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Air Botswana takes delivery of its first Embraer 170

Air Botswana announced the arrival of its first Embraer 170 on social media on December 31:

Closing off 2018 with the arrival of our Embraer E-170 Jet which just touched down at SSKIA! We look forward to welcoming you on board in 2019! PULA!

The pictured Embraer ERJ 170-100LR was delivered as N734A (msn 17000318) and was officially handed over on December 29, 2018. It will become A2-ABM. The new airliner is named “Okavango”.

The Embraer also wears the new 2018 livery.

Photo: Air Botswana.

Airnorth celebrates 40 years in aviation

Airnorth Embraer ERJ 170-100LR VH-ANV (msn 17000280) DRW (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924726.

Airnorth on July 4, 2018 celebrated its 40th birthday.

Established on July 4, 1978 in Darwin, Airnorth began operating charter flights throughout the Northern Territory.

By the late 1980’s, Airnorth had established itself as the premier regional carrier throughout the Top End of Australia.

Today, Airnorth now operates 220 scheduled departures weekly to over 20 destinations.

Top Copyright Photo: Airnorth Embraer ERJ 170-100LR VH-ANV (msn 17000280) DRW (Rob Finlayson). Image: 924726.

Airnorth aircraft slide show:


People’s Viennaline is now operating as People’s

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2011

People’s Viennaline is now operating as People’s.

People’s Viennaline is an Austrian airline headquartered in Vienna.

The airline operates scheduled and charter passenger flights from its base at St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland to many points in Southern Europe (below).

Copyright Photo: People’s Viennaline Embraer ERJ 170-100LR OE-LMK (msn 17000150) VIE (Tony Storck). Image: 939168.

People’s aircraft slide show:

Airnorth cancels flights due to a pilot shortage

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2005 (updated titles)

Airnorth (Australia) (Darwin) has issued this statement:

Airnorth would like to issue an apology to our customers who have recently been affected by schedule changes and cancellations across our network. Airnorth, like all other regional and major airlines in Australia, is experiencing the impact of a pilot shortage that is preventing us from operating all our scheduled fights. The situation is not isolated to Airnorth or Australia, and is part of a global pilot shortage that is affecting the entire aviation industry and its customers.

We continue to recruit pilots and currently have 11 positions vacant. The induction process requires new pilots to undertake mandatory simulator and flight training before they are qualified to operate our aircraft. This process takes time, and we are currently spending in excess of half a million dollars on recruitment and training in order to continue to provide safe and reliable services for all our customers.

In December, 87.2% of Airnorth’s flights departed on-time (within 15 minutes of schedule). The most recent Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reports (Sep-Nov 2017) show a national average of 80.5% on-time against Airnorth’s performance in the same period of 82.7%. Similarly, Airnorth has cancelled 1.3% of scheduled flights against a national average of 2.3% in the same period.

Whilst we have consolidated our schedule to reduce frequency on some routes over the next few months, there may be addional schedule changes and cancellations required due to pilot coverage and regulatory requirements. It is important that customers include up to date contact details in their booking so that we can keep them informed of any changes. Airnorth will continue to provide an exceptional level of customer service to all customers and ensure they reach their destination safely and as timely as possible.

Airnorth commenced operations in 1978.

Copyright Photo: Airnorth Embraer ERJ 170-100LR F-HBXP (msn 17000036) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 933763.

Airnorth aircraft slide show:

Route Map:


Flybe has announced its withdraw from Shetland

Ex Kenya 5Y-KYK, leased from GECAS October 18, 2016

Flybe has announced it will discontinue all service to Sumburgh Airport in Shetland on January 8, 2018 due to “disapointing numbers”.

Flybe teamed up with Eastern Airways to compete against its former partner Loganair on September 1, 2017 to Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands.

Copyright Photo: Eastern Airways Embraer ERJ 170-100LR G-CIXV (msn 17000111) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 938211.

Eastern Airways:

Route Map: Flybe’s routes to Shetland.

