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WestJet inaugurates Halifax and Dublin nonstop

WestJet made this announcement:

As the carrier with the most transatlantic flights from Halifax, WestJet on April 29 began its new nonstop service between Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) and Dublin Airport (DUB).

WestJet has served the city of Halifax since 2003 and has seen 160 per cent growth in flights to and from Halifax Stanfield. This summer the airline will operate non-stop service to 15 cities with an average of 28 departures per day from Halifax.

Photo: Halifax Stansfield Airport.

WestJet has operated to Dublin, Ireland since 2014 and on June 1 will bring one of its first three Dreamliner aircraft to the city with nonstop service from Calgary.

Details of WestJet’s new non-stop service:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Halifax-Dublin 6x weekly 10:20 p.m. 7:32 a.m. +1 April 29, 2019
Dublin-Halifax 6x weekly 9:00 a.m. 11:02 a.m. April 30, 2019

 

SkyLease Cargo Boeing 747-400F N908AR is destroyed on landing at Halifax

Halifax Stanfield International Airport issued this statement:

At 5:05 a.m. today, a Boeing 747-400 SkyLease Cargo aircraft arriving from Chicago, Illinois, went off the end of Runway 14/32 upon its scheduled landing. Halifax Stanfield has activated its emergency plan and its well-trained and highly skilled emergency response team is responding to the incident along with local emergency responders including Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Halifax Regional Police (HRP), Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE), and Emergency Health Services (EHS).

The aircraft was carrying four (4) crew members who have been removed from the aircraft and transported to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The airfield has reopened. However, flight schedules continue to be significantly impacted. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines on the status of flights prior to coming to the airport.

Old Guysborough Road has been closed to local traffic between Oldham Road and Tower Access Road as part of the RCMP’s investigation into this matter. Traffic will be redirected.

All photos above by the Transportation Safety Board.

Note: Boeing 747-412F N908AR (msn 28026) is an insurance write off as the fuselage is broken.

Transportation Safety Board statement and update on the investigation:

On 7 November 2018, at about 0505 Atlantic Standard Time (AST), a Sky Lease Cargo Boeing 747 overran Runway 14 of the Halifax/Stanfield International Airport. The aircraft came to rest off the end of the runway. There were 4 crew members on board. The TSB is investigating.

What we know

  • On 7 November 2018, at about 0505 AST, a Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft operated by Skylease Cargo overran Runway 14 of the Halifax/Stanfield International Airport, coming to rest approximately 695 feet, or 210 metres, off the end of the runway. The aircraft was on a flight from Chicago/O’Hare International Airport to Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
  • There were 4 crew members and no passengers nor any cargo on board at the time of the occurrence. Minor injuries to the 4 crew members were reported following the occurrence, and the aircraft was substantially damaged.
  • There was a strong westerly wind gusting at 18 knots, which would be approximately 33 mph. It was raining at the time of the occurrence. In more technical terms, according to METAR issued 7 minutes before arrival, the winds were 250 degrees, 11 gusting 18 knots. The ceiling was 1,200 feet above ground and visibility was 8 miles.
  • The aircraft struck a localizer antenna during the overrun. Its landing gear collapsed, two engines separated from the aircraft, and the remaining engines were substantially damaged. A small post-impact fire originated from the detached No. 2 engine which was lodged under the tail of the aircraft.
  • Runway overruns are a TSB Watchlist issue. Since 2013, there have been an average of 9 overrun accidents and incidents every year in Canada. These can lead to aircraft damage, injuries and loss of life. The consequences can be particularly serious when there is no adequate runway end safety area (RESA) or suitable arresting material (see the video).
  • The TSB has 4 outstanding recommendations aimed at reducing the number of runway overruns, and minimizing risks should an overrun occur.

Progress to date

The investigation team has conducted the following information-gathering work:

  • The flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder, along with other systems aboard the aircraft that contain flight data are being recovered. These will be sent to the TSB’s Engineering Laboratory in Ottawa for analysis.
  • An initial examination of the accident site has been conducted.
  • A thorough examination of Runway 14/32 has been conducted.
  • The investigation team is in contact with the Skylease, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the manufacturers Boeing and Pratt & Whitney, the Halifax Airport Authority, NAV CANADA and Transport Canada.
  • Transport Canada has appointed a Minister’s Observer who will obtain factual information and advise the Department of any significant regulatory factors. He or she might also identify deficiencies that require immediate corrective actions and coordinate the required support to the investigation.
  • The TSB investigation team will be augmented with investigators from Head Office, Quebec and Western Regions, HumanFactors, Engineering Laboratory and Communications.

