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Alaska Airlines to launch more routes from Portland

Alaska SkyWest E175 + pilot (Alaska)(LR)

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is launching daily nonstop service from its Portland, Oregon, hub to three Midwest destinations including Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Omaha, Nebraska, starting on February 18, 2016.

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The routes are in addition to new Portland – Austin, Texas service the carrier announced last month.

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The daily flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines (St. George) with 76-seat Embraer E175 jets featuring 12 seats in first class and 64 in coach, and boasting cabin dimensions on par with a 737.

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Top Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Alaska SkyWest aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Route Map: Routes operated by SkyWest for Alaska Airlines:

Alaska SkyWest 7.2015 Route Map

AG Ad - Captain's Log 5.2015 (LRW)

 

 

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Spirit Airlines launches two new routes from Los Angeles

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) today (July 9) introduced two new nonstop routes between Los Angeles and Kansas City and Baltimore-Washington, DC.

The new daily, nonstop service will connect Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). Spirit now offers 15 daily departures out of LAX to 11 cities, and will be adding more routes in the future. On August 20, Spirit will offer another nonstop route to and from Los Angeles to Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). Additionally, the carrier will provide twice daily service to/from Oakland starting on November 12.

According to the airline, Spirit is the fastest growing airline in the United States. With a scheduled growth of approximately 30% this year, Spirit expects to keep expanding service by adding new destinations at the lowest available fares in the industry.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320 with Sharklets, A320-232 N642NK (msn 6586) approaches the runway at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Spirit Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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Southwest Airlines unveils “Missouri One”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Hangar) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (April 15) unveiled a new special color scheme on the pictured Boeing 737-7H4 N280WN (msn 32533). N280WN used to be “Penguin One” for Sea World. The new logo jet is dedicated to the state of Missouri and is named “Missouri One”.

The airline issued this statement:

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Southwest Airlines on April 15 celebrated more than 30 years of service in the state of Missouri with the unveiling of the Airline’s newest specialty aircraft, named Missouri One—a Boeing 737-700.

Southwest and state and local government leaders revealed the aircraft in Kansas City, where Southwest first began its Missouri service in 1982. The aircraft, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Missouri state flag, was unveiled at a ceremony this morning at the Kansas City location of Aviation Technical Services, with whom Southwest has partnered for more than 35 years. Southwest Employees, community members, and executives were on hand, including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly.

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Nose) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

“Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said to an enthusiastic crowd at the unveiling. “I couldn’t think of a better way to ‘show’ our love to our Employees, Customers, and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them!”

Further demonstrating Southwest’s dedication to both the Kansas City and St. Louis communities, Southwest donated $5,000 each to Science City at Union Station and the St. Louis Science Center. The funds will help support Science City’s Summer Camp, which sparks interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) for children ages 6-12 through interactive, challenging, and fun activities, and contribute toward scholarships for the St. Louis Science Center’s Flight Academy Camp.

“We’ve always valued the enduring partnership between the state of Missouri and Southwest Airlines,” said Governor Jay Nixon. “As a tribute to 30 years of quality service by Southwest and Missouri’s proud aerospace legacy, this magnificent plane will showcase the Show-Me State’s aerospace strength around the world.”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Engine) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Kansas City band Lost Wax performed as attendees enjoyed local coffee from The Roasterie Coffee Company, and cheered as Kelly, Governor Nixon, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James closed the event by christening the aircraft amid fanfare. The plane then proceeded to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for additional festivities, featuring Mayor Francis Slay.

All photos by Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show (current new livery only): AG Airline Slide Show

Video: The Painting of “Missouri One”:

Spirit Airlines announces three new routes from Los Angeles

Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) continues its dramatic growth in 2015. The airline, in addition to new routes from Atlanta, has also announced daily nonstop service to three new cities from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Spirit has announce the following new daily, nonstop routes from Los Angeles:

●  Los Angeles to Baltimore and Kansas City starting July 9, 2015

●  Los Angeles to Atlanta starting August 20, 2015

With these additional routes, Spirit will operate flights to a total of 12 cities nonstop from LAX (see the map below). Current routes from Los Angeles include: Chicago, Cleveland (starting April 16, 2015), Denver (starting April 16, 2015), Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

 

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To date, Spirit has announced 26 new nonstop routes starting in 2015, and jumps to 37 with this announcement.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N502NK (msn 2433) lands in Las Vegas.

Spirit Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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System Route Map:

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Delta to bring the Boeing 717 to the West Coast, will resume Atlanta-Honolulu Boeing 747-400 flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is bringing its leased Boeing 717-200s to the U.S. West Coast on four routes. Los Angeles-Las Vegas, Los Angeles-Portland, Oregon, Salt Lake City-Kansas City and Salt Lake City-Las Vegas will be changed to Boeing 717-200 equipment starting on June 4 per Airline Route.

In other news, Delta is bringing back the Boeing 747-400 on the Atlanta-Honolulu route starting on May 1.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 717-231 N927AT (msn 55077) departs from Montreal (Trudeau).

