Bombardier has decided to set aside plans to collaborate with Russian industrial conglomerate Rostec to establish an assembly line outside Moscow for the Q400 turboprop, the Canadian company’s CEO, Pierre Beaudoin, confirmed during its third-quarter earnings briefing on Thursday.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 will soon find its first home in Western Europe under the terms of a letter of intent between Moscow-based aircraft lessor Ilyushin Finance and Belgian carrier VLM Airlines. The LOI calls for VLM to take a pair of SSJ100LRs in April of next year under a 12-year operating lease, just ahead of the launch of the airline’s planned new regional services from its base in Antwerp. The deal includes options on another two SSJ100s and so-called purchase rights on another 10.
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U.S. aviation industry representatives and the Federal Aviation Administration have agreed to form an “Equip 2020” working group to rally aircraft operators behind automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The FAA announced the plan following an invitation-only “call to action” meeting it convened on October 28 in Washington, D.C.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) awarded Cobham SAR Services an A$640 million ($566 million) contract to provide airborne search -and -rescue services for 12 years beginning in 2016. Cobham will take over the mission from AeroRescue, the current contractor.
United Airlines began flying the world’s longest regularly scheduled Dreamliner route on Sunday with its launch of nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne with its first Boeing 787-9. The route keeps the newest Dreamliner model airborne for some 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound. Carrying 252 passengers, United’s 787-9s fly the service six times a week, competing directly against Qantas Airbus A380s. United’s entry into the Los Angeles-Melbourne market follows almost immediately after Virgin Australia’s withdrawal.
A recently formed “fusion cell” of government and airline industry security analysts helped guide the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The office, which coordinates the activities of 17 intelligence agencies and organizations, plans to continue the aviation security-focused effort.
A new airline industry forecast from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows that international freight volumes will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 4.1 percent over the next five years, suggesting a reasonably abrupt reversal of bad fortunes for a segment whose growth rate has averaged 0.63 percent a year since 2011. Emerging economies, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, will be the fastest growing markets, according to the report.
After gaining 370-minute Etops certification for the A350-900 earlier this month, Airbus continues preparations for entry into service with additional approvals such as in-cockpit Wi-Fi and A330 common type rating (CTR), while also expanding parts inventories near customer bases.
Oil prices would have to drop far below $70 a barrel before OEMs feel any effect on demand for airliners, notwithstanding speculation that precipitous price declines could discourage airlines from committing to more efficient jets at a time when replacement demand accounts for half of all orders for new airplanes, according to Boeing analysis.
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