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US's Dash Air Shuttle delays debut amid Kenmore Air concerns – ch-aviation

Washington’s Dash Air Shuttle to launch in mid-3Q22

08.07.2022 – 00:29 UTC

Dash Air Shuttle (Port Angeles) has announced that it will begin operating scheduled flights between Seattle Tacoma Int’l and Port Angeles on August 11, 2022.

The virtual carrier will operate the route 25x weekly (up to 4x daily) but plans to grow the frequency to 6x daily as demand picks up. Flights will be operated by Backcountry Aviation (Salem, OR) using a Cessna (twin piston) C402 aircraft. Dash Air Shuttle has dry-leased three aircraft of the type and will be sub-leasing them to Backcountry Aviation, a Part 135 passenger charter specialist with an in-house fleet of Cessna T303 Crusaders.

Dash Air Shuttle’s launch has been delayed by more than half a year – the virtual carrier originally hoped to begin operations in late 2021.

The carrier is considering applying for its own Air Operator’s Certificate in the future, its president, Clinton Ostler, told ch-aviation. “Right now we’re very focused on getting established and will be leveraging our partnership with Backcountry Aviation,” he added.

Ostler had previously…

US’s Dash Air Shuttle delays debut to early 2022

02.12.2021 – 17:14 UTC

Dash Air Shuttle (Port Angeles) has postponed the debut of its scheduled passenger services from Port Angeles to Seattle Tacoma Int’l citing unexpected delays.

“As of today, we are on track to begin service later this Winter,” the company announced in a statement posted on social media. “We had hoped to begin service before the end of 2021, but several contributing factors have led to unexpected delays,” it explained.

Amongst these, it said, was an ongoing pre-service FAA inspection process of its three nine-seater Cessna (twin piston) 402 (C)s. As reported, the aircraft will be dry-leased and then sub-leased and operated by Part 135 commuter carrier Backcountry Aviation (Salem, OR).

“Additionally, we are establishing a base for aircraft maintenance and logistics support, which is taking a bit longer than anticipated due to a challenging pandemic environment. We are working closely with the FAA to assure full compliance and the highest level of safety for the new airline,” the company said.

“Due to the challenging…

Washington’s Dash Air Shuttle secures three Cessna 402Cs

05.07.2021 – 23:02 UTC

Dash Air Shuttle (Port Angeles) has acquired three Cessna (twin piston) 402(C)s from Cape Air (9K, Hyannis) and aims to start commercial flights between Port Angeles and Seattle Tacoma Int’l later this quarter. N818AN (msn 402C0501), N660CA (msn 402C0406), and N5826C (msn 402C0050) were ferried from Hyannis via Madison, WI and Great Falls to Port Angeles over the course of June 28-30, RadarBox ADS-B data shows.

Dash president Clint Ostler told the Sequim Gazette that the start-up is a Pacific Northwest-based airline aiming to restore affordable, high-frequency service in short-haul markets across the US Pacific Northwest. It aims to use the nine-seaters to operate up to five daily return flights between Port Angeles and Seattle Tacoma by the end of August. However, the timeline is contingent on the Cessna Aircraft Company twins passing US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aircraft conformity inspections. The flights themselves will be operated by Backcountry Aviation (Salem, OR) of Boulder, Colorado.

According to Ostler, while the near-40-year-old Cessnas…

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