Bombardier CRJ900 Series and Uganda Airlines
I recently came across a YouTube video posted by Montreal plane spotter, Mark Brandon, showing the first of four Bombardier CRJ900’s being prepared for delivery for the revival of a flag carrier, Uganda Airlines, for the historically troubled African nation. The original airline ceased operations in 2001.
The CRJ900 is an interesting choice because the Bombardier regional jet program has been a study in evolution beginning with the CRJ100 which entered service in 1992 with Lufthansa CityLine as the launch carrier.
The program has often struggled with fierce competition from Embraer but has survived and always managed to be flexible and modify the basic design of the aircraft model to suit the needs of its customers. It seems to be an appropriate choice for this emerging nation’s new identity.
Planespotters.net currently shows registration C-GZWO as being the test registration for the first of the four aircraft to be delivered. Hopefully both this aircraft and the new Uganda flag carrier are beginning a long and successful history.
Below are a few Pacific Western Airlines Passenger Ticket / Baggage Check coupons.
(Source: from the personal collection of Gklavas Athanasios)
|September 18, 1973 - Vancouver - Victoria|
|October 29, 1978 - Vancouver - Dawson Creek|
|January 19, 1982 - Brandon - Calgary - Edmonton|
|An unused edition from April 1983|
|From the "Blue Skies" magazine issue dated July 1979.
First corporate cup - CP AIR dominates! Until noon! Extracted from a report by Mike Evans.
Action B.C. supported by the Provincial Government Ministry of Health sponsored the first British Columbia Corporate Cup of Athletics at Swangard Stadium May 19, 1979.
The Corporate Cup consisted of 10 running and throwing events ranging from a six mile team run to a softball throw relay and superstars obstacle course.
CP Air's team average was 36 years and represented CP Air's ethnic mix of employees with the following countries of birth: Canada 3; New Zealand 1; Australia 1; China 1; UK 2.
CP Air's strength lay in the men's distance team and in the women’s events.
Off to a good start with leading in four events with a superb run in the 6 mile race by Wiggs, placed fourth in the ladies event and by Sierpina (11th), Dunn (25th) and Schlichtling (26th) in the men's event. This was good for second place.
CP Air's team took the lead with a 6th place in the women's relay by (Wiggs, Read, Walker) and 5th place in the mixed relay (Wiggs, Walker, Schlichtling and Evans).
However advancing years took their toll despite more points in the sprint and athletic events, our master' relay team (Dunn, Carr, Read) we gradually slipped to finish 10th overall.
Back row: Paul Carr, Tony Dunn, Fred Zaph, Mike Evans and Patty Walker.
Front row: Marie Read, Stan Sierpina, Gunter Schlichtling and Winnie Wiggs.
Singapore Airlines is the launch customer of the A350-900ULR and took delivery of its first of the type in September 2018. It was placed in service October 11 on a nonstop service between Singapore and New York Newark Liberty International Airport—the world’s longest route with an average flying time of 18 hr. and 45 min.
There are 13 cabin crew members on board, the same as other SIA A350-900's. In the cockpit there are four pilots, two are captains. The crew has a three-day layover in New York. On one of those days, the crew must be on standby.
There's a buzz at Air Canada’s Montreal headquarters.
As part of Air Canada's ongoing commitment to creating a better environment, the airline has extended a helping hand to bees, which are a vital part of our ecosystem.
At the end of June 2018, two beehives were installed behind the parking lot at Air Canada's Montreal headquarters in partnership with Alvéole, a Canadian company that is raising awareness of the importance of bees.
The two beehives house roughly 100,000 bees and Air Canada employees will be able to take part in workshops on how to be a beekeeper and, this fall of 2018, on how to harvest the honey.
Air Canada and Chorus Aviation agree on revised long-term CPA.
A revised capacity-purchase agreement (CPA) with Air Canada gives Chorus Aviation long-term stability for its Jazz Aviation regional feeder and boosts the company’s effort to diversify revenue streams by increasing its leasing income.
(Source: ATW Daily News, February 4, 2019)
In NetLetter #1392 under Terry's Trivia and Travel Tips, we had an article from Joe Axline called "Project Freedom", and his living quarters inside a modified aircraft.
Joe as sent us some photos of the construction work involved.
Here we have some photos of the work required for the support columns.
Each of the support column for the airplane goes 20 feet deep to get past the rice fields soil here. One in front and two in the back.
In the front the column is topped off with a 5 ft by 5 ft by 5 ft cement with bolts 3 feet long connected to the rebar in the column.
In the back the column is topped off with a 5 ft by 11 ft by 5 ft cement with bolts 3 feet long connected to the rebar in the column.
In total there was 25 cubic yards of cement. It was an exciting day of work.
During the installation of closed cell foam the outside temperature was around 80 degrees. The skin of the aircraft is about 115 degrees. When the spraying started the temperature would go over 200 degrees and then within seconds would go down to below 50 degrees, the ultimate temperature was around 59 degrees.
Very interesting process and temperature change.
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