Tag Archives: MD-87

Erickson Aero Tanker places its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 into fire tanker operations

Aero Air (Hillsboro, OR) as we previously reported, acquired the Butler Aircraft (Redmond, OR) air tanker operation, including its three aging Douglas DC-7s, located at the Madras Airport, according to the Madras Pioneer. This air tanker operation is now known as Erickson Aero Tanker. Seven former SAS McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87s (MD-87s) are being acquired and at least four will be converted to air tankers. This is a new use for the versatile DC-9.

The new name comes from co-owner Jack Erickson, who was the founder and former owner of Erickson Air-Crane.

The new company has been awarded the next generation air tanker contract by the U.S. Forest Service. Erickson Aero Tanker has now received a FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for the DC-9-87 and in May placed the first aircraft into its fire fighting contracts which is a new role for this former airliner.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured DC-9-87 (MD-87) N293EA (msn 53209) was originally delivered to Iberia as EC-635 (later EC-FFA) on June 20, 1991. It would also serve with SAS as SE-DMN.

Video: Air Tanker 101, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87), is seen dropping retardant on the Shirley Fire near Lake Isabella, California on June 15, 2014. The video was filmed by Tim Walton of Photo One Productions.

 

 

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Allegiant Air continues to add new routes, will also fly for Peppermill Casinos

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Grand Rapids, MI and Punta Gorda, FL (near Fort Myers) will begin on November 18.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) and Charlotte County Airport (PGD), with service on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Grand Rapids at 7 a.m. (0700) arriving in Charlotte County Airport at 9:45 a.m. (0945). Flights leaving Charlotte County Airport will depart at 10:25 a.m. (1025) arriving in Grand Rapids at 1:20 p.m. (1320) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat DC-9-82/83 (MD-80) jet aircraft on the route.

The company also announced new, nonstop jet service between Idaho Falls, ID and Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix) will begin on November 12.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) with service on Mondays and Fridays. Flights will depart Idaho Falls at 12 p.m. (1200) arriving in Mesa at 2 p.m. (1400). Flights leaving Mesa will depart at 9:20 a.m. (0920) arriving in Idaho Falls at 11:20 a.m. (1120) (all flight times are local).

Allegiant also announced that it has entered into a three-year, fixed-fee agreement with Peppermill Casinos, Inc. Under the agreement, Allegiant will provide air transportation for the casino company’s three Wendover, NV properties. Allegiant expects to generate more than $20 million in revenue over the three-year term of the agreement. The agreement is subject to earlier termination by either party.

By March 1, 2011, Allegiant will base one 150-seat, DC-9-80 (MD-80) series jet aircraft in Wendover to provide charter services to a number of small cities throughout the United States for the Peppermill’s three Wendover resort properties: Montego Bay Casino Resort, Rainbow & Hotel Casino and Peppermill Hotel & Casino. The travel company will establish a base in Wendover with more than 20 employees, including maintenance, flight crews and stations personnel.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Allegiant also operates three smaller DC-9-87 (MD-87) aircraft. N949MA (msn 49779) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Saicus Air to get into the passenger business

Saicus Air (formerly Flyant Cargo) (Palma de Mallorca)

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

has acquired ex-Pronair McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) EC-KRV (msn 49843). The cargo carrier is getting into the passenger charter business.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. EC-JRV is pictured at Palma de Mallorca after refurbishment.

Allegiant Air to start Minot-Las Vegas service

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new, nonstop jet service between Minot, ND and Las Vegas starting on October 22.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Minot International Airport (MOT) and McCarran International Airport (LAS), with service on Monday and Friday. Flights will depart Minot at 12:10 p.m. (1210) arriving in Las Vegas at 1 p.m. (1300). Flights leaving Las Vegas will depart at 6:50 a.m. (0650) arriving in Minot at 11:30 a.m. (1130) (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat McDonnell Douglas DC-9-80 (MD-80) jet aircraft on the route.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. DC-9-87 (MD-87) N949MA (msn 49779) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Allegiant Air to start new service from Long Beach

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) announced new jet service to Long Beach, CA, and Mesa, AZ (near Phoenix) from Colorado Springs, CO, will begin on September 15.

The new flights will operate five times weekly between Colorado Springs Airport (COS) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) with service on Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will depart Colorado Springs at 9:25 a.m. (0925) arriving in Long Beach at 10:40 a.m. (1040). Flights leaving Long Beach will depart at 11:20 a.m. (1120) arriving in Colorado Springs at 2:30 p.m. (1430) (all flight times are local).

The new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA) will operate on Wednesday and Saturday. Flights will depart Colorado Springs at 3:10 p.m. (1510) arriving in Phoenix-Mesa at 3:55 p.m. (1555). Flights leaving Phoenix-Mesa will depart at 6 a.m. (0600) arriving in Colorado Springs at 8:45 a.m. (0845) (all flight times are local).

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) N949MA (msn 49779) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.

Andes Lineas Aereas adds its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87

Copyright Photo: Luis Lopez. Ex-AeroMexico DC-9-87 LV-BZR (msn 49706) was delivered on July 10, 2009 and is now operating in this unusual livery. LV-BZR taxies at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery).

Andes Lineas Aereas (Salta) last year added its first McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87).

IMD Airways leases EC-KSF to Swiftair/UN

 

EC-KSF is pictured on the ramp at Palma de Mallorca.  Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

EC-KSF is pictured on the ramp at Palma de Mallorca. Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

IMD Airways (formerly Aerofan Lineas Aereas) (Madrid) has leased its lone McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) EC-KSF (msn 53207) to Swiftair for United Nations’ operations in northern Africa (Sudan, Chad, etc).