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Air New Zealand is coming to Houston

Air New Zealand (Auckland) has announced it will expand its North American presence by opening a fifth gateway this December. The airline will soon provide nonstop service between Houston, Texas and Auckland, New Zealand up to five times per week.

The Auckland – Houston (Bush Intercontinental) route will start on December 15 and will operate five days a week.

Air New Zealand’s completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft will operate the route. Air New Zealand’s Star Alliance partner United Airlines (Chicago), which has a large Houston-based hub, will code share into Houston from numerous North American cities. A global gateway city, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) provides nonstop service to almost 200 airports around the globe (113 domestic U.S. destinations).

Air New Zealand, celebrating its 75th anniversary on April 30, is also set to commemorate 50 years of flying from North America later this year. The airline began service from Los Angeles to Auckland (via Nadi & Honolulu) on December 14, 1965. With the addition of Houston, Air New Zealand will offer nonstop service to New Zealand from five North American gateways, also including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-219 ER ZK-OKC (msn 34377) appraches the runway at Vancouver International Airport.

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WestJet is coming to Houston and Gander, adds Encore routes from Halifax

WestJet (Calgary) today announced two new destinations – Houston, Texas and Gander, Newfoundland – as part of the 2015 summer schedule release. The airline adds a total of nine new routes and increased frequency on 15 established routes.

In addition to nonstop flights to Houston, growth in Western Canada includes new daily non-stop flights from Calgary to Yellowknife and Terrace, BC, launching May 3, 2015. WestJet Encore service between Edmonton and Kamloops, BC, announced early last year, is set to begin on February 15, 2015.

WestJet Summer 2015 New Routes

In addition, WestJet has announced the largest increase in service from Halifax Stanfield International Airport since the airline first arrived in February 2003. This announcement, part of the 2015 summer schedule release, makes it official – WestJet Encore is now serving Canadians coast to coast.

The airline continues to bolster its presence in the Atlantic Provinces where the majority of route and frequency increases announced today take place. New nonstop daily service from Halifax to Gander and Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Sydney, Nova Scotia begins July 15, 2015, along with increased frequency between Halifax and Ottawa, Toronto and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Cities currently served from Halifax include Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ontario, and six U.S. and international destinations.

Haligonians will also help WestJet celebrate new service between their fair city and Glasgow, United Kingdom, beginning May 29, 2015. As the halfway point between Europe and the west coast of North America, Halifax is the perfect jumping-off point for a tour across the pond.

Details of new daily nonstop service between Halifax and Glasgow, United Kingdom:

WestJet Halifax 2015 New Summer Routes

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. With this announcement, WestJet Encore will now operate from coast to coast. On the other end, WestJet Encore Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-FHEN (msn 4441) lands at Vancouver International Airport.

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Hawkair to take over the Vancouver-Dawson Creek route

Hawkair Aviation Services (Vancouver) will take over the nonstop service from Vancouver International Airport to Dawson Creek from its sister company beginning on Monday, December 1, 2014. Fort Nelson will continue to be serviced by Central Mountain Air through new flights.

Dawson Creek is Hawkair’s fourth nonstop destination from Vancouver International Airport. Located at Mile “0” of the world famous Alaska Highway in Northeastern BC.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-102 Dash 8 C-FYDH (msn 83) arrives at Vancouver International Airport.

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Lufthansa to bring its new Jump low-fare service to Tampa, premium class to launch early on November 22

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) is expected to announce later today it will bring its new Jump low-fare Airbus A340-300 subsidiary to Tampa, Florida from Frankfurt starting on September 25, 2015. The new service will use its aging Airbus A340-300s configured with approximately 300 seats. LH will initially launch Jump with three A340-300s.

Lufthansa issued this statement:

Lufthansa continues to expand its network in the United States. For the very first time in its history, Lufthansa will offer service to the Tampa Bay area, the gateway to the West Coast of Florida. The new nonstop service from Frankfurt will begin on September 25, 2015.

The airline will be operating five weekly flights in summer and four weekly in winter on the Airbus A340-300 on the route between Frankfurt and Tampa. Tampa joins Miami and Orlando as Lufthansa’s third destination in Florida.

