ATR celebrated its second major order in as many days today, as EVA Air subsidiary UNI Air signed a contract with the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer to buy 10 ATR 72-600s during a ceremony at its home base in Taiwan. ATR plans to start delivering the airplanes during the third quarter of 2012.
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Brazil’s TRIP Linhas Aéreas today announced plans to acquire 18 new 68-seat ATR 72-600s and reserve options on another 22. The airline will order nine ATR-600s directly from the manufacturer and lease another nine from Air Lease Corporation and Gecas. The addition of the 18 airplanes to the fleet would make TRIP the largest ATR operator in the world, with 51 of the Franco-Italian turboprops.
Bombardier Aerospace continues to suffer from what executives characterized as a soft market for regional aircraft. However, the company stopped short of announcing further cuts to production rates as widely expected.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s official launch of the proposed 100-seat MRJ100X will likely have to wait at least another year–or until after the first flight of the 88-seat MRJ90 some time in the middle of next year, as the company waits for the European airline market to show more tangible signs of recovery.
When Congress adjourned for summer recess last month without extending FAA funding for the 21st time, leaving thousands of furloughed workers in a state of limbo, only a promise to Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to “protect” small communities from a loss of scheduled air service would finally convince the Senate to pass a House bill described by Democrats as another
The pilots of Trans States Airlines “overwhelmingly” voted to accept a new contract brokered by the Air Line Pilots Association, the union announced in late July. The deal guarantees an 11.7-percent average increase in captain’s pay and a 14.5-percent average increase in first officer’s pay, which, according to ALPA, brings TSA pilots closer to industry standard.
The new Western European launch customer for the Sukhoi SuperJet 100, Italy’s Blue Panorama Airlines, expects to convert its Paris Air Show memorandum of understanding covering 12 SSJ100s into an order for eight aircraft (plus options on four) next month, once it has reached an agreement with SaM146 engine supplier PowerJet, a Snecma/NPO Saturn Franco-Russian joint venture.
To the European Regions Airline Association, the last 36 months have proved the most challenging period the industry at large has ever faced, leaving ERA general director Mike Ambrose and his team laser focused on sending a clear message that the association’s members can no longer accept the status quo in Brussels.
Steven Udvar Hazy’s Air Lease has delivered its first new Embraer aircraft from the direct order placed at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show, the company announced last month. The delivery involved the first of six E190s scheduled to go to Brazil’s Trip Airlines.
American Eagle pilots reached an agreement with management in late July that guarantees an opportunity to work for American Airlines as AMR prepares to divest itself of its regional airline holdings. Under the settlement, Eagle pilots will occupy at least 35 percent of every American Airlines new-hire class, and that percentage will increase to offset any potential periods of retraction.