The European Aviation Safety Agency has presented Embraer with a type certificate for its E-195 airliner, the largest airplane in its stable and the last member of the company’s flagship E-Jet family. The approval comes a little more than two weeks after Brazil’s new certification authority granted its approval and clears the way for deliveries to the 195’s first European operator, FlyBE.
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The Mitsubishi interest in the next generation of regional jets is evident from a model displayed at Hall 2 Stand C17. The Japanese government is funding initial development but the company is seeking partners in order to launch the program by the end of 2007.
Bombardier’s proposal to build a three-row stretch follow-on of its 86-seat CRJ900 not only begs the question why, but perhaps more immediately, how. Bombardier v-p of marketing and sales Trung Ngo has built the business case for an airplane that would represent the third stretch of a tube originally meant for the Challenger business jet.
Described as a “sunrise platform” by Marc Lindsley, Northrop Grumman’s director of business development for the Airbus A330-based KC-30 program, the aircraft is perceived to be a worthy successor to the KC-135, which will still be around for many years. He points to the success of the A330 in winning both the Australian and UK air force tanker competitions in which a transport capability was an important requirement.
Airbus placed itself in a position to land the first significant civil aircraft order from a Libyan airline in 30 years when it signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to supply Tripoli’s Afriqiyah Airways with six A320s, three A319s and three A330-200s. The deal also grants the airline options on five A319s and three A330-200s.
Boeing has made a start here at Farnborough International toward fulfilling its recent prophecy of airlines spending $2,600 billion, over the next 20 years by revealing orders worth almost $7.9 billion. More business is scheduled to be unveiled today.
Indian low-fare airline GoAir inked a deal yesterday with Airbus for 10 CFM-powered A320-family jets and an option for another 10. The purchase agreement would see the Mumbai-based startup take the first of the airplanes “early next year,” GoAir managing director Jeh Wadia said here yesterday. All will come equipped with an all-economy, 180-seat cabin layout.
At a time when relations between Russia and Ukraine are at an all time low, an aircraft program may be the key to finding new opportunities for the two nations to work together. At Farnborough International this year there are two Antonov An-140 turboprop transports parked side-by-side on the tarmac.
Saab Aircraft Leasing (Chalet C24-26) here on Monday announced that Australian regional airline Regional Express (Rex) has taken an additional Saab 340B on a four-year lease. Rex is also extending its existing lease contracts–two dozen Saab A340s–for another four years. The Sterling, Virginia-based company has inked 15 transactions since the beginning of the year.
Taipei’s Mandarin Airlines is to lease three Embraer Model 190 and five Model 195 regional jets from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). The aircraft will be configured in 104- and 116-seat single-class layouts, respectively.