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Canadian North makes more leadership changes

Published: May 17, 2022 at 3:54pmOLLIE WILLIAMS


Canadian North has appointed new leaders for its cargo and charter divisions in what the company said were changes “to renew operational focus.”

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Chris Avery had already left the role of president and chief executive at the airline last month. On LinkedIn, Avery states he is now WestJet’s vice president of commercial strategy.

On Tuesday, Canadian North interim president Rashwan Domloge said Matieu Plamondon had been appointed to a newly created position, vice president of cargo, airport operations and facilities. 

“His priority will be to strengthen our cargo business and to ensure we are reliably delivering in this area on time, every time,” the airline stated in a news release.

Plamondon’s previous responsibility for charters and business will transfer to Andrew Pope, already the airline’s vice president of customer and commercial.

“This will consolidate our scheduled and charters businesses under one area and provide much tighter coordination between these two parts of our business,” the airline stated.

“Andrew’s priority will be to ensure the continued stability and performance of both of these important areas.”

The changes take effect on May 30.

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American Airlines regional carriers hike pilot pay more than 50% as shortage persists

Leslie Josephs  50 mins ago

Piedmont and Envoy pilots will get 50% pay premiums through August 2024.

Pilot attrition is rampant at airlines and has crimped growth, airline executives have said.

The smaller carriers are a breeding ground for pilots that often end up flowing through to major carriers.

© Provided by CNBC American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft as seen on final approach landing at New York JFK international airport in NY, on February 13, 2020.

Two American Airlines-owned regional carriers will hike pilot pay by 50% through the end of August 2024, the latest sign airlines are willing to pay up in hopes of ending a pilot shortage that has left some travelers with fewer flight options.

The increases would make the pilots the highest paid of the U.S. regional airlines, ramping up pressure on other carriers to follow suit.

Including separate, permanent pay hikes, the temporary raises will bring hourly wages for first officers in their first year of flying at Piedmont Airlines to $90 an hour, up from $51 an hour, the company said. For first-year captains, pay will be $146 an hour, up from $78 an hour. The airline could extend the temporary hikes if needed, its CEO said Monday.

Airlines have been on pilot-hiring sprees since last year when travel demand began to bounce back from pandemic lows. But a persisting shortage of pilots is still hindering growth at a time of strong demand, prompting airlines to park jets that serve smaller cities. Part of the problem is that airlines encouraged pilots to take early retirement after demand cratered in 2020 and were left with too few when travel rebounded.

That has intensified the competition for pilots.

"Attrition of the regional pilots, particularly the captains, has really spiked to the point where we're not able to put our fleet in the air," Piedmont CEO Eric Morgan told CNBC.

The airline, based in Salisbury, Maryland, has been losing about 25 pilots a month to American's mainline operation and has fallen short of its goal to hire around 40 pilots each month. It flies 50-seat ERJ-145s for American, usually between smaller cities, but hasn't been able to fly 10 of its roughly 60 planes, Morgan said.

Piedmont approached the union with the pay increases that were outside of normal contract negotiations, said Morgan and Capt. Ryan Miller, chairman of the Piedmont chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association.

Envoy Air, based in Irving, Texas, said Saturday it reached a similar agreement with its pilots' union to shell out a 50% premium to pilots hourly rates through the end of August 2024.

Kit Darby, a pilot-pay consultant and a retired United captain, said raising regional pilots' pay is a positive step but that the bar was low. He said airlines need to ask: "What is a living wage and what will it take to attract pilots to the career?"

The pay increases come as some of the largest pilot unions — those representing more than 35,000 pilots at Southwest, Delta, JetBlue and American — are in contract talks with their carriers.

© Provided by CNBC American Airlines pilots picket outside the New York Stock Exchange on June 2, 2022.

American's management recently offered its roughly 14,000 pilots a 4% raise at the date of signing and then a 3% raise in the next year. Allied Pilots Association spokesman Dennis Tajer called that "insulting."

"Good on the pilots receiving these raises but when you have an airline that's pushing across a more than 50% pay increase, it's recognizing with dollars that they have a problem," Tajer said. APA pilots picketed at the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month for an improved contract and better schedules.

American didn't immediately comment on the union spokesman's remarks.

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New Aircraft added to Central Mountain Air’s Expanding Fleet

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(Smithers, BC July 28th, 2022)

CMA announces the arrival of additional Dash 8-300 aircraft in its continued effort to support business growth and improve connectivity in Western Canada.   

Central Mountain Air (CMA) is pleased to announce the addition of another Dash 8-300 to its fleet. This addition will help grow the business, provide service to clients, and increase connectivity for communities across Western Canada.  This Dash 8-300 will be primarily used to support growth in the airline’s charter service and meet the demand of existing and new clients. 

Recognized as a leader in its class, the Dash 8-300 is ideal for flights not only to cities but also to remote locations. It has a carrying capacity of up to 50 passengers and a cruising speed of 532km/h. 

