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Alaska Airlines Expands in California

By: Contributor / Published: May 18, 2016

Alaska Airlines announced today that it will add three daily flights between San Diego and Sacramento and Burbank and San Jose. Services to those cities will start on March 16, 2017.

The flights will be operated by SkyWest Airlines’  76-seats Embraer 175 aircraft. The E175 features 12 First class seats, 12 Premium class seats, and 52 Main Cabin seats. Onboard amenities include Wi-Fi and free and premium entertainment available from the passengers’ electronic devices. Power outlets are available for First class customers.

ANALYSIS: Alaska Airlines to Replace Some Q400s with Regional Jets

ANALYSIS: Will Alaska Airlines Build a California Hub?

According to the airline, the new flights will connect California passengers to London, Beijing and Tokyo on Alaska’s partners British Airways, Hainan Airlines and Japan Airlines.

RELATED: Alaska, Japan Airlines to Launch Partnership

RELATED: Alaska Airlines to Partner with Hainan Airlines

“These new routes will bring more options and low fares to our California customers, as well as creating new connections to key international business markets served by our partner carriers“ said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer.

Passengers will be able to book flights for the new routes on May 25 of this year.


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Air Canada Express to Take Delivery of Five CRJ900s

By: Nicolas Bernier / Published: April 26, 2016

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced this morning that Chorus Aviation signed a firm purchase agreement for five CRJ900s to be operated by Jazz Aviation under the Air Canada Express banner. The order also includes purchasing options for five additional aircraft.

Air Canada Express CRJ900. (Credits: Bombardier)

Air Canada Express CRJ900. (Credits: Bombardier)

Based on the manufacturer’s list prices, the firm order is valued at $229 million US and could increase to $467 million if Chorus would exercise all of its purchase rights.

The new aircraft will be leased under Jazz’s Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with Air Canada. Deliveries will start at the beginning of 2017.

The CRJ900 will be configured in a dual class with 76 seats with 12 seats in Business Class and 64 seats in Economy, including 20 Preferred seats which offer greater legroom. This configuration has become a standard for North American operators of the aircraft. Every seat will offer seatback in-flight entertainment as well as Gogo onboard internet access.

“The addition of these new CRJ900 aircraft will continue Jazz’s fleet renewal and growth program that began in 2011, and provide unit operating costs that are amongst the lowest of any regional aircraft,” said Joseph Randell, President and CEO of Chorus. “These efficient aircraft are an important component of our cost reduction plans and will be an outstanding complement to our exclusive fleet of Bombardier turboprops and regional jets.”

“Ensuring passenger comfort while maintaining cost efficiency is a top priority for us, and the CRJ900 aircraft allows us to achieve both,” said Colin Copp, President of Jazz Aviation. “To support Air Canada’s new fleet standard, the new 76-seat aircraft will be configured with three classes — business, preferred economy and economy.”

“We are delighted that Chorus and Jazz continue to put their confidence in Bombardier and its products — providing passengers with outstanding service from coast to coast in Canada and the United States,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ900 aircraft is ideally suited to growing markets and is recognized for its superior performance, economics and passenger comfort.”

Reconfiguration of Current CRJ705s and Q400s

Jazz also announced that Bombardier will assist its maintenance and engineering division to reconfigure its current 75-seat CRJ705s and 74-seat Q400s to add additional seats. The 16 CRJ705s operated by Jazz will be reconfigured to 76-seats while 21 Bombardier Q400s will have an additional row of seats for a total of 78 seats.

The CRJ705 was based on the CRJ900 but allowed a maximum 75 seats for the operation of the aircraft by regional carriers. All the cabin modifications will be completed by the end of 2017.


1475805_10202224574510743_2017186540_nNicolas Bernier is an AirwaysNews.com contributor that has been an aviation passionate since he was young. Nicolas likes travelling, plane spotting, and writing. He lives in Montreal, Canada and studies in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @nickbernier7, or email him at    nicolasbernier7@gmail.com


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Air Canada Expands To Sun Destinations

By: Nicolas Bernier / Published: April 20, 2016

Air Canada announced today that it would start four new winter seasonal routes to sun destinations. From November, the Montreal-based carrier will launch flights from Montreal to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. A month later, San José, Costa Rica, Palm Springs and Port of Spain will follow suit.

Tickets are available for purchase as of today. The new routes are listed below from the airline’s press release:

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 11.21.15All the flights will be operated by the air carrier’s wholly owned subsidiary leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge. Flights from Montreal to Puerto Vallarta and to San José, as well as from Toronto to Port of Spain will be operated by 282-seat Boeing 767-300ERs, while the service to Palm Springs will be operated by 136-seat Airbus A319s. These two types of aircraft offer Business Class and Economy Class products.

“Air Canada is solidifying its position in the Canadian leisure market by offering more flights to more sun destinations during the 2016-2017 winter season. Flights are timed to optimize connectivity for travelers from all across Quebec and Eastern Canada looking to escape the Canadian winter,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

According to the airline, Rouge flies to near 70 leisure destinations to Canada, Mexico, the United States, and the Caribbean, and long-haul to Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.


1475805_10202224574510743_2017186540_nNicolas Bernier is an AirwaysNews.com contributor that has been an aviation passionate since he was young. Nicolas likes travelling, plane spotting, and writing. He lives in Montreal, Canada and studies in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @nickbernier7, or email him at    nicolasbernier7@gmail.com


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Horizon Air Signs Contract for 30 Embraer E175s

By: Nicolas Bernier / Published: April 12, 2016

Horizon Air and Embraer announced this morning a firm order for 30 E175 with options for additional 33 aircraft. The estimated value of the deal is $2.8 billion based on current list prices if all options are exercised.

The new aircraft will start arriving to the fleet in 2017, and deliveries will extend over a period of three years. These regional jets will complement the airline’s current fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft, which has roughly the same capacity than the E175 but with a shorter range. The E175s will enable Horizon to serve long and thinner routes, which do not have enough passenger demand to fill Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737s.

“The E175s position Horizon for growth beyond our current West Coast destinations while providing better customer utility in the growing Alaska Airlines network,” said Horizon Air President, David Campbell. “This aircraft opens up tremendous new opportunities to fly to new places that would not have been feasible with our existing aircraft.”

Horizon Air will be flying the E175s for Alaska Airlines under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) once the aircraft start arriving to the fleet. The new aircraft will replace 15 Q400s, due  for return back to their lessors in 2018.

ANALYSIS: Alaska Airlines to Replace Q400s with Regional Jets

The aircraft will be configured with a three-class seating including 12 in First, 16 in Premium Class and 48 in Economy, and will include in-flight Wi-Fi and power outlets in all cabins.

“To be chosen by Horizon to expand their fleet with the E175, is a great honor for Embraer.  It recognizes the great economics that this aircraft offers,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO. “The Alaska Airlines brand is known for its high-standards of service, having received many awards for their superior customer services, which brings us even greater responsibility to deliver a state-of-the-art product, with the best cabin for passengers in the 76-seat jet segment.”

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1475805_10202224574510743_2017186540_nNicolas Bernier is an AirwaysNews.com contributor that has been an aviation passionate since he was young. Nicolas likes travelling, plane spotting, and writing. He lives in Montreal, Canada and studies in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @nickbernier7, or email him at    nicolasbernier7@gmail.com


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Museum of Flight Completes Successful Final Flight of the First Boeing 727

By: Brandon Farris and Royal Scott King in Seattle / Published: March 2, 2016

The Museum of Flight has successfully completed the final flight of the first ever made 727, N7001U, from Paine Field in Everett, where it has been stored for the last 25 years while it was being restored for eventual display at the museum’s restoration facility at Boeing Field.

RELATED: The First Boeing 727 Prepares For a Last Flight

With a special flight permit granted by the FAA, and a crew of four: Captain Tim Powell, Co-Pilot Mike Scott, Flight Engineer Ralph Pascale, and restoration manager Bob Bogash, the 727 was pushed back from its stand at Paine Field (PAE) at 10:30 PST (18:30 GMT), for a ceremonial water cannon salute from PAE fire department after engine start-up.

With no hush kits installed, the Stage II aircraft deafeningly roared down the runway to the delight of all in attendance, taking off from runway 16R at 10:50 local time (18:50 GMT). As an anecdote, one of the engines experienced a noticeable backfire during the roll. However, it was transient and did not cause a rejected takeoff.

Though the Boeing 727 is considered today as an obsolete aircraft, the technology used to promote its last flight ever certainly is not. Social media channels were very active keeping up with the action using in Twitter the hashtag #727FinalFlight, and live streaming videos of the takeoff and landing through different Periscope and website feeds.

As the trijet soared to the sky for a last time, a trail of black smoke emanated from the three Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7s. As a technical detail, landing gear and flaps at 15 degrees were deployed during all the flight. During the flight, the 727 was escorted by two chase planes. landing took place at Boeing Field at 11:07 (19:07 GMT) on a short 17-minute hop. Upon landing it taxied directly into the Museum’s parking area-through a celebratory arch of water created by water cannons on Boeing and King County firetrucks-where the engines were shut down for the last time.

727 landing

Photo credits: Francis Zera/The Museum of Flight, Seattle

Water Cannon Salute

Photo Credits: The Museum of Flight, Seattle.

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Following the aircraft’s time with Boeing on the flight test certification campaign, the 727 was delivered to United Airlines in 1964, where it spent its entire 27 year flying service. Over the course of its career, N7001U chalked up some impressive figures: It carried around 3,000,000 passengers, generated an estimated $300,000,000 in revenue, racked up 64,495 flight hours and made 48,060 landings. It was repainted in the original 60’s United Airlines scheme when the airline flew it on its last flight in 1991 from San Francisco to Seattle/Tacoma, after which it was flown up to Everett as a donation to the Museum of Flight, much like the first ever made 737 and 747.

This flight has been 25 years in the making, as volunteers have spent thousands of hours along with blood, sweat and tears during that time. It is the beneficiary of many donations of parts from FedEx and other airlines throughout the world over the years as they retired the iconic 727 from their fleets. The final push came in May of 2004, when FedEx donated another 727 that was destined for a retirement in the desert. Five engines were also donated by the cargo carrier, and with efforts from ATS and volunteers, the aircraft appeared as though it would be ready to go early in 2016.

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The 727 will be on temporary display in the Museum of Flight’s Airpark through the summer. Then, in October, it will be placed inside the new covered Aviation pavilion, which will also include a 1960’s era VC-137 Air Force One, the first Boeing 737-100, the first 747-100, the 3rd Boeing 787-8, a Concorde and many other noteworthy aircraft.


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Photos – Second Boeing 737-8 MAX Emerges From Factory

The second Boeing 737-8 MAX has emerged from the paint shop.

The second Boeing 737-8 MAX has emerged from the paint shop.

Photos By: Brandon Farris / Published: February 20, 2016

On a rainy night, similar to the morning of the first Boeing 737-8 MAX First Flight, the second Boeing 737-8 MAX emerged on the company’s Renton Flight Line this week.  It adorns a “Light” Company scheme similar to what we’ve previously seen on the 747-8F and 787 Flight Test programs with ZA003 before it was repainted in the full colors along with ZA004-ZA006. These are the first photos to emerge of 1A002, who’s registration will be N8702L. The difference from when we last saw this scheme is the blue line that runs down the fuselage is a darker blue compared to what we had seen on the 787 and 747-8F.

ZA004 in the 787 light company colors

Seen here is the fourth 787, ZA004, adoring the Boeing “light” company colors. Photo provided by Brandon Farris

Boeing 737-8 MAX Flight Test Update-

First flight of the second 737-8 MAX should come no later then mid-March.  The first MAX has already flown 11 total flights and roughly 33 hours of air time in just the first half month of testing. Some can say that the flight test campaign is already off into full swing as flutter testing is underway with 1A001. As of late she has been flying with nine engineers on board and two pilots.

Related: Image Gallery and Personal Reflections From Boeing 737-8 MAX First Flight

Related: The Boeing 737 MAX Makes First Flight

Boeing wasted little time getting the first test aircraft back in the skies as it was airborne for its second flight the next day after its first flight. You can track the first test aircraft here on flightaware. 

Gallery: Boeing 737 MAX Taxi Tests Complete

Which scheme do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting at us @AirwaysNews

Which scheme do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting at us @AirwaysNews or @BrandonsBlog


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Air Canada Signs for Up to 75 Bombardier CSeries

By: Roberto Leiro / Published: February 17, 2016

Bombardier and Air Canada have announced today the subscription of a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the purchase of up to 75 CSeries CS300. The deal contemplates 45 firm orders plus 30 options, and includes conversion rights to the CS100 under certain circumstances. Based on the list price, the order is valued at approximately US$3.8 billion.

At a press conference held today in Saint-Laurent, Québec, Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada, along with members of his leadership team were hosted by Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. Alongside Bellemare were Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program.

ACACS300These aircraft come as part of the narrowbody fleet renewal plan of Air Canada, started in December 2013 with the acquisition of 61 Boeing 737 MAXs. “The renewal of our North American narrowbody fleet with more capable and efficient aircraft is a key element of our ongoing cost transformation program —plus the enhanced passenger cabin comfort provided by the CS300 will help us to retain Air Canada’s competitive position as the only Four-Star international network carrier in North America” said Rovinescu.

RELATED: Air Canada Orders Boeing 737MAX for Fleet Renewal

Fred Cromer highlighted the order as a “very significant strategic marker for the CSeries aircraft program and we’re looking forward to further strengthening a relationship that spans 30 years.” Air Canada and Bombardier have a long-standing relationship. To date, Air Canada Express regional partners operate a mix of over 120 regional jets and turboprop aircraft. According to Rovinescu, Air Canada was “One of the launch customers for the Canadair Regional Jet, and today’s announcement reflects our continued support for Canada’s aerospace industry and for the new technologies the industry may develop.”originalThe narrowbody fleet renewal plan implies the retirement of 45 Embraer E190s in service with Air Canada. 20 of these aircraft will be taken by Boeing as part of the 737 MAX deal, while the remaining 25 aircraft will be replaced by the CSeries. The Boeing 737 MAX deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2017 and extend to 2021, while the deliveries of the CSeries are scheduled to start in late 2019 and extend to 2022.

According to Bellemare, the order, which is one of the largest to date for the CSeries Program “will be the catalyst for future orders in North America and around the world.”

With this agreement, the Montréal-based manufacturer has now received 678 firm orders and commitments for the both variants of the CSeries —the CS100 and the stretched CS300. Swiss will be the launch customer of the CS100, and the aircraft is expected to enter service in the first half of the year. Last December, the CS100 obtained its certification type, and the CS300 is on track to receive it in the next months.

RELATED: Bombardier Hosts CSeries Event, Jet Certification Achieved

RELATED: Bombardier Delays First CSeries Delivery Until 2016

RELATED: Where Are the Sales for Bombardier’s CSeries Jet?

Air Canada is posed to be the first North American carrier to operate the CSeries. Although Porter Airlines planned to rely on the CSeries for its expansion, the elected Liberal Canadian government reiterated its commitment to not allow jet aircraft at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, home base and largest hub for this regional carrier. Also, in this week WestJet CEO Gregg Saretski commented that the CSeries was “too small” for the airline, and “too big” for its regional operator Encore.

ANALYSIS: Porter Airlines Future is Uncertain Without Toronto City Runway Extension

A recent tour of the CSeries to the United States has spurred rumors in the industry about a potential order from United and Delta Air Lines. To date, in the case of United, the airline has signaled that it could place an order for up to 50 CS100, while Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson commented that the Atlanta-based carrier is “taking a very serious look” at purchasing the aircraft.

For Bombardier, the order represents a major victory for the CSeries program, marred with financial problems. Last October, the Government of Québec announced a US$1 billion investment in the program, plagued by ever-increasing cost-overruns and a schedule running two years behind the Entry Into Service (EIS).

RELATED: Government of Québec Partners with Bombardier for $1 billion in CSeries Program


5k7s85PpRoberto Leiro is the Executive Editor at AirwaysNews.com. An aviation passionate since early childhood, Roberto started with other fellow enthusiasts Venezuela’s first aviation photography / news organization svzm.aero. Follow him on twitter @rleiro and reach him via e-mail at roberto.leiro@airwaysnews.com.


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Lufthansa Takes Ceremonial Delivery of its First Airbus A320neo

By: Jan Richter in Hamburg / Published: February 12, 2016

Lufthansa, together with Airbus and Pratt & Whitney, celebrated Friday the delayed official ceremonial delivery of the world’s first A320neo. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and the President of Pratt & Whitney Robert Leduc invited 700 guests and media staff to the official delivery at Hamburg-Finkenwerder.

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From left to right: Fabrice Brégier (Airbus), Carsten Spohr (Lufthansa) and Robert Leduc (PW) in the handover ceremony.

Following the handover, the first two aircraft were presented to the attendees. The first A320neo, registered D-AINA (MSN 6801) has already flown scheduled service since January. The second neo is expected to join the fleet soon. According to Spohr, the initial experiences with the A320neo have been positive, confirming that the 15 percent lower fuel consumption mark was not only achieved but also slightly exceeded, despite of existing technical glitches. “We are very grateful to Airbus and PW, and will be even more so once teething problems are fixed!” Spohr joked.

RELATED: Onboard the Inaugural Airbus A320neo Low-Key Lufthansa Launch

RELATED: Airbus A320neo: Delivered!

P1820569The CEO of Lufthansa was not the only one to talk about the PW 1000G issues. Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO, announced that the company will ramp up the deliveries once the problem is solved.

At the present time, the permanent solution proposed by PW implies a hardware fix that has already been implemented. However, a required software update will be completed in April. The technical issue is known to cause engines to run in idle during three minutes before taxi. Last December, Qatar Airways, which was supposed to be the launch operator, declined to take delivery of the aircraft under such technical constraints.

REPORT: Airbus to Swap A320neo Deliveries, Lufthansa Becomes Launch Operator

Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo would now become the second operator to receive the A320neo. Last December, the carrier was notified of delays in the delivery due to “industrial reasons.” According to Brégier, the delivery is subject to “customer confirmation.”

RELATED: Airbus to Delay IndiGo’s A320neo Delivery

“We are opening a new chapter in commercial aviation, and I am confident that the A320neo will support Lufthansa’s objective to raise its environmental performance. The A320neo not only cuts emissions at every operational stage but also halves its noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft,” The CEO also announced that the 15% mark achieved to date will be taken to 20% by 2020 as the program matures.

This week, the first CFM-powered A321neo flew for the first time. Brégier announced that the PW variant is due to fly in March.

RELATED: First A321neo Successfully Completes First Flight

After the presentation, the A320neo took off from Hamburg- Finkenwerder in a special flight with flight number LH9917 with guests and media staff bound to Frankfurt, with a short stopover at Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel. The aircraft was adorned with a special logo. “First to fly A320neo – Less noise. Less fuel. Less CO2” placed at the rear fuselage.

Currently, Lufthansa has ordered a total of 116 A320neo family aircraft to be delivered in the next years. The airline is also getting ready to take delivery of its first A350 at the end of this year. According to Spohr, the German carrier is expected to receive 52 new aircrafts during 2016.


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Images: First Alaska Airlines 737-900ER In New Branding

Still no site of this scheme in the sun in Seattle, even on a dull overcast sky it still looks sharp!

Still no sight of this scheme in the sun in Seattle. Even on a dull overcast sky the new Alaska Airlines scheme still looks sharp!

Photos and Story By: Brandon Farris / Published: February 05, 2016

On a typical, gloomy wet afternoon in Seattle, the first new re-branded Alaska Airlines 737-990ER (N494AS, MSN 41729/LN 5768) took to the skies for the first time this week.

The aircraft rolled out of the Boeing paint hangar earlier in the week at Boeing Field adorned in the new livery.

300_4965With Alaska Airlines having just unveiled the new scheme just ten days prior, this 737-990ER was shrouded in some secrecy on the Boeing Renton flight line prior to its first flight on Wednesday January 27th. It rolled out of the final assembly line with a white rudder and its winglets masked by some sort of plastic wrap to help mask its identity prior to the Alaska unveiling event last Monday. With the flight line in full view of photographers from a viewing park, this was done so as not to spoil the debut of the new livery.

This 737 will be the 150th in the fleet barring Alaska retiring a 737-400 or 737-700 prior to the delivery of N494AS.  It will be the 36th 737-900ER and 48th 737-900 overall after they took delivery of N493AS on Friday just after the MAX completed its first flight, that one was still in the interim scheme.

Alaska Airlines was the launch customer for the initial batch of 737-900s but after not achieving the expected range they switched to the 737-800 for the majority of the fleet before going back to the 737-900ER after if had proven its legs. Alaska still has another 29 737-900ER’s on order along with 20 737 MAX 8s and 17 737 MAX 9s.


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ANALYSIS: Air Canada Returns to Hamilton

By: Nicolas Bernier / Published: February 4, 2016

As previously reported by Airline Route in January, Air Canada announced yesterday it would resume daily flights to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton (YHM) with up to two daily services, starting on May 24, 2016. The airline is returning to Hamilton after it pulled back during the summer 2008. High fuel prices and the economic crisis made the 50-seat CRJ uneconomical.

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Photo: LC Laverdure

Flights will be operated by regional partner Jazz Aviation LP under the Air Canada Express banner. The Montreal-based carrier will operate two flights on the CRJ 200, with the exception of Saturday. The detailed schedule is shown below:

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 18.46.03The schedule will meet the needs of both O/D passengers, as well as connecting passenger in YUL. According to the airline, customers will be able to catch a flight to Halifax and St. John’s in eastern Canada, and Europe-bound flights such as Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Paris, and Lyon.

“Located in the heart of the populous Golden Horseshoe of Southern OntarioHamilton is a convenient departure and arrival point for the business community as well as tourists, visiting friends and relatives,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “This is the only non-stop service between Hamilton and Montreal and is part of our strategy to increase and strengthen our presence in the Greater Toronto Area as well as in Montreal.”

“We’re thrilled with Air Canada’s announcement to begin operating non-stop flights from Hamilton to Montreal this May,” said Frank Scremin, President & CEO at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. “Montreal is one of the Airport’s most requested destinations; not only is it an important business market but also a great getaway city, and we’re extremely happy that passengers can now fly directly to Montreal from Hamilton.”

More Flexibility between Montreal and Toronto

The new flight to Hamilton will offer a new travel option for those traveling between Montreal and the Toronto metropolitan area. Hamilton International Airport is located around 49 miles southwest of Toronto-Pearson close to Lake Ontario. Currently, customers have the choice to fly to either Toronto-Pearson or Toronto City from Montreal, and now Hamilton will be part of the game. AirwaysNews made a table to compare the different travel options for next summer.

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 19.50.52The air corridor between Montreal and Toronto is the busiest in Canada, with flights departing every 30 minutes during peak hours on weekdays. Customers can benefit from thousands of seats in each direction every day.

The ticket prices are somewhat similar, but there is a notorious difference in both the number of seats available and tof flights to/from Hamilton. YHM is an option for those customers who do not wish to go through the congested airports of Pearson and Billy Bishop.

It would not be a surprise if Air Canada would add frequencies and even some more routes out of Hamilton. NewLeaf Travel, the “first” Ultra-low-cost carrier in Canada announced earlier this year that it would begin operating flights to Hamilton starting in February. However, flights have been postponed until Spring because the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has to revise the licensing regulations for Indirect Service Providers.

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Current Service to Hamilton

Four airlines are currently serving Hamilton International Airport with regular, seasonal, and charter flights. Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines offer winter seasonal flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. Canadian North operates charter flights to Fort McMurray, Halifax, and Saskatoon. Finally, WestJet Airlines flies year-round to Calgary with seasonal service to Cancun, Orlando, Punta Cana, and several cities across Canada. More than 332,000 passengers went through YHM in 2014.


1475805_10202224574510743_2017186540_nNicolas Bernier is an AirwaysNews.com contributor that has been an aviation passionate since he was young. Nicolas likes travelling, plane spotting, and writing. He lives in Montreal, Canada and studies in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @nickbernier7, or email him at    nicolasbernier7@gmail.com


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American to Offer Free Snacks and More Entertainment in Main Cabin

By: Staff / Published: February 1, 2016

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A sample of the new snack options that will be available to Main Cabin passengers on American on all domestic flights starting in April. / Photo courtesy of American Airlines

Just as free snacks in economy return to the “Friendly Skies” at United today, American announced that it will begin offering complimentary snacks again and more free movies, TV shows and music in the Main Cabin.

RELATED: United Airlines to Introduce New (and Free) Snacks in Economy

Customers traveling on flights departing prior to 9:45 a.m. will receive Biscoff® cookies. On flights departing after 9:45 a.m., customers will have a choice between Biscoff® cookies or pretzels, rotated on a seasonal basis. American’s Food for Sale items will also be available for purchase on all flights.

Complimentary snacks in the Main Cabin will be available initially on American’s transcontinental routes, but by April, complimentary snacks will be available in the Main Cabin on all domestic flights.

The new snack options are the same options Delta offers on its flights. However, from today, the Atlanta-based carrier will also offer for purchase three different Luvo-branded wraps. These will be available only for passengers in Delta Comfort+ and in Main Cabin on flights greater than 1,400 miles within the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.

But wait, there’s more!

American will begin offering complimentary meal service in the Main Cabin on all flights between Hawaii and Dallas/Fort Worth starting in May. Among legacy carriers, this service will be unique to American as neither Delta nor United offer complimentary meals in economy on flights to Hawaii, even on flights from the east coast to the island. Hawaiian is the only U.S. airline currently to offer free meals in economy on domestic flights.

“We want customers to choose American every time they fly,” said Fernand Fernandez, American’s vice president – Global Marketing.  “We are giving our customer more choices to enhance their personal flying experience by offering new service and new entertainment options in all cabins.”

More Free Entertainment Options

Meanwhile, American is expanding its complimentary entertainment on domestic flights equipped with in-seat entertainment. Customers will now be able to choose from up to 40 movies, 60 TV shows and 300 music albums. In addition, live television channels are now available on long-haul international flights with Wi-Fi, operated by Boeing 777-300ER, retrofitted 777-200ERs and 787-8s. Customers can enjoy news, sports and entertainment as they happen with four satellite channels in all cabins, making American the first U.S. airline to offer complimentary, international live TV.

Other Product Investments

Customers flying on long haul international and transcontinental flights in the premium cabins starting this March will have new amenity kits, and International First and Business Class customers on select transpacific flights will also have new, pure cotton luxury sleepwear.

Also later this year, American’s new International Premium Economy product will debut when it takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. American Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to launch an International Premium Economy class. Nevertheless, other carriers offer a similar product such as AA’s oneworld partners British Airways, Japan Airlines and Qantas.

RELATED: American Airlines to Launch International Premium Economy


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Image Gallery and Personal Reflections From Boeing 737-8 MAX First Flight

The new Boeing 737-8 MAX fights a crosswind approach into Boeing Field to complete its first flight.

The new Boeing 737-8 MAX fights a crosswind approach into Boeing Field to complete its first flight.

Photos and Story By: Brandon Farris / Published: January 31, 2016

On Friday the Boeing 737-8 MAX took to the skies for the very first time beginning a year long flight test campaign that is expected to wrap up in the first quarter of 2017.

The MAX is Boeing’s response to Airbus and its NEO which just had its first delivery to Lufthansa earlier this month in the form of the A320. Boeing was able to get MAX off the ground ahead of schedule by three days as it wasn’t expected to actually fly until Monday February 1st which is a good sign as the manufacturer actually gets a head start on its test campaign.

N8701Q is the first of four Boeing 737-8 MAX test airplanes and will eventually be delivered to the launch customer Southwest Airlines in November of 2017. This photo review displays all angles from the departure from Renton, a couple of inflight photos from Boeing and then on to the arrival and post flight press conference at Boeing Field.

Renton Departure

The morning begins at 5:45am to my buzzing alarm, an excitement begins to settle in as my brain quickly clicks to realize the fact that the Boeing 737-8 MAX is about to take to the skies on its first flight While it was not scheduled until 10am, media had to meet at 7:45am and Seattle traffic on a Friday morning soggy commute is not a reason you want to miss your date with history.

As expected the traffic was in full force and we arrives into Renton on a raining morning at about 7:15am to wait for the bus to the Renton Airport. As we wait with other members of the media, Boeing sent out an email alert that the first flight had been moved up to 9:30am to depart ahead of the winds and squally weather that could prevent the first MAX to take to begin its first mission. We arrived airside at about 8:20am. Between the rain, slight wind we were still able to feel a palpable buzz in the air.

As thousands of employees make their way to designated viewing areas along the runway, even in the pouring rain, nearly every single one of them is walking with a smile on their face as they understand what an important step this is for the carrier in the narrowbody market. To your everyday average traveler, the Boeing 737-8 MAX looks just like any other 737 that has been gracing the skies for the past 49 years seen around the globe as nearly 9000 in total have been delivered to hundreds of airlines.

CEO Ray Conner awaits in the rain.

CEO Ray Conner awaits in the rain.

As the rain continued to pour a “Thank You Team” with a 737 tail banner lifted above the crowd to a cheer as the clock continues to get closer to showtime. Finally, at 9:40am. Boeing MAX 1, IA001, N8701Q, dubbed the “Spirit of Renton” began to taxi out of the East Side stall four and takes a left turn down taxiway Bravo for the end of runway 34.

Thank You Team banner

Thank You Team banner

At 9:45, Boeing MAX 1 lined up on 34 as it waits for the T33 chase plane to set up for the departure. Aas the T33 made its run down the west side of the field, the Spirit of Renton released the brakes and began its roll down 34 for a max power take off. Using about 2/3rds of the runway, the first Boeing 737-8 MAX rotated gracefully into the Seattle sunshine and lifted off at 9:46am to begin its two and a half hour first flight to monstrous applause and roars from the crowd that was even louder then the departure as the new CFM Leap-1B engines quietly propelled the aircraft skyward. Those who have helped build the 737 into the workhorse that the aircraft has turned into for some airlines as they watch the latest edition of it take to the skies after nearly 50 years of sweat and blood that have been sacrificed for the type.

Following the take off, all the media hopped back onto the bus to head back for our cars. From there it was a mad rush down to Boeing Field as you had to get there quickly just in case the aircraft has an issue and needs to return early.

As luck would have it the flight would continue to go to plan and we arrive to the latest news that it was still about an hour and a half out. In the interim, we were given a quick look at the new Seattle Delivery Center where most 737s are handed off to customers.

Senior VP Pat Shanahan gives the camera a smile after the MAX lifts off for the first time.

Boeing Senior VP Pat Shanahan gives the camera a smile after the MAX lifts off for the first time.

While we were driving over Boeing shared these two great images with the media from inflight and showed the Boeing 737-8 MAX with its gear up at a cruising altitude between FL 150 and 250 above the inclement weather below.

Seattle Arrival

Most of the media were tracking the flight on many different resources from Flightaware to Flightradar24 and watched what the airplane was doing. After much anticipation, at about 12:15pm we received word that it’s time to head back out to the runway to capture the first landing of the Boeing 737-8 MAX. Everyone kept an eye to the skies and their viewfinders as The Spirit of Renton edged ever to so close to Boeing Field in an attempt to be the first to spot in and alert everyone to where it was in the approach process.

Around 12:45pm she broke into view on top of the Port of Seattle cranes and began her final approach path down for 13R, crabbing most of the way down as Captain Ed Wilson (pilot-in-command) and Captain Craig Bomben fight a strong crosswind on the approach. As they shoot the top of the runway numbers one final strong tap on the rudder straightened the MAX out for the center line. They gracefully floated down about 1500 feet down the runway before finally making contact back with the ground and threw the CFM Leap-1B engines into reverse thrust and bring the aircraft to a quick halt.

After exiting the runway, the Spirit of Renton taxied down taxiway Bravo to the Boeing Seattle South Gate where it was marshalled to a stop, the Leaps were shutdown, and MAX was towed into the Boeing ramp to the awaiting journalist, VIPs, staff, and executives.

After N8701Q blocked in, where the press conference was going to be held, ground agents pull up the staircase and opened the main cabin door. Captain Wilson and Captain Bomben emerged from the cabin with a triumphant but understated thumbs up as they deplane. Greeting them is Boeing CEO Ray Conner and their families with copious smiles to go around.

 

From there the press conference is held with the two pilots and one of the 737 bosses who take questions from the media about the flight and program, then the time comes for pictures with members of the 737 team and the pilots infront the MAX before the pilots are dragged away to a post flight briefing to discuss with the engineers how the flight went and bring up anything significant that happened.

Overall the Boeing 737-8 MAX is one sharp looking aircraft in comparison to the NG 737s now being delivered. While the Split-Scimitar was a visual and more importantly fuel burn upgrade to the current 737s in comparison, the new winglet on the MAX become the centerpiece. The chevrons on the back of the CFM Leap-1B engines, echoing  the 787 and 747-8, are very eye appealing. The 737 MAX overall will surely be a welcome addition to the skies.

RELATED: The First Boeing 737 MAX Takes to the Skies

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EXCLUSIVE GALLERY: Boeing 737 MAX Taxi Tests Complete

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The Boeing 737 MAX completed its last major hurdle as it prepares for its first flight today. Our photographer Brandon Farris was on hand to capture this gallery of the historic first taxi ever for the 737 MAX, N8701Q, that will eventually be delivered to Southwest Airlines.

RELATED: The Boeing 737 MAX Makes First Flight

 


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Countdown to Launch: The Boeing 737 MAX Timeline

By Staff / Published: January 27, 2016

With the Boeing 737 MAX’s successful maiden voyage on Friday, January 29, AirwaysNews takes a look at the history of the program, which officially launched with Boeing’s Board of Directors giving the go ahead on August 30, 2011.

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The first Boeing 737 MAX was dubbed the “Spirit of Renton” (Photo: Paul Thompson)

The 737 MAX is the fourth generation family member of the Boeing 737 program, and to date, it has received over 3,000 orders from more than 60 customers worldwide.

RELATED: Inside Boeing’s 737 Configuration Studio

About ten years ago, Boeing started to work on the development of a clean-sheet replacement for the Boeing 737. The project, known as Project Yellowstone (Y1), was devised as a a smaller version of the 787 Dreamliner, boasting a carbon fiber fuselage and double aisle. in 2011, the project was finally shelved for various reasons, including being unable to find a feasible method to scale down the carbon fiber fuselage. Although, Boeing intends to have a clean-sheet replacement for the Boeing 737 by 2030.

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The Airbus A320neo (Photo: Airbus)

In 2010, Airbus decided to go ahead with its A320neo program. The ‘neo’ suffix stands for “new engine option”, which brings two new engine models produced by Pratt & Whitney and CFM, and also includes some upgrades to the current A320ceo (current engine option) which is intended to replace. The program posed a threat to the future of the Boeing 737 program, especially as Airbus received positive feedback from its customers. The program definitely increased the pressure on Boeing.

RELATED: Onboard the Inaugural Airbus A320neo Low-Key Lufthansa Launch

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Back to the Drawing Board

The manufacturer realized that airlines wanted more fuel efficiency above anything else. So, the decision was made to make upgrades to the Boeing 737, and on August 30, 2011, Boeing’s Board of Directors approved the 737 MAX project.

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Boeing 737 MAX -7, -8, -9 Artwork. (Image: Boeing)

The 737 MAX program was devised with three variants: the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9. These are based on the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900, all of them variants of the current 737 Next Generation family aircraft.

Among the improvements to the MAX include the new CFM LEAP-1B engine. Boeing says the MAX will have an eight percent lower operating cost than Airbus’ A320neo family, thanks to fuel efficiency and maintenance advantages. The new split-scimitar winglets on the MAX will save 1.8% more fuel than the current blended winglets by Aviation Partners which entered into service in 2004. Boeing also says the MAX will burn about 20 percent less fuel than first 737NGs, which rolled out for the first time almost two decades ago.

RELATED: The Boeing 737 NG Family

ANALYSIS: CFM Missing On the LEAP-1B Would Be a Major Blow to Boeing 737 MAX

After Boeing’s Board of Directors approved the MAX program, there were some doubts as to how committed Boeing was to the program. At the time of the announcement, only one customer was disclosed, despite Boeing previously reporting that it had 700 firm orders from nine different customers.

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Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 Rendering. (Image: Southwest Airlines)

All doubts were blown away when Southwest Airlines announced that it would place a firm  order for 150 737 MAX 8 aircraft as well as options for 150 more on December 13, 2011. Southwest also announced that it would be the launch customer for the MAX, which would be the second time it would be the launch customer of a new generation of the 737. The following month, Norwegian Air Shuttle announced an order of 100 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and in February 2012, Lion Air announced an order for 201 737 MAX 9 aircraft. Later on in 2012, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, GOL, United, and a few other airlines placed orders for the 737 MAX.

2013 was another big year of orders for the 737 MAX program; Boeing received orders from Air Canada, American, FlyDubai, Icelandair, Turkish, WestJet, and a few leasing companies. Plus in July, Boeing completed the final configuration for the 737 MAX 8, and it launched the 737 MAX 7 variant with Southwest.

