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Link Airways starts flying for Virgin Australia between Sydney and Canberra

Link Airways SAAB 340B VH-VEF (msn 457) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 957248.

Link Airways SAAB 340Bs that were supposed to start flying in January are finally in service operating for Virgin Australia between Sydney and Canberra.

In other news, Link Airways has announced that it will commence scheduled direct flights between Tamworth and Sydney utilizing the airline’s 34 passenger SAAB 340B Plus aircraft.

First flight will be on Monday, June 27, 2022 with a schedule of 28 return services per week.

Link Airways, formerly known as Fly Corporate, is an Australian regional airline based at Brisbane Airport, Queensland.

The airline operates scheduled regional passenger services in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

Link Airways operates a fleet of SAAB 340B Plus and Fairchild Metro 23 turboprop aircraft.

On August 11, 2020 the company rebranded from Fly Corporate to Link Airways.

Top Copyright Photo: Link Airways (Australia) SAAB 340B VH-VEF (msn 457) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 957248.

WestJet is now connecting Vancouver and Cranbrook

WestJet Link - Pacific Coastal Airlines SAAB 340B C-GPCI (msn 407) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 943493.

WestJet’s regional air service, WestJet Link on October 27 celebrated the expansion of its services following its inaugural flight between the airline’s hub in Vancouver and Cranbrook, B.C.

Since its inception in June 2018, WestJet Link has operated more than 7,000 flights between WestJet’s home and largest hub in Calgary to Cranbrook, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat and Prince George. In just over a year more than 200,000 guests have benefited from more convenient travel and better connectivity onto WestJet’s larger network through WestJet Link.

WestJet Link is operated through a capacity purchase agreement with Pacific Coastal Airlines using its fleet of WestJet-branded 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft includes six seats available in WestJet Premium, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.

This winter, WestJet will operate more than 75 daily departures from Vancouver International Airport to 29 destinations.

Details of WestJet Link’s service between Vancouver and Cranbrook:

Route Frequency Departing Arriving Effective
Daily 11:45 a.m. 12:25 p.m. October 27,
Daily 1:35 p.m. 4:05 p.m. October 27,

Top Copyright Photo: WestJet Link – Pacific Coastal Airlines SAAB 340B C-GPCI (msn 407) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 943493.


Carlisle now has airline service again after over 25 years

"Spirit of Lewis"

Carlisle Lake District Airport is once again a commercial airline passenger service airport.

The airport launched commercial and business services from Carlisle for the first time in more than 25 years with Loganair on Thursday, July 4.

Above Photo: Michael Kelly. SAAB 340B ES-NSD (msn 171) “Spirit of Carlisle” is pictured at Dublin heading back to Carlisle.  It is leased from Estonian operator NyxAir.

Flights now connect Carlisle and the Lake District, which attracts 45 million visitors per year, with the South East of England (London Southend Airport), Northern Ireland (Belfast City Airport) and the Republic of Ireland (Dublin Airport) from Thursday July 4 thanks to Carlisle Lake District Airport’s partnership with Loganair, Scotland’s Airline.

Carlisle Lake District Airport is the gateway to the Lake District National Park, the Pennines, South West Scotland and Border regions, located just six miles east of Carlisle City and the M6 (J43 or J44).

From Southend, Loganair has also commenced flights to Aberdeen and Glasgow in Scotland generally using Embraer 145s and the occasional SAAB 2000 and Embraer 135s.

Top Copyright Photo: G-LGNA “Spirit of Lewis” is seen at Southend, a new destination of the carrier. Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNA (msn 199) SEN (Keith Burton). Image: 946946.

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Silver Airways to fly between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Pensacola

Silver Airways SAAB 340B N347AG (msn 447) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104465.

Silver Airways has announced that it is starting daily nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Pensacola International Airport (PNS) beginning on February 13, 2019.

Silver Airways’ Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Pensacola (PNS) service effective February 13, 2019; PNS – FLL service effective February 14, 2019:

Route  Departs Arrives Flight # Stops Frequency
Ft. Lauderdale to Pensacola 6:20 pm 7:40 pm 95 0 Daily
Pensacola to Ft. Lauderdale 7:15 am 10:25 am 96 0 Saturday
Pensacola to Ft. Lauderdale 7:45 am 10:55 am 96 0 Daily except Saturday

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Silver Airways): Silver Airways SAAB 340B N347AG (msn 447) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104465.