Flight LH 482 will leave Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub and arrive in Tampa in the afternoon (local time) after a flight of nearly eleven hours. The return from Florida is a night flight, which will depart in the early evening and touch down at Frankfurt Airport in the morning of the following day.

The A340-300 seats a total of 298 passengers in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class offering the comforts and quality that Lufthansa is known for, with the newest cabin layout in all traveling classes: Seats in the new Business Class extend horizontally at the touch of a button into a flat and comfortable bed 1.98 meters (6.5 feet) in length, and the recently introduced Premium Economy Class offers more personal space and more legroom. In all classes, passengers will enjoy an individual inflight entertainment system with a plethora of offerings, along with fast broadband Internet connectivity via the FlyNet Wi-Fi hotspot onboard.

Tampa is known as the birthplace of commercial aviation. 100 years ago, the first commercial flight in history occurred between St Petersburg and Tampa on January 1, 1914.

In other news, Lufthansa announced its new Premium Economy Class will take off nine days earlier with this announcement:

The Lufthansa Premium Economy Class is taking off nine days earlier than planned. Already on November 22, the new travel class will be available for the first time on all routes flown by a Boeing 747-8 (including Bangalore, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Peking, Sao Paolo, Seoul, Tokyo-Haneda and Washington D.C.).

Its take-off on the newest and most modern Lufthansa long-haul fleet was earmarked for December 1, but the new cabin was completed ahead of schedule. From the end of November, all the benefits and comfort of Premium Economy Class can be enjoyed by passengers on the Boeing 747-8. The free baggage allowance, for one, is double that allowed a passenger in Economy Class. For a fee of 25 euros, passengers in the new class can access and relax in comfort in Lufthansa Business lounges prior to take-off. On board, each passenger in Premium Economy will be greeted with a welcome drink. At their seat in the cabin is an upmarket amenity kit with useful accessories, a water bottle and a power socket. Meals will be presented in menus and served on china tableware. Available, too, is an extensive Inflight Entertainment program for passengers to view on a large monitor fitted on the backrest of the seat in front.

Passengers can even upgrade last-minute to available Premium Economy seats at check-in at the airport. The entire Lufthansa long-haul fleet is to be equipped with Premium Economy by late summer 2015 when the retrofit is successively completed on all the long-haul aircraft. Following its installation on the Boeing 747-8 fleet, the new class will be fitted on the airline’s Airbus A380’s.

Copyright Photo: Rob Rindt/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 D-AIFC (msn 379) of Lufthansa touches down in Vancouver.

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Air Canada’s third quarter adjusted net income increases to $457 million ($400.9 million US), its best quarter ever, orders two more Boeing 777-300 ERs

Air Canada (Montreal) today reported third quarter adjusted net income of C$457 million ($400.9 million US) or $1.55 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of C$365 million ($320.2 million US) or $1.29 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013, an improvement of $92 million ($80.7 million US) or $0.26 per diluted share. EBITDAR(1) (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and aircraft rent) amounted to $749 million compared to EBITDAR of $626 million in the third quarter of 2013, an improvement of $123 million. On a GAAP basis, Air Canada reported operating income of $526 million, an increase of $110 million from the same quarter in 2013. The airline recorded net income of $323 million or $1.10 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014 compared to a net income of $299 million or $1.05 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013, an improvement of $24 million or $0.05 per diluted share.

“I am extremely pleased to report Air Canada’s best financial performance of any quarter in the Corporation’s 77-year history, surpassing previous records for adjusted net income, operating income and EBITDAR,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Operating margin was 13.8 per cent, an increase of 1.8 percentage points over the previous year’s quarter, underscoring the effectiveness of our business transformation strategy. The recent tailwind provided by a reduction in fuel prices is a welcome development but we remain focused on further cost reductions to achieve sustainable profitability in this highly competitive industry environment. While foreign exchange rates and fuel prices have fluctuated since 2012, Air Canada remains on track to achieve the savings targeted when we announced our objective at our June 2013 Investors’ Day to achieve a 15 per cent CASM reduction from our 2012 baseline costs.

“The ratification of a ten-year agreement with our pilots provides a strong foundation to support long term profitable growth. With this additional stability and competitiveness, we are able to accelerate our fleet initiatives and capital programs with the acquisition of an additional two Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. This will bring our Boeing 777 fleet to a total of 25 aircraft, all of which will be reconfigured to our new international cabin product standard now featured on the 787 Dreamliner aircraft entering our international fleet.

