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Bombardier Delivers the First Dual-Class, 86-seat Q400 Aircraft to Philippine Airlines

 

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft delivered the world’s first dual-class, 86 seat turboprop aircraft to Philippine Airlines at its facility in Toronto, Canada, where the aircraft is manufactured.
“We congratulate Philippine Airlines for taking delivery of the world’s first dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will continue to benefit from the outstanding performance of Bombardier turboprops,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “This delivery is an example of how Bombardier’s Q400 is an ideal solution for airlines that require higher-performance and larger turboprops as they develop regional routes to meet increasing passenger demand. Bombardier is proud to have the only commercial turboprop available today to offer up to 90 seats.”
“With its superior performance capabilities, unmatched profitability advantages and exceptional passenger experience, the new Q400 aircraft will enable Philippine Airlines to increase its competitiveness and set a new standard for turboprops in the region,” said Jaime J. Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines.    “We are excited to bring this new aircraft back to the Philippines, and are confident that the Q400 aircraft will continue to play a significant role in positioning Philippine Airlines as a five-star airline and in regaining its dominance in the domestic market.”
Philippine Airlines’ new Q400 aircraft is configured with 86 seats in economy and premium economy classes with a 29-inch and 33-inch seat pitch respectively.    The aircraft delivered today is scheduled to enter into service in two weeks.
This milestone aircraft is part of Philippine Airlines’ purchase agreement announced on December 8, 2016 – which included a firm order for five Q400 aircraft and purchase rights for an additional seven.    Following the exercise of the purchase rights announced at the 2017 International Paris Air Show, Philippine Airlines now has firm orders for 12 Q400 aircraft.

Chorus Aviation announces acquisition of three Bombardier Q400 aircraft on lease to Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi

 

HALIFAXJuly 19, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (“Chorus”) (TSX: CHR) announced today the acquisition of three Bombardier Q400 aircraft (the “Aircraft”) currently on long-term operating leases to Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.1    The Aircraft are two years old and are incremental additions to Chorus Aviation Capital’s growing regional lease fleet.
Commenting on the acquisition, Chorus Aviation Capital’s President, Steven Ridolfi, said, “We are delighted to welcome Falcon Aviation Services to our growing portfolio of high-caliber lessees.    We are building a leading regional aircraft leasing company with a truly global customer base.”
Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus, said, “We are continuing to execute on our diversification and growth strategy, significantly broadening our customer base while remaining focused on the regional aviation sector.”

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Sunwing introduces new flight service from Toronto to Cayo Largo, Cuba

 

TORONTOJuly 18, 2017 /CNW/ – Sunwing is pleased to announce the addition of Cayo Largo in Cuba to its ever-growing roster of tropical destinations available from Toronto this winter.    As #1 to the sun and the world’s largest provider of vacation packages to Cuba, the tour operator is expected to be the only carrier to offer direct flights between Toronto and Cayo Largo this winter.     With the introduction of the new flight service, which will operate Fridays between December 15, 2017 and April 13, 2018, vacationers departing from Toronto will now be able to choose between eight different destinations, each offering unique and varied experiences to suit all types of travellers.
Just off the southern coast of the Cuban mainland, Cayo Largo is ideal for adventurers, beach lovers and eco-tourists alike.    Boasting over 25km of stunning beaches and 32 diving sites with fascinating coral formations and a wealth of vibrant marine life, the island also has a rich heritage.    There are over 200 sunken ships dating back to the 16th and 18th century off the coast, some of which can be explored on diving excursions.
President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson, welcomed the news. “Cuba has always been a favourite choice amongst Canadians for winter escapes, so we’re very pleased to be adding a direct service to Cayo Largo to provide Torontonians more choice and greater accessibility in reaching their ideal beach getaway this coming winter.”   “We are delighted to see the addition of Cayo Lago to Sunwing and Toronto Pearson’s growing list of sun destinations,” says Craig Bradbrook, Vice President, Aviation Services at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.   “Sunwing shares our passion for putting the passenger first in everything that we do, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring the sun and fun of Cayo Largo to our travellers’ doorsteps.”
As #1 for family, luxury and adult vacations, Sunwing boasts a wide range of accommodation packages in Cayo Largo.    Diving or fishing enthusiasts can enjoy staying in bungalows resting on stilts at Sol Cayo Largo, known for offering numerous ecological excursions, or, families with little ones can take advantage of the calm shallow waters at Hotel Pelicano.    Just five minutes from Playa Sirena beach is the colourful Iberostar Playa Blanca, an ideal resort to take advantage of snorkelling and diving opportunities.   Couples and singles seeking a quiet getaway will find just that at Villa Iguana, where guests can take part in ecological excursions like diving or fishing, or relax on the beautiful white-sand beach.
All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.

Global 7000 Aircraft Program Surpasses 500 Flight Test Hours and Production Ramp Up Already Underway

 

  • FTV1, FTV2 and FTV3 are progressing as planned through the rigorous testing program
  • All FTVs have demonstrated high performance, reliability and an exceptionally smooth ride
  • The Architect (FTV4) and the Masterpiece (FTV5) are currently in pre-flight bay
  • First four customer aircraft in production as final assembly line activities ramp up
  • Development and certification schedule is on track for entry-into-service in the second half of 2018

Bombardier Business Aircraft today announced that its Global 7000 aircraft flight test program is progressing as planned and has surpassed the 500-hour milestone.   With three flight test vehicles (FTVs) in flight testing and two remaining FTVs to join shortly, the Global 7000 aircraft program is on track to meet the aircraft’s targeted entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.
Bombardier also confirmed that the first several customer aircraft are progressing smoothly through production, with four Global 7000 business jets currently in final assembly at the Bombardier facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“The three flight test vehicles have been meeting all performance and reliability expectations for this stage in the flight test program, and the pace of testing will continue to accelerate with the two remaining FTVs progressing well towards their respective first flights.    The aircraft’s high degree of maturity is very encouraging as we continue to push the limits of every aspect of this game-changing aircraft’s performance,” said Michel Ouellette, Senior Vice President, Global 7000 and Global 8000 Program.    “With more than 500 flight test hours already logged, the program’s development and certification schedule is on track. Our confidence level is high as we accumulate more flight hours and push towards entry-into-service in the second half of 2018.”
In November 2016, Bombardier began flight testing its state-of-the-art Global 7000 business jet with the maiden flight of first flight test vehicle 1 (FTV1).  FTV1 came close to surpassing the speed of sound, reaching M 0.995 during a test flight in March 2017 – the largest business jet to operate so close to the sound barrier.    The second flight test vehicle (FTV2) and third flight test vehicle (FTV3) joined the program in March and May 2017, respectively.
The comprehensive testing conducted using the three FTVs over the course of the 500 flight hours has demonstrated the capability of the aircraft’s propulsion, avionics, electrical and mechanical systems.    This testing will account for the majority of the certification requirements.
“The Global 7000 aircraft’s flight validation program is making steady headway because of the aircraft’s reliable and mature configuration while in parallel, solid progress of the testing on structural and systems rigs is supporting certification activities as per plan,” said François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer. “Our highly skilled teams have achieved significant milestones, which include completing hot weather and cold weather environmental tests as low as -40C and successfully demonstrating the aircraft’s long-range navigation capabilities by flying over the North Pole region.”
Two remaining flight test vehicles, FTV4 and FTV5, are currently in final assembly and Flight Validation Testing in a dedicated pre-flight bay and are on track to join the other aircraft at Bombardier’s world-class flight test centre in Wichita, Kansas.

Chorus Aviation announces agreements to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft on lease to KLM Cityhopper and Aeromexico Connect

 

HALIFAXJuly 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced today agreements by Chorus Aviation Capital’s subsidiaries to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft.    One of these aircraft is currently on lease to Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper, a subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.   The other aircraft is currently on lease with Aerolitoral, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. Aeromexico Connect), a subsidiary of Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. ‘Aeromexico’).
The aircraft are three years old and the first Embraer 190s to be added to Chorus Aviation Capital’s regional aircraft fleet.
Reflecting on the acquisition, Chorus Aviation Capital’s President, Steven Ridolfi, said, “We are delighted to add these two outstanding, world-renowned customers to our growing pool of airline lessees, and look forward to adding the first two Embraer 190s to our fleet.”
“This transaction represents an exciting milestone for Chorus,” said Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus.    “We are broadening our revenue base through the addition of high-quality lessees and extending our market reach through the addition of Embraer aircraft to our fleet.     Importantly, we are growing by leveraging what we know best: regional aviation.”
The transactions are expected to close in the third quarter and are subject to customary conditions precedent to closing, including novation of the existing leases.

Avro Arrow recovery project takes flight

Sixty years after nine Avro Arrow free flight models went missing in Lake Ontario, a high-tech, all-Canadian search is under way for their recovery.   The Arrow Recovery Project, funded by private sponsors and corporate funding with start up costs between $500,000 and $1,000,000, was announced Friday by John Burzynski, the president and CEO of Osisko Mining Inc. and head of OEX Recovery Group Inc., which is leading the expedition.   “It’s a fascinating topic, it’s fascinating subject matter,” said Burzynkski, a geologist dressed in an olive green flight suit, like many others, in a packed room at the Royal Canadian Military Institute.
The Avro Arrow models, one-eighth the size of the jet at about three metres long with a two metre wingspan, were launched with booster rockets between 1955-57 from Point Petre in Prince Edward County, east of Toronto, to test the flight design before the CF-105 Arrow was produced.
When the Canadian jet fighter program was abruptly cancelled in 1959, over 30,000 people lost their jobs and all Avro Arrow-related material was ordered destroyed, including six completed jet fighters.   All that remains are the free flight test models at the bottom of Lake Ontario.   “It goes to the heart of the Canadian soul in terms of what happened to the program,” said Burzynski to those gathered.    “There were so many people involved with it.”
There have been previous privately funded missions, but the driving forces behind this expedition think they will be successful.   “We think they’re much closer to shore than previous searches have ever thought,” said Burzynski. “They were searching kilometres and kilometres out in the lake.    We think they’re within sort of a three to four kilometre radius.”
Burzynkski said the recovery effort has been in the works for the last year-and-a-half and once the expedition got an exclusive permit to carry out “marine archaeological fieldwork” from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, it was game time.   The first order of business starting next week will be to map out 64-square-kilometres of lake floor from where the original models were launched.   That should take between two weeks to a month and then they’ll investigate any promising sites before sending divers down for a closer look.
“We’re going to be reviewing all this sonar imagery, we’re also going to be enlisting the archaeologists as well to say, ‘Hey does this look like a plane?    Does this look like a booster rocket?’” said David Shea, the vice-president of engineering for Kracken Sonar Inc., who will use their high-definition, military-grade sonar for the recovery effort.
A documentary crew is also filming the entire expedition.
Both Burzynkski and Shea are optimistic they will find the flight models in whatever shape they are in given it has been 60 years.   The ultimate goal is to house them at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.

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Brandon celebrates newly expanded municipal airport and announces further upgrades

BRANDON, MBJuly 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Safe, secure and efficient transportation are crucial to supporting economic activity, promoting tourism and providing greater access to global markets.
Today, the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, joined Rick Chrest, Mayor of Brandon and community members to celebrate the completion of the Brandon Municipal Airport expansion project.    The representatives also took the occasion to announce new federal-provincial-municipal funding of up to $2.5 million for the replacement of the airport maintenance building.
The airport terminal has been renovated and expanded to three times its former size.    Among the many features is a new arrival hall and departure lounge, a dedicated security screening area, as well as check-in, retail, washroom and office space. Along with upgrades to the mechanical systems, fibre optic cable was installed to improve reliability and increase capacity of airport operations, and the terminal now offers to passengers the convenience of free Wi-Fi for more reliable internet and social media connectivity.
The aging existing maintenance building will be replaced with a larger, more modern building with improved structural features that will greatly increase the safety and efficiency of the space.   These projects will contribute to increasing the overall safety and capacity of the airport and operations facilities.    Passengers will enjoy a more comfortable and efficient travel experience.

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“Our government is committed to investing in strategic infrastructure projects that directly support economic growth and jobs for Manitobans.    We are proud of our role in the redevelopment of the Brandon Municipal Airport as this project reflects our commitment to ensuring value for money as we rebuild our provincial infrastructure.    The expanded airport terminal, along with the additional funding announced today for further upgrades, will enable Brandon to be a competitive force in attracting both business and leisure travelers to conventions, conferences and new sporting and regional events, injecting new dollars into the economy.”

The Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba
“The completion of this expansion project is great news for people traveling through Brandon – whether for work or leisure.    The Government of Canada is pleased to have invested in the Brandon Municipal Airport, which created good paying jobs and opportunities for the middle class and those working to join it.    I am confident that with the completion of this project, and the further upgrades announced today, we will increase the Airport’s capacity and efficiency, which will have a lasting, positive impact on the region’s economic growth and development.”

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Our expanded airport facility will serve not only the residents of Brandon, but the entire southwestern Manitoba region in its growing desire for closer and more convenient air travel options.    The much-needed expansion has now elevated Brandon’s capacity as a regional travel hub and we are confident it can be the catalyst for enhanced economic growth and continued prosperity for our region.”

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • For the Airport Expansion Project the Government of Canada is contributing up to $2.9 million, while the Government of Manitoba is contributing up to $3.4 million to this project.   The City of Brandon is contributing the balance of funding for a total estimated cost of $11.26 million.
  • For the Airport Maintenance Building Replacement Project, the governments of Canada and Manitoba are each providing $833,333.    The City of Brandon is also providing $833,333, bringing the total federal-provincial-municipal contribution to $2.5 million.

Sunwing to offer direct flight service to three new destinations from Fredericton, NB, this winter

TORONTOJuly 13, 2017 /CNW/ – Heading off on a winter escape has just gotten a little bit easier for residents of Fredericton, NB, with the news that Sunwing is increasing its direct flight service to a total of four vacation destinations from Fredericton this coming winter including the new destinations of Punta CanaCayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria.    Plus, the tour operator will be bringing back the perennial favourite Mexican destination of Cancun.
Punta Cana, known for its dazzling white-sand beaches, world-class golf and abundance of water sports, will be the first Dominican Republic destination to be offered from Fredericton by the tour operator.   The weekly flight service will run from February 14 until May 9, 2018.    In addition, the #1 to the sun will be offering exclusive weekly flight services between February 13, 2017 and until May 8, 2018 to two new Cuban destinations not previously available: Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria, both known for their laid-back vibe, beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Plus, travellers can also take advantage of the return of popular weekly flight service to Cancun that will operate this season between February 12 and May 14, 2018.    In total, Fredericton residents now have access to four of the most popular tropical vacation hotspots from their doorstep this winter.
President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson, welcomed the news. “Saving vacationers time and money by offering flights from their local airport is of paramount importance to us so we’re pleased to be offering four different destinations from Fredericton this winter, including the addition of three of our most popular vacation hotspots, Punta CanaCayo Coco, and Cayo Santa Maria.    Plus, we’re delighted to be bringing back the perennial favourite Mexican destination of Cancun.
Johanne Gallant, President and CEO of the Fredericton International Airport Authority, also commented on the news. “The demand for all-inclusive vacations has grown continuously over the past few years, and it’s exciting to see Sunwing respond to this by adding even more choice for travellers in western and central New Brunswick.”
Sunwing offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all taste and budgets.    Travellers on the new flight service Punta Cana could be among the first guests to experience the new Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa that opens in early 2018 and promises to offer unlimited gourmet dining, complimentary activities like snorkelling and kayaking, and kids and teens clubs.   Also recently opened in Punta Cana, the adults only Riu Republica, offers guests a variety of dining options, lively evening entertainment, and private beachfront area.     The resort is also opening its first own adults only water park this fall. Another perennial favourite among travellers is Bavaro Princess All Suites Resort where guests can relax in lavish suites or take part in a full entertainment program including surfing, boogie boarding, catamaran rides, and more.
All Sunwing packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax while on board, with award-winning inflight service that includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford.    Passengers also benefit from a generous complimentary 23kg checked luggage allowance.

WestJet reports record June load factor of 82.9 per cent

Airline increases traffic by 8.9 per cent, achieves a record second quarter load factor of 82.8 per cent

CALGARYJuly 13, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced June 2017 traffic results with a record load factor of 82.9 per cent, an increase of 2.5 percentage points year over year.    Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.9 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 5.7 per cent over the same period.    For the second quarter of 2017, the airline achieved a record load factor of 82.8 per cent, an increase of 2.0 percentage points year over year, and flew a record 5.9 million guests, a year over year increase of 11.5 per cent or approximately 608,000 additional guests.
“We are very pleased with our record-breaking traffic and load factor as we flew more guests, and achieved new records for both June and the second quarter, while celebrating WestJet Encore’s fourth birthday,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.    “As we transition into the busy summer season, I want to sincerely thank our more than 12,000 WestJetters for their continued passion and commitment to providing our award winning brand of friendly caring service.”

June 2017 traffic results

June 2017

June 2016

Change

Load factor

82.9%

80.4%

2.5 pts

ASMs (billions)

2.484

2.350

5.7%

RPMs (billions)

2.058

1.889

8.9%

Second quarter
2017

Second quarter
2016

Change

Load factor

82.8%

80.8%

2.0 pts

ASMs (billions)

7.564

7.116

6.3%

RPMs (billions)

6.260

5.749

8.9%

Year-to-date 2017

Year-to-date 2016

Change

Load factor

82.9%

81.5%

1.4 pts

ASMs (billions)

15.263

14.410

5.9%

RPMs (billions)

12.653

11.737

7.8%

In June, WestJet launched the airline’s first non-stop flights within the province of Quebec with four flights daily connecting Quebec City and Montreal.    This new route is the second of three the airline announced earlier this year – bringing more choice, competition and lower fares to the Quebec market.    The routes are part of a significant investment in Quebec’s travel and tourism market, with increased service and new routes to and from Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Quebec CityHalifax, and Boston as well as Jean Lesage International Airport and Toronto and Montreal.

Interjet and Aéroports de Montréal Celebrate New Air Service Between Montréal and Mexico

 

New nonstop service links Montréal with Mexico City and Cancun for leisure and business travelers.

MEXICO CITY, MexicoJuly 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Interjet and Aéroports de Montréal celebrated Interjet’s first flights between Mexico and Canada today, with nonstop service between Montréal – Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez as well as between Montréal and Cancun International Airport.
“Montréal is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year and we’re very excited to be able to offer Mexico’s business and leisure travelers the opportunity to visit Montréal and celebrate the city’s wealth of history and culture as well as its rich heritage, people and its iconic places,” said José Luis Garza, Interjet’s Chief Executive Officer.    “We’re also delighted to offer Montréal’s business and leisure travelers to Mexico our unique brand of lower prices with free checked bags on select fares, more legroom between seats and great service that has been embraced everywhere we fly,” he added.
“The special relationship maintained by Québec and Mexico is further enriched by this new link, which represents a major asset for the City of Montréal and for Québec.    Québec and Mexico have demonstrated their strong commitment to continue their collaboration, and the new direct flights provided by Interjet enable us to do so by strengthening our business and cultural ties,” noted Christine St-Pierre, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie.
“Business and leisure travel between Canada and Mexico is reaching new heights,” said Philippe Rainville, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aéroports de Montréal. ”   So far this year, the number of Mexican tourists visiting Québec has more than doubled and is expected to grow even more.    Interjet will provide more options for our businesses community and leisure passengers: from Mexico’s endless beaches to its unique history and culture.    We are very pleased to welcome a new low cost airline to Montréal,” he added.
Interjet’s Montréal services operates using Airbus A320 aircraft with 150 seats.    The initial schedule is for three frequencies per week, per route, at convenient departure times.
For more information regarding Interjet’s new Canadian service or to make a reservation, visit www.interjet.com or in Canada, call 1 (844) 874-4053.

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Porter Airlines ends Toronto – North Bay service in Sep 2017

Porter Airlines in September 2017 is ending Toronto City – North Bay service, as the airline schedules last departure from Toronto on 10SEP17, North Bay on 11SEP17.

This route is operated by Dash8-Q400 aircraft. Operational schedule listed below is effective for the week of 03SEP17.

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PD667 YTZ2035 – 2127YYB DH4 7
PD667 YTZ2045 – 2137YYB DH4 x167
PD667 YTZ2120 – 2212YYB DH4 1

PD660 YYB0635 – 0725YTZ DH4 x167
PD660 YYB0805 – 0855YTZ DH4 6
PD662 YYB0840 – 0930YTZ DH4 1
PD662 YYB1000 – 1052YTZ DH4 7

PAL Aerospace Announces $30M, Two-Year Contract Extension With the Government of the Netherlands

ST. JOHN’SJuly 12, 2017 /CNW/ – PAL Aerospace is pleased to announce that a $30 million, two-year contract extension with the Netherlands will continue to ensure operational surveillance and search and rescue capabilities are provided to the Caribbean region until February 2020.
“PAL Aerospace has a strong partnership with the Government of the Netherlands – one of Canada’s allies in operations around the world.    We are committed to assisting the Netherlands with the delivery of key capabilities and we are honored this important client appreciates our approach to providing a flexible, proven, reliable and low-risk solution,” says Brian Chafe, Chief Executive Officer, PAL Group.
PAL Aerospace owns and operates two Dash 8 aircraft based in Curacao on behalf of the Netherlands.    In cooperation with Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, this contract offers strategic services that protect the Caribbean region by providing actionable intelligence concerning illegal immigration, illegal fishing, drug operations and other matters of interest to law enforcement agencies.    PAL Aerospace has held this contract since 2008.
Brigadier General de Vin, the senior Dutch military commander in the Caribbean Region stated, “As the director of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, I can say that I am extremely pleased with the continuation of the current contract with PAL Aerospace.   As an intelligence-collecting asset, the Dash 8 is a critical enabler for our intelligence-based operations.”

About PAL Aerospace
PAL Aerospace is a Canadian aerospace and defence company with a focus on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. Recognized by governments and militaries for on time/on budget delivery, and high reliability rates, the company has grown globally. This track record of success has led to on-going operations around the world.

Air Canada Named Winner in Finance for The 2017 Airline Strategy Awards

 

MONTREALJuly 12, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada was named winner in the Finance category of the 2017 Airline Strategy Awards, run by established air transport industry news and analysis provider, Flight Airline Business.    The 16th annual edition of the awards was presented at a recent event in London, England.
“Along with our ongoing fleet renewal and customer service enhancements, another major success at Air Canada has been our financial rejuvenation.   We have de-risked our company by lowering costs, strengthening the balance sheet and restoring our pension plan, turning a solvency deficit into a $1.9 billion surplus – all of which have been reflected in recent 10-year-highs for Air Canada shares,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, who accepted the Airline Strategy Award on behalf of Air Canada.
“Our strengthened financial position has allowed us to invest more in the customer experience.    This includes acquiring new Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft, expanding our international network with 11 new international routes this summer alone, and an increase to close to 45 million customers carried last year.   Our efforts have also resulted in Air Canada being named the Best Airline in North America at the Skytrax World Airline Awards this summer.”
In recognizing Air Canada’s accomplishments, the Airline Strategy Awards said: “The turnaround reflects not only an improved business environment, but also a company wide initiative to address simultaneously several serious and inter-related financial challenges.”  For the full citation and more details on the award, visit www.strategyawards.com

The Airline Strategy Award for Finance is the latest of several awards won recently by Air Canada, including:

  • Best Airline in North America at the Skytrax World Airline Awards
  • One of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for the second year in a row for its commitment to employee engagement by Achievers, an employee social recognition company
  • One of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” and One of “Montreal’s Top Employers” for 2017, both for the fourth consecutive year, by MediaCorp Canada
  • One of Canada’s top two “Most Attractive Employers”, in April, 2017 by Randstad Canada

Air Transat signs an agreement to lease 10 new Airbus A321neo LRs

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“These brand-new A321neo LRs will allow us to continue offering our customers the service and comfort they are used to, at the best possible price,” says Transat President and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache.

MONTREALJuly 11, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Transat A.T. Inc. is pleased to announce that its Air Transat business unit has signed an agreement with AerCap for the long-term (12-year) leasing of 10 Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft. The aircraft are to be delivered between spring 2019 and fall 2020, and will replace Transat’s Airbus A310s, which will be gradually retired from the fleet.
The A321neo LRs will be deployed on both Sun destinations and transatlantic routes.    Combined with the Airbus A330s and Boeing 737s, they will serve Transat’s entire network in an efficient and cost-effective way.   Air Transat’s A321neo LRs will be configured for 200 seats across both classes: Club and Economy.    All seats will be equipped with individual touch screens offering an extensive choice of entertainment for all.
“The A321neo LRs will perfectly complete our fleet of A330s and B737s,” said Jean-Marc Eustache, President and Chief Executive Officer of Transat.    He added: “These aircraft are also an ideal solution for replacing our A310s. This agreement with AerCap will allow us to continue offering our customers the service and comfort they are used to, at the best possible price.    We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with the world’s leading aircraft lessor, with which we have enjoyed a fruitful and long-standing association.”
Aengus Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, AerCap, stated: “We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with Air Transat and are thrilled to play a significant role in the future growth of the airline.    The A321neo LR will significantly improve Air Transat’s fleet with the most efficient, longest-range single-aisle aircraft that offers an exceptional level of passenger comfort.”
Air Transat will be among the first carriers to operate the new long-range (LR) variant of the Airbus A321neo (new engine option).    The A321neo LR has the longest range of any single-aisle jetliner, capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km).    It is ideally suited for Transat’s combination of routes.    Specifically, its size gives major flexibility in terms of flight commercialization and frequency while its fuel efficiency will keep cost per seat as low as possible, while reducing its carbon footprint.
Air Transat’s fleet currently consists of 31 permanent aircraft in a unique flexible-fleet model that allows it to deploy more wide-body aircraft in summer for the high transatlantic season, and narrow-body aircraft in winter for the high Sun destinations season.

First U.S. Army Initial Entry Fixed-Wing class graduates from flight training at CAE Dothan Training Center

 

Dothan, Alabama, July 10, 2017 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – The first class of six United States Army students to go through the new Initial Entry Fixed-Wing (IEFW) course at CAE’s Dothan Training Center have graduated and are now fixed-wing Army aviators.
The graduation ceremony, which included both rotary-wing and fixed-wing students, took place recently at Fort Rucker, home of the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE).
The six students were part of the first class ever for the Initial Entry Fixed-Wing training track course created by CAE and the U.S. Army.    The new IEFW training program has been implemented so that entry-level Army students can begin their career track to fixed-wing aircraft much sooner.    The course spans approximately four months and includes academic, simulator and aircraft training, including upset recovery training.
“All of us at CAE would like to congratulate the first graduating class from the new Initial Entry Fixed-Wing course,” said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA.    “We are honored to be partnering with the Army to provide a modern, flexible and cost-effective training program specifically designed to produce the next-generation fixed-wing aviators.”
CAE is the prime contractor responsible for the Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training program that provides the training required to fly the Army’s fleet of more than 350 fixed-wing aircraft. Training is delivered at the CAE Dothan Training Center, which officially opened in March 2017.    Located at the Dothan Regional Airport, CAE and its team of industry partners provide academic (classroom), simulator and live flying training using Grob G120TP and C-12 aircraft.

Major investment for Rouyn-Noranda Airport

ROUYN-NORANDA, QCJuly 10, 2017 /CNW/ – The Governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of investing in local airports, which connect rural communities to the country’s major centres and provide safe and effective essential services for passengers.    These investments help meet the needs of growing communities, create jobs, and make the regional economy more productive.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Luc Blanchette, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region, today announced that the Governments of Canada and Quebec will invest nearly $24.8 million into the expansion and upgrading of the Rouyn-Noranda Airport.VV This assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.    The City of Rouyn-Noranda will also provide nearly $12.4 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to nearly $37.2 million.
The project primarily involves the construction of a new two-floor terminal, tripling the surface area of the current building.    Related work includes expanding the parking lot, redeveloping the access lanes, and refurbishing the airport’s water and sewer systems and electric power plant.  When finished, this project will help address an anticipated increase in the number of passengers using this major regional airport.    The additional space will improve the efficiency and capacity of the airport.

Quotes
“We are making investments that have an immediate positive effect on people’s quality of life, while laying solid foundations for economic growth and creating good middle-class jobs.    Renewing public infrastructure is key to creating strong communities, which is why I’m very pleased to announce this financial assistance that will help expand the Rouyn-Noranda Airport, one of Quebec’s largest regional airports.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The Rouyn-Noranda Airport is already one of the busiest regional airports in Quebec.    This essential investment in this infrastructure will help to boost the economic development of our region.    The positive outcome that we are announcing today demonstrates the importance that the Government of Quebec places on regional air transportation.”  Luc Blanchette, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister Responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region and the Nord-du-Québec Region, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification.
“This is much more than just a terminal expansion project!    This support from both levels of government demonstrates their recognition of the importance of the Rouyn-Noranda Regional Airport, which remains first in its category for passenger movements throughout Québec with more than 150,000 users per year.”   Mario Provencher, Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda

Quick facts
The Small Communities Fund (SCF) is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada, in partnership with the provinces and territories.    In Quebec, the Fund is managed by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.  The purpose of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents so that they can maintain and improve airport infrastructure, among other things.

  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities
  • The 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.    When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebe cover the next 10 years.

Zenair To Build ‘Electric Bush Plane’

 

Solar Ship and Zenair Ltd announced the agreement to convert the existing Zenair STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) CH750 aircraft into an electric bush plane.    This new aircraft will provide extreme short take-off and landing (XSTOL) capability enabling pilots to take-off in areas without runways.    The aircraft is recharged by either a battery swap or electric vehicle rechargers.   It will not use any fossil fuel and will be available as a bush plane, float or amphibious.
The electric bush plane project is part of Zenair and Solar Ship’s ongoing partnership since 2011 when Zenair developed the fuselage for Solar Ship’s Zenship 11, a hybrid aircraft able to take-off and land from a soccer field to deliver critical cargo for disaster relief.
Solar Ship’s CEO, Jay Godsall: “We have been working with Zenair to ensure we could deliver the right power, weight and reliability for their aircraft.    We love what Zenair has done to improve the Zenair STOL CH750 and we now have a perfect electric propulsion system for that aircraft.    The Zenair bush planes are part of Solar Ship’s self-reliant infrastructure package to support critical cargo and air ambulance service in remote areas.    The new electric bush plane will be complemented by a network of low-cost solar powered hangars able to provide battery swap stations in remote areas.    Once you buy this aircraft you break free from the shackles of oil and you never need to refuel again. It is complete self-reliance.”

Expanded air transport agreement with Thailand to provide more travel options for Canadians

 

OTTAWAJuly 7, 2017 /CNW/ – Aviation is essential to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. Canadians, tourists and businesses benefit from an efficient and competitive Canadian air industry.   The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a modernized and expanded CanadaThailand air transport agreement that allows any number of Canadian and Thai airlines to serve any city in Canada and Thailand.
The new agreement, which replaces the existing 1989 agreement, establishes an allowance of 21 flights per week for each country.    It also enhances rights that allow airlines to extend CanadaThailand services to third countries (otherwise known as fifth freedom rights) on up to seven of the 21 weekly flights.   In addition, the new agreement enhances previously existing code-share rights (when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another carrier) and modernizes aviation safety and ‎security articles as well as doing business provisions.
The new agreement was reached under Canada’s Blue Sky Policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.    Pending the completion of formal ratification procedures, the agreement is being applied on an administrative basis to allow carriers to begin planning new air services immediately.

Quotes
“The Government of Canada is committed to helping the Canadian air industry increase its access to international markets.    An expanded agreement with a growing international air transport market like Thailand not only benefits our air sector, but also Canadian businesses, shippers and travellers who will now have more options.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Expanded air transport links are yet another sign of the growing ties between Canada and Thailand, which contribute to deepening our trade relationship.    Our government is committed to facilitating the movement of goods, services and people to help Canadian businesses expand, compete and succeed in markets around the world.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of International Trade

Quick Facts
In 2016, Thailand was Canada’s 29th largest air travel market.
Thailand is the 100th partner country that Canada has negotiated with under the Blue Sky Policy.
Thailand is a member state of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. As a group, ASEAN ranks as Canada’ssixth largest merchandise trading partner.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Canada’s status as a Dialogue Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Toronto Area Airline and Collectables Show

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