Aviation International News » April 2009

March 30, 2009 - 9:38am

Guernsey, UK-based regional carrier Aurigny Air Services last month took delivery of its first new ATR 72-500 in accordance with a firm contract it signed for a pair of the Franco-Italian turboprops in the summer of 2007. Configured with 72 seats and equipped with ATR’s “Elegance” cabin, the pair of new ATRs will replace two of Aurigny’s three aging ATR 72-200s.

March 30, 2009 - 9:37am

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) took center stage at the second annual NATA Air Charter Safety Symposium, held last month at the NTSB Training Center near Washington Dulles Airport, following its announcement that it finalized an agreement with Executive Jet Manage- ment (EJM) to conduct safety audits of the 80 vendor operators that provide supplemental lift for EJM.

March 30, 2009 - 9:37am

Pratt & Whitney has frozen the design configuration of the PW-1000G Geared Turbofans for both the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and Bombardier C Series after finishing the final phase of demonstrator testing on an Airbus A340-600 testbed in and around Toulouse, France.

March 30, 2009 - 8:11am

Just when you think the corporate aviation bashing has died down, yet another media report denounces an executive’s use of a private jet or airs a politician’s demands that companies rescind orders for corporate aircraft. Seems that corporate aviation is taking the brunt of a lot of pent-up taxpayer anger at the bailouts of industries not even remotely tied to aviation.

March 30, 2009 - 7:22am

Former Grob Aerospace chief executive Niall Olver has confirmed that he is actively trying to put together a deal to restart development of the SPn light business jet, which was suspended when the group had to initiate insolvency proceedings last year.

March 30, 2009 - 7:19am

Delta Air Lines president Ed Bastian publicly committed to maintaining ownership control over half of the company’s regional flying last month, meaning its Comair subsidiary will remain a subsidiary into the foreseeable future. Comair became a target for divestiture not long after Delta sold its Atlantic Southeast Airlines subsidiary in 2005 to SkyWest.

March 30, 2009 - 7:09am

South Korea’s Jeju Air has hired UK-based Airstream International Group to “re-market” its four in-service Bombardier Q400 turboprops along with a large spares package as the airline prepares to move to an all-Boeing 737-800 fleet. Now leasing two 737-800s from GECAS, Jeju Air placed an order for five more of the narrowbodies with Boeing in December 2007 but, according to Boeing’s delivery database, it has yet to take of any of the airplanes.

March 30, 2009 - 6:59am

Superjet International–the marketing, customization and customer support arm for the Sukhoi Superjet 100–announced the opening last month of its Russian branch in Moscow.

March 30, 2009 - 6:57am

Hawaii’s Island Air will fly de Havilland Dash 8s between Kahului, Maui, Lihue, Kauai and Hilo as Go!Express under the terms of a tentative code-share deal it signed with Mesa Air Group in late February.

March 30, 2009 - 6:55am

Half-year financial results published on March 25 by charter broker Air Partner confirm the widespread perception that the business aircraft charter sector has taken a big hit from the global financial crisis.