“In the third quarter, we continued to implement our commercial strategy focused on international growth and the strategic deployment of Air Canada rougeTM to compete more effectively in leisure markets. Together with the on-going renewal of the mainline fleet, we continue to build Toronto Pearson into a truly global hub with the successful launch in the quarter of new Tokyo/Haneda service, to be followed with the introduction of new year-round service to Rio de Janeiro and Panama City in December, Amsterdam in June 2015, as well as Vancouver-Osaka and Montreal-Venice seasonal services to be operated by Air Canada rougeTM. Performance of our leisure carrier subsidiary has continued to exceed our expectations. Just one year after its launch in July 2013, Air Canada rougeTM has served almost 2.5 million customers, including one million this past quarter, contributing to record system-wide load factors for the second consecutive quarter.

“I would like to thank our employees for their dedication and professionalism. Their focus on the care of our customers, along with our award-winning product, is recognized by numerous industry surveys of air travellers. This year’s Ipsos Reid Business Traveller Survey released in September confirms once again that Air Canada is the preferred airline for frequent business travellers by a continuingly growing margin across the country. Our investment in the well-being of our employees and commitment to provide progressive, best-practice programs has also been recognized with the recent naming of Air Canada as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the second year in a row. In addition, Air Canada received top honours in the transportation category of the 2014 Canada’s Safest Employers Awards that recognize outstanding accomplishments of companies in Canada that promote the health and safety of their workers,” concluded Mr. Rovinescu.

Third Quarter Income Statement Highlights

System passenger revenues in the third quarter of 2014 amounted to $3,476 million, an increase of $299 million or 9.4 per cent from the third quarter of 2013, on an 11.0 per cent growth in traffic as yield declined 1.3 per cent year-over-year. An increase in average stage length of 2.6 per cent, due to international long-haul growth, had the effect of reducing system yield by 1.5 percentage points.

Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) decreased 0.2 per cent from the same quarter in 2013 as the lower yield was almost fully offset by a passenger load factor improvement of 1.0 percentage points. In the third quarter of 2014, system business cabin revenues increased $31 million or 5.3 per cent on yield growth of 5.3 per cent. All markets experienced business cabin PRASM improvements year-over-year.

Operating expenses in the third quarter of 2014 amounted to $3,272 million, an increase of $209 million or 7 per cent from the third quarter of 2013 on a 9.8 per cent increase in capacity. The unfavourable impact of a weaker Canadian dollar on foreign currency denominated operating expenses (mainly U.S. dollars), when compared to same quarter in 2013, increased operating expenses by $68 million.

Air Canada’s adjusted cost per available seat mile (adjusted CASM(1)), which excludes fuel expense, the cost of ground packages at Air Canada VacationsTM and unusual items, decreased 2.9 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2013. The 2.9 per cent reduction in adjusted CASM was less than the adjusted CASM decrease of 3.5 to 4.5 per cent projected in Air Canada’s news release dated August 7, 2014. This was primarily due to higher than forecasted expenses related to employee profit sharing programs due to better than expected results and to higher than expected depreciation expense largely due to Air Canada having recorded a depreciation charge related to certain aircraft maintenance events in the third quarter of 2014.

In the third quarter of 2014, Air Canada recorded operating income of $526 million compared to operating income of $416 million in the third quarter of 2013, an improvement of $110 million or 26.4 per cent. Operating margin of 13.8 per cent improved 1.8 percentage points in the third quarter of 2014 when compared to the third quarter of 2013.

Financial and Capital Management Highlights

At September 30, 2014, unrestricted liquidity (cash, short-term investments and undrawn lines of credit) amounted to $2,802 million (September 30, 2013 – $2,412 million). Air Canada’s principal objective in managing liquidity risk is to maintain a minimum unrestricted liquidity level of $1.7 billion.

At September 30, 2014, adjusted net debt(1) amounted to $4,623 million, an increase of $272 million from December 31, 2013. The airline’s adjusted net debt to EBITDAR ratio improved to 2.8 at September 30, 2014 versus a ratio 3.0 at December 31, 2013. Air Canada uses this ratio to manage its financial leverage risk and its objective is to maintain the ratio below 3.5.

