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Porter Airlines, Bombardier CSeries & YTZ – an Update

Mr. Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines President & CEO (center) with his teamafter CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1's (FTV1) first flight on September 16, 2013.

Mr. Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines President & CEO (center) with his team
after CSeries Flight Test Vehicle 1’s (FTV1) first flight on September 16, 2013.

It’s been over six months since Porter Airlines announced their conditional order to buy up to 30 Bombardier CS100s. In order to finalize the order, Porter needs permission from the City of Toronto to operate the CS100s at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), and has asked for extensions to be added to both ends of the main runway at the waterfront airport. Currently, jets are not allowed to operate from YTZ, and Porter flies Bombardier Q400 turboprops from their YTZ base.

BONUS:  Review- Flying Porter Airlines From Toronto to Montreal and Back

On Thursday morning, Toronto’s Deputy City Manager filed a report that analyzed Porter’s requests. Simply, it says that granting approval is premature. Among issues cited, there isn’t yet enough noise or operational performance data on the CS100; runway extension impact and noise modelling has not been completed; and there isn’t a clear direction or plan for YTZ’s expansion, and how it will be funded is in question.

In addition, the agreement banning jets at YTZ expires in 2033, and the report says that the impact of Porter’s request should be considered before this no-jet-noise agreement is extended. Overall, the report recommends that research continue, and that a new report be filed in March 2015. Thursday’s report will be considered by the City’s Executive Committee on December 5th, and depending on the outcome, by the full Council on December 16th.

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Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Thursday November 28th

Have you ever flown Turkey Airlines? They are okay I guess.

Happy Thanksgiving, if that is your thing.

All of us at AirlineReporter.com would like to wish all of those who live in a country/territory celebrating Thanksgiving today a wonderful one. By our account, the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are all celebrating thanks.

Today is also a special day for those in Albania, Chad, Congo, East Timor, Mauritania, and Oman. For the rest of you fine folks – have a wonderful Thursday!

I'd rather fly!

I’d rather fly!

As many of you will be travelling this weekend and some running into difficulty with weather or airline delays, just remember what your trip would looked like over 100 years ago. Because of air travel, people are able to visit friends and family around the world for a weekend. Now, that is pretty darn cool.

Cheers!

 

Bahamas-Bound: A New Oasis, Plus Cigars, Chocolate, & Rum (Part 3)

2,200-room Baha Mar development in The Bahamas - Image: Baha Mar

2,200-room Baha Mar development in The Bahamas – Image: Baha Mar

After an amazing tour of the new Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport, we took the brief drive to the new Baha Mar development.  As I mentioned in a prior installation, Baha Mar is a massive $3.5 billion development project which, when completed, will add nearly 25% capacity to Nassau’s lodging – all of it high-end.  It seeks to compete not only with the “destination” resort on The Bahamas (Atlantis) but with the likes of Las Vegas.

The complex is a massive undertaking, with thousands of  workers on-site and the majority of the project is financially backed by Chinese investors.  Included in the development is a giant casino, high-end restaurants, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, and many other luxury touches.

BONUS: Part 1 of my trip to The Bahamas, which included the journey there and my amazing first night welcome.

Although getting a status update on the progress of the Baha Mar, I was also excited to get a tour of other must-see-things in Nassau.

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EPIC AVGEEK PHOTO: Three Dreamlifters & a Starship at Paine Field

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field. Image: Future of Flight

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field. Image: Future of Flight – Aviation Center & Boeing Tour

It is rare to catch more than two Boeing 747 Dreamlifters at Paine Field. It is even more special when one is able to catch three Dreamlifters. But three Dreamlifters and a  Beechcraft Starship (NC-50 / N8285Q)? Oh yes!

On November 10th, that is exactly what happened next to the Future of Flight – Aviation Center & Boeing Tour — and what a view. The Dreamlifters were parked at their new Operations Center and the Starship was at a fund raiser for the Future of Flight.

There are four Dreamlifters that have been built (you might have remember that one recently landed at the wrong airport) and they are modified Boeing 747-400s used to transport 787 Dreamliner parts around the world.

Flight of the Connie: The Incredible Story of the Star of America

The Star of America seen at the Kansas City Downtown Airport preparing for engine runs. Photo: JL Johnson

The Star of America, seen at the Kansas City Downtown Airport preparing for engine runs – Photo: JL Johnson

This is the story of a Connie that no one wanted, a plane that was abandoned and mothballed numerous times throughout its history. While it has had a generally-tragic existence, with just a few bright spots sprinkled in, this is an adventure that continues to unfold. In fact, in 2014, this plane will begin a new chapter as it again returns to the skies.

In 1958, this Lockheed Constellation rolled off the assembly line in Burbank, California – destined straight for storage. It was the beginning of the jet age and suddenly airlines had little interest in these sleek, evolutionary, once record-setting birds. Indeed, even those like this 1049H model, which were built with the intent of easy conversion between freighter and passenger configurations, were a hard sell. The variant was canceled after just over 50 were built, this example being third from last. Prior to completion, the order for this plane was canceled, just the beginning of a tough existence for this elegant flying machine.

In September of 1959 after over a year in storage, it was converted to freighter, sold to Slick Airways, and assigned registration number N6937C (which it has carried ever since). For eleven years the plane ran freight with various carriers before being stored and later abandoned in Miami, FL. In June of 1971, it was seized by the airport for non-payment of fees. After being auctioned off it spent the next four years doing odd jobs, hauling military parts and even horses. Its last commercial use was as a sprayer in Mesa, Arizona, where it was equipped with chemical tanks and large spray booms.

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