Aviation International News » July 2004

April 3, 2007 - 8:33am

A 16-month, $16 million (including options) contract to service new Statoil Snøehvit production platforms in the Barents Sea has been awarded to Norsk Helikopter.

Services will begin in October, with Norsk providing one de-iced Super Puma to carry passengers and a SAR-equipped Super Puma Mk 2 on 24-hour offshore search-and-rescue standby. Both helicopters will be based at Hammerfest, in northern Norway.

April 3, 2007 - 8:32am

Sikorsky plans to make Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (EGPWS) standard equipment on all future production S-76s and S-92s. A Sikor-sky and Honeywell team originally developed EGPWS for helicopter applications using the S-76, and after FAA approval in 2001 it was listed as an option for the model.

April 3, 2007 - 8:31am

Eurocopter has developed its own concept of a modular helicopter to meet what it believes are the security requirements of the new generation of EU members. A basic “green” version is equipped with mission packs for one of a wide range of airborne tasks.

April 3, 2007 - 8:24am

Russian charter firm Jet2000 reached an agreement with Kaskol, Sokol and Myasischev, which jointly developed the M-101T Sokol (formerly Gzhel), to conduct trials of the new turboprop single on air-taxi services from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.
This makes Jet2000 the first commercial user of the business turboprop, which received Russian certification more than a year ago but has so far failed to win any firm orders.

April 3, 2007 - 8:22am

The new discount-fare incarnation of Atlantic Coast Airlines known as Independence Air on June 16 launched revenue service with the first cadre of Bombardier CRJs reassigned from ACA’s soon-to-be-defunct United Express operation.

April 3, 2007 - 8:21am

Finland’s Blue1 last month became the first regional airline ever to join the Star Alliance. A subsidiary of fellow alliance member SAS, Blue1 expects to complete its integration into the group by the end of this year. Formerly known as Air Botnia, Blue1 flies a fleet of nine Avro RJs and five Saab 2000 turboprops from Helsinki to 14 destinations in Scandinavia and continental Europe.

April 3, 2007 - 8:20am

 Despite the standoff between Boeing and the Russian government over import tax relief for U.S.-made commercial jets, the Chicago-based manufacturer insists that its participation in the Sukhoi-led Russian Regional Jet has not yet run its course. A spokeswoman told AIN that Boeing remains under contract with Sukhoi until the end of this year, and that the lack of progress in talks with the government bears no relationship to the U.S.

April 3, 2007 - 8:05am

Keenly aware that code-share partner US Airways might not survive the growing threat of another bankruptcy, Mesa Air Group has expanded its contingencies to include starting a discount airline, à la Atlantic Coast Airlines.

April 3, 2007 - 8:04am

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Shuttle America will sever all ties with US Airways effective October 2, leaving four more destinations without scheduled service from Pittsburgh International Airport. Last month Shuttle America ended all service between Fort Wayne and Pittsburgh, and between Bedford, Mass., and Trenton, N.J.

April 3, 2007 - 8:03am

The FAA has proposed fining Sterling, Va.-based Atlantic Coast Airlines $1.5 million for failure to perform mandated maintenance work on “several aircraft.” The proposal accompanied a parallel action against code-share partner United Airlines, which faces a civil penalty of $1 million for similar violations.

 
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