In the third quarter of 2014, free cash flow(1) reflected an improvement of $57 million from the third quarter of 2013 on higher cash flows generated from operating activities partly offset by an increase in capital expenditures with the addition of two Boeing 787 aircraft.

For the 12 months ended September 30, 2014, return on invested capital (ROIC(1)) was 11.4 per cent versus 10.2 per cent for the 12 months ended September 30, 2013. Air Canada’s goal is to achieve a sustainable ROIC of 10 to 13 per cent by 2015.

Current Outlook

Air Canada expects fourth quarter 2014 system ASM capacity, as measured by available seat miles (ASMs), to increase by 7.75 to 8.75 per cent when compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Air Canada expects that its fourth quarter 2014 system ASM capacity growth will be comprised of an increase in the total number of seats dispatched (system) of 6.25 to 7.25 per cent and an increase in average stage length (system) (measured by ASMs divided by seats dispatched) of approximately 1.5 per cent when compared to the same quarter in 2013.

Air Canada continues to expect its full year 2014 system ASM capacity to increase by 7.0 to 8.0 per cent. The projected system capacity increase is expected to be achieved at a unit cost which is below historical levels. For the full year 2014, Air Canada continues to expect an increase in the total number of seats dispatched (system) of 5.0 to 6.0 per cent when compared to the full year 2013. Average stage length (system) is expected to increase approximately 2.0 per cent year-over-year.

Air Canada also continues to expect its full year domestic ASM capacity to increase by 4.0 to 5.0 per cent when compared to 2013. For the full year 2014, Air Canada continues to expect an increase in the total number of seats dispatched (domestic) of 3.5 to 4.5 per cent while average stage length (domestic) is expected to increase approximately 0.5 per cent when compared to the full year 2013.

For the fourth quarter of 2014, Air Canada expects adjusted CASM to decrease in the range of 1.0 to 2.0 per cent when compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

For the full year 2014, Air Canada now expects adjusted CASM to decrease in the range of 2.5 to 3.5 per cent from the full year 2013 (as opposed to the 3.2 to 4.2 per cent decrease projected in Air Canada’s news release dated August 7, 2014), the result of increased estimates for employee profit sharing programs and higher depreciation expense related to the accounting treatment of certain maintenance events in the third quarter of 2014.

Air Canada expects its full year 2015 system capacity to increase by 9.0 to 10.0 per cent when compared to the full year 2014.

Approximately 55 per cent of this forecasted capacity increase will be through the continued lower-cost growth of Air Canada rougeTM while approximately 38 per cent of the capacity growth will be directed at targeted international markets operated by the mainline carrier, primarily through the introduction of additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Given that a large part of this capacity growth is driven by increased seat density and longer-haul flying, for the full year 2015, seats dispatched, on a system-wide basis, are expected to increase by 6.0 to 7.0 per cent while stage length is expected to increase approximately 3.0 per cent versus the full year 2014.
Air Canada expects its full year 2015 domestic ASM capacity to increase by 4.0 to 5.0 per cent, with a large part of the growth focused on the airline’s transcontinental services.

The increase on transcontinental services is partly driven by the positioning of certain Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft at Air Canada’s major hubs in Toronto and Vancouver.

In addition, in 2015, Air Canada expects to replace eight of its Embraer 190 aircraft with three Airbus A321 and two Airbus A320 aircraft. In order to better match capacity with demand for the 2015 summer season, the airline plans to take delivery of these five replacement aircraft prior to the start of the summer season while the eight Embraer 190 aircraft are only expected to exit the mainline fleet in the latter part of 2015. The overlap of this interim lift is forecasted to account for approximately 30 per cent of the projected domestic capacity growth in 2015.

For the full year 2015, seats dispatched in the domestic market are expected to increase by 2.5 to 3.5 per cent while stage length is expected to increase approximately 1.5 per cent versus the full year 2014.

