Aviation International News » July 2008

July 8, 2008 - 10:39am

Aerocentro de Servicios, of Caracas, Venezuela, has been named Twin Commander Service Center of the year for 2007.

The award was presented to Aerocentro general manager Luis Nunez at the annual Twin Commander Service Center Symposium held at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island, Wash. The company is one of 22 Twin Commander factory-authorized service centers worldwide.

July 8, 2008 - 10:19am

New Jersey has lost half the airports it had at the end of World War II, with the number dwindling from about 100 to 45, according to aviation attorney William G. Mennen IV, a speaker at this year’s New Jersey Aviation Conference. The lessons learned from the closure of these airports could be instructive for those trying to prevent airport closures in other parts of the country.

July 8, 2008 - 10:01am

While the first prototype of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 continued its initial round of flight testing over Komsomolsk-upon-Amur in Russia’s Far East early last month, back in Moscow launch customer Aeroflot decided to lease 35 Boeing 737-500s to address delivery delays.

July 8, 2008 - 10:01am

For the first time in recent memory the U.S. regional airline industry could experience a drop in passenger boardings during the second half of this year as skyrocketing fuel costs prompt the nation’s major airlines to reconsider the use of their partners’ most fuel-thirsty assets.

July 8, 2008 - 9:57am

SkyWest last month withdrew its offer to buy Houston’s ExpressJet after concluding that a new seven-year capacity purchase agreement entered by ExpressJet and Continental Airlines rules out any deal. “Although we continue to believe our offer represented a favorable opportunity for ExpressJet stakeholders, the execution of a new ExpressJet capacity purchase agreement removes a fundamental component of our offer,” said SkyWest CFO Brad Rich.

July 8, 2008 - 9:56am

Hawaiian de Havilland Dash 8 operator IslandAir withdrew from a newly awarded Essential Air Service (EAS) contract to serve four mainland communities from Kansas City last month after deeming its plans to start operations in September “unrealistic” due to rising fuel costs and a shortage of trained personnel.

July 8, 2008 - 9:53am

Delta Air Lines notified Pinnacle Airlines last month that it intends to dissolve their Delta Connection contract effective July 31. Delta cited Memphis-based Pinnacle’s failure to meet contractually guaranteed on-time performance rates for its decision. In late May a federal judge blocked Delta’s attempts to end its contract with Mesa Air Group’s Freedom Airlines subsidiary for the same stated reason.

July 8, 2008 - 9:51am

Bombardier expressed “regrets” about a March 13, 2007, accident involving a Q400 turboprop at Japan’s Kochi Airport after the Japanese Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (JARAIC) in late May found that a missing bolt caused the airplane’s nose landing gear door to jam, forcing a gear-up landing. None of the 60 passengers and crew aboard the ANA/Air Central flight sustained injuries in the accident.

July 8, 2008 - 9:25am

Russian aerospace conglomerate Oboronprom has started “large-scale, long-term” cooperation with European manufacturer Agusta- Westland for helicopter distribution, maintenance and production.

July 8, 2008 - 9:24am

AgustaWestland is making several improvements to its AW139 medium twin, including flight-testing a de-icing system. Dubbed the full ice protection system (FIPS), the optional equipment is intended to earn the AW139 dual FAA/EASA certification for flight into known icing conditions. This milestone is expected late next year or during the first quarter of 2010.