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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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Silver Airways completes its acquisition of Seaborne Airlines, the brand will continue

Seaborne Airlines SAAB 340B N353SA (msn 351) (Dolphin) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 922658.

Silver Airways and Seaborne Airlines on April 23, 2018 announced that Silver’s acquisition of Seaborne’s business and assets has successfully been closed, creating a leading independent airline to serve the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, and beyond.

The acquisition brings together two strong independent airlines with similar SAAB 340B fleets, complementary route networks, and common codeshare/interline partners.

With the upcoming deployment of Silver’s recently announced new fleet of state-of-the-art ATR 42-600s across both networks, the combined airline will have an expanded range, allowing it to better serve passengers and markets while creating more opportunities for employees and greater value for its business partners.

The combined airline will continue operating Silver’s route network in the Bahamas, Florida, and beyond under the Silver Airways banner and Seaborne’s route network throughout Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean under the Seaborne name.

The total fleet now consists of 31 aircraft, including SAAB 340s and de Havilland Twin Otter seaplane aircraft.

Steve Rossum of Silver Airways will serve as CEO of the combined airline. Ben Munson will resume his role as president of aviation consulting firm Embark Aviation, and continue as a valued advisor to the company.

The combined airline will employ nearly 1,000 aviation professionals and will be headquartered at Silver Airways’ offices in Fort Lauderdale under the leadership of executives from both Silver and Seaborne.

Corporate and operations support functions will continue at locations in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, San Juan, and St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

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Loganair to add new routes from the Carlisle Lake District

Loganair SAAB 340B G-LGNJ (msn 173) GLA (Robbie Shaw). Image: 940889.

Carlisle Lake District Airport (CLDA) has unveiled Loganair, Scotland’s Airline, as its airline partner with flights to George Best Belfast City Airport, Dublin Airport and London Southend Airport.

The six times weekly service to Belfast City Airport, which will commence on June 4, 2018, will connect passengers to Cumbria and the Lake District, which receive 45 million visitors per year.

The airline will be operating this route as a partner of the Stobart Group.

The first flight from Carlisle Lake District Airport will arrive in Belfast on June 4 with the following week seeing the launch of Flybe’s four times weekly service to Doncaster Sheffield Airport from Belfast City.


In other news, Loganair is launching a Glasgow to Derry air service after the recent Ryanair announcement to discontinue the route.

The regional carrier, which has a long history of operating between the two cities, will commence the link on Sunday, October 28 – the day after Ryanair’s service ceases.

Operating five days per week, Loganair will utilise a 33-seat SAAB 340 aircraft on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a larger, 50-capacity SAAB 2000 aircraft used for Sunday evening services.

Services will depart Glasgow at 10.55 am on Mondays and Saturdays, arriving in Derry 50 minutes later at 11.45 am. The return trip from Derry will take to the skies at 12.15 pm.

The Thursday, Friday and Sunday services leave Glasgow at 6.55 pm, with return flights leaving Northern Ireland’s second largest city at 8.15 pm.

Loganair first served Derry in April 1979, becoming the first airline to operate to City of Derry Airport at the time.

 

Derry becomes Loganair’s 12th destination from Glasgow, the home base for Scotland’s Airline.   Loganair has added Guernsey and Donegal to its Glasgow network this year and will also resume nonstop flights in May from Glasgow to Bergen in Norway for a second summer season.

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WestJet Link launch is delayed

New livery for Pacific Coastal, new SAAB 340B

WestJet has announced a delay in the launch of WestJet Link, a capacity purchase agreement between WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, to June 2018. The delay comes as Pacific Coastal continues their work in order to be fully able to meet WestJet’s operational requirements.

WestJet Link routes and revised launch dates:

Route Frequency Effective
Calgary – Cranbrook Three times daily June 20, 2018
Calgary – Prince George Once daily June 20, 2018
Calgary – Lethbridge Three times daily June 21, 2018
Calgary – Lloydminster Once daily June 21, 2018
Calgary – Medicine Hat Three times daily June 22, 2018

Pacific Coastal Airlines has entered into a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with WestJet. Operating under the name WestJet Link, Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook, Lloydminster and Prince George to WestJet’s hub at the Calgary International Airport.

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft painted in WestJet colors.

Copyright Photo: Pacific Coastal Airlines SAAB 340B C-FPCU (msn 338) YVR (Ton Jochems). Image: 928367.

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Silver Airways turns to ATR to replace its 21 SAAB 340Bs

ATR has issued this statement:

ATR announces its first deal of 2018 which sees the introduction of the ATR -600 series in the US, to be operated by Silver Airways.

The airline will introduce 20 ATR -600 aircraft into its fleet, of which 16 will be ATR 42-600s and four will be ATR 72-600s.

This follows a deal between ATR and Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) for the purchase of 15 ATR -600s, of which 12 will be ATR 42-600s and three will be ATR 72-600s.

These aircraft, along with five from an existing order between ATR and NAC, will be leased to Silver Airways, making them the first operator of ATR -600 series aircraft in the US.

The delivery and subsequent entry into service of the first -600 aircraft under the livery of Silver Airways will take place in March of this year. The aircraft, an ATR 42-600, will be configured with 46 seats in a 2-2 seating configuration, with a pitch of up to 32 inches. The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. Crew training will be conducted by ATR at its new training facility in Miami, which is home to a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for the ATR -600 series aircraft.

The brand new ATR -600s will replace Silver Airways’ existing fleet of 21 Saab 340B turboprops (below), while increasing the frequency of main routes and opening new air services to destinations in Florida, the southern United States and Caribbean.

On engine: 60% less fuel per hour than 70-seat jet

Above Copyright Photo (all others by ATR): Silver Airways SAAB 340B N327AG (msn 427) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402991.

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