California Pacific Airlines acquires SkyValue Airways (ADI)

California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) CLD (James Helbock). Image: 912597.

California Pacific Airlines (Carlsbad, CA), which failed in its first attempt to gain its Part 121 AOC with an Embraer 170 (above), is still alive. It has found another way to start operations in 2018.

Top Copyright Photo: California Pacific Airlines Embraer ERJ 170-100LR N760CP (msn 17000006) CLD (James Helbock). Image: 912597.

According to the San Diego Reader, “California Pacific Airlines (CPAir) has purchased a 58-year-old airline, currently flying as SkyValue Airways (ADI-Aerodynamics).”

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ADI Charter Services (Aerodynamics) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N359AD (msn 145169) JQF (Jay Selman). Image: 403006.

Above Copyright Photo: ADI Charter Services (Aerodynamics) Embraer ERJ 145EP (EMB-145EP) N359AD (msn 145169) JQF (Jay Selman). Image: 403006.



The History of California Pacific Airlines by Ted Vallas:

In 1980 I had received air carrier permits and approvals to operate a scheduled 121 operation out of Carlsbad Palomar Airport to a number of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico cities.

Just prior to my first start, I had moved my Flag and Domestic Air Carrier operation from the Caribbean to Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport. The move added five Convairs and a complete repair station to my Palomar Operations.

At approximately the same time and prior to my start, a Lear Jet operator began a Lear training program using Palomar’s instrument landing system (ILS) and other facilities. He moved in a number of very noisy Lear Jets from other areas for touch-and-go operations. His flights caused hundreds of noise complaints from the area residents, which were definitely justified.

Even though I had received approvals for any operations after a number of hearings, the airport manager approached me to delay my flights until the Lear Jet operator completed his program and the complaints quieted down. I agreed with the understanding that the permits already granted to me would not require any further hearings.

After the Lear Jet operation left Palomar, but before I could start my schedule, area residents requested that I go through new hearings. The airport manager went along with their request and did not honor his commitment to me. He withheld my counter space and gate area telling me that the pressure from the area residents was too great on the City Council and him without new hearings. Realizing that I would not get new permits approved, I moved the flight operation to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

Barishnikov TourI was able to continue my helicopter operation, repair stations and my Super 580 Aircraft company modification center at Palomar. In preparation for my operations, I had built a number of hangars and office buildings at Palomar. I also approached the County to allow me to build a much needed new and modern terminal building and restaurant hoping that it would open the door for the return of my desired scheduled operations. Even though the airport manager and the County of San Diego approved of my request, the FAA did not.

About three decades later, the County of San Diego, owner of the airport, has taken an entirely different approach to its vision for the future of Palomar Airport by building a modern air terminal that meets my desire for a facility to support a scheduled airline operation. The first piece of my dream is now in place.

My business plan of 1980 was nearly identical to my proposed plan of 2009. I recognized thirty years ago the need for scheduled service from North San Diego County, which could be recognized as a “hometown airline.” Today, anyone who resides or conducts business in the North County will see an immediate need for better air transportation from our own area.

We only have to look back some twenty years when the pride and joy of San Diego residents was its Pacific Southwest Airline (PSA). It was a true regional airline flying point-to-point through the state and region. Back then, the entire San Diego County population was not as large as today’s North County of 1.3 million people.All Aboard

CP Air will rejuvenate the regional air system concept. You might rightfully say that I am copying and improving upon the successful portions of the old PSA plan of point-to-point service.

Operations out of Carlsbad’s Palomar Airport will save North County residents (1) a typical three-hour roundtrip to San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, (2) a delay of ninety minutes standing in lines, clearing security, and preparing for flight, and (3) an average expense of $24 for parking.

To augment my original plan, I will use new, state of the art jet aircraft featuring 2 by 2 seating. This seating configuration offers a much more comfortable experience eliminating the dreaded “middle seat”, at least 31 inches of legroom, and the widest coach seat in the air. To add to the comfort and convenience, each of our passengers will receive a seat assignment.

The original proposed route map: