Calgary-based WestJet announced on May 1 that it has signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Bombardier Q400s and take options on another 25. Expected to launch a new regional airline in the second half of 2013, WestJet continues to work on a six-year plan for regional service from various hubs in Canada. Its route network consisting of more than 70 destinations now includes hubs in Calgary and Toronto, as well as so-called focus cities of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver.
Calgary, Canada-based low-fare airline WestJet yesterday confirmed that it considering the launch of a new short-haul, regional airline as early as next year, using a fleet of some 40 “smaller” turboprop aircraft.
Bell Helicopter on July 5 opened its new 38,000-square-foot Canadian supply center at Calgary International Airport in Canada. “Our alignment with the front runners in the Canadian airport business development market certainly lends itself to strong OEM representation for years to come,” said Colin Bartole, manager of the new center.
The first Bombardier Challenger 890 corporate shuttle entered service in late February with Calgary-based Suncor Energy, a major North American developer of oil sands. The CRJ900 regional jet derivative, which joins Suncor’s Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, will be used to transport workers from the company’s Calgary headquarters to its oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Neosho, Mo.-based CD Aviation Services has opened a Honeywell authorized service center on Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada for the TPE331 and TFE731 as well as for the GTCP 30/36 and RE100/220 APUs.
The Canadian Business Aircraft Association (CBAA) will return to one of its favorite venues next year when it holds its annual convention at the Calgary International Airport July 9 through 12. Skyservice will serve as host FBO for the trade show and static display. Past CBAA meetings have featured an outdoor barbecue adjacent to the aviation museum on the airport.
Skyservice and Imperial Oil Aviation have expanded their relationship at the Calgary International Airport, with Skyservice now designated an Esso Avitat dealer on the field. Established in Montreal in 1986, Skyservice adds Calgary as its third facility. Pilots have rated Skyservice Avitat Toronto as one of the top 10 FBOs in North, Central and South America in the past five annual AIN FBO surveys.