WestJet (Calgary) today announced the launch of new daily, nonstop service between Brandon, Manitoba and Calgary. The service will be operated by WestJet Encore’s fleet of Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen turboprop aircraft.
Details of the new daily service between Brandon and Calgary are:
Calgary at 9:50 a.m.
Brandon at 12:50 p.m.
September 3, 2013
Brandon at 1:20 p.m.
Calgary at 2:35 p.m.
September 3, 2013
WestJet Encore will take delivery of its first two Canadian-built, 78-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft in June 2013 and add five more by the end of the year. WestJet has firm orders for a total of 20 Q400s and options for an additional 25 over the next six years.
Air Iceland (Flugfelag Islands) (Reykjavik) next summer will add its sixth destination in neighboring Greenland according Airline Route. The subsidiary of the Icelandair Group plans to offer service to Kangerlussuaq starting on July 1, 2013. The new service will operate until September 1 with daily service on the Reykjavik (RKV) – Ilulissat – Kangerlussuaq – Reykjavik route with the pictured Bombardier DHC-8 turboprop aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Marcel Drescher/www.AviationTrade.com. Bombardier DHC-8-106 TF-JMB (msn 337) is pictured at Akureyri, Iceland.
Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Hawaiian Airlines) (Honolulu) has completed the purchase of its first ATR 42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft, and has a purchase agreement in place to acquire a second plane to be delivered in November 2012.
The previously-owned aircraft are being acquired from ASL Aviation Group Limited (Dublin, Ireland). Purchase terms are not being disclosed.
According to the airline, the aircraft will be used to inaugurate new passenger service to Moloka‘i and Läna‘i in 2013. When configured for neighbor island use, the planes will seat 44 to 50 passengers.
The new turboprop service will operate separately from Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian Holdings is currently developing the name and brand identity of the new entity.
According to HNL RareBirds, Hawaiian’s first ATR 42-500 will be registered as N801HC (msn 629). The aircraft was originally delivered to Czech Airlines-CSA as OK-JFL in July 2004.
InterSky Luftfahrt (Bregenz and Friedrichshafen) has signed a contract for the purchase of two new ATR 72-600s. The first of the 70-seat ATR 72-600s will be introduced in December this year, with the second one following in March 2013. These aircraft will become the first ATRs to be operated by an Austrian carrier.
With the introduction of these two new ATR 72-600s, InterSky will almost double the seat capacity of its fleet, which currently consists of three 50-seat Bombardier DHC-8-300 turboprop aircraft.
Image: ATR. The drawing suggests a new livery for this new type.