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Leeds / Bradford Airport Forum | Eastern Airways/Air Southwest
It has just been announced by Eastern Airways that its to close its Plymouth/Newquay based operations operated by Air Southwest on September 30th 2011.
The airline currently operates daily flights from Leeds/Bradford to Bristol, Plymouth and Newquay. It has been confirmed that Eastern Airways will take over the Leeds/Bradford-Bristol service but flights to Newquay and Plymouth will be both lost. So that just leaves Flybe operating the only direct link to South West Devon/Cornwall area from LBA to Exeter on a daily basis.
An Air Southwest de Havilland Dash 8-300, registration G-WOWB performing flight SZ-466 from Newquay,EN to Glasgow,SC (UK) with 24 passengers and 3 crew, was enroute over the Irish Sea near Dublin (Ireland) when the crew reported they had a seriously cracked windshield at the captain's side with burning evidence and arcing at windshield heating element. The cracking still continued to expand while on approach to Dublin's runway 28. The aircraft landed safely on Dublin's runway 28 at 18:20L (17:20Z) and vacated the runway.
The passengers were rebooked onto another flight and reached Glasgow with a delay of 4 hours.
What is the possible future of the eastern airways fleet?
Absolutely no chance of the Dash in my opinion
Will WOWB be returned to service with them or is there no point.
Which a/c is more fuel efficient and has the lower CASM, the Dash 8 300 or the Saab 2000?
It is also confirmed that Eastern Airways will be keep the 3 current flying Air Southwest Dash 8's in service which includes, G-WOWA, G-WOWB and G-WOWE as these aircraft are owned by the company out right, where as G-WOWC and G-WOWD have been withdrawn for service and sold due to them been on expensive leases.
Currently and until then September 30th Air Southwest have 2x Dash 8's based at Newquay Airport while the 3rd aircraft is based up at Aberdeen.
From October 1st Eastern will base 2x Dash 8's at Aberdeen while the 3rd will be based at Bristol. Crews are been kept on by Eastern Airways. Some Air Southwest mangerment have been offered relocation packages to Eastern's Humberside HQ from Plymouth. But not many have taken up the option. Instead they are leaving the company altogether.
Hope that helps.
So looks like flybe have at long last beaten them after a long had battle. Flybe currently operate 3x daily direct services to Southampton from both nearby Leeds/Bradford and Newcastle airports using there larger Dash 8-Q400's
The airlines 3x Dash 8-300's, G-WOWA, B & E have been fully transferred onto the Eastern Airways register and will continue to operate the airlines 3x daily Aberdeen - Leeds/Bradford - Bristol service.
G-WOWB & G-WOWE are set to follow her into the paint shop for a re-spray into Eastern Colors.
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