10 Oct 2022
North American Aviation Newsletter
Alberta's government and the WestJet Group sign long-term collaboration agreement
In a first-of-its-kind agreement, the WestJet Group and the Government of Alberta announced their intention to significantly advance aviation throughout the province in order to support a stronger economy and a long-term, sustainable future for Alberta's aviation sector. WestJet will deploy aircraft capacity in Calgary alone, with an asset value of over $7 billion, as the airline pursues its development strategy. This involves sizable fleet commitments to be headquartered in the province. The airline will concentrate all of its 787 operations on Calgary and name YYC Calgary International Airport as its sole global connecting hub, opening up the possibility of new routes within North America, to Europe, and possibly even to Asia. The carrier will grow its mid-range fleet and strengthen its North American offerings, with its commitment to double capacity in Calgary before the end of the decade.
Another significant step in Aer Lingus' expansion of the North American market is the announcement of a route between Dublin and Hartford, Connecticut
As Aer Lingus continues to restore and expand its transatlantic network, enabling 28 European and UK connections through Dublin Hub, Aer Lingus announced the resumption of its daily service from Dublin to Hartford, Connecticut. Beginning on March 26, 2023, the daily service will be resumed utilizing Airbus A321LR aircraft. According to Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, "The restart of the Aer Lingus service has been a primary priority in our recovery strategy. We look forward to the service being rebuilt, carrying on the solid momentum it had before the epidemic, and restoring rapid and simple access across the Atlantic with an award-winning airline.
Aviation Capital Group deliveries one Airbus A321neo to JetSMART
The second Airbus A321neo in a three-aircraft sale and leaseback deal between Aviation Capital Group (ACG) and JetSMART has been delivered, according to ACG recent company's announcement.
Delta and LATAM are cleared for plans to develop unparalleled network connecting the Americas
After receiving final approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Delta Air Lines and the LATAM Group announced they will work together to establish the premier airline partnership between the United States/Canada and South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) and connect the Americas to the rest of the world with access to more than 300 destinations.
FEAM Aero expanding its network of facilities in the US and Europe
FEAM Aero said that, in order to better serve their clients around the globe, they are growing by adding a number of additional line stations. FEAM will begin operations in the US with new line stations at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD). Through its acquisition of BOS Aerospace Ltd, they will also start operating at Dublin Airport (DUB) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) internationally. Director of Operations and Sales for BOSA Dayne Hoskins said ”London Gatwick has always been a strategic target for our organization due to the limited 3rd Party line maintenance offering at that site. Similarly, the timing aligned with our new station in Dublin, which marks our second location in Mainland Europe. With multiple airworthiness approvals covering Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer ratings, these locations will serve our customers as they continue to build back post COVID-19.”
National Airlines adds its eighth freighter, a Boeing 747-400
National Airlines announced the addition of a new Boeing 747-400 freighter with the tail number N537CA to its fleet (MSN 33749). National Air Cargo Holdings Chairman Christopher Alf said “National further endorses our fleet modernization plans through the addition of an 8th B747-400F aircraft to offer robust cargo transportation opportunities to our customers. We believe that modernizing and expanding National’s freighter fleet will enhance our service offerings and innovative capacity options.”
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