CMA’s fleet is now comprised of 5 Dash-8 -300, 5 Dash-8 -100, 3 Dornier 328, and 12 Beech 1900D in passenger configuration, 2 Beech 1900D Cargo Configuration, with the ability to expand its fleet types to meet your needs. CMA operates scheduled service to ten communities and is able to provide charter flights throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Western Canada, and the United States. In addition, CMA’s affiliate partners have a fleet comprising of 1 King Air 350i (Medevac Configuration), 2 King Air 350s (1 Corporate and 1 Medevac Configuration), 2 Dash 8 -400s, and 1 CRJ 100/200 further expanding CMA’s capabilities and offerings. 

For more information on our fleet visit:  https://www.flycma.com/our-fleet  

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Pacific Coastal Looking back on 35 Years

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15 September 2022

Pacific Coastal Airlines History Timeline

Pacific Coastal Airlines was founded by Daryl Smith 35 years ago. The truck logger in Bella Coola, a small community on the central coast of British Columbia, decided to get a pilot’s license and purchased a small seaplane to make it easier to get in and out of remote camps. Some friends chipped in for fuel to tag along and thus began the adventure that led to Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Daryl earned his reputation through forty-two years of aviation experience as a pilot and owner of several regional carriers during the most significant era of aviation history in the province. That legacy of dedication and hard work continues with his son, President Quentin Smith, intimately involved in all aspects of the aviation business started by their father. A legendary figure in British Columbia aviation, Daryl received numerous awards and accolades from his peers and industry associations alike.

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It began in 1987, with the merger of Powell Air and Air BC Port Hardy seaplane operation. The name Pacific Coastal Airlines was chosen from five company names that Air BC owned at the time. “Pasco” was then born, providing floatplane service into the mainland communities and interline with Air BC’s Dash 7 scheduled flights between Vancouver and Port Hardy.

The launch of our daily scheduled twin-engine wheel aircraft service from Port Hardy to Bella Bella and Vancouver started in 1988. This service utilized a seven-passenger Piper Navajo. In 1990, we introduced our first pressurized turboprop aircraft. The Beech King Air was purchased to meet increased demand and improve service levels on the Vancouver and Bella Bella route.

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Pacific Coastal’s corporate culture has always had a shared value of giving back to the people and the communities we serve. In 1992, the Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Annual Charity Golf Tournament was launched. Over the years, with the hard work of Pasco volunteers and the generous support of sponsors, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to support BC-based charities.

We introduced our first 705 aircraft in 1995 – the Shorts 360. This aircraft introduction was to help meet the growing demand on our central coast destinations as well as fishing lodge charter opportunities. In 1998, Pacific Coastal entered a Capacity Purchase Agreement with Canadian Airlines to operate as a “Canadian Partner” by providing service from Vancouver to Nanaimo, Comox, and Campbell River operating on the Shorts 360 aircraft.

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In 1999, we introduced the Saab 340A aircraft. Three Saab 340 aircraft were then added to further enhance service levels and to expand Pacific Coastal’s network “reach”. This began the replacement of the Shorts 360 aircraft and lead to the acquisition of a further seven Saab 340 aircraft.

Our Community Sharing program was established in 2016. We support families in need within our network each Christmas and provide gift certificates for utilities, food, warm clothes, household items, and gifts from Santa for the children. This is all been made possible by internal fundraisers by staff.

In 2017, Pacific Coastal Seaplane division obtains an independent Air Operator’s Certificate and rebranded as Wilderness Seaplanes Ltd. Today, as Pacific Coastal’s affiliate airline, Wilderness operates seaplane service to more than fifty coastal communities from bases in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island and Bella Bella.

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In 2018, Pacific Coastal Airlines enters a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) with WestJet and becomes the operator of WestJet Link. WestJet Link was created to connect smaller cities in British Columbia and Alberta with WestJet’s domestic hub at the Calgary International Airport.

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Over the years, Pacific Coastal has provided air travel for Special Olympics BC athletes, coaches, and volunteers to attend events all over BC and help with ongoing fundraising efforts throughout the year. In 2019, we celebrated our 20-year partnership with SOBC and are a proud member of the Special Olympics BC Hall of Fame.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines also generously donates space on its flights to transport animals to and from BC SPCA shelters across the province. These flights allow animals to receive urgent medical care and gives animals their best chance of adoption by moving them to shelters in more populated areas.

Today, Pacific Coastal operates a fleet of 19, which includes a mix of Saab 340A and B and Beechcraft 1900C and D. Our network continues to encompass major ski destinations, a multitude of fishing lodges, outdoor and wildlife adventure tours, and authentic Indigenous experiences. As we look back on our history and celebrate our 35-year anniversary, we’re proud to see the growth of Pacific Coastal Airlines. With over 400 employees in British Columbia and Alberta, Pacific Coastal continues to grow and provide essential service, and it all started with a former truck logger with a great passion for aviation.

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For our 35th anniversary, we’re not just recognizing how far we’ve come, we’re celebrating what lies ahead, and we’re starting our next chapter by thanking you.

We’re offering 35% off our network for your next trip with us. Use promo code SUPERPROMO22 when booking your next flight for travel between January and March 2023. Terms and conditions apply. Visit our website to book today.

We look forward to welcoming you onboard and thank you for choosing to fly with Pacific Coastal Airlines!

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