Nadi-based Fiji Link has acquired the aircraft on operating lease from Singapore-based leasing company Avation PLC. Fiji Link will base its new ATR 72-600 at Nausori International Airport near Fiji’s capital Suva.

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The addition of Silver Airways as a TrueBlue frequent-flyer partner allows travelers to earn TrueBlue points on Silver’s network of routes throughout Florida and the Bahamas. Travelers can now also book connecting flights between Silver Airways and JetBlue via jetblue.com.

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Silver Airways is expanding its sizable intra-Florida network with new daily non-stop flights between Key West International Airport and Orlando International Airport beginning on June 12.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has won firm sales on March 31 from three airlines for three more CRJ900 NextGen regional jets and four more Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners, and has booked options on four more Q400 NextGens.

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SkyWest Airlines, one of SkyWest Inc.’s two main regional-airline subsidiaries, will operate the aircraft for United Airlines under a United Express franchise agreement. Its Embraer 175s are to be configured in a dual-class 76-seat layout.

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Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, the manufacturer values the order at approximately US$92 million.

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The deal represents a conversion of five of the 25 options booked by the carrier’s parent company WestJet and announced on August 1, 2012 along with WestJet’s firm order for 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops.

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All four aircraft are scheduled for delivery between April and June, with Etihad Regional’s first ATR 72-500 due to arrive at the carrier’s Geneva International Airport main operating base on April 1.

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Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines has acquired two used Bombardier Q400 turboprops from a third party and has announced it plans to begin domestic operations in April.

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Bangkok Airways has been operating ATR aircraft for two decades and currently operates eight ATR 72-500 turboprops. Its first new ATR 72-600 will be delivered later this year, allowing Bangkok Airways to start renewing its fleet.

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According to ATR, Binter Canarias’ order for six ATR 72-600 turboprops signals the start of the carrier’s renewal of its current fleet of 18 ATR 72-200s and ATR 72-500s.

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Based on the list price of the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the order at approximately US$61 million.

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Caribbean regional carrier Seaborne Airlines is launching twice-daily, non-stop service on March 15 from its base at San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport to Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic.

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Switzerland-based regional carrier Etihad Regional was launched in Zurich on January 16. Established in partnership with UAE national carrier Etihad Airways, the new carrier will be operated by Switzerland’s Darwin Airline.

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From mid-June, Alaska Airlines will fly one daily round-trip between Salt Lake City and San Francisco, while Horizon Air will operate a daily round-trip between Salt Lake City and Boise and two daily round-trips between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

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Based on the list price for the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order at approximately US$1.42 billion. This could increase to approximately US$3.38 billion if American Airlines converts the 40 options into firm orders.

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US Airways will join the oneworld alliance on March 31, 2014, as a result of the December 9 completion of its merger with alliance founding member American Airlines. All of US Airways’ regional-airline affiliates, operating under the US Airways Express brand, will also transition to oneworld at the same time.

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Alaska Airlines will begin daily non-stop service in June linking Salt Lake City with Portland in Oregon, and with the California cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. It will also add a third daily non-stop flight to its existing service between Salt Lake City and Seattle.

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Chinese company Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation Industry Co., Ltd. has signed a letter of intent to place a firm order for 30 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops. It is preparing to launch airline operations in China, through a regional carrier to be named Sutong Airlines.

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