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16 Jan 2023

North American Aviation Newsletter

Avmax Delivers Second Dash 8 to Auric Air in Tanzania

Avmax announced the sale of one DHC 8-200, MSN 468, to Auric Air in Tanzania.

Flyr applies to U.S. DOT for foreign air carrier permit approval

Flyr applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a permit to operate charter and wet lease flights in and out of the U.S. The carrier’s updated strategy includes taking advantage of commercial opportunities outside of its home market in the low season. The carrier responded to an increasing number of requests from North American companies to operate charter and wet lease flights. Flyr CEO Brede Huser said “Flyr is a modern, small, and flexible airline, which can adapt quickly to market changes and demand. The opportunities we now see in North America secure revenue in the low season in Europe while it also gives some of our amazing pilots and cabin crew the opportunity to work in a different country during parts of the year.”

Island Aviation Orders Two De Havilland Canada Twin Otter Series 400 Aircraft

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada announced that Island Aviation, Inc. has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire two new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. Founded in 2003 as A. Soriano Aviation, Inc., Island Aviation is a charter airline based in the Philippines.

Mesa to Expand Relationship with United Airlines

Mesa Air Group announced plans for a significant restructuring in its operations with American Airlines and United Airlines. Mesa is finalizing a new-five-year agreement with United Airlines that would place the associated aircraft into United Express operations and compensate Mesa for the higher costs associated with regional jet flying. The new agreement would cover all of Mesa’s existing flying at American and could increase to 38 CRJ-900 aircraft, dependent upon the number of E-175s that Mesa is operating.

Porter Airlines Takes Delivery of Their First Embraer E195-E2

The first five of 50 Embraer E195-E2 ordered by Porter Airlines have been delivered. The carrier is the North American launch customer for Embraer’s E195-E2, is opening up operations throughout North America, including to the west coast, southern U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. The aircraft will be based initially at Toronto Pearson International Airport, with Halifax, Montreal, and Ottawa to follow in due course. Porter Airlines President & CEO Michael Deluce said “The E195-E2 enables us to reach across the continent, beyond our Eastern Canada roots, while introducing a level of service for economy air travellers that no other North American airline provides.”

WestJet Group announces retirement of Chief Financial Officer Harry Taylor

The WestJet Group  announced that Harry Taylor has decided to retire from his role as Executive Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the end of this year. Jennifer Bue, WestJet’s current Vice-President, Financial Planning & Analysis will serve as interim CFO, while the search for a permanent replacement is underway.

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