Air Canada’s outlook assumes annual Canadian GDP growth of 2.0 to 2.5 per cent for 2014 and 2015. Air Canada also expects that the Canadian dollar will trade, on average, at C$1.12 per U.S. dollar in the fourth quarter of 2014 and C$1.10 for the full year 2014 and that the price of jet fuel will average 82 cents per litre for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 90 cents per litre for the full year 2014. For the full year 2015, Air Canada also expects that the Canadian dollar will trade, on average, at C$1.11 per U.S. dollar and that the price of jet fuel will average 88 cents per liter.

Financial Notes:

(1) In the third quarter of 2013, Air Canada recorded an interest charge of $95 million related to the purchase of its senior secured notes due in 2015 and 2016.
(2) Adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share – diluted are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to section 16 “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(3) EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment and aircraft rent) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to section 16 “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(4) Unrestricted liquidity refers to the sum of cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and the amount of available credit under Air Canada’s revolving credit facilities. At September 30, 2014, unrestricted liquidity was comprised of cash and short-term investments of $2,528 million and undrawn lines of credit of $274 million. At September 30, 2013, unrestricted liquidity was comprised of cash and short-term investments of $2,309 million and undrawn lines of credit of $103 million.
(5) Free cash flow (cash flows from operating activities less additions to property, equipment and intangible assets) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to section 7.5 “Consolidated Cash Flow Movements” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(6) Adjusted net debt (total debt less cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments plus capitalized operating leases) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to section 7.3 “Adjusted Net Debt” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(7) Return on invested capital (“ROIC”) is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to section 16 “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(8) Operating statistics (except for average number of FTE employees) include third party carriers (such as Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) and Sky Regional Airlines Inc. (“Sky Regional”)) operating under capacity purchase agreements with Air Canada.
(9) Adjusted CASM is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to section 16 “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(10) Reflects FTE employees at Air Canada. Excludes FTE employees at third party carriers (such as Jazz and Sky Regional) operating under capacity purchase agreements with Air Canada.
(11) Average stage length is calculated by dividing the total number of available seat miles by the total number of seats dispatched.
(12) Includes fuel handling expenses. Economic fuel price per litre is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to sections 4 and 5 “Results of Operations” of Air Canada’s Third Quarter 2014 MD&A for additional information.
(13) Revenue passengers are counted on a flight number basis which is consistent with the IATA definition of revenue passengers carried.

In other news, Air Canada today said that along with the addition of two new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft to its widebody fleet, it will expand the introduction of its new International Business Class product to include all Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, seven more than previously announced. It will also reconfigure the aircraft to include its new Premium Economy cabin. Air Canada’s three-cabin international product and seating standard will therefore be extended to all 25 of the carrier’s Boeing 777-300 ER and 777-200 LR aircraft consistent with seating on its new Boeing 787-8 and -9 Dreamliner fleet.

Air Canada will also reconfigure its fleet of eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft to offer customers the option of its new Premium Economy cabin. The current Economy and International Business Class cabins of its A330-300 fleet will remain unchanged. Conversion of Air Canada’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to be completed by the second half of 2016.

Air Canada’s new international product offers three cabins of service highlighted by comfortable ergonomic seating that features 180-degree lie-flat seats in its International Business Class cabin. Visit 787.aircanada.com for details and a virtual tour of the Air Canada’s new international product currently featured on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Air Canada’s new International Business Class cabin features up to 30 lie-flat Executive Pods on its Boeing 787-8 and -9 aircraft and up to 40 on Boeing 777-300 ER and -200 LR aircraft once converted, with an adjustable pneumatic cushion system that can be extended into a fully flat sleeping position. International Business Class features include:

An adjustable pneumatic cushion headrest offers a massage feature, unique for an airline in business class.

The personal entertainment screen with touch handset, at 18 inches, is the largest offered by a North American airline in business class.

Universal power and USB outlets are available at each seat.

Espresso and cappuccino service for International Business Class customers on Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777 aircraft.
A 1-2-1 configuration guarantees direct aisle access with window views.

Air Canada is the only North American carrier to offer enhanced seating in Premium Economy with generous personal space, wider seats and greater legroom and recline. Premium Economy features 21 seats on its Boeing 787 aircraft and, once converted, 24 on Boeing 777 aircraft and 21 seats on Airbus A330 aircraft. Each seat is equipped with a 9- or 11-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen, as well as universal power and USB outlets. Air Canada’s Premium Economy cabin service offers premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport.