There were also a number of orders for the MAX in 2014; Ethiopian, Monarch, and a few other airlines placed orders for the MAX. In September, Boeing announced that it would offer a high density version of the 737 MAX 8 which was dubbed the 737 MAX 200, launched by Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair. The high density version will be able to seat up to 200 passengers in a single-class high-density cabin, and Boeing says it will be about 20% more cost efficient per seat than existing 737 models.

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Ryanair 737-MAX 200 Artwork

RELATED: Ryanair Launches the Boeing 737 MAX 200

Later in the fall, Boeing announced that production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers–which run the length of the fuselage to provide stability and strength were under construction at the manufacturer’s Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Washington. They were then shipped to Boeing partner, Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas, to be incorporated into the first 737 MAX fuselage.

RELATED: Boeing Starts Building First 737 MAX Parts

Taking the 737 to the MAX

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First 737 Max front wing spar. The automated machine drills 30,000 spars per day. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

2015 was an even bigger year for the program. At the very end of May 2015, Boeing started the assembly of the wings for its first 737 MAX right on schedule at its Renton factory; wing assembly is considered the official first step in building any aircraft.  The wing load began in Boeing’s new Panel Assembly Line (PAL) which itself opened just a few months earlier. The new PAL replaces the original system dating back to the 737 program launch in the 1960s. With an assembly daily rate of eight panels—currently at 75% of automation—each upper and lower wing skin panel will require 2,500 fasteners to be completed. Four wings are produced each day with 84 per month.

RELATED: Inside Boeing’s 737 Renton Factory As They Take It To “The MAX”: Part One / Part Two

RELATED: Boeing Starts Building the First 737 MAX

On August 13, 2015, Spirit Aerosystems rolled out the first Boeing 737 MAX fuselage, and it was then delivered by rail to Boeing’s final assembly facility in Renton, Washington. Spirit Aerosystems produces approximately 70 percent of the Boeing 737 structure, including fuselage, pylon, thrust reverser and engine nacelle.

RELATED: Spirit Aerosystems Completes First Boeing 737 MAX Fuselage

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737 Max; Renton Factory; 1st 737 Max on line / Photo courtesy of Boeing

About a month later, the first Boeing 737 MAX entered into the Final Assembly Stage, again right on schedule, and the 737 MAX entered final assembly just as Airbus opened up its new A320 Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama. The MAX is being built on a third production line in Renton, called a surge line. Boeing had to reconfigure the floor space at the factory to make room for this new line, in order not to interrupt current 737NG production.

Faced with the challenges of taking the 737NG production to 42 aircraft per month by mid-2014, and at the same time adding in the production of the new MAX without causing production disruptions, Boeing opted to open a third “temporary” line dedicated to the MAX. Unlike the main two lines, the surge line is not a moving line. Progressively, the MAX will be merged into the existing two lines as the 737NGs phase out, but depending on demand and the increased production rate to 52 per month, the temporary line could become permanent.

RELATED: Boeing to Trim 777 Production, to Boost 737 Build Rate

RELATED: The First Boeing 737 MAX enters into Final Assembly Stage

Quietly on November 30, the first 737 MAX aircraft rolled off the assembly line to the paint hangar, exactly the day scheduled four years ago

On December 2, 2015, the first Boeing 737 MAX was rolled out. During the roll out, Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager, 737 MAX, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, explained: “Today marks another in a long series of milestones that our team has achieved on time, per plan, together. With the rollout of the new 737 MAX – the first new airplane of Boeing’s second century – our team is upholding an incredible legacy while taking the 737 to the next level of performance.”

RELATED: Boeing Introduces its First 737 MAX

The first MAX was painted in Boeing’s MAX house livery similar to the Dreamliner livery, but uses teal instead of blue.

The aircraft, 1A001, has been undergoing pre-flight preparation and testing since rolling-out of the factory. After type certification, it will go to launch customer Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017. The next 2 aircraft are in final assembly with the 4th entering soon.

The program will be over 50 years old by the time the MAX enters service with Southwest. This makes it the longest running and best selling airliner of all time. To date, more than 8,888 737s have been built since it took to the skies for the first time in 1967.

On Friday, January 22, Boeing announced that the flight testing window for the 737 MAX program opens on Friday, January 29. And as expected, and under a typical cold and rainy morning, in Seattle, the 737 MAX took to the skies over Washington on Friday, January 29.

RELATED: The Boeing 737 MAX Makes First Flight

To date, Boeing has received more than 3,000 orders for the MAX; it has received 60 orders for the MAX 7; about 1,700 for the MAX 8; more than 400 for the MAX 9; and about 660 orders have not specified the variant.


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WestJet Announces New Routes, Cuts in Western Canada

By: Nicolas Bernier / Published: January 26, 2016

WestJet Airlines announced yesterday that it will be adding several new routes to its network for the summer of 2016. The table below shows a summary of the new flights.

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 3.39.02 PMWestJet will be competing with the flag carrier of Canada on all its new routes, except Vancouver to San Diego and Calgary to Thunder Bay. Air Canada operates two daily CRJ 200 service operated by Air Georgian from its largest hub to the Music City. The Calgary-based airline will see more competition on its route from Toronto to Los Angeles as Air Canada offers six daily flights and American Airlines flies once a day. This route is so popular during the summer that Air Canada deploys its new Boeing 787-9. Vancouverites can now fly down south and enjoy the beaches and other attractions the city of San Diego has to offer.

“We are excited about our schedule and connectivity out of Toronto“, said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “By this summer we will operate more than 120 flights per day from Toronto including new services to NashvilleLos Angeles and Boston in addition to our previously announced daily service to London, England. Building on our already strong connectivity into Toronto from across Canada is a key element of our strategy for profitable growth.”

Added Frequencies

According to the press release, Canada’s second largest airline is enhancing its schedules for business travellers with added frequencies in select markets.

The air carrier will also be adding more service between Montreal to Toronto-Pearson and Ottawa to Toronto-Pearson. Both routes will operate a peak of 12 daily flights starting on June 15, 2016. WestJet is also increasing frequencies between Toronto-Pearson and Fredericton and Ottawa to Halifax; adding one and two daily flights respectively. As of March 5, 2016, there will be three daily flights on each routes, operated by Q400s. Customers will be able to purchase  a seat on those new flights on January 31, 2016.

The airline also announced increased service from its hubs in Toronto and Vancouver. More flights will be added from Vancouver to Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Maui,  and from Toronto to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Myrtle Beach. The seasonal flights from Orlando to Halifax and St. John’s will now be operated year-round.

