Yesterday, new ultra-low fare airline Swoop received its first Boeing 737-800NG. The airline is currently preparing for its launch of operations on June 20, 2018. The unveiling of Swoop’s livery has been much anticipated, prompting Swoop to share a first look teaser image on social media last week. Emblazoned with the eye-catching magenta Swoop logo, and magenta accented tailfin and winglets, this is the first of six Boeing 737-800NG aircraft to be delivered this year. Several more milestone announcements, from Swoop’s official uniform unveiling to the launch of a range of international destinations, will be made in the near future.
“The delivery of our first aircraft is yet another exciting milestone as we begin the final countdown to Swoop’s operational launch,” said Steven Greenway, Swoop President and CEO. “The phenomenal team at Swoop has been working tirelessly towards our first flights and everything is “GO” for Swoop to take to the skies on June 20.”
Swoop will operate a modern, fuel efficient fleet of Boeing 737-800NGs. This aircraft type will fit into Swoop’s ultra-low-cost business model, which aims to optimize efficiency while minimizing maintenance and operating costs. With 189 seats, including 39 with extra legroom, the aircraft interior is outfitted with amenities, including in-seat power, fully adjustable headrests, WiFi connectivity and in-flight entertainment.
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The Global 7000 is now the largest and the longest range business jet ever built, and is able to fly a full 300 nautical miles farther than initial commitment. This highly anticipated aircraft is on track for its first delivery during the second half of 2018, with more than 1,800 hours of flight testing accomplished and interior completions well under way at Bombardier’s facilities in Montreal. The Global 7000 features four distinct living spaces, a complete kitchen and a full-size crew suite. Having completed multiple long-range flights around the world, the Global 7000 now boasts a tremendous range of 7,700 nautical miles, connecting more city pairs than any other business aircraft.
“We are thrilled to offer this extended range to our loyal customers, who are the driving force behind our engineering feats and who will soon own an aircraft that simply has no peer,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “Not only are we standing by our commitment to begin delivering Global 7000 aircraft this year, we are exceeding expectations along the way.”
The new 7,700-nautical-mile baseline range will be a feature on the Global 7000 for all existing and future customers. The flight test programme is progressing to plan, with all five test vehicles in flight. The flight test programme, which began in November 2016, has completed more than 1,800 hours of flight testing and is currently finalizing certification for the aircraft.
With a maximum operating range of 7,700 nautical miles, the Global 7000 can fly farther than any other business jet. The aircraft was widely publicized as being able to connect some of the world’s most expansive city pairings, including such routes as New York to Shanghai, and Singapore to Seattle. Today, Bombardier can confirm that with its extended range, the Global 7000 aircraft is the only business aircraft that can connect New York to Hong Kong, and Singapore to San Francisco.
Just five months into testing, this high-speed aircraft set a record as the largest business jet to operate so close to the sound barrier, reaching a milestone top speed of Mach 0.995.
Text Captain Jennifer Howell, courtesy of the RCAF. Photograph by Corporal Justin Roy.
The freshly-painted 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team jet was towed into a 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, hangar on a sunny April 3 afternoon in front of an eager crowd.
“Wow… oh wow,” said Captain Stefan Porteous. This was the first time he’d seen the finished CF-18 Hornet that he’ll spend the summer flying for air show audiences across North America and the United Kingdom.
“I’d only seen the teaser photos we posted about a month ago,” he said, smiling, with the bright blue, white, red and grey jet behind him. During his address to the crowd, Captain Porteous introduced his maintenance and safety pilot team and thanked the army of people it took to get ready for the 2018 season.
“I realize that a staggering amount of work has gone into completing the paint job and preparing the aircraft for the show season,” he said. “I think that everyone here today, as well as those following this unveil live online, would agree with me when I say that you have done an outstanding job!”
Brigadier-General Sean Boyle, the deputy commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, also attended the much-anticipated unveiling of the “NORAD 60” paint scheme, which honours this year’s 60th anniversary of the NORAD agreement.
“NORAD is a unique example of the depth and breadth of the Canadian and U.S. partnership in the common defense of our continent,” he said. “It is a relationship built on trust, mutual benefit, and a mutual respect for sovereignty. Our collaborative relationship is one of the closest and most extensive in history.”
Brigadier-General Boyle went on to thank the team at 1 Air Maintenance Squadron who, under the direction of designers Captain Jeff Chester and Mr. Jim Beliveau, brought the design to life.
The CF-18 Demo Team now moves to 19 Wing Comox, British Columbia, to fine tune the routine before the first airshow on May 4, 2018.
As part of Canada’s return to peace operations, an Air Task Force (ATF) will deploy to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for a period of 12 months.
The ATF will include two Royal Canadian Air Force CH-147F Chinook helicopters to provide urgently needed transport and logistics capacity for the MINUSMA mission, as well as four CH-146 Griffon helicopters to provide armed escort and protection, along with aircrew and groundcrew. The deployment will include a number of Canadian Armed Forces troops who will facilitate medical evacuations for troops on the ground and provide logistical support.
“As a responsible member of the international community, we recognize the importance of working collaboratively with our partners to promote peace and security. Supported by our diplomatic negotiations, I am confident we can help make a real difference in this region through the deployment of the Air Task Force,” said Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan.
Canada’s contribution will join 57 MINUSMA partner countries in their continued efforts to bring sustainable peace and stability to Mali and the Sahel. Today’s announcement builds on the Government’s significant development, peace and security initiatives in the region.
Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, and Mahindra Aerospace Private Limited of Bengaluru, India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a strategic alliance, in order to seize opportunities arising out of India’s growing regional air connectivity requirements. India’s diverse market landscape offers numerous options for Viking and Mahindra Aerospace to leverage their complementary resources for a mutually beneficial collaboration, to develop regional air transportation solutions.
Under this alliance, Mahindra Aerospace and Viking will support each other’s non-competing aircraft business to boost market penetration in identified territories and provide potential customers with multiple options based on specific operational requirements. Viking produces the Twin Otter Series 400, a 19-passenger, twin-engine utility turboprop aircraft that is world-renowned for its versatility and capability of operating in extreme environments from multiple landing surfaces, including water. Mahindra Aerospace currently produces the Airvan 8, an 8-seat utility piston aircraft, and the Airvan 10, a 10-seat utility turboprop aircraft, and plans to offer ski and float-equipped variants of both aircraft in due course.
The multiple seating and landing gear configurations of the Airvan 8, Airvan 10, and Twin Otter Series 400 offered through Viking and Mahindra Aerospace provides several solutions especially well-suited to India’s varied geography, operating conditions, and regional connectivity requirements.
“Viking sees enormous market potential for the Series 400 Twin Otter in India, with a particular emphasis on the seaplane variant as it provides an unmatched transportation solution for servicing India’s thousands of kilometers of coastline and river systems,” commented David Curtis, Viking President and ceo. “We are confident that our alliance with Mahindra Group, such a well-established and well-regarded company, will provide the necessary traction the Series 400 deserves in India.”
Arvind Mehra, Executive Director and ceo, Mahindra Aerospace said, “Viking and Mahindra Aerospace have a natural fit when it comes to the supplying utility aircraft in point-to-point connectivity. These products complement each other well and offer our customers a wide choice depending on the size and scale of their operations. We are sure this is just a beginning and can open up many other opportunities for collaboration, including product development and support.”