Air Canada’s new Economy cabin standard features slimline seats that provide personal space consistent with the comfort of Air Canada’s current Economy cabin. Each Economy seat on the Boeing 787 and 777 fleets will be equipped with a 9-inch enhanced definition intuitive touch personal entertainment screen with USB outlet and a universal power outlet available at arm’s reach.

Air Canada’s Dreamliner fleet will consist of a total of 15 787-8 aircraft and 22 of the larger capacity 787-9 aircraft. All 37 Boeing 787 aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019. As Air Canada takes delivery of new widebody aircraft for its mainline fleet, current Boeing 767 aircraft will be transferred to its leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge.

Copyright Photo: Rob Rindt/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Canada is adding two additional Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. This will bring the AC Boeing 777 fleet to a total of 25 aircraft, all of which will be reconfigured to the new international cabin product standard now featured on the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Boeing 777-333 ER C-FNNQ (msn 43251) is pictured on the ground at Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines to start a new route connecting Victoria with Prince George

Pacific Coastal Airlines (Vancouver) has announced the addition of a new regularly scheduled nonstop service between Victoria and Prince George effective on Monday, January 12, 2015.

The new flight will operate once every day except Saturday. It is scheduled to depart Victoria International Airport (YYJ) at 5:00 P.M. (PST) (1700) arriving at Prince George Airport (YXS) at 6:40 P.M. (PST) (1840). The aircraft will depart Prince George at 7:05 P.M. (1905), arriving back in Victoria at 8:45 P.M. (2045).

Pacific Coastal Airlines has been providing regularly scheduled, charter, and cargo services in British Columbia for almost forty years. Started in Bella Coola by one-time truck logger Daryl Smith, it is now the sixth-largest airline operating at Vancouver (YVR) (based on outbound seats), and third-largest in takeoffs and landings. It is also a major supplier of charter services to fishing lodges and the resource sector.

Operating from its administrative center at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal, Pacific Coastal employs more than three hundred people across fifteen bases in British Columbia.

Pacific Coastal Airlines’ seaplane base operates out of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and from there provides service to a large number destinations along the coast.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Beechcraft 1900C C-GPCY (msn UB-45) arrives at the Vancouver hub with a bald eagle on the tail. Pacific Coastal decorates its tails with scenes from British Columbia.

Tale of the Pacific Coastal Tails:

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Air Canada to launch seasonal flights from Toronto to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Air Canada (Montreal) announced today that it will introduce nonstop flights between Toronto (Pearson) and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Service to Mont-Tremblant will be operated four times per week by Air Canada Express (Jazz Aviation) with 74-seat Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. Flights will operate between December 18, 2014 and March 30, 2015 during peak winter skiing season.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GGMI (msn 4413) in the Air Canada Express markings rests between flights at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

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Icelandair arrives in Vancouver, British Columbia to a “Viking welcome”

Icelandair 757-200 WL TF-LLX (99)(Viking Welcome)(Nose) YVR (YVR)(LRW)

Icelandair (Keflavik) yesterday (May 14) opened a new route to Vancouver, British Columbia (YVR). The airport issued this statement on its special “Viking” arrival ceremony:

The skies opened on May 14 between Vancouver, Reykjavik and more than 20 European destinations as Icelandair inaugurated its new twice-weekly, seasonal service from Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Vancouver Airport Authority, in partnership with ground-handler Swissport International Ltd., staged a unique welcome for its newest airline partner with a group of YVR ambassadors-turned-Vikings who pulled Icelandair’s Boeing 757 aircraft to its inaugural gate.

“We’ve been working for years to bring Icelandair to YVR and provide passengers with new connectivity between YVR and Reykjavik, and on to popular Scandinavian destinations like Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This service is a great example of how liberalized air-service agreements enhance travel opportunities and create jobs at YVR and in British Columbia.”

Icelandair’s new service will generate approximately $2 million in wages, $1.1 million in taxes and $3.1 million in GDP through employment at YVR and in B.C.’s hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions. Its flights – which arrive in Vancouver at 5:50 pm on Sundays and Tuesdays and depart at 3:55 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays – will also give businesses more options to reach customers, suppliers and investors in Europe.

