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December 8, 2006, 6:16 AM

Plenty of people had a lot riding on Andrew Hoy’s enjoying a long and prosperous career as a professional pilot. Quite apart from his wife and kids, his bank manager had approved loans of almost £100,000 ($190,000) to fund commercial flight training for both fixed-wing types and helicopters.

December 8, 2006, 6:13 AM

Dutch operator Denim Air, which claims to be Europe’s leading regional airline aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) service provider, is expanding its twin-turboprop fleet and considering adding small jetliners to meet increased demand for wet-lease capacity, including requirements ou

December 8, 2006, 6:10 AM

Luxair, Luxembourg’s one-third government-owned private carrier, is rationalizing its regional-airline fleet and route system to improve productivity and profitability. “We’re restructuring everything, including the network,” Luxair executive vice president Martin Isler told AIN.

December 8, 2006, 6:07 AM

The Regional Airline Association launched a search for a new president last month after Debby McElroy accepted the position of senior vice president of government affairs with Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).

December 8, 2006, 6:05 AM

The Air Line Pilots Association last month issued a vote of no confidence in the management of Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group due to what union leadership characterized as slowing growth and rapidly mounting operational problems.

December 8, 2006, 6:03 AM

Antonov expects its new An-148 regional jet to win CIS AP-25 certification this month and to deliver the first production example, built by Ukraine’s Aviant, to Kazakhstan’s SCAT Airlines early next year, according to the Ukrainian design bureau’s deputy general designer, Oleksander Kiva.

December 8, 2006, 5:57 AM

Exeter, UK-based Flybe has agreed to buy most of British Airways’ BA Connect subsidiary. In return, BA will take a 15-percent stake in Flybe, which plans to retire all the BA Connect airplanes now in the British Airways stable and replace them with Bombardier Q400s and Embraer E195s.

December 8, 2006, 5:54 AM

The family of one of the victims of the August 27 crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., has amended its lawsuit to include charges that Bombardier failed to adequately protect passengers from flammable jet fuel in its design of the CRJ.

December 8, 2006, 5:48 AM

Air New Zealand (ANZ) has converted options on three 50-seat Bombardier Q300 turboprops on behalf of its wholly owned regional airline subsidiary, Air Nelson. In October 2004 ANZ placed a firm order for 17 Q300s and took options on 10 more of the 50-seaters and thirteen 70-seat Q400s.

December 8, 2006, 5:45 AM

Brisbane, Australia-based Virgin Blue placed a firm order last month for three Embraer E170s and 11 E190s, along with options on another six airplanes, giving the Brazilian airframe maker its largest-ever sale on the continent.

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