The General Assembly of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) took place in Salzburg last week with a mixed picture of how airlines are managing, particularly with continued pressure from low-cost-carrier growth and regulatory burdens. In the ERA’s view, Europe has a major problem with central politicians who seem unable to understand the value of regional aviation that local politicians in its many outer regions have little problem appreciating.
Embraer E-Jet family
GE Aviation is launching the TruEngine LLP program to evaluate the operating history of used life-limited parts. LLPs undergo a rigorous back-to-birth records audit and engineering review to evaluate their configuration and maintenance history relative to airworthiness limitations substantiated by GE and documented in the engine manual. LLP will be qualified at the part level and at a specific time-since-new and cycles-since-new interval.
A ceremony commemorating the delivery of the 1,000th Embraer E-Jet last Friday not only gave the Brazilian company a chance to celebrate the success of the past 10 years, but also to offer a glimpse at what it hopes proves an equally auspicious future. An E175 painted in American Eagle livery, the 1,000th airplane went to long-time customer Republic Airways. The company placed an order for 47 of the 76-seat airplanes at the beginning of the year and holds options on another 47.
AAR has entered into an agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace to provide landing-gear maintenance, repair and overhaul for the Embraer E170/175/190/195 series. The agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace, which developed and integrated the landing gear installed on the E-Jet E1 series, allows AAR to acquire and maintain updated technical documentation on the aircraft. With that access and the ability to purchase related spare parts for the E-Jet E1 series, AAR’s landing gear facility in Miami will be able to service those aircraft.
FlightSafety International has signed a new eight-year training services agreement with Republic Airways, the companies announced last month.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways subsidiary Republic Airlines launched its first Embraer E-Jet service as an American Eagle affiliate on August 1, flying 76-seat E175s from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Albuquerque International Sunport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport. Operating the E175s under a 12-year capacity purchase agreement with American Airlines, Republic expects delivery of two or three of the airplanes each month until Embraer fills its order for 47 by the first quarter of 2015.
At this tenth annual LABACE show, Embraer has moved from its usual chalet near the show entrance to the other end of the static display ramp, where it has room for one example of every airplane it has in production–the Lineage 1000, Legacy 650, Phenom 300 and Phenom 100–along with the third Legacy 500 in the certification program, as well as a Legacy 450 cabin mockup. The Legacy 500 is making its public debut in Brazil this week.
Austria’s FACC and Belgium’s Sonaca have each won contracts to supply parts of the all-new wings for the Embraer E2 jets, as the program continues to gain momentum since its launch at June’s Paris Air Show. Under the terms of the contracts, FACC will design and build composite ailerons and spoilers, while Sonaca takes responsibility for the airplanes’ carbon-fiber flaps and metallic slats.
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has finalized an order for the purchase of 50 E2 E-Jets from Embraer, including 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s, the Los Angeles-based AIG subsidiary announced Wednesday. The order, originally announced as a letter of intent at last month’s Paris Air Show, also includes options for another 50 airplanes.
Embraer last month announced four new suppliers for its second-generation E-Jets, scheduled for a commercial launch some time this year and service entry in 2018.