Next steps

In the coming days and weeks, investigators will do the following:

  • Download and analyze the data from the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.
  • Conduct interviews with witnesses, air traffic control, and airport personnel and others who may provide additional information useful to the investigation.
  • Thoroughly review audio and radar data from NAV CANADA.
  • Gather and analyze all available information about the weather and runway surface conditions at the time of the occurrence.
  • Examine aircraft systems, review the aircraft maintenance records, pilot training, qualifications and proficiency records.
  • Review policies, operational procedures and regulatory requirements.
  • Examine the terrain at the end of the runway at Halifax/Stanfield Airport to determine what role it played in aircraft damage.

Communication of safety deficiencies

Aircraft accident investigations are complex and the TSB will take the time it needs to complete a thorough investigation. However, should we uncover safety deficiencies that present an immediate risk, we will communicate them without delay.

It is important not to speculate or draw conclusions about the causes of occurrences. Several factors usually contribute to an accident.

 

WestJet announces new winter routes to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica, WestJet Encore to fly to Boston

WestJet (Calgary) has announced it is launching new nonstop service to Florida, Mexico and Costa Rica, as well as adding more than 85 flights across its growing domestic and international network as part of its winter 2015-2016 flight schedule. WestJet’s regional airline, WestJet Encore (Calgary), will also begin service three times a day to Boston, its first U.S. destination.

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WestJet will launch new nonstop service between Toronto (Pearson) and West Palm Beach and Toronto (Pearson) and Sarasota/Bradenton, as well as between Toronto (Pearson) and Boston and Halifax and Boston.

The airline will also introduce new service to Mexico between Toronto (Pearson) and Huatulco, Toronto (Pearson) and Merida, and Toronto (Pearson) and Cabo San Lucas, as well as additional service to Costa Rica between Toronto (Pearson) and San Jose (SJO). WestJet already serves Liberia.

Guests flying from the Region of Waterloo International Airport and Charlottetown Airport will see new weekly nonstop flights to Orlando.

Details of WestJet’s new routes from Central and Eastern Canada for the winter of 2015-2016:

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WestJet is also increasing service from a number of destinations within Central and Eastern Canada including Toronto (Pearson), Halifax, St. John’s, Deer Lake and Charlottetown, as well as from Toronto (Pearson) to Liberia, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.

The airline will also add new nonstop flights between Calgary and Florida, Costa Rica and Mexico, and between Vancouver and Orlando.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. WestJet’s Boeing 737-76N C-GWSH (msn 29886) taxies to the gate at the Calgary hub.

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WestJet Encore to launch new Atlantic services today

WestJet Encore (Calgary) today (July 15) will launch new daily nonstop flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Deer Lake and Gander, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, on board its fleet of 78-seat Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline will also inaugurate new daily nonstop service between Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ottawa.

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WestJet Encore 7.2015 New Routes Schedule

Effective today, WestJet will also increase frequency between Halifax and St. John’s from twice to three times daily, and between Halifax and Ottawa from once to twice daily.

New WestJet routes launched in 2015 include Edmonton-Kamloops, Toronto-Fredericton, Toronto-Gander, Calgary-Terrace, Calgary-Yellowknife, Calgary-Loreto and Halifax-Glasgow. New daily non-stop service between Calgary and Houston begins September 8, 2015, while new twice-weekly service between Abbotsford and Las Vegas launches October 29, 2015.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier DHC-8-402 (marketed as the Q400) C-FNEN (msn 4453) taxies at Calgary.

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WestJet and WestJet Encore System Route Map (click map for the full view):

WestJet 7.2015 Route Map

Video: Celebrating Bombardier’s 500th Q400 Delivery:

Air Transat starts seasonal Halifax – London Gatwick flights

Air Transat (Montreal) on June 17 launched its twice-weekly summer seasonal service between Halifax and London (Gatwick) with Boeing 737 aircraft.

The return westbound routing stops at Gander per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 C-GTQB (msn 30696) with APB Split Scimitar Winglets completes its approach to the runway at Montreal (Trudeau).

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Condor to add new long-haul weekly service from Munich next summer

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) is planning to start new long-haul service from Munich commencing in June 2016 according to Airline Route. The carrier will add weekly flights to Cancun (starting on June 6, 2016), Halifax ( June 3, 2016), Havana (June 4, 2016), Windhoek (June 29, 2016) and Zanzibar-Mombasa (June 21, 2016).

