CXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 142 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
Skyservice is a Canadian charter airline that has been around for years (see www.skyservice.com ). Most of their flying is based on what Canadian tour operators want. They do lots of flying to CUN from various Canadian gateways, that press release is just referring to some additional services being added.
Actually, a (the same?) Skyservice A319 will be flying YXX-CUN this winter, I hear (sorry, no link).
I've seen the future, I can't afford it. - Martin Fry
DFORCE1 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 505 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
No Sunquest is a tour company that has been around for years. Yes, their business practices are unorthodox compared to other tour companies/charter airlines. They pride themselves on offering charter flights from smaller Canadian centres and fly to destinations in Mexico which are less expensive than Cancun. Skyservice which is operating the airline service on behalf of Sunquest has also been around for a long time.
I believe Harmony is starting up non-stop Kelowna to Hawaii flights to this winter and WestJet is offering non-stop service to Las Vegas. Kelowna seems to be doing pretty good so far!
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
Quoting DFORCE1 (Reply 4): believe Harmony is starting up non-stop Kelowna to Hawaii flights to this winter and WestJet is offering non-stop service to Las Vegas. Kelowna seems to be doing pretty good so far!
YLW has already enjoyed non-stop flights to the Caribbean and Mexico for a couple of years now, operated by WestJet. Allegro airlines flew to Mexico from YLW about 10 years ago as well, they also just about put one of their MD-80's into a mountain on approach to RWY15.
SkydrolBoy From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2450 times:
Well, I guess it's a good thing YLW put a second jetway in this year. It sure is gonna get alot of use this winter with all the new flights/airlines announced so far. I've also being hearing rumors that Zoom is going to start flying out of YLW this winter as well.
SkydrolBoy From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 341 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2117 times:
I have no clue where Zoom wants to fly, all I heard was that they are looking into flying in YLW, most likely it would be a stop on a YVR flight. I can't see them filling a 767 with just kelowna passengers.
CXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 142 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 10): YKA's longest runway is 6000 feet IIRC, YLW's runway is 7300 feet.
I heard years ago the issue with YLW was the mountains, not the runway length (please correct me if I'm wrong).
Good 'ol Royal Airlines use to fly YYZ-YLW for a summer or two and on the YLW-YYZ leg they had a tech stop in YYC for fuel. Apparently the 727 couldn't fuel up enough to make it to T.O. with the mountains in the way. (this was mid/late-1990's!) I think the next season the return went via YVR, which improved selling possibilities.
I've seen the future, I can't afford it. - Martin Fry
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7623 posts, RR: 38 Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2006 times:
Quoting CXH (Reply 14): I heard years ago the issue with YLW was the mountains, not the runway length (please correct me if I'm wrong).
The only problems that the mountains pose are not enabling us (YLW) having an ILS, we've only got an NDB approach (RWY 16 only) which can pose some problems in the winter. But the mountains pose no problems to an aircrafts performance or range. AC flew the YLW-YYZ route with an A319 non-stop, WS flies it with a B737 and (I'm not sure if it was non-stop) Greyhound flew it with the B727.
The highest mountains in YLW's control zone are only 5500' high and YLW already has a field elevation of 1409'.
Just as a side note. WS also flies YLW to Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic non-stop (IIRC) with the B737 as winter charters.
Timeair From Canada, joined May 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
Yes, PWA/CAIL did operate 737-200 aircraft into YKA. As have B757-200, B727-200/300 aircraft types. PWA even dropped their B767 (C-GPWB) in here in the 80's on a test flight.
In the summer of 2003, we saw several different aircraft types including A319/A320 B737-200/700 B727-200 operating several charters from Ontario/Sask/Man and Colorado bringing firefighters to battle the many fires in our region that year. The fact is, the aircraft can operate in/out of here no problems, during VFR weather. The problem arises when our peak travel season occurs in the winter for Sun Peaks/Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing, and we are faced with 100's of skiers wanting to come in or leave, it all depends on the approach. The step down procedures are very complex and very fast for any Jet aircraft type, and PWA/CAIL spent numerous hours and thousands of dollars to perfect this procedure in the B737 with Transport Canada's approval. The missed approach procedures are just as complex, and a low ceiling day for an operator with a missed approach limit of 1000' and 1 mile vis, you're hooped!