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WestJet to maintain Edmonton – Las Vegas nonstop flights

WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 403427.

WestJet today announced that it will maintain nonstop service between Edmonton and Las Vegas with four weekly flights starting October 11, 2018. Flights will operate Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Edmonton – Las Vegas Four weekly 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. October 11, 2018*
Las Vegas – Edmonton Four weekly 11:20 a.m. 3:20 p.m. October 11, 2018*
*January 6, 2019 through March 31, 2019, the Sunday flights will operate a 6:15 p.m. departure from Edmonton and an 8:16 p.m. Las Vegas arrival and a 12 p.m. Las Vegas departure and a 4:09 p.m. Edmonton arrival.

The WestJet Group of Companies has the most international flights to Las Vegas, where both WestJet and Swoop will fly a combined 71 weekly flights from Edmonton, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Toronto this winter.

WestJet flies to 27 destinations from Edmonton – the most of any airline, with 56 average daily flights, linking the city with global markets such as London, England and Cancun, Mexico.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-76N WL C-GWSH (msn 29886) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 403427.

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Delta to add Seattle/Tacoma – Edmonton service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to build up its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub. The carrier will add daily Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 jet service from SEA to Edmonton, Alberta per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N614SK (msn 10051) lands at Long Beach.

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WestJet increases nonstop service from Edmonton

WestJet (Calgary) today announced new nonstop service between Edmonton and Nanaimo, British Columbia, as well as more flights between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, Kelowna, Regina and Saskatoon.

WestJet 7.2015 new Edmonton flights

This winter, WestJet will fly nonstop from Edmonton to 26 destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean including Orlando, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Maui, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

WestJet’s popular nonstop seasonal service between Edmonton and Maui begins on December 11, 2015, on board the airline’s Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

In other news, WestJet will also offer daily winter seasonal Boeing 767-300 ER service from Toronto (Pearson) to Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 5, 2015 through April 30, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-7CT C-GQWJ (msn 35505) with the special Tartan Tail taxies at the Calgary hub.

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American expands Embraer 175 operations from Los Angeles

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) is adding four additional Embraer ERJ 175 American Eagle routes from Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles – Austin will be started on May 7 along with Los Angeles – San Antonio. Additionally on June 4, the Los Angeles – Edmonton and Los Angeles – Vancouver routes will also be added per Airline Route.

In other news, American Airlines and US Airways hope to receive a single operating certificate (SOC) in early April from the FAA completing the merger process. US Airways meanwhile has started using the “American” call sign, retiring the former “Cactus” (America West) call sign. The end of US Airways is near.

Copyright Photo: Chris Sands/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines’ “Brickyard 4231” arrives from Jacksonville at Miami International Airport (MIA).

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KLM will now launch new service to Edmonton on May 19

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) was due to commence a new route to Edmonton on May 5, but the new route was postponed. Now the company will launch the new route with Airbus A330-200 equipment under flight numbers KL 675 and KL 676 on May 19. Flights to Edmonton will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and, from June 26, on Fridays.

The flight from Amsterdam departs at 14:45 hours and lands in Edmonton at 15:45 hours local time. The return flight departs at 18:10 hours from Edmonton and lands the next day at 10:45 hours in Amsterdam.

In other news, KLM has relaunched scheduled service to Bogota and Cali, Colombia. KLM now serves eleven destinations in Latin America and expanded its network to a total of 67 intercontinental destinations. KLM served Bogota from October 1992 through March 1995.

Finally KLM and Air France will adopt the EASA “two persons in the cockpit” rule in the wake of the tragic Germanwings accident. KLM issued this short statement:

The Agency recommends the operators to issue a safety and security risks assessment in order to require at least two persons in the flight crew compartment or guarantee an equivalent safety level. As previously announced, this recommendation followed a consultation of operators including Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France will implement the recommendations of EASA as soon as possible.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 PH-AOE (msn 770) with the special “95 Years” logo taxies at the Amsterdam hub.

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KLM postpones its Amsterdam-Edmonton route, delays the delivery of the first two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is postponing its new route from Amsterdam to Edmonton until further notice. KLM was planning to serve the new destination three times weekly starting on May 5 and four times weekly from June 22.

At present, KLM is negotiating with its trade unions to arrive at new collective labor agreements. As yet, KLM has not reached an agreement.

In other news, KLM has made the decision to defer the 2015 delivery of its first two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners according to Airways News. The delay is due to the on-going negotiations with its unions.

Image: Boeing/KLM.

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WestJet announces Boeing 767-300 flights between Calgary and Honolulu, Calgary and Maui and Edmonton and Maui

WESTJET - E komo mai (welcome) aboard WestJet's Boeing 767

WestJet (Calgary) today announced flights between Alberta and Hawaii beginning in December are available for booking on its newly-acquired Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft. The 767, the first in the WestJet fleet, will operate between Calgary and Honolulu, Calgary and Maui and between Edmonton and Maui.

The 767s are configured with 24 seats in Plus, offering wider seats with more recline in a 2-2-2 configuration, meaning each set of two seats is separated by an aisle. There are 238 seats in the main cabin, and all seats have access to power for personal electronic devices such as tablets or phones.

“These aircraft will be redeployed in summer 2016 to new and exciting international destinations that will be announced later this year,” concluded Chris Avery.

The first WestJet Boeing 767-300 will be the former QANTAS Airways 767-338 ER VH-OGJ (msn 25274) which became N324BC with Boeing Capital Corporation. It is due to become C-FOGJ on delivery to WestJet according to ch-aviation.

At this time, the carrier is planning to launch flights with the new Boeing 767s on December 11, 2015. The first two routes will be from Calgary to Honolulu and Kahului (Maui).