 

The new routes will be operated with Boeing 767-300s.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-330 ER D-ABUE (msn 26984) taxies at the Munich with the special “Janosch and Condor support a Heart for Children” and “Sunny Heart” livery.

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WestJet to launch its “Tartan” Halifax – Glasgow service on May 29

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WestJet (Calgary) will launch service from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Glasgow, Scotland, on board a special version of one of its Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft adorned with a custom-designed WestJet tartan on its tail.

To mark the occasion of its first service to the United Kingdom, WestJet worked with the world’s last dedicated hand-crafted tartan mill, D.C. Dalgliesh of Selkirk, Scotland, to design a commemorative tartan in the airline’s distinctive blue and teal corporate colours. In addition to producing neck ties, cufflinks and scarves, WestJet also decaled two aircraft with the same tartan.

“We wanted to create something unique to celebrate our new service to Scotland and what could be more Scottish than creating our own company tartan?” said Lindsay Robertson, WestJet’s Lead, Creative Services. “On top of that, decaling an aircraft was something fun that we knew our guests would enjoy and in fact, one aircraft is already in service across our network and creating a lot of buzz. We encourage anyone who sees it to take a photo and tweet with the hashtag #TartanTail.”

WestJet’s first flight from Halifax to Glasgow departs Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. The daily, nonstop seasonal service runs until October 24, 2015.

WestJet launched its first transatlantic service in June 2014 between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Dublin, Ireland. The daily, non-stop seasonal service resumed on May 1 this year, six weeks earlier than last year. It concludes on October 23, 2015.

Photo below: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet).

WestJet unveils its new #TartanTail, one of two Boeing Next-Generation 737s with a custom-designed tartan decal to mark the airline's new service between Halifax and Scotland launching May 29, 2015. Photo credit: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet)

WestJet unveils its new #TartanTail, one of two Boeing Next-Generation 737s with a custom-designed tartan decal to mark the airline’s new service between Halifax and Scotland launching May 29, 2015. Photo credit: Andy Cline (CNW Group/WestJet)

 

Delta to launch New York JFK – Halifax service

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will launch twice-daily (except Saturdays) Delta Connection service on the New York (JFK) – Halifax, Nova Scotia route starting on September 1. The new route will be operated with Bombardier CRJ700s per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo below: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Ex-Comair Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N641CA (msn 10122), now operated by SkyWest Airlines, arrives in Las Vegas.

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TSB issues this preliminary report on the on-going investigation of Air Canada flight AC 624 at Halifax

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) (Ottawa) yesterday (March 30) issued its first information and preliminary report on the crash landing of Air Canada flight ACA 624 at Halifax, Nova Scotia early on March 29:

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Collision with terrain involving an Air Canada Airbus A320 at Stanfield International Airport, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The occurrence

On March 29, 2015, at approximately 1240 a.m., Air Canada flight ACA 624, an Airbus A320, on a scheduled flight from Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario (YYZ), to Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ), collided with terrain approximately 1100 feet from the threshold of Runway 05, eventually coming to rest about 1100 feet down the runway. There were 133 passengers and 5 crew members on board; all of whom exited the aircraft. Twenty-five people were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries.

What we know

The initial impact was significant and caused substantial damage to the aircraft. The main landing gear separated and the underside of the aircraft was heavily damaged (fuselage and wings). During this impact, the aircraft collided with a localizer antenna array – part of the instrument landing system – and became airborne again, travelling forward on Runway 05. There is an extensive debris field between the localizer antenna location and the threshold of the runway.

During the first day on site, Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigators documented the wreckage, the impact marks and the debris field. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and the flight data recorder (FDR) were recovered from the aircraft and have been sent to the TSB Engineering Laboratory in Ottawa, Ontario.

Investigation team work

The investigation team is led by the Investigator-in-Charge, Doug McEwen. Mr. McEwen has been an investigator with the TSB for 18 years. He is assisted in this investigation by experts in flight operations, air traffic services, weather, aircraft structures, aircraft systems, aircraft engines, and human performance.

Some of these experts come from within the TSB, but assistance is also being provided by the following organizations: Transport Canada (TC), NAV CANADA, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Airbus, and France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses. This is a normal part of any investigation, as these experts play a key role in helping the team uncover and understand all of the underlying factors which may have contributed to the accident.

