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Aer Lingus is coming to Seattle/Tacoma

Named "St. Laurence O'Toole"

Aer Lingus has announced it will commence Dublin – Seattle/Tacoma nonstop service on May 18, 2018. The new route will operate four days a week.

This is Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and the Seattle area.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-FNH (msn 1744) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937842.


WestJet, Air France and KLM launch reciprocal frequent flyer redemption

WestJet's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

WestJet, Air France and KLM on November 15, 2017 announced the redemption phase of their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Flying Blue Miles can now be redeemed for WestJet flights and WestJet dollars can now be redeemed for flights within the Air France and KLM global network.

The announcement comes on the heels of the airlines’ successful launch of the earn phase of the reciprocal frequent flyer agreement and further complements their long-standing code share cooperation.

Members of WestJet Rewards can now redeem WestJet dollars on Air France-KLM destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Members of Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue program can now redeem their Flying Blue Miles to WestJet destinations throughout Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939575.

Nolinor Aviation becomes Agnico Eagle Mines’ official air transporter in Nunavut with a 10-year agreement

Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-2K2C C-GNLK (msn 20836) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 929171.

Sarliaq Aviation, a Nunavut-based company, in partnership with Quebec transporter Nolinor Aviation, has signed a 10-year agreement with Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. to provide air transportation for employees and cargo from Montreal and Abitibi-Temiscamingue to the company’s mining projects in the Kivalliq region in Nunavut. The contract was secured through a rigorous bidding process, during which the partner companies demonstrated that they met the mining company’s extensive list of prerequisites for punctual and safe service.

“Sarliaq Aviation and Nolinor have worked together since 2010, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership through this new contract,” said Silu Panniuq, president of Sarliaq Aviation. “This 10-year agreement will solidify the company’s future, ensure long-term employment and expand our service offer through Agnico Eagle.”

“We already provide employee and cargo transport for Agnico Eagle’s Meadowbank open-pit gold mine, near Baker Lake. The new agreement will add flights to Rankin Inlet for their new mine, Meliadine, currently under construction. In all, Nolinor will provide 416 flights per year, or 8 flights per week, to Nunavut,” explained Jacques Prud’homme, president of Nolinor Aviation.

High-performance planes serving Northern Canada

Transportation will be provided using the largest Boeing 737-200 fleet in the world, operated by Nolinor Aviation, a Quebec company based in Mirabel. These airplanes offer the best load capacity, the fastest flights and the most flexible configuration on the market. They can takeoff and land on a gravel strip and are used by most mining projects in Canada. Nolinor can transport passengers, cargo or a combination of the two. Safe, high-quality service is a major factor in Nolinor Aviation’s reputation, and the company has an on-time departure rate of more than 97% year after year.

About Agnico Eagle Mines

Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden. Agnico Eagle employs more than 8,300 people and celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

About Sarliaq Aviation

Sarliaq Aviation Ltd. was established in 2016 under the Nunavut Business Corporations Act. In early 2017, the company became a certified Inuit firm through Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI). Sarliaq Aviation was created to provide turnkey solutions in air transportation.

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About Nolinor

Founded in 1992, Nolinor Aviation is an air transportation company specializing in commercial charter flights. With a fleet of aircraft that can be readily configured in numerous ways, Nolinor can meet the needs of clients looking to transport passengers, cargo or both. Nolinor Aviation offers air services across Canada and to the U.S. and many other destinations around the world, and is recognized for the safety of its equipment and its services. The Nolinor team counts 240 employees in 6 Canadian provinces, made up of senior pilots, experienced flight attendants, certified flight dispatchers and the best technicians in the industry. Nolinor Aviation (IATA code N5) is a private company, wholly owned by the Prud’homme family trust. 

Top Copyright Photo: Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-2K2C C-GNLK (msn 20836) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 929171.

Air Canada suspends service to San Juan and St. Maarten

Air Canada Airbus A321-211 C-GJWI (msn 1772) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937007.

Air Canada and Air Canada rouge are suspending winter seasonal service to both San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten due to hurricane damage and the long recovery for both islands. The airline was planning to operate to San Juan from both Montreal and Toronto (Pearson) this winter as well as Toronto – St. Maarten.

The airline is planning to resume winter service to both destinations in the winter 2018/19 season according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Airbus A321-211 C-GJWI (msn 1772) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937007.

Air Canada and Sky Regional Airlines conclude a 10-Year extension to the Capacity Purchase Agreement

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2017

Air Canada and Sky Regional Airlines announced on November 7, 2017 they have concluded a 10-year extension to their  existing capacity purchase agreement (CPA), effective April 1, 2017.

In addition to Sky Regional, Air Canada has capacity purchase agreements with its other regional airline partners, Jazz, Air Georgian and EVAS, that operate regional Air Canada Express flights on behalf of Air Canada.

