400 fleet

Ethiopian Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) ET-ARM (msn 4472) FAB (Antony J. Best). Image: 924001.

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.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com.

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WestJet Encore pilots approve the new five-year agreement

WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GWEO (msn 4462) YYC (Ton Jochems). Image: 928309.

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.

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Porter Airlines to arrive in Florida tomorrow

Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQN (msn 4254) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 930687.

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) tomorrow (December 19) will arrive in Florida. The regional carrier will launch a new route to Melbourne (near Orlando) on the East Coast.

The seasonal Porter flights depart Toronto (Billy Bishop) at 10:20 a.m. and depart from Central Florida at 3:45 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQN (msn 4254) exits the runway at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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CommutAir’s pilots ratify the new four-year contract

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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.

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WestJet Encore to serve London, Ontario

WestJet (Calgary) announced today it will launch new, twice-daily WestJet Encore service between London, Ontario, and Toronto Pearson International Airport on board WestJet Encore’s fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft beginning on March 15, 2016.

The new service opens up 52 new WestJet destinations and 47 new codeshare destinations via Toronto Pearson to Eastern Canada, the United States, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe.

 

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FENY (msn 4447) taxies at the Toronto (Pearson) hub.

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Porter Airlines to fly seasonally to Melbourne, Florida

Porter Airlines (Toronto-Billy Bishop Airport) has announced it has selected Melbourne International Airport (MLB) as its first entry into the Florida market.

The weekly seasonal flights will commence December 19 from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), located on an island in the heart of Toronto.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-GLQP (msn 4271) arrives at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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Jetstar Airways has the first Bombardier Q300 for regional services in New Zealand painted

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Jetstar Airways (Melbourne) has issued this statement and photos:

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The first of five Jetstar Bombardier Q300 turbo-prop aircraft to be painted in Jetstar livery rolled out of the paint shop in Townsville this week in preparation for regional services in New Zealand later this year.

The aircraft were formerly used by QANTAS Link and will be the first turbo-props to fly under the Jetstar brand.

In addition to the new livery, the Q300s are being given an interior refresh to match the Jetstar onboard product.

Further details of the new services, including the four regional destinations they’ll be flying to in New Zealand, will be announced in a few weeks.

Regional New Zealand flights on the Q300s will be operated by Eastern Australia Airlines for Jetstar Airways.

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Copyright Photos: Jetstar Airways. Eastern Australia Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-315 (Q300) was rolled out of the paint shop at Townsville in the new look.

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