Aviation International News » January 2008

December 28, 2007 - 7:50am

Training was not forgotten amid the multibillion-dollar aircraft and MRO deals various Dubai organizations signed at the Dubai Airshow in November.

Dubai World Central (DWC) Aviation City signed a land lease agreement with Spatial Aviation Safety Training Academy (Sasta) to establish the Middle East’s first independent aviation safety training academy.

December 28, 2007 - 7:47am

A new report released by Forecast International says that Embraer will collect 40.8 percent of the projected $99.7 billion in sales of regional aircraft over the next 10 years, despite the lack of a turboprop in its existing product line. The Newtown, Conn.-based aerospace market research firm also predicts that Bombardier will take a 33.2-percent share over the next decade, while ATR secures 7 percent.

December 28, 2007 - 7:45am

AMR has begun planning the divestiture of its American Eagle regional subsidiary amid calls for asset sales by shareholders disenchanted with the company’s recent stock market performance. Although AMR doesn’t attribute the decision directly to pressure from investors, the November 28 announcement immediately preceded a 6.9-percent jump in share price.

December 28, 2007 - 7:44am

Bombardier employees in Montreal and Belfast might thank, among others, SkyWest Airlines for the Canadian manufacturer’s decision to boost regional
jet production this year. A firm order from the St. George-based carrier for 18 CRJ700s and four CRJ900s announced on November 30 raised last year’s CRJ sales totals to 136 and the production backlog for the ubiquitous regional jet series to 168.

December 28, 2007 - 7:42am

Swiss defense and technology group Ruag has decided to relaunch production of the Dornier 228, the 19-seat regional turboprop its defunct developer stopped building in 1998. The company has scheduled airframe assembly to start next year and deliveries to begin in 2010.

December 28, 2007 - 7:40am

Bombardier continues to consider at least two potential developments of its Q Series regional turboprop series under the epithet “Q400X.” Market studies cover a 90-passenger stretched variant with longer, 1,000-nm range and a reduced-length, 56- to 60-seat version.

December 28, 2007 - 7:37am

An FAA advisory directive issued November 28 requires operators of 624 Embraer ERJ 135s and 145s to check for cracks in their forward fuselage right side skins and repair any damage discovered. The AD comes in reaction to findings during full-scale fatigue tests by Embraer of damage that could result in rapid cabin decompression. The FAA estimates each airplane will require 60 work hours at a cost of $6,010 each.

December 28, 2007 - 7:36am

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) elected Republic Airways chairman, president and CEO Bryan Bedford to assume the chairmanship of its 2007-2008 Board of Directors at its November 27-28 fall meeting in Washington, D.C. Bedford succeeds MAIR Holdings CEO Paul Foley. The RAA also elected Trans States Holdings’ Rick Leach vice chairman of the board, SkyWest’s Chip Childs treasurer and Cape Air’s Dan Wolf secretary.

December 28, 2007 - 7:35am

The North Carolina Department of Labor in late November cited American Eagle for what it classifies as serious safety violations related to the death of one of its fleet service clerks at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Lufuluabo Kalonji died July 31 from blunt-force trauma to the chest after he inadvertently placed the baggage truck he operated into reverse, backed into an Embraer regional jet and became pinned in the process.

December 28, 2007 - 7:33am

Bombardier will further increase production of its CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets to one aircraft every three days, resulting in an annual rate of 64 regional jets during its 2009 fiscal year, the company announced last month during a review of its

 
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