Sky Regional Airlines Inc. is a Canadian company that operates regional routes on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner. Since its inception in 2010, and its first commercial flight on May 1, 2011, Sky Regional has operated a fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft offering service to such markets as Toronto, Montreal and Moncton.

In 2013, the airline expanded, adding 15 Embraer E175 series aircraft serving the Northeastern United States, flying in excess of 100 flights per day into cities including Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, Dallas, and Chicago. In 2016, Sky Regional expanded its fleet with an additional five E175 aircraft serving such markets as Jacksonville, Houston, Denver and Atlanta.

On February 23, 2017, the airline saw the departure of the Bombardier Q400s and now the entire fleet is comprised of 25 Embraer E175 series aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express (Sky Regional Airlines) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) C-FRQN (msn 17000147) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 937582.

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WestJet reports record third quarter net earnings of $138.4 million, up 19 percent

WestJet's first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

WestJet on October 31, 2017 announced its third quarter results for 2017, with record net earnings of $138.4 million, or $1.18 per fully diluted share, as compared with the net earnings of $116.0 million, or $0.97 per fully diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2016, up 19.4 per cent and 21.6 per cent, respectively. WestJet achieved its 50th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew an all-time quarterly record of 6.5 million guests. Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 10.2 per cent, up compared to the 9.8 per cent reported in the previous quarter.

“Today we reported our 50th consecutive profitable quarter, which included record earnings, margin expansion, positive year over year RASM growth, and improved return on invested capital, as we achieved the highest ever quarterly load factor in our 21-year history and flew an all-time quarterly record number of guests. Our business fundamentals continue to strengthen, which combined with new strategic initiatives, including the launching of Swoop in the summer of 2018 and Boeing Dreamliner service starting in 2019, gives us great confidence in our ability to deliver sustainable profitable growth and earnings expansion,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “I want to thank our more than 13,000 WestJetters for their dedication and energy in delivering our award-winning brand of friendly caring service, and I especially look forward to celebrating our success at the November profit share event.”

Operating highlights (stated in Canadian dollars)

Q3 2017 Q3 2016 Change Year-to-date 2017 Year-to-date 2016 Change
Net earnings (millions) $138.4 $116.0 19.4% $235.1 $240.3 (2.1%)
Diluted earnings per share $1.18 $0.97 21.6% $2.00 $1.98 1.0%
Total revenue (millions) $1,215.6 $1,124.3 8.1% $3,384.9 $3,105.1 9.0%
Operating margin 16.6% 15.1% 1.5 pts 10.7% 11.4% (0.7 pts)
ASMs (available seat miles) (billions) 8.077 7.635 5.8% 23.339 22.045 5.9%
RPMs (revenue passenger miles) (billions) 6.922 6.414 7.9% 19.575 18.152 7.8%
Load factor 85.7% 84.0% 1.7 pts 83.9% 82.3% 1.6 pts
Segment guests 6,530,873 5,900,967 10.7% 18,127,408 16,527,411 9.7%
Yield (revenue per revenue passenger mile) (cents) 17.56 17.53 0.2% 17.29 17.11 1.1%
RASM (revenue per available seat mile) (cents) 15.05 14.73 2.2% 14.50 14.09 2.9%
CASM (cost per available seat mile) (cents) 12.55 12.50 0.4% 12.96 12.48 3.8%
Fuel costs per litre (cents) 62 57 8.8% 63 53 18.9%
CASM, excluding fuel and employee profit share (cents)* 9.26 9.38 (1.3%) 9.78 9.72 0.6%
 *Refer to reconciliations in the accompanying tables for further information regarding calculations.

Copyright Photo: WestJet Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 C-FRAX (msn 60510) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939575.



Air Canada today says goodbye to C-FCAB

Air Canada Boeing 767-375 ER C-FCAB (msn 24082) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939638.

This Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER, registered as C-FCAB with the fleet number of “681”,  started its airline life with Canadian Airlines in April 1988 in their old chevron livery.
C-FCAB was merged into the Air Canada fleet in 1999.   The fleet number was changed to “681”, because AC already had a “631” in their fleet.
Today, after getting the number 2 engine swapped to a higher time engine, C-FCAB will depart for Marana (MZJ) this afternoon (October 21, 2017) for its last ever flight.
C-FCAB has logged 129,900 hours and approximately 23,404 cycles approximately.
Its sistership, C-FCAE “682”, has the honor of having the highest flying time on any Boeing 767 in the world (according to AC sources) at 131,300 hrs and 23,400 cycles approximately.
C-FCAE will also be headed to MZJ in the coming days.
C-FCAB will be operating as flight AC7099 departing Toronto (Pearson) (YYZ) at 14:00 hours today.
Air Canada is gradually retiring its Boeing 767-300 fleet.
 Tom Kim reporting from Toronto.
Copyright Photo: Air Canada Boeing 767-375 ER C-FCAB (msn 24082) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 939638.