Bombardier CSeries FTV1 Has Successfully


Congrats, Bombardier CSeries FTV1 Has Successfully

Montreal Canada, Bombardier Aerospace has announced that the first CSeries 100 aircraft, (FTV1 Flight Test Vehicle 1) has successfully obtained Transport Canada’s Flight Test Permit, thereby clearing the way for its maiden flight, expected in the coming weeks.

This follows a series of pre-flight tests including low-speed taxi runs. FTV1 will now proceed with high-speed taxi runs whereby the aircraft simulates speeds for flight take-off.

“Five years in the making and today, following receipt of Transport Canada’s flight test permit, we are very close to the CSeries airliner’s first flight – a historic moment for Bombardier and a game-changing moment for the industry,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CSeries aircraft teams have spent the last few weeks completing rigorous exercises to ensure the integrity and maturity of the aircraft are absolutely in check with the flight crew’s requirements. Pending optimal weather, the CSeries aircraft will soon take to the skies.”

Bombardier CSeries 100 aircraft
Specification Designed for up tu 100 passenger seater aircraft market, exactly 149 seat, the 100 per cent new CSeries aircraft family combines advanced materials, leading-edge technology and proven methods to meet commercial airline requirements. Powered by Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G engines, the CSeries aircraft family will offer a 15 percent cash operating cost advantage and a 20 percent fuel burn advantage. With the extra capacity seating option, the CS300 aircraft’s productivity further improves, offering airlines an average of four percent additional cash operating cost advantage per seat. The CSeries aircraft’s clean-sheet design is ensuring that the aircraft will achieve greatly reduced noise and emissions, as well as superior operational flexibility, exceptional airfield performance and a range of 2,950 nm (5,463 km). The CSeries aircraft will be up to 12,000 lbs. (5,443 kg) lighter than other aircraft in the same seat category and will provide passengers with a best-in-class, widebody cabin environment in a single-aisle aircraft.

As of June 30, 2013, Bombardier had booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft that included firm orders for 177 CSeries airliners.

Photograph by: Dario Ayala, The Gazette

Boeing 777-300ER Air Canada


Air Canada, Montreal is The Best Airline in North America four years in row by Skytrax, will expand and modernize its international widebody fleet with the addition of five new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. One new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft previously announced already delivered in June and the rest 4 units that it will delivered in August, November and December 2013 and February 2014.

Air Canada’s five new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft will be the first aircraft configured with the carrier’s new Premium Economy cabin prior to the arrival of Boeing 787 aircraft scheduled to begin delivery in 2014.  The five Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft will also offer a larger Economy cabin as Air Canada will strategically deploy these aircraft on select international markets with high volume demand for economy travel.

New Boeing 777-300 ER Air Canada aircraft is equipped with 458 seats in a three-class configuration:
  • Executive First cabin will offer 36 seats that convert into 180-degree lie-flat beds in a staggered configuration of one or two, to allow customers traveling alone or with a companion to choose their preferred seating and sleeping options.
  • Premium Economy cabin of 24 leather seats will provide 38-inch legroom along with other enhanced comfort features.  
  • Economy Class 398 seats with a larger Economy cabin new “slimline” leather seats providing 31-inch legroom consistent with the comfort of Air Canada’s current Economy cabin.
Customers in all three cabins of service will enjoy an enhanced individual seat back in-flight entertainment system with hundreds of hours of complimentary audio visual entertainment options featuring larger screens and customer-friendly technology by Panasonic.

Want to fly with this plane please check the route & schedule below.

Route & Scheduled Boeing 777-300ER Air Canada

Montreal - Paris CDG
Start from July 11, 2013 as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Montreal - Paris AC870 20:55 09:45+1 Daily
Paris - Montreal AC871 13:30 14:50 Daily
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.

Vancouver - Hong Kong
Operating frequencies varies in November 2013, and daily service will start on January 01, 2014. Start from Winter 2013/14 season operational days on this route as follow.
October 31, 2013 - November 30, 2013
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Vancouver - Hong Kong AC007 11:40 17:20+1 Mon, Thu, Sat
Hong Kong - Vancouver AC008 19:10 14:30 Tue, Fri,Sun
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.
December 01, 2013 - December 31, 2013
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Vancouver - Hong Kong AC007 11:40 17:20+1 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
Hong Kong - Vancouver AC008 19:10 14:30 Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.
January 01, 2014 as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Vancouver - Hong Kong AC007 11:40 17:20+1 Daily
Hong Kong - Vancouver AC008 19:10 14:30 Daily
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.

Vancouver - London Heathrow
Start from March 01, 2014 as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Vancouver - London Heathrow AC854 18:30 11:40+1 Daily
London Heathrow - Vancouver AC855 10:25 11:55 Daily
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.

Toronto - Munich
Air Canada start from September 12, 2013 to October 26, 2013 is introducing New 3-class Boeing 777-300ER service on this route, replacing Airbus A330-300 aircraft on this flight. Accompanied by the aircraft change, the Star Alliance member will reduce service from daily to 6 weekly during this period.
September 12, 2013 - October 01, 2013
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Toronto - Munich AC846 20:25 10:05+1 Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Munich - Toronto AC847 11:50 14:25 Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.
October 02, 2013 - October 26, 2013
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Toronto - Munich AC846 20:25 10:05+1 Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Munich - Toronto AC847 11:50 14:25 Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.