“We look forward to offering guests more options in their travel schedules along with our recently enhanced Plus product, WestJet Connect and continued WestJet Rewards program improvements. WestJet is an attractive option for business travellers across Canada,” said Cummings.

During the summer of 2016, the airline says it will operate close to 4,590 flights per week to 101 destinations, including 38 domestic, 27 in the US, 33 in the Caribbean and Mexico, and three in Europe.

RELATED: WestJet to Launch Year-Round Non-Stop Service to London Gatwick
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Reduction in Service

The struggling economy in Western Canada is paying the price and is having an impact on air travel. For its summer 2016 schedule, WestJet is discontinuing its service between Edmonton and Kamloops. The change will take into effect on March 5, less than a year since the launch. WestJet will continue to operate its two daily between Calgary and Kamloops. The frequency between Edmonton and Abbotsford will drop from 21 to 14 weekly. One flight from Edmonton to Grande Prairie will be removed, but twice daily service to Edmonton, and three daily flights to Calgary will remain on the schedule. A flight between Calgary and Edmonton has also been withdrawn. The airline has decided to  shift some of  its capacity to Eastern Canada.

Air Canada also announced cuts in service back in November 2015. It said it would cancel service between Edmonton to London-Heathrow and Regina, and from Calgary to Terrace/Kittimat due to an economic decline in Alberta.


1475805_10202224574510743_2017186540_nNicolas Bernier is an AirwaysNews.com contributor that has been an aviation passionate since he was young. Nicolas likes travelling, plane spotting, and writing. He lives in Montreal, Canada and studies in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @nickbernier7, or email him at    nicolasbernier7@gmail.com


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BONUS GALLERY: Alaska Airlines Unveiling Ceremony

An overall pic of the entire reception where employees had a reception around the new brand.

An overall pic of the entire reception shows the new Alaska Airlines logo on the screen and employees meet around the new brand.

All Photos By: Brandon Farris / Published: January 26, 2016

We have a full detailed in-depth gallery from Alaska Airlines unveiling ceremony on Monday where 1,800 employees got to be the first to see the new branding and how the carrier kept its heritage with the new scheme.

 


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First Boeing 737 MAX Flight Expected Friday, January 29

By Staff / Published: January 23, 2016

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Photo by Paul Thompson

As long as Mother Nature and other factors cooperate, the first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is expected to take to the skies over Washington on Friday, January 29.

RELATED: Boeing Introduces the 737 MAX

The 737 MAX has received over 3,000 orders from more than 60 customers worldwide.  Although the Airbus A320neo has received more orders than the MAX program, the Boeing 737 overall is still the world’s best-selling commercial aircraft throughout history.

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Photo by Paul Thompson

RELATED: Inside Boeing’s 737 Renton Factory As They Take It To “The MAX”: Part One / Part Two

Boeing’s Board of Directors approved the 737 MAX program on August 30, 2011, and there are to be three variants of it: the 737 MAX 7, 737 MAX 8, and 737 MAX 9. The first 737 MAX 8 is expected to be delivered to its launch customer, Southwest Airlines, sometime during the third quarter of this year as long as all flight testing goes according to plan.

The 737 MAX production has been moving fairly quickly.  Boeing started building the first 737 MAX in June with final assembly occurring just a few months later. On December 8, the aircraft was rolled out.

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Photo courtesy of Boeing

Improvements to the MAX include the new CFM LEAP-1B engine. Boeing says the MAX will have an 8 percent lower operating cost than Airbus’ A320neo family, thanks to fuel efficiency and maintenance advantages. This April rumors surfaced that the LEAP-1B was suffering from an underwhelming fuel burn performance of 4-5% during testing. The new split winglets on the MAX will save 1.8% more fuel than the current blended winglets by Aviation Partners, in service since 2004.

ANALYSIS: CFM Missing On the LEAP-1B Would Be a Major Blow to Boeing 737 MAX

Besides Boeing’s announcement, it was also a big week for Airbus as it delivered its first A320neo to Lufthansa, and Lufthansa will fly the world’s first A320neo flight on Sunday.

AirwaysNews will have live coverage of the first flight Friday, January 29 on Twitter and Facebook. Once departing from the Renton FAL, it will complete some initial flight testing over Washington state, and it will most likely return to Boeing Field where Boeing’s flight test operations are based.

RELATED: Boeing Starts Building First 737 MAX Parts

RELATED: Boeing Starts Building the First 737 MAX

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United Airlines to Take Delivery of 40 Boeing 737-700s In A Blow to the CSeries

By: Staff / Published: January 21, 2016

In a likely blow to Bombardier’s anemic selling new CSeries, United will take delivery of 40 Boeing 737-700s to replace some of the smaller, older planes, operated by its regional carriers.

We are continuing to move United forward and announced today we would take delivery of 40 new Boeing 737-700 aircraft, which will enter the fleet beginning in mid-2017. These aircraft give our customers the experience they want with first class seats, Economy Plus and Wi-Fi, while enabling us to reduce 50-seat flying.

Brett Hart, United Airlines acting CEO.

United_Airlines_Boeing_737-700;_N27724@LAX;10.10.2011_622km_(6482450875)United’s current Boeing 737-700 fleet seat 118 passengers, with 12 business class, 40 Economy Plus and 66 Standard Economy seats. A sub-fleet used in its Micronesia operations has a seating configuration for 124 seats. The Chicago-based carrier said it plans to replace more than half of the 50-seat regional jets in its fleet by 2019.

“Our customers have a preference for an improved travel experience, including first class seats, Economy Plus, and Wi-Fi. These aircraft are an efficient way to meet those needs while reducing 50-seat flying,” said Gerry Laderman, United’s acting chief financial officer.

RELATED: United Airlines 2016 Fleet Plan

The decision represents a major setback for Bombardier, which has been seeking potential customers for its CSeries aircraft beyond the current orders which stands at 243 planes. Bombardier’s sales team had been courting United in a bid to offer the 100 to 160-seat CSeries and showed off the aircraft to the airline’s senior management team and employees this past November as part of a demonstration tour to prospective customers. Delta however is considered a very strong potential buyer in light of positive comments made by DL President Ed Bastion in an earnings call yesterday.

RELATED:  Analysis – Will Delta Order the CSeries?

REPORT: Where Are the Sales for Bombardier’s CSeries Jet?


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