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Loganair and Emirates sign a major interline agreement

"Spirit of Benbecula"

Loganair has made this announcement:

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Loganair and Emirates have signed a major interline agreement which opens up the Dubai carrier’s global destination network to Loganair’s passengers.

The partnership enables customers from Scotland’s Highlands and Islands to travel via Glasgow and Edinburgh with their luggage on one ticket to Emirates network of 155 destinations in more than 80 countries around the world.

Passengers have the added advantages of being protected should their connecting flights be disrupted while also saving on an APD charge of £78.

The agreement will see some of Scotland’s smallest and most remote airports displayed on Emirate’s online booking system between many of the world’s biggest cities.

It is the latest addition to Loganair’s “Better Connected” programme, which provides the Scottish airline’s key destinations with a wide range of easy to access international connections.

Carriers including Turkish Airlines, Air France, Dutch giants KLM, Emirates and Thomas Cook Airlines have already signed up to the ‘Better Connected’ initiative.

Loganair passengers can now travel with these airlines on a through-ticket where flights connect at Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Manchester and Norwich.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Loganair): Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNJ (msn 173) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 940890.

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Ravn Air Group receives court approval to acquire PenAir assets

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Ravn Air Group (Ravn Alaska) issued this statement:


J.F. Lehman & Company’s successful bid for PenAir’s assets was today approved by the court overseeing PenAir’s bankruptcy proceedings.  As the owner of Ravn Air Group, J.F. Lehman & Co.’s acquisition of PenAir will protect a substantial majority of company jobs, ensure continuity of operations and service to all PenAir routes, and create stability and better travel opportunities throughout the state.


“We are thrilled with this outcome,” said Dave Pflieger, President and CEO of Ravn Air Group. “It is a win for all parties—our Alaska customers and communities, as well as PenAir and Ravn employees alike.”

PenAir will keep its current name and continue to operate as a separate company under a separate FAA certificate as a subsidiary of Ravn Air Group, which will now have a significantly enhanced ability to serve the state of Alaska.

“Both my father, founder of PenAir Orin Seybert, and I are pleased with the decision of the court today,” said Danny Seybert, PenAir CEO. “This is a win-win for our employee group, AND our friends and customers throughout rural Alaska.”

Earlier this week, J.F. Lehman & Co.’s bid was selected as part of a court-mandated auction of PenAir’s assets conducted by a court appointed Trustee.  However, that selection required today’s formal approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Anchorage.  Before becoming final, this purchase must also be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration.

“It is a testament to the strength and fortitude of PenAir employees and the hard work and commitment of all Ravn Air Group team members that JFL was able to pursue the acquisition of such a storied airline, which, like Ravn, has a rich history of serving Alaska,” Pflieger said. “We are all very excited about our collective future and working together toward a shared goal of providing the very best in safety, operational excellence, customer service, and employee pride throughout Alaska.”

Top Copyright Photo: PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340B N677PA (msn 328) ANC (Joe G. Walker). Image: 912876.

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Silver Airways starts Boston – Bar Harbor flights

Named "Pure Passion"

Silver Airways started daily nonstop service between Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) and Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) for the summer season on July 1, 2018.

The new schedules, operating during the peak travel season through Labor Day, are designed to conveniently connect to Silver’s numerous codeshare and interline partners in Boston to over 75 destinations across the U.S. and beyond, including 27 of the most important airports via Silver’s codeshare with JetBlue to the northeast corridor, Florida and California.

The Bar Harbor-Boston route will be operated with Silver’s fleet of 34-seat SAAB 340B Plus aircraft.