Delta Air Lines aircraft slide (current livery): AG Slide Show

TriStar History and Preservation, Inc. to preserve a former TAP Air Portugal Lockheed L-1011 TriStar in TWA colors at Kansas City

TriStar L-1011-385-3 N91011 (Grd) VCV (TriStar)(LR)

TriStar History and Preservation, Inc, (Kansas City) is planning to ferry former TAP Air Portugal Lockheed L-1011-385-3 TriStar 500 N91011 (msn 1241, ex CS-TMR) (above) from Victorville, CA (VCV) to Kansas City where it will be preserved in TWA colors. The society is also preserving former TWA McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) N948TW (msn 49575) “Wings of Pride” in its original TWA colors.

TWA operated 41 Lockheed L-1011s but ironically not the TriStar 500 model.

From TriStar’s website:

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Since TriStar’s incorporation on January 14, 2013 we’ve worked hard to establish the aviation, accounting, maintenance, banking, risk management and other expertise to ensure this non-profit serves the community ethically and safely. We operate in compliance with FAA and IRS guidelines while implementing accounting practices that can track donations and expenses to specific aircraft and programs for transparent and effective fiscal management. We respect and are committed to growing the confidence our corporate and individual supporter have already shown us.

With a solid foundation TriStar has begun to share plans with the community at large. TriStar owns 3 aircraft plus a full motion flight simulator and will soon return to service its first aircraft to be used for both ground-based and in-flight programs.

The BAC 1-11 flight simulator has been moved from England to Kansas City via ocean freight. The simulator is in temporary storage until established in its new operating site.

The BAC 1-11 (N999BW) is being housed at Jet Midwest Technik and cared for by our directors of maintenance. Our pilot could fly it, but sadly a perfect engine is out of calendar time and requires either significant maintenance or a complete replacement. We’re hunting for a new engine and how to pay for it. We’re been told by several organizations that performing the required maintenance on the current engine as well as acquiring a suitable alternate engine are both about $250,000 to 300,000.

TriStar N91011 cockpit

Above Photo: The cockpit of N91011.

The L-1011 (N91011) now effectively ready to fly resides at its restoration site Pacific Aerospace in Victorville, California. We’ll ferry it to Kansas City as the next steps for painting and parking are finalized.

The MD-83 (N948TW) Wings of Pride will likely be the first to return to service. We’ll finish the effort to repaint to her original livery. This work is underway at the paint shop at Jet Midwest. We’ll also install new engines. These engines are expensive but less so than the BAC’s and more readily available.

Much has been accomplished but much remains to be done. We’ll soon share plans to provide educational aviation programs. Supporters have voiced concerns over the need to transfer knowledge from this generation to the next. We share this concern and are working to put TriStar’s aircraft assets to use toward this end.

Importantly TriStar has accomplished what is has because of people like you who love aviation and believe the use of these aircraft will inspire the next generation to greater achievement in STEM fields of study.

A history of N91011 (according to TriStar):

September 1979   Ordered to Lockheed by TAP Air Portugal

March 16, 1983   Delivered to TAP Air Portugal; registered CS-TEC; named “Gago Coutinho”

January 1990   Leased to TAAG Angola Airlines until June 1997; kept CS-TEC registration during leasing

October 1997   Sold to Finans Skandic and leased to Novair; re-registered SE-DVF

April 2000   Bought by Air Luxor; leased to Novair

June 2000  Leased to YES – Linhas Aéreas Charter; re-registered CS-TMR

June 3, 2000  YES starts operations; first flight to Cancun

May 2002  Sub-leased to BWIA during a month, replacing a BWIA L1011 in heavy maintenance

May 2003  Returned to Air Luxor

January 2004  Transferred to LUZair; operating under Air Luxor’s AOC; blue tail and no titles

June 2004  Seen operating for DCA – Dutch Caribbean Airlines between Curaçao and Amsterdam

July 6, 2004  Compressor stall in engine #1; sustained damage in a landing gear after high energy RTO

July 31, 2004  Post repair, stall in same engine led to AOG condition; stored at AMS awaiting new engines

October 2006  Began reactivation works at AMS to put aircraft again in the air

January 2007  Three new engines fitted

July 20, 2007  Ferry flight from AMS to LIS

August 18, 2007  Ferried to VCV for C-check

October 2008  C-check complete

January 2014  TriStar History and Preservation Inc. acquires from Banco Espirito Santo in Lisbon, Portugal

January 2014  Maintenance work begins for ferry flight of aircraft from VCV to Kansas City International

January 2014  Re-registered by TriStar from CS-TMR to N91011

TriStar L-1011-385-3 N91011 cabin

Above Photo: The cabin of N91011.

All photos by TriStar History and Preservation Inc. For more information on the organization: CLICK HERE

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SeaPort Airlines to launch nonstop Kansas City-Great Bend flights on November 9

SeaPort C-208B N1029Y (Tail) and Crew (SeaPort)(LR)

SeaPort Airlines (Portland, Oregon) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to start an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend, Kansas. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport. This service pattern will be implemented on Sunday, November 9, and will include two daily round trip flights Monday – Friday, and one round trip flight on both Saturday and Sunday.

Kansas City International Airport currently offers flights to 43 nonstop destinations operated by 11 airlines. The new nonstop service to Kansas City International will also connect with Alaska Airlines flights out of Kansas City to Seattle/Tacoma and beyond, which can be booked as a single itinerary under the SeaPort Airlines interline and e-ticketing agreement with Alaska Airlines by December 1.

The route will be operated with Cessna 208B Grand Caravans.

Copyright Photo: SeaPort Airlines. The pilots of the airline supported National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Route Map:

SeaPort 11.2014 Route Map