* Schedule list above is only for New 3-class Boeing 777-300ER services

Direct Flights to Los Cabos by CanJet


CanJet to Start Hamilton - Los Cabos Service from late-December 2013

CanJet will offering Winter seasonal route, direct flights to Los Cabos Mexico from Hamilton Canada start from December 21, 2013, 1 weekly. Hamilton - San Jose del Cabo / Los Cabos will operation on Saturday-only service serve by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Los Cabos is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. In Los Cabos Mexico, you will find lots of beches, cobblestone streets, intimate restaurants and boutiques, luxury hotels, resort and private villas for rent. I think will be your favorite place to vacation in holiday season end of the year.



Planned schedule for this, 1 weekly flights as follow:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives Day
Hamilton - San Jose del Cabo / Los Cabos C6836 17:05 20:45 Saturday
San Jose del Cabo / Los Cabos - Hamilton C6837 21:30 042:5+1 Saturday
All times are local. “+1″ stands for next-day arrival.
Operate by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Photo by Mark Lawrence

Bombardier delays CSeries inaugural flight


Montreal Canada, Bombardier has confirmed it will delay by some weeks the first flight of its CSeries regional commercial jet. The Bombardier said: “The highly technical last steps are taking more time than initially anticipated to validate the overall systems and ongoing software integration”. The aircraft’s twice-delayed first flight was expected by the end of July.

“While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight,” explained Mike Arcamone, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

In its final testing stage in preparation for first flight, FTV1 is undergoing pre-flight tests including on-ground simulated flight tests to ensure the first aircraft behaves as modeled.

FTV1 was supposed to be flying by the end of July. That was the date given by Bombardier after the previous first flight date at the end of June slipped by a month.  Last Wednesday was one week before the end of July, and Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, made the announcement about the further delay.

On July 24 integration of the CSeries aircraft’s auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan PW1500G engines were successfully conducted, allowing for testing of the aircraft’s key systems. Bombardier also confirmed the latest software upgrades continue to be successfully completed.

Arcamone stated, “Seeing the first CSeries aircraft power up on the tarmac was a thrilling event. We have now entered the ultimate phase of systems integration and validation on the first flight test vehicle as we submit brand new technology to in-depth tests. While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight.”

In the last week of June, Bombardier applied to the Canadian aviation regulator, Transport Canada, for permission to fly FTV1. The CSeries may be the most advanced commercial jetliner ever produced in Canada, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Transport Canada is taking their time with the evaluation.


There’s still more engines runs, vibration testing, and low and high speed taxiing to be completed before FTV1 flies.

Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 388 CSeries aircraft, of which 177 are firm orders.

Photo by Bombardier Aero

WestJet lease two Boeing 757-200s from Thomas Cook Airlines



WestJet, Canada has once again leased two Boeing 757-200 aircraft from Thomas Cook Airlines, UK. These aircraft will operated for nonstop service Calgary - Honolulu, Calgary - Maui and Edmonton - Maui routes on daytime. Flights will start from December 13, 2013 , and continue through April 26, 2014, if regulatory approved.

WestJet seasonal non-stop service to the Hawaiian Islands:
  • Calgary - Honolulu 2 weekly service
  • Calgary - Maui 4 times weekly service
  • Edmonton - Maui 3 times weekly service

Agreement is WestJet will provide guest and flight attendants and for Thomas Cook Airlines will provide the Boeing 757-200 aircraft and pilots. These nice collaboration between WestJet and Thomas Cook Airlines partnership for the third year in a row.

Sunwing Airlines to add two new seasonal routes December 2013



Sunwing Airlines, Canada will add weekly 2 new seasonal routes from Montreal, Canada to Aruba in the southern Caribbean Sea and Montreal, Canada to Ixtapa, Mexico. This routes will be served by Boeing 737-800 starting on December 16-17. The company is also adding extra frequencies to existing Caribbean routes.

The company issued this statement:
In response to a successful winter of sold out flights and with further enhancements to its leading product portfolio, Sunwing is announcing greater frequency to the popular resort destinations of Punta Cana, Varadero, and Cancun and the Mayan Riviera, with service up to twice daily.

Sunwing has also announced new destinations, with direct service from Montreal to the Caribbean island of Aruba and Ixtapa, Mexico, starting in December of 2013.

Montreal-Aruba star from December 16, 2013 1 weekly
Scheduled as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives
Montreal-Aruba WG 708 09:00 15:10
Aruba-Montreal WG 709 16:10 20:40
All times are local.

Montreal-Ixtapa star from December 17, 2013 1 weekly
Scheduled as follows:
Service Flight Number Departs Arrives
Montreal-Ixtapa WG 557 07:30 14:55
Ixtapa-Montreal WG 558 15:45 21:40
All times are local.


Photo by Eddie Heisterkamp

WestJet expands operations to Hawaii


WestJet expands operations to Hawaii on December

December on this year WestJet to expands operations to Hawaii, new daily service between Vancouver - Kona and Vancouver - Lihue.

Starting On December 12, 2013 , service between Vancouver Canada and Hawaii Island increases to daily from the four times weekly served last winter. Service between Vancouver and Kauai also increases to daily, beginning on December 14, 2013 , from three times weekly.

In addition to increased service to Hawaii Island and Kauai, WestJet also offers twice-daily service from Vancouver to both Honolulu and Maui.