A court in Palermo, Sicily, has sentenced Capt. Shafik Al Gharbi and copilot Ali Kebaier Lassoued to 10 years in prison for failing to take adequate emergency measures before crash landing their Tuninter ATR 72 turboprop into the sea, leading to the death of 16 people on Aug. 6, 2005. Five other employees of the Tunisian domestic airline and charter company received sentences of between eight and nine years in jail.
Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
Avions de Transport Regional has scheduled the first flight of a prototype ATR 72-600 regional turboprop for early this summer, following completion of the first “power-on” test in December in Toulouse, France. The ATR 42/72 variant that will supersede the -500 features a new flight deck supplied by Thales.
Aerospatiale Alenia ATR 42-320, Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 27, 2009–The crew of the FedEx ATR 42 that landed 300 feet short of the runway on an ILS approach to Preston Smith International Airport survived, with the ATP-rated captain suffering serious injuries and the commercial first officer sustaining minor injuries.
An ATR 42 cargo airplane operated by Empire Airlines for FedEx ran off the runway early this morning at Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas, after arriving on a flight from Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Both crewmembers walked away from the crash but went to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
Most of the 125 pilots of the German regional airline Con-tact Air went on a limited strike today, disrupting parts of the Luf-thansa Regional European network. Contact Air has a fleet of five ATR-42-500s, six ATR 72-500s and three Fokker 100s, all flying under wet-lease contracts for Lufthansa Regional and Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss to destinations within Central Europe.
American Airlines sister company AMR Leasing signed a contract to sell and lease back the 39 ATR 72s flown by American Eagle unit Executive Airlines. Under the terms of the deal, AMR Leasing will sell all the airplanes to an undisclosed entity that will lease the aircraft to Ireland’s NK Aviation, a newly formed joint venture between Denmark’s Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) and Kirk Kapital A/S.
French-based Thales today announced the success of the first power-on ground test of its new avionics suite for the ATR -600 series, after 14 months of collaboration with the regional turboprop manufacturer. Under an integrated modular avionics architecture, the new flight deck uses AFDX (avionics full duplex switched ethernet) communication networks.
SkyWest Airlines has agreed to buy a 6-percent stake in Brazilian regional airline Trip Linhas Aereas, SkyWest vice president of finance Mike Kraupp confirmed to AIN last month. Described as a “small deal” by Kraupp, the investment equates to roughly $5 million, but the contract’s language calls for a possible increase in the St.
When the Italian government put ailing Alitalia up for sale last winter, Lufthansa was not interested. However, the German group’s Italian regional subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, is stepping up efforts to hook passengers in northern Italy. The company announced plans to base six new Embraer E195s in Milan to enhance its intra-European flight offerings starting in the first half of next year.