Watchlist

Although more analysis is required, this accident displays some of the characteristics of an approach-and-landing accidents which is on TSB’s Watchlist.

Next steps

The investigation is ongoing and the next steps include the following:

survey the impact and wreckage site
continue examining and photographing the wreckage
removing the aircraft from the runway to restore normal operations
gather Air Traffic Control voice and data recordings
conduct witness interviews
gather meteorological information
collect operational information from the aircraft
preliminary review of the recorders at the TSB Lab to assist field investigators
determine which wreckage to collect for closer examination
further examination will be at the TSB Lab
Communication of safety deficiencies

Should the investigation team uncover safety deficiencies that present an immediate risk, they will be communicated without delay so they may be addressed quickly and the aviation system made safer.

The information posted is factual in nature and does not contain any analysis. Analysis of the accident and the Findings of the Board will be part of the final report. The investigation is ongoing.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

Air Canada provided this Update #3 on the accident:

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Air Canada confirms that all but one of the passengers and crew admitted to area hospitals for observation and treatment have now been released.

“We at Air Canada are greatly relieved that no one was critically injured. Yet we fully appreciate this has been a very unsettling experience for our customers and their families, as well as our employees, and we are focused on caring for all those affected. We will also fully cooperate with the Transportation Safety Board as it begins an investigation to determine the cause,” said Klaus Goersch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Canada.

Additional Air Canada management personnel have arrived in Halifax to provide assistance to passengers and their families

No further details are available at this time, however Air Canada will provide regular updates on Twitter and on its webite at aircanada.com as warranted.

Family members who seek information about passengers on Flight AC624 may telephone Air Canada at 1-800-961-7099.

Flight AC624, an Airbus A320 carrying 133 passengers and five crew, was involved in an incident upon landing at Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. The incident occurred at approximately 00:43 AT Sunday March 29 (23:43 ET March 28).

Top Photo: TSB. Airbus A320-211 C-FTJP (msn 214), while a probable insurance write off, is largely intact after the impact with terrain and allowed for the safe evacuation of the airliner.

Air Canada flight AC 624 crash lands at Halifax this morning, 23 people taken to hospitals

Air Canada (Montreal) flight AC 624 from Toronto (Pearson) to Halifax, Nova Scotia with 133 passengers and five crew members made a hard landing and “exited runway upon landing at Halifax” shortly after midnight (Atlantic time) this morning according to a statement by Air Canada and media reports. Weather at the time was gusty winds, low visibility and light snow. The aircraft reportedly hit power lines.

Here is the statement:

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Air Canada provides the following update on flight AC624, an Airbus A320, that was involved in an incident upon landing at Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. The incident occurred at approximately 24:43 AT Sunday March 29 (23:43 ET March 28).

The passenger list indicates the airplane was carrying 133 passengers and 5 crew members.

All passengers and crew deplaned the aircraft. Air Canada can confirm that 23 passengers and crew sustained non-life threatening injuries and have been transported to local hospitals for observation and treatment.

Air Canada personnel are currently on site providing assistance to passengers and additional Air Canada teams are on their way.

No further details are available at this time, however Air Canada will provide regular updates on Twitter and on its website at aircanada.com as information becomes known.

Air Canada will be cooperating fully with authorities in their investigation.

Later Air Canada issued this statement:

Air Canada confirms that all but one of the passengers and crew admitted to area hospitals for observation and treatment have now been released.

“We at Air Canada are greatly relieved that no one was critically injured. Yet we fully appreciate this has been a very unsettling experience for our customers and their families, as well as our employees, and we are focused on caring for all those affected. We will also fully cooperate with the Transportation Safety Board as it begins an investigation to determine the cause,” said Klaus Goersch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Canada.

Additional Air Canada management personnel have arrived in Halifax to provide assistance to passengers and their families.

No further details are available at this time, however Air Canada will provide regular updates on Twitter and on its website at aircanada.com as warranted.

Family members who seek information about passengers on Flight AC624 may telephone Air Canada at 1-800-961-7099Call: 1-800-961-7099.

Flight AC624, an Airbus A320 carrying 133 passengers and five crew, was involved in an incident upon landing atHalifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. The incident occurred at approximately 00:43 AT Sunday March 29 (23:43 ET March 28).

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Below Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-211 C-FTJP (msn 233), was delivered new to Air Canada on October 16, 1991. The aircraft is a probable insurance write off. C-FTJP sits between flights at the Toronto base before the accident.