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Summit Air to operate its Avro (BAe) RJ85s on two routes for First Air and to the Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine

Summit Air (Yellowknife) will begin operating its 90-seat Avro (BAe) RJ85s on two routes for First Air (Ottawa). On January 27 the company will begin operating on the Yellowknife – Edmonton route and on February 2 it will begin operating on the Yellowknife – Norman Wells – Inuvik route.

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On January 20 Summit Air announced the purchase of a second Avro RJ85 jet to meet market demand for remote destination crew movements and ACMI (aircraft, crew maintenance and insurance) contracts.

Summit Air is part of the Ledcor Group of Companies and operates a fleet of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest and Yukon Territories.

According to the company release, “The Avro RJ85 is a 100-seat high performance, short-haul passenger jet, offering modern, efficient operations on flights up to 1500 nautical miles (2,800 kilometers). Rugged and versatile, its high wing design is capable of operations on both paved and gravel runways and is equipped with self-contained boarding air stair and auxiliary power unit to provide independence at remote airfields.”

“In partnership with the Det’on Cho Logistics, our Avro RJ85 operations will service the Rio Tinto Diavik Diamond Mine from Edmonton,” said Rob Mauracher. “We have also inked a partnership agreement with First Air, flying commercial passenger services for them under a long term ACMI contract from Edmonton and Yellowknife.”

Summit Air’s second AVRO RJ85 is scheduled to be delivered in late April 2015.

Summit’s AVRO RJ85 is a UK-built aircraft equipped with auto throttle, EFIS flight deck, WAAS/LPV capable and is the only next generation jet certified in Canada for operations onto gravel runways. With a long-range cruising speed of 720 km/hr (450 mph), and a maximum operating speed of 763 km/hr (475 mph), the Avro has a 43,000 kg (97,000 lbs.) maximum takeoff weight.

The aircraft is powered by four Honeywell LF507-1F high bypass FADEC engines capable of 7000 lbs of thrust each. The engines feature low noise levels and low emissions, making it one of the quietest and greenest aircraft in its class.

 

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Summit Air BAe (Avro) RJ85 is pictured as G-CHKP (msn E2302) at Southend which became C-FLRJ on delivery.

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Canadian North unveils a Canadian Football League logojet for the Grey Cup

Canadian North 737-300 C-GCNO (14-CFL)(Grd) YEG (Sam Hawkins)(LR)

Canadian North (Calgary and Yellowknife) today (November 18) unveiled this new Canadian Football League (CFL) logojet at its Edmonton hangar for the upcoming Grey Cup Championship Game. The right side of Boeing 737-36N C-GCNO (msn 28596) carries the team logos of the Eastern teams and left side the western teams.

The airline issued this statement on November 18:

On November 18, at an exciting “reveal” ceremony, the CFL and Canadian North jointly unveiled a custom-painted Boeing 737-300 aircraft, emblazoned with the CFL logo and the logos of all nine CFL franchise teams. This eye-catching plane will be used to fly the 102nd Grey Cup Champions home from Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, December 1 and will serve as a highly visible billboard for the CFL and its teams wherever it lands.

Canadian North is the premier charter provider for Canada’s resource sector, top sport franchises and air-inclusive vacationers. The CFL and Canadian North announced a three-year partnership earlier this year that made Canadian North the official airline of the CFL.

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Canadian North 737-300 C-GCNO (14-CFL-left)(Grd) YEG (Canadian North)(LRW)

Canadian North 737-300 C-GCNO (14-CFL-right)(Grd) YEG (Canadian North)(LRW)

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Canadian North is the official airline of the CFL.

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On July 9, 2014 the airline announced it had become the official airline of the CFL:

Canadian North is proud to become the official airline of the Canadian Football League. This new three-year partnership will include flying the East and West Division Champions to the 102nd Grey Cup game in Vancouver this November.

“There is nothing more Canadian than the CFL and we are excited to be partnering with both the league and the Grey Cup,” said Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North. “We’re thrilled to broaden our relationship with the CFL and believe this creates opportunities for more teams to charter with Canadian North.”

Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League, said: “Canadian North prides itself in contributing to the communities it serves, and that makes the airline a great fit for our league, which has a long history of doing the same.”

In other news, the company is planning to expand with more charters to warmer climates in early 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Sam Hawkins/Canadian North.

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Four injured in an Air Canada Express (Jazz Aviation) Q400 accident at Edmonton

Jazz Aviation (Halifax) (Air Canada Express) flight AC 8481 from Calgary to Grande Prairie with 71 passengers and four crew members suffered a right landing gear collapse when it attempted an emergency landing on runway 02 at Edmonton International Airport. Four passengers sustained injuries while landing and were transported to local hospitals. The aircraft came to a rest on its right wing. The aircraft involved was Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGBF (msn 4433). The turboprop reportedly suffered a blown tire on takeoff at Calgary and the flight crew decided to divert to and attempt the emergency landing at Edmonton due to strong cross winds at Calgary. The propeller sliced through the fuselage narrowly missing a passenger on landing.

Jazz Aviation issued this statement:

A Jazz Aviation LP Q400 aircraft, operating as Air Canada Express, was involved in an incident at Edmonton International Airport at 8:30 p.m. Central Mountain Time.

Jazz flight AC 8481 was en route to Grande Prairie from Calgary. The passenger list indicates the aircraft was carrying 71 passengers and four crew members.

Four passengers have been transported to Edmonton-area hospitals and the extent of their injuries cannot be confirmed at this time. All other passengers and crew members have been evaluated by medical responders on the scene and released.

Passengers are being taken care of by Air Canada and a Jazz team is on its way to the scene.