The Air France KLM Board of Directors approved the group’s planned firm order for 50 long-haul aircraft, consisting of 25 A350 XWBs and 25 Boeing 787s. Plans call for the contracts, still subject to the conclusion of negotiations with the manufacturers, to include options on another 35 of the Airbus models and 25 Boeings.
While news announced by Cessna and other OEMs at the Shanghai business aviation show in March to explore joint business jet production with Avic in China resurfaced last week in other trade media, Embraer is actually doing, not just exploring.
Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance launched a new international training package here this week, combining the resources from AFI KLM E&M centers in Paris and Amsterdam with those of its subsidiaries and partners Regional (Clermont-Ferrand), Brit Air (ICARE Flight Training Center, Morlaix), KLM UK Engineering (Technical College, Norwich) and AFMAé (Apprentices Training Center, Paris).
Air France Industries KLM Engineering and Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) is to set up a new $64 million engine test cell facility at Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport. The very big engine maintenance offering will be operational in 2012 and complements the company’s recent investments in the Constellation building at Paris Orly Airport, and an electron-beam welding machine at Amsterdam Schipol Airport in Holland.
China’s Harbin Embraer Aircraft has delivered the last serial-production Embraer ERJ 145 ever built to Tianjin Airlines. Also the 41st ERJ 145 produced in Harbin since the first airplane rolled out of the factory in December 2003, the airplane landed at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on April 26 following a ferry flight from the site of Embraer’s 50-50 joint venture with Avic subsidiary Harbin Aircraft.
In its 2010 results, released on Friday, Embraer reports net sales for its executive aviation division of $1.1 billion and delivery of 144 aircraft, compared with 115 business jet deliveries in 2009. The Brazilian aircraft maker’s year-end results show recovered stability, with business jets expected to repeat their 20-percent contribution to this year’s overall revenue, which is expected to rise 5 percent.
Embraer announced the signature of a new contract with Brazil’s Trip Airlines last month for the sale of four E190s. The firm order, valued at $172 million based on list prices, brings to 24 the number of E-Jets ordered by Trip, either from Embraer directly or through leasing companies. Embraer noted that it had included one of the four E190s sold to Trip in its fourth-quarter 2010 sales totals as an order from an undisclosed customer.
Multiple deadlines have passed since Embraer early last year said its Chinese joint venture would cease to exist if it couldn’t reach an agreement with its partners to build E-Jets in Harbin. Today, Harbin Embraer Aircraft remains open, but with enough work to last it until this quarter at the latest. In fact, its backlog consists of just one more ERJ 145, expected to go to Tianjin Airlines some time this spring.
Brazilian discount carrier GOL has signed a code-share deal with Passaredo Airlines, a regional airline that currently operates 103 flights to 20 destinations in Brazil. As a result, GOL will add the cities of Marilia, Ribeirao Preto, São Jose de Rio Preto, Barreiras, Vitoria da Conquista and Ji-Parana to its network. Based in Ribeirao Preto, Passaredo began operations in 1995.
Management and union representatives at Air France have started to digest 35 safety recommendations delivered to them on January 24 by the team of experts commissioned by the French flag carrier in December 2009 to conduct an independent review of its safety standards and procedures.