“We call 2014 the year of Canada for Icelandair. As we celebrate our inaugural flight from Vancouver, Icelandair now serves four Canadian gateways with service to more than 20 destinations in Europe. Our goal is to continue to grow and develop our network with added frequency and easier connections for all of Canada,” said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO for Icelandair. “Icelandair offers our passengers a refreshing alternative when travelling to Europe with three cabins of service, leather seats, in-flight entertainment systems and, by the end of this year, Wi-Fi is scheduled to be available fleet-wide. We see a bright future for British Columbia and look forward to welcoming Vancouver onboard.”

The Icelandair schedule for 2014 is the largest in the company‘s history and will increase by 18 per cent from 2013 with new gateways, new destinations and added frequency from several cities in North America and Europe. Additionally, three Boeing 757 aircraft will be added, enlarging the fleet from 18 to 21 aircraft.

Icelandair offers service to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport from Boston, New York-JFK, Seattle, Denver and Toronto with seasonal service from Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando Sanford, Halifax, Anchorage, Newark, Vancouver and Edmonton. Connections through Icelandair’s hub at Keflavik International Airport are available to more than 20 destinations in Europe. Only Icelandair allows passengers to stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.

Copyright Photos: Vancouver International Airport. A tug decorated like a Viking ship tows an Icelandair Boeing 757-256 (TF-LLX, msn 29311) aircraft to th gate at Vancouver International Airport, during a photo opportunity to mark the airline’s inaugural service between Vancouver and Keflavik (near Reykjavik), Iceland on May 14, 2014.

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Icelandair 757-200 WL TF-LLX (99)(Grd) YVR (YVR)(LRW)

 

Jazz Aviation DHC-8-300 lands safely after an engine fire

Jazz Aviation (Air Canada Express) (formerly Air Canada Jazz) (Halifax) Bombardier DHC-8-300 operating a passenger flight from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island to Vancouver experienced an engine fire yesterday (December 12). According to Reuters, “Shortly after the Jazz DHC 8-300 aircraft took off from Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, the crew was notified of an engine oil issue and flames were seen near one of the engines, Air Canada Jazz said in an emailed statement.

The crew released fire retardant into the engine housing and were able to extinguish the flames. The aircraft, which had 35 passengers and three crew members on board, then returned to Nanaimo, where it was met by emergency vehicles.”

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Jazz Aviation’s Bombardier DHC-8-301 (Q300) C-GKTA (msn 124)  is seen at the Vancouver hub.

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Air Canada and Cargojet sign a LOI to explore strategic opportunities

Air Canada (Montreal) and Cargojet Airways (Hamilton) today announced they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore strategic opportunities in both cargo and airline operations within Canada and in international markets.

The carriers intend to pursue strategic opportunities and increase cooperation in various areas such as global sales and marketing, expanded interline opportunities and enhanced connectivity that would increase revenues and reduce operating costs. Both airlines would work towards providing optimized services to the shipping community on their respective networks.

“We are looking forward to working with Air Canada towards improving the depth and reach of both companies’ air cargo services, both domestically and internationally, among other strategic opportunities,” said Ajay K. Virmani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cargojet.

“We are very pleased to be in discussions with Cargojet to explore opportunities for revenue growth and synergies that will be mutually beneficial for both our companies and customers,” said Lise-Marie Turpin, Air Canada Cargo Vice President.  “Developing further our relationship with Cargojet is an exciting opportunity.”

The implementation of new strategic initiatives would be subject to Air Canada and Cargojet making any necessary filings, obtaining regulatory approvals and finalizing documentation.

Air Canada Cargo provides direct cargo service world wide offering the shipping community business solutions that meet their needs efficiently and cost effectively.  Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 175 destinations on five continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the world’s 10 largest commercial airlines and in 2012 served close to 35 million passengers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 60 Canadian cities, 49 destinations in the United States and 67 cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.

Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services that constitutes over 50 per cent of domestic overnight air cargo capacity. Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of thirteen all-cargo aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Cargojet is still an operator of the Boeing 727 but it has also added a Boeing 757-200 and two 767-200 freighters for its longer-range cargo routes. Former Eastern Airlines Boeing 727-225 C-GCJB (msn 21855) waits at Vancouver for the next assignment.

Air Canada: AG Slide Show

Cargojet Airways: AG Slide Show