WestJet to Add Services and More Flights from Québec Province

WestJet is increasing service and launching new routes from Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Québec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. Overall, the airline is adding 105 more flights per week from Québec province, a capacity increase of 74 per cent.

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Philippine Airlines Places Launch Order for Q400 Two-Class, 86-Seat Version

Philippine Airlines has firmed the letter of intent it signed on October 14 into a purchase agreement for five 86-seat Bombardier Q400s and has secured purchase rights for an additional seven.

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United Airlines Takes Over Republic Order for 24 Embraer 175s

United Airlines has signed a firm purchase contract for 24 Embraer 175 regional jets. This order represents a transfer of 24 Embraer 175s previously ordered by Republic Airways Holdings and currently in Embraer’s backlog.

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Synergy Aerospace Orders ATRs for New Argentine Carrier and Announces Aeromar Investment

South American airline holding company Synergy Aerospace has placed a firm order for 12 ATR 72-600s and taken options on six more. The aircraft are to be operated by the group’s new subsidiary in Argentina, Avian Líneas Aéreas, which will be branded as Avianca Argentina under a license agreement.

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Mexico’s Aeromar Orders Eight ATR 600-Series Turboprops, Options Six More

Mexican carrier Aeromar has placed a firm order for six ATR 72-600 and two ATR 42-600 turboprop regional airliners.

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WestJet Orders Nine More Bombardier Q400s for WestJet Encore

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery to WestJet Encore, WestJet’s regional airline wing, between April 2017 and June 2018.

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Through its TAP Express regional brand, TAP Portugal has become an operator of Embraer’s E-Jets family. TAP is operating nine used Embraer 190s, making it the first Portuguese operator of Embraer E-Jets.

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On behalf of Alaska Airlines, SkyWest Airlines will launch three-times daily service linking San Diego with Sacramento, and Burbank with San José, on March 16, 2017. SkyWest Airlines will operate Embraer 175 regional jets on the routes.

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Deliveries of Embraer 175s to Horizon Air will start in the second quarter of 2017 and the aircraft will fly exclusively for Alaska Airlines, Horizon’s Air’s sibling mainline carrier.

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Silver Airways is launching twice-weekly non-stop service between Jacksonville and Nassau on May 28.

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Using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets operated by a partner regional airline, Brussels Airlines will launch 12-times-weekly service between Brussels and the French port city of Nantes on June 14.

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Even though Bombardier has announced poor financial results for 2015 which include $5.6 billion of write-downs and charges, the Canadian manufacturer has reported two important and positive items of commercial-aircraft news.

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ATR values the potential entire deal for 40 ATR 72-600s at €1 billion ($1.09 billion) and expects Iran Air to use the aircraft primarily on domestic routes within Iran.

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The deal will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, the largest Bombardier Q400 fleet in Africa.

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Silver Airways will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve most, if not all, of the 10 Cuba destinations approved under the new bilateral agreement between Cuba and the U.S. Meanwhile, its board has begun evaluating a range of strategic growth and investment options for the airline.

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Bahamasair, the national flag carrier of the Bahamas, has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600. The airline placed an order for two ATR 72-600s and three ATR 42-600s at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.

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SkyWest Airlines will launch five-times-daily Los Angeles-Denver round-trips for the Delta Connection network on June 1, on behalf of Delta Air Lines.

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GLO will launch New Orleans-Little Rock service on November 15 and will add round-trips from New Orleans to Memphis and Shreveport within a month of its service launch.

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When all 15 newly ordered aircraft have been delivered, by 2020, Air New Zealand will operate 29 ATR 72-600s. This will be the third-largest fleet of ATR aircraft worldwide, according to ATR.

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