Silver Airways’ Bar Harbor (BHB) – Boston (BOS) service effective July 1 – September 3, 2018:

Origin/Destination  Departure Arrival Flight # Stops Frequency
Boston – Bar Harbor 11:00 am 12:20 pm 148 0 Daily except Sat/Sun
Boston – Bar Harbor 12:30 pm 1:50 pm 148 0 Saturday, Sunday
Boston – Bar Harbor 4:00 pm 5:20 pm 149 0 Daily
Bar Harbor – Boston 8:45 am 10:00 am 147 0 Daily except Sat/Sun
Bar Harbor – Boston 10:00 am 11:15 am 147 0 Saturday, Sunday
Bar Harbor – Boston 1:00 pm 2:15 pm 148 0 Daily except Sat/Sun
Bar Harbor – Boston 2:00 pm 3:15 pm 148 0 Saturday, Sunday


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Photo Above: Silver Airways. Silver Airways adds critical air service between Bar Harbor, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts with 34-seat Saab 340B Plus aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Silver Airways SAAB 340B N334AG (msn 434) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104542.

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PenAir ends its East Coast operations

PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340B N406XJ (msn 406) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 912875.

PenAir has informed the Department of Transportation (DOT) it would end service to Boston from Presque Isle, Bar Harbor and Plattsburgh, NY a month earlier on June 1, due to a loss of mechanics and pilots. This leaves Presque Isle without airline service until United Express begins service on July 1.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by PenAir): PenAir (Peninsula Airways) SAAB 340B N406XJ (msn 406) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 912875.

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Legacy Airways is now offering charter flights from Lakeland to Key West

Legacy Airways SAAB 340B N220MJ (msn 220) (GLO Airlines colors) LAL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104674.

Legacy Airways (Lakeland) is a new on-demand charter airline in Florida now operating its first SAAB 340B.

On April 17, 2018 the company issued this statement about the addition of the first SAAB 340B:

Central Florida-based Legacy Airways is pleased to announce their continued growth with the addition of two additional SAAB-340B 30 passenger turbo-prop regional aircraft to its ever-growing fleet.

The announcement for Legacy’s expansion comes shortly after the carrier completed a very successful year of operating a full schedule of charter flights for collegiate sports teams, numerous casinos, corporate, as well as group incentive trips. The two aircraft will join the company’s fleet in May and July of this year with Legacy Airways having options to add even more aircraft by years end.

“Legacy Airways continues to look to the future and has positioned itself for continued growth and success” said Daryl Hicks, Director of Operations, “The addition of the two planes will not only allow the company to exceed the demands of our current and future needs and clients, but as well allow Legacy Airways the ability to further expand into other projects which includes a focus on the development of EAS (Essential Air Service) routes for many small rural communities around the country, hotel and resort programs, and the expansion of Legacy DayCation packages to many top tourist destinations.”

The SAAB 340B aircraft is the foundation of the Legacy Airways fleet and has a long track record in the aviation industry as being one of the most reliable, safe, and cost-effective aircrafts to operate. Because of their perfect 30-seat passenger configuration and baggage carrying abilities, the SAAB 340B fills the void between choices of a smaller 8-9 seat commuter aircraft and 50 seat regional jets for those that are interested in chartering with Legacy Airways.

Founded in 2012, Legacy Airways LLC carries an FAA 135 certification and Argus Gold rating status for charter air operators. The company is based out of Lakeland, Florida and operates a fleet of 30-seat SAAB 340B turbo-prop aircraft. Legacy Airways prides itself on continually striving to maintain the highest levels of safety, quality, and guest experience.

Working through Legacy Flights LLC, the charter airline is operating weekend charter trips from Lakeland to Key West and back. This is the only passenger service from LAL (between Orlando and Tampa). The fare is $199 roundtrip. The first flight started on June 2, 2018.

The company hopes to also start trips from LAL to Bimini in the Bahamas.

Top Copyright Photo All others by Legacy Airlines): Legacy Airways SAAB 340B N220MJ (msn 220) (GLO Airlines colors) LAL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104674.

NextJet files for bankruptcy, halts all operations

Next Jet SAAB 340B SE-KXD (msn 248) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 929080.

NextJet was the largest regional airline in Sweden. The carrier filed for bankruptcy on May 16, 2018 and halted all operations.

The airline issued this statement:

As from Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 13:00, the Nextjet has cancelled all flights and will apply for bankruptcy. We regret the situation. Pending the appointment of a receiver and may make decisions on the future of the company, customers who have booked a journey with nextjet are referred to their travel agency or travel agency. Our customer service will be closed until further notice.

Top Copyright Photo: Next Jet SAAB 340B SE-KXD (msn 248) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 929080.

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