Rekkof Aircraft, the Dutch company trying to bring Fokker F70 and F100 twinjets back into production, has said the uncertain status of the Fairchild Dornier regional jets and the demise of BAE Systems’ Avro RJX program have boosted its prospects. The firm has now joined Embraer and Bombardier in the race to win an order for up to 60 regional jets from German regional operator Lufthansa CityLine.
Embraer’s new 44-seat ERJ-140 regional jet gained FAA certification on July 26, two weeks after launch customer American Eagle took the keys to the first production model at the manufacturer’s main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
ERA members elected four new board members at the end of their general assembly in Salzburg, Austria. Elfrieke van Galen, managing director of KLM Cityhopper and CEO of KLM uk, has been chosen to replace former Augsburg Airways president Olaf Dlugi. Chris Beaton, Bombardier Regional Aircraft v-p of international sales, was appointed to replace his recently retired predecessor, John Howarth, as a manufacturer representative.
Jet Aviation Dusseldorf has received line and base maintenance approvals for Embraer’s ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 regional airliners. The facility in Dusseldorf, Germany, is the first Jet Aviation center to hold a line and base maintenance approval for these aircraft types, which includes airframe, engine and avionics work, as well as aircraft modifications.
Pilots from two different regional airlines lost their jobs for alcohol-related offenses over the span of two weeks, further adding to an undercurrent of public suspicion produced by the July 1 arrest of two America West pilots for the same reason. On July 28 airport officials removed an ASA first officer from a scheduled flight from Wilmington, N.C., to Atlanta after a TSA security screener claimed to smell alcohol on his breath.
A firm order for three 100-seat Embraer E190s from Finnair capped a brisk run of sales activity in the second half of February for the Brazilian airframe builder. The deal raises to 23 the number of E-Jets ordered by the Finnish flag carrier, which took delivery of its seventh E190 last month. It also flies ten 72-seat Embraer E170s.
Embraer’s 37-seat ERJ-135 regional jet last month won JAA approval to fly the steep approach into London City Airport. The certification marks Embraer’s first successful bid to approve an airplane for operation into the downtown airfield, where noise restrictions limit access to aircraft and pilots capable of demonstrating safe execution of its 5.5-degree glideslope.
Brazil’s Embraer announced an order here yesterday from U.S. aircraft leasing company Jetscape for 10 E190 jets, along with options for another 10 aircraft and “purchase rights” for 10 more.
The value of the transaction totals $375 million at list prices, and could reach $1.125 billion if all options and purchase rights are exercised. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2009.
Last year Embraer delivered 121 regional jets and 10 Legacy business jets (including two for military service). These figures were slightly lower than projected, the Brazilian manufacturer reported, because of the postponement of the deliveries of three business jets and delayed delivery of two regional jets. Despite the slow economy, Embraer forecasts it will deliver 148 aircraft this year and 155 next year.
Brazil’s Embraer last month signed a long-anticipated agreement to build a production unit in China through a joint venture with AVIC II subsidiaries Harbin Aircraft and Hafei Aviation. The contract creates a new company called Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., of which Embraer will maintain 51-percent ownership.